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(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/16) Georgia Muslims united to host a successful Red Cross blood donation drive at Dar-un-Noor Academy on Thursday, July 14.
"While a mass murderer was taking lives in France on Thursday, Georgia Muslims were saving lives by hosting a blood donation drive at an Atlanta mosque," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Thank God, dozens of Georgia Muslims donated blood in solidarity with all victims of unjust violence around the world, from Baton Rouge and Dallas to Orlando and Aleppo."
Dozens of Atlantans, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, donated blood during the long-planned event, which was hosted by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), the Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP), The Baig Firm and AtlantaMuslim.com.
The Georgia Muslim Voter Project also registered voters during the event. See more photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1192516310799600.1073741835.556848707699700&type=1&l=695f1d7709
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/7/16) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hearings by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to address public outrage over two police shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota in just the past two days and to propose legislation to help prevent such deadly incidents from occurring in the future.
On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile while he was in a car with his girlfriend and her child. The aftermath of the shooting was livestreamed on Facebook.
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers outside a Baton Rouge, La. Video of the shooting was posted online by a community activist. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will take the lead in the investigation of that shooting.
SEE: A Look at Recent Police Shootings Involving Black Men (AP)
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Asalaamu Alaykum & Ramadan Mubarak,
This is Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
As you may know, CAIR Georgia has undergone a reboot in 2016. So have I. Only a few months ago, I left my career as a prosecuting attorney in order to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims full-time.
Since then, CAIR-GA has gone to work for our community, rebooted and rejuvenated. So far, alhamdulillah, we have:
(6/29/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today condemned Tuesday's suicide bombings at an international airport in Turkey, which killed over 50 people of various faiths and nationalities.
No group has claimed responsibility but the attack bears the hallmarks of mass-casualty attacks in Paris, Brussels, and Baghdad.
"The fact that these deranged extremists slaughtered people of all backgrounds at an airport in the heart of the Islamic world represents further proof that such murderers do not represent any faith," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We condemn this attack on our brothers and sisters in Turkey, just as we condemn all unjust violence, whether it occurs in Orlando, Chicago or Aleppo."