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(ATLANTA, GA - 4/7/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired former legal clerk David Rodriguez to serve as its new paralegal and office manager. Rodriguez has years of experience working in the legal field.
"We can think of no one better for this position than David Rodriguez, an experienced paralegal who has worked in high-pressure legal environments," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We thank God for the opportunity to bring him aboard as we investigate cases of anti-Muslim discrimination."
Rodriguez, a Hispanic-American Muslim, spent seven years working as a legal assistant and case manager for The Secret Firm in Decatur. He then served as a Deputy Clerk in the Rockdale County Magistrate Court.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations encourages Georgia mosques to continue request a visit for the civil rights organization's free Know Your Rights seminars.
The educational presentation covers some of what American Muslims should know about traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, airport travel, employee rights and workplace discrimination, followed by a Q&A session.
Since the Trump Administration issued its original "Muslim Ban" executive order, CAIR Georgia has delivered KYR presentations or hosted similar panel discussions at Hamzah Islamic Center in Alpharetta, the Islamic Center of Augusta, Masjid Al-Momineen in Clarkston, Masjid Al-Jannah in Columbus, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Quba in Mableton.
(ATHENS, GA - 3/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations congratulated students and organizers of MIST 2017 during remarks at the event's closing ceremony in Athens. CAIR Georgia, which served as a co-sponsor and debate judge, encouraged students to pursue their passions while upholding their faith.
"Losing you, our youth, is one of the greatest threats facing the American Muslim community," said CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Whether you have a passion for the arts or medicine or law or science, line up your interests with the values of our faith and pursue both wholeheartedly."
"The Muslim Interscholastic Tournament of Atlanta (MIST) is a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops designed to bring Muslim and non-Muslim high school students together from around the nation to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills in order to develop a strong personal identity."
(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."
(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...