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(ATLANTA, GA - 10/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters about the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision in IRAP vs. Trump, one of the federal lawsuits against President Trump’s second Muslim Ban.
During the 24th annual United States Supreme Court Update, Mitchell explained the Court’s ruling, which allowed parts of President Trump’s immigration restrictions to take effect for a 90-day period between June and October.
“We thank the State Bar’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education for inviting us to discuss the travel ban case with our fellow Georgia attorneys,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, attorney and executive director of CAIR Georgia. “This is an ongoing, fluid and important case with wide-reaching implications for many attorneys, particularly those specializing in immigration and constitutional law.”
(PEACHTREE CITY, GA - 10/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks to the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, the seventh club that CAIR Georgia has visited this year.
As the guest speaker during the weekly Rotary meeting in Peachtree City, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell explained who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practice, before answering questions about various issues, including extremism, women's rights, and the meaning of jihad.
"We have greatly appreciated the invitations to speak with Rotary Clubs across Georgia since the summer," Mitchell said. "We also commend Rotary members for the amazing work they do, particularly their efforts to build bridges, support students, and help those in need."
(ATHENS, GA - 9/3/17) On Sunday, September 3rd, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations visited the Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Athens, Georgia, for a presentation about the similarities and differences between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic new years, as well as a Q&A about issues related to Islam and the Muslim community.
"We thank the Athens' Unitarian Universalist community for working to build bridges with people of all faiths. Georgia Muslims can think of no better response to the world's religious conflict than visiting various houses of worship, greeting our neighbors, and directly issues that sometimes divide us," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, which has delivered similar presentations other mosques and churches around the state. "Education is the best vaccine against discrimination."
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its new Staff Attorney starting August 1st.
As part of CAIR Georgia's legal team, Khwaja works to investigate incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination, educate Georgia Muslims about their legal rights, and counter Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.
"As a law student, a legal intern, and an activist, Murtaza has already made important contributions to civil rights in recent years," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We are excited to welcome this bright and driven young man to our team so that we can–God willing–better serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
Khwaja received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Emory University, and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, he interned with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, and spent a year working in the Capital Defenders Clinic, where he helped Georgia Capital Defender attorneys make argue for life sentences, rather than the death penality, at trial.
As a member of the Muslim Law Students Association at the GSU College of Law, Khwaja co-founded the Glitter of Hope Legal Clinic.
The clinic aimed to provide legal assistance and resources to the Clarkston refugee community, including Know Your Rights workshops.
(ATLANTA, GA, 3/2/2018) – On Monday, March 5, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to publicly release a report documenting the false and defamatory anti-Muslim teachings of a police instructor who has been teaching Islamophobic courses to officers across Georgia since 2013.
At the joint noon news conference, CAIR-Georgia, the ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA, 1/24/18) – On Saturday, February 24th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) plans to host its second annual fundraising gala, "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom," at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.
Our special guests will, God willing, include national activist Linda Sarsour, attorney Hassan Shibly, and attorney Roula Allouch, the first woman to chair CAIR National’s board of directors.
During the banquet, we hope to celebrate the successes that CAIR Georgia experienced—by the grace of God—in 2017, including our efforts to:Serve Georgia Muslims by… Read more...
(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/15/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today marked Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday by delivering remarks at the MLK memorial in Washington, DC.
During the event, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, communications director Ruwa Romman, as well as leaders from CAIR chapters across the country, gathered to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy, and its relevance to American Muslims.
"We thank God for the good that Dr. Martin Luther King did for our nation," Mitchell said. "Today, American Muslims should…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/10/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the City of Atlanta Detention Center for agreeing to permit inmates who cover their hair because of a sincerely held religious belief to do so while detained.
"We thank the City of Atlanta for agreeing to a policy that upholds religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We also commend our former outreach director, Asma Elhuni who sparked the effort to change this policy when she bravely defended her constitutional rights."
Last year, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested Elhuni and…Read more...