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"I beg President Trump to let my father come back to Georgia so that doctors can treat his cancer," said Mrs. Bana Al-Bitar, a Roswell resident and daughter of Mr. Mohammed Al-Bitar. "This has nothing to do with politics or security. This is about family."
(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.
Mitchell said, "Although we hope the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn this unjust and unconstitutional policy, President Trump is now able to ban travelers from the targeted Muslims countries, even if they have family, job offers, or educational opportunities in the United States."
As a precaution, CAIR Georgia warned citizens of the targeted countries who are present in Georgia as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas.
(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 can be used to resolve such conflicts.
"We thank the people of Newton County for inviting us back to this diverse, welcoming and vibrant community," Mitchell said. "Last year, the controversy over the Islamic cemetery came to a swift end not simply because of activisim by civil rights groups, but because--thank God--local politicians, clergy, and citizens stood up against bigotry, and in support of religious freedom. Looking back, all Americans can learn something positive from what happened in Newton County."
(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 women harassed. Yet despite the difficulties, or perhaps because of them, this also has been a year in which American Muslims became more engaged and more united."
CAIR Houston's banquet also featured remarks from Mike Floyd, who at 18 became the the youngest elected official in Texas last year.
(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...