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(ATLANTA, GA - 1/16/17) Georgia's Muslim community today called on Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter to either apologize or resign after he called Congressman John Lewis a "racist pig" in a Facebook post.
"Georgia Muslims feel a special affection for Congressman John Lewis, whose legacy reminds our community that winning civil rights and defeating bigotry are achievable goals," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "If a civil rights icon like Rep. Lewis is not safe from vile words of hatred, no one is. Mr. Hunter should apologize without reservation or resign without delay."
A variety of organizations, including The Georgia NAACP, have denounced Hunter's remarks as well as President-Elect Trump's false accusation that Rep. Lewis' district is crime-riddled.
"Any politician who has the audacity to accuse a civil rights leader of racism lives in a hypocritical fantasy world where up is down and left is right," Mitchell added. "Georgians of all backgrounds should continue speaking out until Commissioner Hunter apologizes or resigns."
(DUNWOODY, GA - 1/17/17) Please join CAIR Georgia for it its first major fundraising banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Dunwoody, God willing. You can support CAIR-GA's efforts to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims by buying an early discounted ticket for $50. Your company, organization or house of worship can also sponsor a table for $500.
Our special guest speakers include activist Linda Sarsour, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National. During the banquet, we hope to celebrate what CAIR Georgia accomplished in 2016 and raise enough funds to fulfill our goals for 2017.
(NORCROSS, GA - 12/17/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) delivered its Know Your Rights (Law Enforcment) Presentation at Masjid Omar ibn Abdul Aziz.
During the presentation, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the do's and don'ts of interactions with law enforcement, from traffic stops to courtroom visits to FBI interviews to airport travel.
Mitchell also discussed the unique needs of American Muslims in the workplace during an abbreviated Know Your Rights (Employment) presentation..
CAIR Georgia also offers an Islamic Last Will & Testament Workshop, a Public Speaking for Youth Seminar, and a Safety & Security Training.
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/4/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent the following letter to Rep. Jason Spencer after the state legislator accused one of his constituents, a college student, of treason because the young man criticized House Bill 3, Spencer's withdrawn proposal to ban women from wearing niqabs, and donated $10 to support CAIR Georgia's civil rights work.
Dear Rep. Spencer:
I am Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, our nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization. As you know, our organization promotes justice by engaging in interfaith dialogue, countering illegal discrimination, and building coalitions with our fellow Americans.
(12/17/16 - ARLINGTON, VA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations received the 2016 Chapter of the Year Award during CAIR's 22nd annual banquet, which was held outside Washington, DC, on Dec. 17th.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, who also served as emcee of the banquet, accepted the award alongside board member Emad Sabbah.
"We thank God for any positive work he has allowed us to do over the past year," Mitchell said. "We also thank our colleauges, board members and volunteers for their support."
(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...