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(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 - 2/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Asma Elhuni to serve as its Director of Community Outreach. Elhuni, a student and activist who also serves as a member of CAIR Georgia's Advisory Board of Directors, is the first of several new staffers CAIR Georgia hopes to hire in 2017.
"To call Asma a strong, passionate, and dedicated activist would be an understatement," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "She vocally stands up for the rights of various communities, including Georgia women, Latinos, and students. Asma has done all of this while pursuing her studies, serving as a legislative intern, and volunteering with CAIR Georgia. We thank God for the opportunity to finally make her an official part of our team as we work to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
(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.
(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.
(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…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 6/22/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today issued a travel alert in response to the Supreme Court's expected decision regarding the freeze on President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
Over the next few weeks, the United States Supreme Court could make its first critical decisions about President Trump's Muslim Ban, which has been blocked over the past few months. Although the justices will not issue a final ruling on the ban, they must decide whether to continue freezing the Ban while lawsuits against it proceed through the system.
"Although we hope that the Supreme Court will maintain the…Read more...