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CAIR Georgia to Sandy Springs: Reverse Jail Sentence Imposed By Judge Who Attacked Defendant's Iranian Heritage

maxresdefault.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 7/11/18) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) has called on the City of Sandy Springs to reverse the ruling of a judge who expressed bigoted views toward an Iranian-American nursing student as she sentenced him to five months in jail for a misdemeanor violation.
 
"Bigotry has no place in a court of law," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "A judge who openly expresses bigotry towards Americans from Iran cannot be trusted to judge those very same Americans."

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CAIR Georgia Applauds Carter Center for Releasing Journal on Countering Islamophobia

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(ATLANTA, GA - 7/10/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today applauded The Carter Center for releasing "Countering the Islamophobia Industry: Toward More Effective Strategies," an academic publication featuring articles from experts and activists working to combat anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and around the world, including CAIR Georgia's executive director.

SEE: Countering the Islamophobia Industry: Toward More Effective Strategies (PDF)

In November 2017, Dr. Houda Abadi, associate director of the Conflict Resolution Center at The Carter Center, organized a two-day conference in Atlanta featuring the individuals who later contributed pieces to the journal. 

The final publication includes pieces from former President Jimmy Carter, Ambassador (Ret.) Ebrahim Rasool, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Professor Khaled Beydoun, Ms. Debbie Almontaser, and Ms. Soumaya Khalifa, among others.

"We applaud Dr. Houda Abadi and her colleagues at the The Carter Center for bringing together an international collection of activists and experts to expose and counter the threat of Islamophobia," said CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, whose piece in the journal is titled, "Reducing a Threat to a Nuisance: A Holistic Strategy to Counter Islamophobia."

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CAIR Georgia Speaks At #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally, Thousands March

36454449_1958364997548057_1425063259685257216_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 6/30/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-hosted and spoke at a Families Belong Together Rally in downtown Atlanta, one of dozens of similar marches across the nation. As many as 20,000 people joined the march to protest the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families who illegelly cross the U.S. border with Mexico, which has left thousands of children separated from their parents.

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CAIR Georgia Denounces Supreme Court's Muslim Ban Ruling in Series of Appearances Across Atlanta

Musim Ban.png(ATLANTA, GA - 6/26/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today denounced the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's third “Muslim Ban."

CAIR Georgia spoke out against the ruling during a series of appearances across Atlanta, including an interfaith press conference outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, a radio interview with Closer Look on NPR/WABE, and a protest outside the Richard B. Russell federal courthouse.

SEE: Radio Interview With NPR/WABE

SEE: Photos From Protest Outside Federal Courthouse

CAIR Georgia also plans to co-host an informational community forum about the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling at Roswell Community Masjid on June 28.

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CAIR Georgia Thanks Local Jail for Reversing Course, Allowing Muslim Inmate to Fast and Eat Kosher in Ramadan

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(ATLANTA, GA - 5/25/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the Cobb County Jail for resolving a complaint filed by a Muslim inmate who had been denied the opportunity to properly break his Ramadan fast, as well as access to kosher food.
"We thank the Cobb County Jail for quickly changing course and doing the right thing," said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney for CAIR Georgia. "Preventing this inmate from properly breaking his fast was a serious constitutional violation. So was denying him access to the jail's supply of kosher food. We appreciate the county's decision to rectify these problems after we brought them to its attention."
On May 23, the family of a Muslim-American inmate at the Cobb County Jail contacted CAIR Georgia for assistance.
The inmate had been fasting from dawn to sunset since May 17th in observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

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