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(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accused one of his constituents, a college student, of treason because the young man criticized House Bill 3, Spencer's withdrawn proposal to ban women from wearing niqabs, and donated $10 to support CAIR Georgia's civil rights work.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.
(12/17/16 - ARLINGTON, VA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations received the 2016 Chapter of the Year Award during CAIR's 22nd annual banquet, which was held outside Washington, DC, on Dec. 17th.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, who also served as emcee of the banquet, accepted the award alongside board member Emad Sabbah.
"We thank God for any positive work he has allowed us to do over the past year," Mitchell said. "We also thank our colleauges, board members and volunteers for their support."
(11/29/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined a Fight for $15 protest held by Atlanta workers striking to demand a higher minimum wage. Thousands of American workers nationwide, particularly fast-food workers, went on strike during a National Day of Action.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell spoke during a strike outside a McDonald's in Atlanta while activist and CAIR-GA advisory board member Asma Elhuni also spoke at three strikes, including one atHartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
"Fast-food workers are going on strike," event organizers announced. "Airport workers will hold major protests at nearly 20 of the nation’s busiest airports. And workers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will go on strike to demand fair pay for hard work."
(11/23/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Morehouse College to participate in a post-election panel discussion moderated by journalist Rose Scott of WABE.
Panelists included CNN commentator Angela Rye, Emory University Professor Andra Gillespie, Morehouse Political Science professors Illya Davis and Levar Smith, and CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, a 2009 graduate of Morehouse.
Students, faculty and staff crowded into the Bank of America Auditorium on Tuesday night to listen to the conversation, which was titled “Election Reflection: Trump Won. Now What?”
The Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, led by sports journalist and professor Ron Thomas, hosted the panel discussion.
(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…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...