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Civil Rights Groups Help Defeat Every Anti-Immigrant Bill At Georgia State Capitol

unnamed.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today celebrated the defeat of SB 452 and other anti-immigrant legislation during Georgia's legislative session.

The legislation would have placed both documented and undocumented immigrants in Georgia at risk of indefinite detention and deportation for even minor infractions.

CAIR Georgia staff attorney and lobbyist Murtaza Khwaja worked with immigrant rights groups, Latino advocacy organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the ACLU of Georgia, and other civil rights groups to lobby against SB 452 and other legislation. This also marks also the second year in a row in which no legislator submitted an Islamophobic "anti-Sharia" bill at the State Capitol.

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CAIR-Georgia: Family to Host Interfaith Memorial for Shukri Ali Said

f7613a5b 8916 414d 9fc2 186e87a16e58(ATLANTA, GA, 5/9/2018) -- On Saturday, May 12, the family of Shukri Ali Said plans to host an interfaith memorial for her at Ocee Park in Johns Creek. Said, an American citizen of Somalia heritage who suffered from mental illness was shot and killed by law enforcement in Johns Creek on April 28th.

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WHAT: Interfaith Memorial for Shukri Ali Said

WHEN: Scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022

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CAIR Georgia Calls on Sen. Johnny Isakson to Vote Against Anti-Muslim Extremist Mike Pompeo's Nomination to Serve as Secretary of State

Pompeo AFP.jpg.transformed(ATLANTA, GA - 4/10/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today encouraged Sen. Johnny Isakson to vote against Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Seceretary of State.

Isakson sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Pompeo on Thursday, April 12.

"Because anyone who expresses hateful views about his fellow Americans should not represent America on the global stage, we hope that Senator Isakson will join Senator Rand Paul and other committee members in voting against Mr. Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.

In a letter hand-delivered to Sen. Isakson's office in Washington, DC, Mitchell outlined Mr. Pompeo's history of anti-Muslim bigotry.

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CAIR Georgia Releases 14-Page Report on Anti-Muslim Teachings of Police Instructor, Calls for End to Courses

Screen shot 2018-03-03 at 12.24.33 PM.png(ATLANTA, GA, 3/2/2018) – On Monday, March 5, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to publicly release a report documenting the false and defamatory anti-Muslim teachings of a police instructor who has been teaching Islamophobic courses to officers across Georgia since 2013.

SEEDownloadable Letter & Report on Anti-Muslim Georgia Police Instructor

At the joint noon news conference, CAIR-Georgia, the ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Project South also plan to call on the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) and other law enforcement agencies to stop hosting or accrediting the anti-Muslim courses offered by David Bores.

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CAIR Georgia Welcomes Syrian Grandfather to Atlanta for Cancer Treatment After Receiving ‘Muslim Ban’ Waiver

27658105_10100487091806147_3442339174390342947_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 2/12/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that Mohamed Al-Bitar, a Syrian grandfather suffering from eye cancer, has arrived in Atlanta for medical treatment after receiving a waiver to the Trump administration's “Muslim Ban.”
 
On Saturday, February 9, Al-Bitar and his wife arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where they were reunited with their Georgia-based family members, including a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.
 
"We thank everyone who said a prayer for this family, and we thank everyone who worked with us in the hope of saving Mr. Al-Bitar's life," said CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Despite the delay in his cancer treatment, we are hopeful that he will recover, and thankful that he is with his family."

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