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One Year After Mosque Standoff, CAIR Georgia Returns To Newton County For Lecture on Civil Rights, Islamophobia

23622475_10100446027304737_4731959577325277450_n.jpg(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 and members of the audience also engaged in a broader discussion about civil rights, Islamophobia, and how interfaith dialogue and negotiation can be used to resolve such conflicts.

"We thank the people of Newton County for inviting us back to this diverse, welcoming and vibrant community," Mitchell said. "Last year, the controversy over the Islamic cemetery came to a swift end not simply because of activisim by civil rights groups, but because--thank God--local politicians, clergy, and citizens stood up against bigotry, and in support  of religious freedom. Looking back, all Americans can learn something positive from what happened in Newton County."

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CAIR Georgia Visits Texas, Delivers Keynote Remarks At CAIR Houston's 16th Annual Banquet

23519147_10100444272107167_2480692407862198311_n.jpg(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 women harassed. Yet despite the difficulties, or perhaps because of them, this also has been a year in which American Muslims became more engaged and more united."

CAIR Houston's banquet also featured remarks from Mike Floyd, who at 18 became the the youngest elected official in Texas last year.

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CAIR Georgia Asks Public For Help Locating Muslim Teenager Who Went Missing in Roswell on Nov. 10th

23472917_10155058104635823_9011633849305379282_n.jpg(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.

SEE: 11 Alive Interviews Family As Police Search for Missing Roswell Teenager

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 helpful so far, and may be critical to rescuing her.

Law enforcement has asked us not to share certain new information so as not to interfere with their ongoing search. However, what I can say that we're confident that Salma is still alive, and that she is not alone. Whoever took her has committed a serious crime.

If you even think you see Salma, immediately call 911. If you know anything, please call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100 or email your tip to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.If you are uncomfortable speaking to law enforcement, you can contact CAIR Georgia at 404-285-9530 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

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