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When: Saturday, March 11, 3 to 6 PM, God willing
(ATHENS, GA - 2/4/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered back-to-back Islam 101 presentations at Masjid Al Huda's annual interfaith open house.
During the day-long event, over 1,000 Athens residents visited the mosque, tasting international food, touring the prayer area, listening to Quran recitation, and observing CAIR-GA's Islam 101 presentation.
The presentation included an overview of who Muslims are, what Muslims believe and what Muslims practice, followed by a Q&A session led by CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. Other speakers at the open house included Imam Dr. Adel Amer, the local mayor and the local chief of police.
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/25/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined a panel discussion hosted by civil rights attorneys with the Department of Education.
Alongside representatives of the Jewish and Sikh communities, CAIR-GA outlined problems confronting American Muslim school children, including bullying and inaction by some administrators.
"We thank the Department of Education for reminding Atlanta's faith commuities that the department is stil here, ready to protect the rights of students who should be able to go to school without fear of bullying or harassment," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
Other speakers at the event included Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta; Judy Marx, executive director of Interfaith Community Initiatives, and members of the Sikh Education Welfare Association (SEWA Georgia).
(MARIETTA, GA - 1/26/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined demonstrators in support of workers calling for better treatment at a Nissan factory.
"5,000 workers, 80% of them African-American, are organizing a union at the Nissan car plant in Canton, Mississippi," protest organizers said. "They experience dangerous working conditions, bullying by management, unfair treatment of temp workers and long hours. And when workers began organizing, Nissan threatened to close the plant."
CAIR-GA Community Outreach Director, Asma Elhuni, spoke in favor of workers at the protest, which was held in Marietta.
(ATLANTA, GA - 2/19/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today announced that a sold-out crowd donated nearly $200,000 to support the civil rights organization at "Promoting Justice, Countering Bigotry," CAIR-GA's first major banquet. The Islamic Center of Middle Georgia in Warner Robins also held a weekend fundraiser for CAIR-GA, bringing the weekend total close to $300,000.
Full Video: CAIR Georgia's 2017 Banquet at The Westin Hotel
"We thank God for the support of our neighbors, especially faith leaders, local businesses, and our fellow civil rights groups," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "With this overwhelming support, we hope to expand our staff and establish a new office so that we can continue serving, protecting and advocating for Georgia Muslims."
(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the members of Georgia's U.S. House delegation who voted against an anti-Muslim bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks. In a narrow vote of 208 "Yes" to 217 "No," 27 Republicans and 190 Democrats voted against the amendment with no Democrats voting in support.
Franks' amendment would have required the Department of Defense to conduct…Read more...
(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…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 6/24/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations today encouraged the Georgia Muslim community to continue hosting interfaith open houses and dinners, even after the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, CAIR Georgia delivered its Islam 101 presentation at interfaith dinners hosted by the Islamic Society of Stockbridge and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.
"We need not wait until Ramadan 2018 before engaging in interfaith dialogue with our neighbors," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "Georgia mosques should consider holding interfaith open houses or dinners…Read more...