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(ATLANTA, GA - 3/26/17) On Sunday, March 26th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations delivered keynote remarks at "Dispelling the Myths: Islam, Refugees & Women," a community event hosted by the Refugee Women's Network at Emory Presbyerian Church.
During the event, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell dispelled common myths related to refugees, as well as the religion of Islam.
"CAIR Georgia and the Refugee Women's Network agree that education is the best vaccine against discrimination," Mitchell said. "That's why we united to educate our neighbors about issues related to refugees and immigrants. We have nothing to fear from refugees, who fled war and famine to build a better life for themselves."
"RWN inspires and equips refugee and immigrant women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities," the non-profit organization said. "For more than 20 years, we’ve continued to be the only organization in Georgia that specifically serves refugee women.
"RWN’s spectrum of services meets women where they are; whether they’ve been in the US for three months or three years. Whether they need help enrolling their children in school or they’re preparing to open their own business, we help women on their journey to become independent and self-sufficient."
(ATLANTA, GA - 3/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Ruwa Romman to serve as its Director of Communications starting on April 3rd. Romman is set to oversee the civil rights organization's internal and external communications, including public relations, social networking, government outreach, and fundraising appeals.
"We're beyond excited to welcome Ruwa Romman to the CAIR Georgia team as we serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "A thoughtful and driven young activist, Ruwa has developed an amazing amount of knowledge, talent and experience. We thank God for the opportunity to bring her aboard."
Romman has previously served as a development coordinator for Points of Light, a field coordinator for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, and a marketing consultant with the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. She was also elected president of the Student Government Association during her undergraduate studies at Oglethorpe University.
Romman is the latest new staffer that CAIR Georgia has hired in 2017. Asma Elhuni now serves as CAIR Georgia's Outreach Director, overseeing collaboration with civil rights groups, political activists, and community leaders outside the Muslim community. CAIR-GA also plans to hire a staff attorney and a paralegal.
(AUGUSTA, GA - 3/3/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations made a two-day visit to the Islamic Society of Augusta to deliver an Islam 101 presentation, a Know Your Rights seminars, and the Friday sermon during Jum'ah.
"We thank the leaders of the Islamic Society of Augusta for inviting CAIR Georgia to visit its strong and vibrant community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
Dozens of Augusta residents attended the Islam 101 presentation, "Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Bigotry & Terrorism," which covered Muslim demographics, beliefs and practices, as well as hot topics such as the twin threats of anti-Muslim bigotry and Muslim extremism.
During the Know Your Rights presentation, CAIR-GA educated ISA members about their legal rights during traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, and airport travel, particularly in light of President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
(WASHINGTON, DC - 3/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Rep. Hank Johnson for inviting Asma Elhuni, CAIR-GA's outreach director, to attend President Trump's first address to Congress. Elhuni also delivered remarks to congressional Democrats during her visit to Capitol Hill.
"I am here to remind Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and every other anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee extremist that we, too, are America," Elhuni said. "Maybe not the part of America President Trump ever thinks of. Maybe not the part of America he wants to make great again. But we, too, are America."
By inviting American Musims and others who targeted by President Trump's policies over the past month, members of Congress hoped to deliver a visual rebuke to the Trump Administration.
"We thank Rep. Johnson for giving Georgia Muslims a voice on Capitol Hill, as well as for his other efforts to defend our community from discrimination and bigotry," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
When: Saturday, March 11, 3 to 6 PM, God willing
(COVINGTON, GA - 11/16/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about civil rights and Islamophobia at Oxford College in Newton County, where controversy erupted last year over local opposition to a planned Islamic cemetery.
During the lecture to students and local community members, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell offered a behind-the-scenes look at what happened during the Newton County mosque stand-off. Mitchell…Read more...
(HOUSTON, TX - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked CAIR Houston for inviting CAIR-GA to attend and speak at its 16th annual banquet, which was held on Nov. 12th.
During the banquet, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell encouraged Texas Muslims to support their local CAIR chapter.
"Over the past year, diverse communities across the United States went through a lot: Latinos, women, immigrants, African-Americans, and, of course, American Muslims," Mitchell said. "Mosques burned down. Muslim students bullied. Muslim travelers profiled. Muslim immigrants banned. Muslim…Read more...
(ROSWELL, GA - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today encouraged the public to alert law enforcement if they see Salama Bounajra, a fifteen-year-old Roswell resident who went missing on Friday, Nov. 10th. Salma disappeared after leaving her home around 8 am.
In a statement, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"Thank you to everyone who has helped search for, and spread the word about, Salma, especially Roswell residents who have contacted us with tips. Those tips have been incredibly…Read more...
"On behalf of Georgia's Muslim community, we pray that God heals those injured in today's Manhattan attack, comforts the families of those lost, and brings those responsible to justice. Murdering innocent people is evil, insane, and irreligious,…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. The surveys asked candidates about their positions on Islamophobia, civil rights, affordable housing, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).Read more...