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(ATLANTA, GA 5/19/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) today joined calls for the closure of Stewart Detention Center and a thorough investigation of detainee conditions after the suicide of 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph and the death of 58 year old Atulkumar Babubhai Pate
“When I visited detainees at Stewart Detention Center, the inmates told me they were very depressed, “ said Asma Elhuni, CAIR Georgia’s Community Outreach Director, who has visited Stewart Detention Center several times. "I heard from some detainees who have said some guards called them terrorists."
SEE: Immigrant Detainee Dies in ICE Custody http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/16/us/ice-stewart-detention-center-death/
The detainees' deaths mark the 8th and 9th of such incidents in 2017. Community activists have been calling on elected officials to investigate the conditions in these detention centers as ICE increases its raids on communities.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/8/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it plans to host three "Staying Safe During Ramadan" security trainings at three different mosques over the weekend of May 19th.
Special guest Nezar Hamza, a sworn law enforcment officer who serves as deputy director of CAIR Florida, plans to educate attendees about how to stay as safe as possible amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech and hate crimes.
Topics include active shooter response scenarios, mosque security, and safety tips for men, women and students.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/4/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today co-sponsored an event featuring remarks from investigative journalist, author and co-host of Democray Now!, Amy Goodman. Hosted by the local radio station WRFG 89.3, the event was held at Iconium Baptist Church.
"We thank Amy Goodman for visiting Atlanta and sharing her perspective on the pressing issues of our time, including the dangers posed by the Dakota Access Pipeline," said Asma Elhuni, outreach director for CAIR-GA. "Ms. Goodman's bold activisim has served as an inspiration to various communities across the country, including American Muslims."
In 1996, Goodman co-founded “Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report” at radio station WBAI in NYC. Twenty-one years later, it is broadcast on 1408 stations around the world as well as on television and the internet.
(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, 1/24/18) – On Saturday, February 24th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) plans to host its second annual fundraising gala, "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom," at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.
Our special guests will, God willing, include national activist Linda Sarsour, attorney Hassan Shibly, and attorney Roula Allouch, the first woman to chair CAIR National’s board of directors.
During the banquet, we hope to celebrate the successes that CAIR Georgia experienced—by the grace of God—in 2017, including our efforts to:Serve Georgia Muslims by… Read more...
(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/15/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today marked Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday by delivering remarks at the MLK memorial in Washington, DC.
During the event, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, communications director Ruwa Romman, as well as leaders from CAIR chapters across the country, gathered to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy, and its relevance to American Muslims.
"We thank God for the good that Dr. Martin Luther King did for our nation," Mitchell said. "Today, American Muslims should…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/10/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the City of Atlanta Detention Center for agreeing to permit inmates who cover their hair because of a sincerely held religious belief to do so while detained.
"We thank the City of Atlanta for agreeing to a policy that upholds religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We also commend our former outreach director, Asma Elhuni who sparked the effort to change this policy when she bravely defended her constitutional rights."
Last year, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested Elhuni and…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 12/29/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to an anti-Muslim smear against the 23rd annual southeast convention hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS).
In a Dec. 28th letter to the editor published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mr. David Swindle of the hate site Islamist Watch attacked the convention with common Islamophobic claims, comparing its American Muslim organizers to white supremacists, and accusing the organizers of ties to the Taliban, among other false and bigoted claims.
In response, CAIR Georgia…Read more...