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(ATLANTA, GA - 11/20/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Georgia's Muslim community for uniting to host a post-election community town hall meeting and self-defense seminar on Sunday, Nov. 20th, at 11 am at Al-Farooq Masjid.
"Although the 2016 election has ended, our social, religious and political activisim should continue," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "As a united community, we discussed how we can stay active and involved while also protecting ourselves, our mosques and our families from harm."
During the community town session hall led by Aisha Yaqoob of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Georgia Muslims discussed ways that the community can stay engaged moving forward, from political acivisim to interfaith outreach to protecting legal rights.
(ATLANTA, GA, 11/15/16) – On Wednesday, November 16, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives designed to counter a post-election surge in hate incidents targeting Georgia Muslims and other minorities.
Representatives from other local civil rights, interfaith and advocacy organizations, including Project South, the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, the Council of Mosques of Metro-Atlanta, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, also plan to react to the post-election climate and discuss solutions, including:
(ATLANTA, GA - 11/5/2016) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the U-Beyond Mentorship program for inviting CAIR-GA to speak to high school students in Clarkston about their career goals.
"It's a cliche, but it's true: young people represent our future," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We were therefore comforted and reassured to see such a diverse group of young peope eager to pursue careers in the science, math and technology fields, as well as medicine and law."
The U-Beyond event was held at Clarkston High School, which is home to many American Muslims as well as children of refugees and immigrants.
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad for visiting Atlanta, rallying Georgia Muslim voters, and supporting CAIR-GA's civil rights work.
"American Muslims lost a role model when Muhammad Ali passed away, but we gained another when Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the Olympics," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "We thank Ibtihaj for inspiring Georgia Muslims to make our own history by voting before or on Nov. 8th. As Ibtihaj said, you don't have to be an Olympian to be a hero. Just vote."
CAIR-GA co-hosted the election rally alongside a coalition of Georgia Muslims, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, I-PAC Georgia Political Action Committee, and the Muslim Mix.
(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...