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(ATLANTA, GA - 6/22/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today issued a travel alert in response to the Supreme Court's expected decision regarding the freeze on President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
Over the next few weeks, the United States Supreme Court could make its first critical decisions about President Trump's Muslim Ban, which has been blocked over the past few months. Although the justices will not issue a final ruling on the ban, they must decide whether to continue freezing the Ban while lawsuits against it proceed through the system.
"Although we hope that the Supreme Court will maintain the injunction against President Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim Ban, every impacted community should prepare for the worst case scenario," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Citizens of the six targeted Muslim nations who live in America as lawful permanent residents, or with a student or work visa, should consult with an immigration attorney. We also recommend such residents stay in the United States until the Court issues its initial ruling."
(6/5/17 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it plans to co-host an interfaith gathering and food drive, on Satuday, June 10th at 11 am. The community service event, "No To Extremism & Bigotry. Yes to Service & Unity," comes in the wake of hate crimes here at home, terrorist attacks overseas, and "anti-Sharia" hate rallies planned for 23 cities on June 10th, including Atlanta.
In a statement, CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"As if the recent wave of hate crimes and terrorist attacks were not bad enough, an anti-Muslim hate group plans to hold "anti-Sharia" protests across the nation on Saturday, June 10th, including here in Atlanta. How should Georgia Muslims react?
(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the members of Georgia's U.S. House delegation who voted against an anti-Muslim bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks. In a narrow vote of 208 "Yes" to 217 "No," 27 Republicans and 190 Democrats voted against the amendment with no Democrats voting in support.
Franks' amendment would have required the Department of Defense to conduct…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its new Staff Attorney starting August 1st.
As part of CAIR Georgia's legal team, Khwaja works to investigate incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination, educate Georgia Muslims about their legal rights, and counter Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.
"As a law student, a legal intern, and an activist, Murtaza has already made important contributions to civil rights in recent years," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We are…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 6/24/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations today encouraged the Georgia Muslim community to continue hosting interfaith open houses and dinners, even after the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, CAIR Georgia delivered its Islam 101 presentation at interfaith dinners hosted by the Islamic Society of Stockbridge and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.
"We need not wait until Ramadan 2018 before engaging in interfaith dialogue with our neighbors," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "Georgia mosques should consider holding interfaith open houses or dinners…Read more...