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(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 helpful so far, and may be critical to rescuing her.
Law enforcement has asked us not to share certain new information so as not to interfere with their ongoing search. However, what I can say that we're confident that Salma is still alive, and that she is not alone. Whoever took her has committed a serious crime.
"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, whether it happens in Manhattan, Mogadishu, Charlottesville, or Charleston. Going forward, our nation's leaders should respond to this horrific attack by bringing us together in unity."
(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).
SEE: 1. Survey-Peter Aman.pdf, 2. Survey-Keisha_Lance_Bottoms.pdf, 3. Survey-Vincent_Fort.pdf, 4. SurveyKwanza_Hall.pdf 5. Survey-Ceasar_Mitchell.pdf, and 6. Survey-Cathy_Woolard.pdf (Mary Norwood and John Eaves have not yet submitted survey responses).
"We thank Atlanta's mayoral candidates for visiting local mosques, engaging with Atlanta Muslim voters, and completing these candidate surveys, which ask about a variety of issues important to our community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We're happy to see that several candidates have committed to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry, and support civil rights, if elected Mayor of Atlanta."
(SAVANNAH, GA - 10/23/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at Savannah State University's "The Story of Islam in Savannah," a day-long event designed to counter prejudice and raise awareness through lectures and dialogues about Islam in Savannah.
The series of lectures and dialogues featured speakers from Masjid Jihad of Savannah, the Islamic Center of Savannah, CAIR Georgia, Savannah State University, and religious leaders and community activists from various faiths in Savannah.
"We thank Savannah State University for hosting this important educational event, which gave students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about the contributions of American Muslims, including Savannah's rich and vibrant Muslim community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
One session celebrated Imam Maajid Faheem Ali, who led Masjid Jihad, Savannah’s first mosque, for almost 40 years.
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters about the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision in IRAP vs. Trump, one of the federal lawsuits against President Trump’s second Muslim Ban.
During the 24th annual United States Supreme Court Update, Mitchell explained the Court’s ruling, which allowed parts of President Trump’s immigration restrictions to take effect for a 90-day period between June and October.
“We thank the State Bar’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education for inviting us to discuss the travel ban case with our fellow Georgia attorneys,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, attorney and executive director of CAIR Georgia. “This is an ongoing, fluid and important case with wide-reaching implications for many attorneys, particularly those specializing in immigration and constitutional law.”
(ATLANTA, GA - 12/5/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the Muslim Ban by issuing a travel alert to Georgia residents, including Georgia Muslims, local businesses, and schools that may have connections to residents of the targeted Muslim-majority nations.
"Because anti-Muslim bigotry motivated President Trump's travel ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.… Read more...
(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 and members of the audience also engaged in a broader discussion about civil rights, Islamophobia, and how interfaith dialogue and negotiation…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...