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(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/4/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations visited Capitol Hill this week to participate in the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day. During the two-day event, CAIR Georgia leaders joined over 400 American Muslims to promote greater political engagement, forge stronger ties with members of Congress, and express support for important legislation.
“We thank our congressional representatives for taking the time to learn about issues of importance to the Georgia Muslim community, including an end to religious and racial profiling, protecting DACA recipients, and permanently ending the Trump Administration’s limits on Muslim immigration,” said CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.
“The massive turnout for this year’s National Muslim Advocacy Day was especially inspiring and reassuring in light of the ongoing increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said Ruwa Romman, communications director for CAIR Georgia. “Such bigotry has motivated Georgia Muslims to become even more involved in the political process.”
(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 have rebuilt their lives here in Georgia," Elhuni said. "In order to maintain that warm and welcoming environment, Clarkston should pledge not to detain or hold residents at the request of the Trump Administration without a valid federal warrant. In doing so, Clarkston can grant residents peace of mind, encourage them to contact law enforcement for help, and ensure the government enforces our immigration laws fairly and wisely."
(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 private school should employ at least one armed security guard, keep their entry doors locked 24/7, monitor the campus with security cameras, and train students to respond to an emergency situation, including active shooter scenarios."
Students at W.D. Mohammed High School also practiced an emergency evacuation under the supervision of local law enforcement.
(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, voting, community activism, and pursuing related careers, all while upholding the values of their Islamic faith.
"We thank Masjid Omar for hosting this important week of events, which also covered the topics Islam and Leadership Training, Spirituality & Mental Health, Education & Career Building," Mitchell said. "The importance of building a proud, devout and civically engaged generation of young American Muslims cannot be overstated."
(COVINGTON, GA - 11/16/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about civil rights and Islamophobia at Oxford College in Newton County, where controversy erupted last year over local opposition to a planned Islamic cemetery.
During the lecture to students and local community members, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell offered a behind-the-scenes look at what happened during the Newton County mosque stand-off. Mitchell…Read more...
(HOUSTON, TX - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked CAIR Houston for inviting CAIR-GA to attend and speak at its 16th annual banquet, which was held on Nov. 12th.
During the banquet, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell encouraged Texas Muslims to support their local CAIR chapter.
"Over the past year, diverse communities across the United States went through a lot: Latinos, women, immigrants, African-Americans, and, of course, American Muslims," Mitchell said. "Mosques burned down. Muslim students bullied. Muslim travelers profiled. Muslim immigrants banned. Muslim…Read more...
(ROSWELL, GA - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today encouraged the public to alert law enforcement if they see Salama Bounajra, a fifteen-year-old Roswell resident who went missing on Friday, Nov. 10th. Salma disappeared after leaving her home around 8 am.
In a statement, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"Thank you to everyone who has helped search for, and spread the word about, Salma, especially Roswell residents who have contacted us with tips. Those tips have been incredibly…Read more...
"On behalf of Georgia's Muslim community, we pray that God heals those injured in today's Manhattan attack, comforts the families of those lost, and brings those responsible to justice. Murdering innocent people is evil, insane, and irreligious,…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. The surveys asked candidates about their positions on Islamophobia, civil rights, affordable housing, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).Read more...