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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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Invite to Sponsor CAIR Georgia's 2018 Fundraising Gala: "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom"

2018 Banquet 2.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 1/24/18) – On Saturday, February 24th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) plans to host its second annual fundraising gala, "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom," at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. 

Our special guests will, God willing, include national activist Linda Sarsour, attorney Hassan Shibly, and attorney Roula Allouch, the first woman to chair CAIR National’s board of directors.

During the banquet, we hope to celebrate the successes that CAIR Georgia experienced—by the grace of God—in 2017, including our efforts to:

  • Serve Georgia Muslims by delivering free educational presentations, including Know Your Rights seminars, Islamic Last Will workshops, Self-Defense seminars, and college lectures.
  • Protect Georgia Muslims by investigating anti-Muslim bigotry, building coalitions with other civil rights groups, and countering Islamophobia in both the court of law and public opinion.
  • Advocate for Georgia Muslims by interviewing all of Atlanta's top mayoral candidates, lobbying on Capitol Hill, delivering Islam 101 seminars, and interacting with local and national media.
  • Unite Georgia Muslims by hosting a march in response to the ethnic cleansing of Rohyingya Muslims, a food drive in response to an anti-Sharia hate rally at Piedmont Park, and multiple protests in response to restrictions on religious freedom in Jerusalem.

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CAIR Georgia Marks MLK Day With Remarks At King Memorial in Washington, DC

MLK.jpg(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.

Video: CAIR Georgia Remarks At MLK Memorial

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 American Muslims. 

"We thank God for the good that Dr. Martin Luther King did for our nation," Mitchell said. "Today, American Muslims should learn from, and carry on, his successful struggle for civil rights as we struggle against modern forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia."

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