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(ATLANTA, GA - 11/5/2016) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the U-Beyond Mentorship program for inviting CAIR-GA to speak to high school students in Clarkston about their career goals.
"It's a cliche, but it's true: young people represent our future," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We were therefore comforted and reassured to see such a diverse group of young peope eager to pursue careers in the science, math and technology fields, as well as medicine and law."
The U-Beyond event was held at Clarkston High School, which is home to many American Muslims as well as children of refugees and immigrants.
(10/26/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today delivered a lecture on Islamophobia to students at Emory University.
During the lecture, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the origins of anti-Muslim bigotry and as well as long-term solutions to the phenomenon.
"We thank Emory University for welcoming us to visit and discuss the complex and important issue," Mitchell said. "Indeed, the origins and effects of anti-Muslim bigotry are worthy of study at the academic level."
Mitchell attributed anti-Muslim bigotry, commonly known as "Islamophobia," to a concerted effort by radical rightwing activisits who make millions of dollars annually by spreading conspiracy theories about American Muslims. Mitchell also faulted Muslim extremists overseas whose violence gives
"Mainstream Muslims are fighting a two-front information war against anti-Muslim bigots here at home and Muslim extremists overseas," Mitchell said. "God willing, we will win this struggle by engaging in interfaith dialogue, countering extremist propaganda, standing up for our civil rights, and holding onto our faith."
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad for visiting Atlanta, rallying Georgia Muslim voters, and supporting CAIR-GA's civil rights work.
"American Muslims lost a role model when Muhammad Ali passed away, but we gained another when Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the Olympics," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "We thank Ibtihaj for inspiring Georgia Muslims to make our own history by voting before or on Nov. 8th. As Ibtihaj said, you don't have to be an Olympian to be a hero. Just vote."
CAIR-GA co-hosted the election rally alongside a coalition of Georgia Muslims, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, I-PAC Georgia Political Action Committee, and the Muslim Mix.
(10/23/16 - ALPHARETTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today offered support for Noor Family Services, an organization dedicated to protecting Muslim and immigrant families from domestic violence.
During the group's inaugural event in Alpharetta, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the dangers of domestic violence.
"Georgia Muslims need different organizations to tackle different problems," Mitchell said. "ICNA Atlanta handles charity, mosques handle worship, CAIR-GA handles discrimination, the ISB handles interfaith dialogue."
Mitchell added, "Now Noor Family Services can tackle the social ill of family violence, which threatens people of all faiths and backgrounds in America."
(10/13/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) joined FM 89.3 for a radio interview about Georgia Muslims and their role in the Nov. 8 election.
During the interview, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell highlighted results of CAIR's 2016 American Muslim Voter Survey, which showed that 86% of respondents plan to vote this fall.
In voting at such a high rate, Mitchell said, American Muslims can increase their political clout and advance issues of importance, including civil rights, education, and jobs.
"Every four years, candidates and activists insist that this latest election is the most important on of our lifetimes," Mitchell said.