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(11/29/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined a Fight for $15 protest held by Atlanta workers striking to demand a higher minimum wage. Thousands of American workers nationwide, particularly fast-food workers, went on strike during a National Day of Action.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell spoke during a strike outside a McDonald's in Atlanta while activist and CAIR-GA advisory board member Asma Elhuni also spoke at three strikes, including one atHartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
"Fast-food workers are going on strike," event organizers announced. "Airport workers will hold major protests at nearly 20 of the nation’s busiest airports. And workers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will go on strike to demand fair pay for hard work."
(11/23/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Morehouse College to participate in a post-election panel discussion moderated by journalist Rose Scott of WABE.
Panelists included CNN commentator Angela Rye, Emory University Professor Andra Gillespie, Morehouse Political Science professors Illya Davis and Levar Smith, and CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, a 2009 graduate of Morehouse.
Students, faculty and staff crowded into the Bank of America Auditorium on Tuesday night to listen to the conversation, which was titled “Election Reflection: Trump Won. Now What?”
The Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, led by sports journalist and professor Ron Thomas, hosted the panel discussion.
(ATLANTA, GA - 11/20/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Georgia's Muslim community for uniting to host a post-election community town hall meeting and self-defense seminar on Sunday, Nov. 20th, at 11 am at Al-Farooq Masjid.
"Although the 2016 election has ended, our social, religious and political activisim should continue," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "As a united community, we discussed how we can stay active and involved while also protecting ourselves, our mosques and our families from harm."
During the community town session hall led by Aisha Yaqoob of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Georgia Muslims discussed ways that the community can stay engaged moving forward, from political acivisim to interfaith outreach to protecting legal rights.
(ATLANTA, GA, 11/15/16) – On Wednesday, November 16, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives designed to counter a post-election surge in hate incidents targeting Georgia Muslims and other minorities.
Representatives from other local civil rights, interfaith and advocacy organizations, including Project South, the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, the Council of Mosques of Metro-Atlanta, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, also plan to react to the post-election climate and discuss solutions, including:
(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...