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(ATLANTA, GA - 2/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-hosted a panel discussion with Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam to discuss Trump Administration policies that target Muslims, including the Muslim travel ban. Imam Sulaimaan Hamed moderated the event, which included remarks from immigration attorney Hiba Ghalib of Kuck Immigraton Partners LLC, attorney M. Khurram Baig, founder of The Baig Firm, and attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
"We thank Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam for uniting Georgia's Muslim community across ethnic, geographic and cultural lines to explain and counter the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban," Mitchell said. "As Imam Sulaimaan noted, the President's policies concern all of American Muslims, not just the immigrant community."
The three speakers discussed President Trump's executive order, which banned Muslim immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
(LITHONIA, GA - 1/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today met with Congressman Hank Johnson to thank him for his work to protect Georga's Muslim community, and warn him of the Trump Administration's plans to target American Muslims.
"Rep. Hank Johnson has stood on the front lines of the struggle to defend all Georgians, including Muslims, from bigotry and discrimination," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We thank the congressman for his efforts, and we hope to work with him to protect Georgia Muslims from the Trump Administration's anti-Muslim policies."
During the meeting, CAIR Georgia--which met with Rep. Johnson shortly before President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees as well as immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations--also alerted Rep. Johnson to the potential for unjust treatment of travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
(CARROLTON, GA - 1/26/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about Islamophobia to students and faculty at the University of West Georgia.
During the event, which was hosted by the UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Psychology Department, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell spoke alongside Emory University professor Dr. Isam Vaid.
Mitchell defined Islamophobia, traced its history from the 1980s to the present, and answered questions from the audience about hot topics.
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/21/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) co-sponsored, delivered speeches, and marched at two Atlanta demonstrations in response to President Trump's inauguration, including the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women, which also featured remarks by Congressman John Lewis.
"These marches gave diverse communities a chance to learn from each other, strengthen each other, and remind each other that we have a new president, but we do not have a new Constitution," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "This is still America. The rules of the game are still the same. Now it's our responsibility to ensure that our leaders play by those rules over the next four years. If they fail to do so, we must be ready to defend our rights by any legal means necessary."
(CLARKSTON, GA - 4/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today spoke at a meeting of the Clarkston City Council.
During the city council meeting, CAIR-GA outreach director Asma Elhuni argued in favor of a proposal designed to reassure Clarkston residents, many of whom are immigrants from Middle Eastern and African nations, including Somalia.
"We thank the City of Clarkston for creating a warm and welcoming environment for its residents, including immigrants who…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/20/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a self-defense training to students and staff at W.D. Mohammed High School. During the presentation, which was held on the eighteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell walked the audience through how to handle an active shooter situation, offered tips on physical self-defense, and discussed building security.
"Given the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, even Georgia's Islamic private schools should pray for the best and prepare for the worst," Mitchell said. "Every…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Masjid Omar for a panel discussion about "Faith & Civil Engagement." During the last day of Masjid Omar's week-long "Muslim Legacy: Youth Seminar," Imam Abdullah Jaber hosted Imam Arshad Anwar of Roswell Community Masjid, Aisha Yaqoob, policy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
The speakers encouraged youth in the audience to pursue various methods of civic engagement, including political activisim, extracurricular activities, keeping track of the news,…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined the Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss issues related to hate crimes with law students at Georgia State University. CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Stephen Piggott, a senior research analyst with the Southern Poverty Law Center, discussed a recent spike in hate crimes targeting minority communities as well as potential solutions to the trend.
"A wave of poitical hate speech has escalated into an avalanche of violent hate crimes that threaten various communities, including American Muslims," Mitchell…Read more...