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(ATLANTA, GA - 1/21/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) co-sponsored, delivered speeches, and marched at two Atlanta demonstrations in response to President Trump's inauguration, including the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women, which also featured remarks by Congressman John Lewis.
"These marches gave diverse communities a chance to learn from each other, strengthen each other, and remind each other that we have a new president, but we do not have a new Constitution," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "This is still America. The rules of the game are still the same. Now it's our responsibility to ensure that our leaders play by those rules over the next four years. If they fail to do so, we must be ready to defend our rights by any legal means necessary."
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/16/17) Georgia's Muslim community today called on Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter to either apologize or resign after he called Congressman John Lewis a "racist pig" in a Facebook post.
"Georgia Muslims feel a special affection for Congressman John Lewis, whose legacy reminds our community that winning civil rights and defeating bigotry are achievable goals," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "If a civil rights icon like Rep. Lewis is not safe from vile words of hatred, no one is. Mr. Hunter should apologize without reservation or resign without delay."
A variety of organizations, including The Georgia NAACP, have denounced Hunter's remarks as well as President-Elect Trump's false accusation that Rep. Lewis' district is crime-riddled.
"Any politician who has the audacity to accuse a civil rights leader of racism lives in a hypocritical fantasy world where up is down and left is right," Mitchell added. "Georgians of all backgrounds should continue speaking out until Commissioner Hunter apologizes or resigns."
(DUNWOODY, GA - 1/17/17) Please join CAIR Georgia for it its first major fundraising banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Dunwoody, God willing. You can support CAIR-GA's efforts to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims by buying an early discounted ticket for $50. Your company, organization or house of worship can also sponsor a table for $500.
Our special guest speakers include activist Linda Sarsour, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National. During the banquet, we hope to celebrate what CAIR Georgia accomplished in 2016 and raise enough funds to fulfill our goals for 2017.
(NORCROSS, GA - 12/17/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) delivered its Know Your Rights (Law Enforcment) Presentation at Masjid Omar ibn Abdul Aziz.
During the presentation, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the do's and don'ts of interactions with law enforcement, from traffic stops to courtroom visits to FBI interviews to airport travel.
Mitchell also discussed the unique needs of American Muslims in the workplace during an abbreviated Know Your Rights (Employment) presentation..
CAIR Georgia also offers an Islamic Last Will & Testament Workshop, a Public Speaking for Youth Seminar, and a Safety & Security Training.
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/4/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent the following letter to Rep. Jason Spencer after the state legislator accused one of his constituents, a college student, of treason because the young man criticized House Bill 3, Spencer's withdrawn proposal to ban women from wearing niqabs, and donated $10 to support CAIR Georgia's civil rights work.
Dear Rep. Spencer:
I am Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, our nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization. As you know, our organization promotes justice by engaging in interfaith dialogue, countering illegal discrimination, and building coalitions with our fellow Americans.
(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…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...
(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…Read more...
"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,…Read more...
(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).Read more...