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(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.
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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."
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), CAIR Georgia and other organizations have teamed up with the Red Cross to host a public blood drive on July 14th at Atlanta's Dar-un-Noor Academy in solidarity with all victims of unjust violence around the world, from Chicago to Orlando to Aleppo.
Donors should register onine at redcrossblood.org using the code: dar-un-noor. Participants can also check their eligibility beforehand by using the Red Cross hotline at 1-866-236-3276.
"Atlanta hospitals face an urgent and significant shortage of blood supplies," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We encourage Atlantans of all faiths and backgrounds to donate blood in solidarity with the victims of unjust violence around the world, from Chicago to Orlando to Aleppo."