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CAIR-Georgia Files Amicus Brief in Support of Student Facing Jail Sentence Imposed by Judge Who Attacked His Iranian Heritage

Court2(ATLANTA, GA, 7/24/18) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the Georgia Court of Appeals in support of the McLendon Law Firm's request that the Court overturn the ruling of a Sandy Springs judge who attacked an Iranian-American nursing student's heritage as she sentenced him to jail.
"Bigotry has no place in our state, much less our courts of law," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "The City of Sandy Springs still has time to do the right thing by agreeing to reverse this unjust ruling. If the city refuses to do so, the Court of Appeals should intervene."

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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Two-Year Prison Sentence for Pro-Trump White Supremacist Who Threatened Augusta Mosque

Howard(ATLANTA, GA - 7/24/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed a federal judge's decision to impose a two-year prison sentence on Preston Q. Howard, a Missouri man who made a dozen threatening calls to the Islamic Center of Augusta (ISA) last summer. 
 
"We welcome the news that this anti-Muslim extremist was arrested and sentenced before he could escalate his vile hate speech into a violent hate crime," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia.
 
Howard, who apologized during the court hearing, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
"We hope that Mr. Howard will use his time in prison to give up his white supremacist beliefs and learn about different faiths so that he can return the free world a changed man," Mitchell added.

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CAIR Georgia Calls on Rep. Jason Spencer To Resign After Footage Airs of Him Yelling "Sand N*gger," Other Slurs

Screen shot 2018-07-23 at 12.39.52 AM.png(ATLANTA, GA - 7/22/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today called on Rep. Jason Spencer to immediately resign his position as a state representative after footage of Spencer shouting "sand n*gger," "n*gger," and other racial slurs aired on Showtime's "Who Is America?"
CAIR Georgia also called on Democratic and Republican leaders in Georgia--including Stacey Abrams, Casey Cagle, and Brian Kemp--to insist on Spencer's immediate resignation. 

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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

Countering Islamophobia

(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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