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Video: CAIR Georgia Hosts Town Hall on Shukri Ali Said And The Interaction Between Mental Illness, Implicit Bias & Excessive Force

TownHall2.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 7/28/2018) On Saturday, July 28, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Awad Law Firm and others hosted a town hall in Johns Creek about issues related to the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said and the broader issues of mental illness, implicit bias, and excessive police force.
 
 
Said, an American citizen from Somalia who suffered from mental illness, was shot and killed by law enforcement in Johns Creek on April 28th.

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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes City's Decision To Overturn Jail Sentence Imposed By Anti-Iranian Judge

SandySprings(ATLANTA, GA, 7/30/18) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the City of Sandy Springs' decision to vacate a jail sentence imposed by a judge who attacked an Iranian-American nursing student's heritage after a trial last year. The city also reached a new plea agreement with Mr. Fazial Azizan that requires him to serve only two months of probation.
 
"We are relieved that justice was done in this case," said attorney Jason McLendon, whose law firm--The McLendon Firm--represented Mr. Azizan during his appeal to the Fulton County Superior Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.

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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Jason Spencer's Resignation, Extends 'Open Invitation' to Meet Leaders of the Communities He Targeted

CAIRGA Spencer(ATLANTA, GA, 7/25/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed Jason Spencer's decision to resign from the Georgia state legislature. 
 
CAIR-Georgia also informed Rep. Jason Spencer that he has an"open invitation" to meet with representatives of the communities he offended in order apologize and make amends.
CAIR-Georgia had demanded that Spencer resign his position after he was shown shouting "sand n**ger," and other slurs on Showtime's "Who Is America?"

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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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