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(ATLANTA, GA - 9/14/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) accepted an invitation to deliver its Islam 101 presentation during a private lunch with members of a Presbyterian church in Atlanta.
Two dozen members of the church attended the event as part of their months-long effort to learn about various faiths, including Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Mitchell discussed Muslim demographics, beliefs and practices before taking audience questions about everything from theology to hot topics like terrorism.
(ROSWELL, GA - 9/16/16) Roswell Community Masjid (RCM) invited CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell to appear as the first guest at RCM's public interview program, Hot Topics & Hot Chocolate.
Dozens of Georgia Muslims attended the event, which was modeled after a media talk show. RCM's Executive Director interviewed Mitchell about a variety of topics, including the best ways to combat Islamophobia as well as the mosque stand-off in Newton County.
High school student Dania Ibrahim also performed spoken word and answered questions about her work as an activist.
"We thank Roswell Community Masjid for the opportunity to join its fun, engaging and innovative program," Mitchell said. "We hope the show continues for many years to come, God willing."
(CLARKSTON, GA - 9/17/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) delivered a Know Your Rights training to both law students and leaders of Clarkston's refugee community.
The presentation covered common issues related to both law enforcement and employers, particularly religious discrimination.
Hosted by Glitter of Hope and Georgia State College of Law Refugee and Immigration Legal Services Initiative, the event marked the kick-off for a student led legal clinic.
"Refugees and other immigrants must fully understand both their legal rights and their legal responsibilities as American citizens," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "As an American Muslim civil rights organization, we're happy to help Georgia State's law students educate our neighbors about those rights."
(ATLANTA, GA, 9/21/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it has withdrawn its request for a federal investigation into Newton County's moratorium on houses of worship, which the Board of Commissioners allowed to expire today.
"We thank Newton County's elected officials, clergy and residents for uniting in support of religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "So long as the county treats all houses of worship fairly and equally going forward, there will be no need for any outside legal intervention."
CAIR-GA, the Georgia NAACP, the ACLU of Georgia, Project South and 30 other organizations had previously called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Newton County for religious discrimination after the moratorium delayed a planned mosque and cemetery.
(DULUTH, GA - 9/18/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) delivered its Know Your Rights (Law Enforcment & Employment) Presentation at Madina Institute USA. During the presentation, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the do's and don'ts of interactions with law enforcement, from traffic stops to courtroom visits to FBI interviews to airport travel. Mitchell also discussed the unique needs of American Muslims in the workplace.
Watch video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwlJzgdUYBo