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(ATLANTA, GA - 3/31/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today thanked British author Aru Kundnani for discussing his book, "The Musims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror," during an event sponsored by the Georgia Green Party and CAIR Georgia in Little Five Points.
"Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disparate as Texas, New York, and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, the book is is a comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies," according to the publisher." The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived antiextremism."
Georgia Green Party co-chairman Hugh Esco and CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell also delivered remarks at the event, which was held at Charis Books.
(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.
(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…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...