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CAIR-GA Thanks Congressmen Who Blocked Anti-Muslim House Bill

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(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the members of Georgia's U.S. House delegation who voted against an anti-Muslim bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks. In a narrow vote of 208 "Yes" to 217 "No," 27 Republicans and 190 Democrats voted against the amendment with no Democrats voting in support.

SEE: Final Vote Results For Rep. Franks' Amendment Number 13

Franks' amendment would have required the Department of Defense to conduct two strategic assessments, one to be conducted by government employees and the other by non-governmental "experts" on the "use of violent or unorthodox Islam to support extremist or terrorist messaging."

Representatives John Lewis, David Scott, Hank Johnson, and Sanford Bishop, all Democrats, voted against the amendment. Representatives Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Karen Handel, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Doug Collins, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rick Allen, and Tom Graves, all Republicans, voted for it.

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CAIR Georgia Hires Murtaza Khwaja, Alum of GSU & Emory, To Serve As Staff Attorney

Khwaja(ATLANTA, GA - 8/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its new Staff Attorney starting August 1st.

As part of CAIR Georgia's legal team, Khwaja works to investigate incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination, educate Georgia Muslims about their legal rights, and counter Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.

"As a law student, a legal intern, and an activist, Murtaza has already made important contributions to civil rights in recent years," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We are excited to welcome this bright and driven young man to our team so that we can–God willing–better serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."

Khwaja received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Emory University, and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, he interned with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, and spent a year working in the Capital Defenders Clinic, where he helped Georgia Capital Defender attorneys make argue for life sentences, rather than the death penality, at trial.

As a member of the Muslim Law Students Association at the GSU College of Law, Khwaja co-founded the Glitter of Hope Legal Clinic.

The clinic aimed to provide legal assistance and resources to the Clarkston refugee community, including Know Your Rights workshops.

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Video: CAIR-GA Warns Mosques, Calls for Arrest of Rightwing Extremist Threatening Violence

ASMA(ATLANTA, GA - 7/17/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on mosques in Georgia and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a man who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.
 
In the weeks since June 22, an unidentified male using a Missouri phone number has called a Georgia mosque eight times and left more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages.
The caller repeatedly threatens to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general.
 

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Video: CAIR-GA Joins Coalition of Attorneys Countering Muslim Ban at Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield(ATLANTA, GA, 06/29/17) Starting on Thursday, June 29, a coalition of Georgia law firms and civil rights organizations plan to assist travelers who may be impacted by President Trump's "Muslim Ban," parts of which are scheduled to take effect at 8 pm EST at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 
 
 
The coalition encourages the family members of any wrongfully detained travelers to contact the attorneys for assistance over the weekend.
 
"The fact that President Trump wants to ban many American Muslims from welcoming their grandparents to the United States is the latest sign that this executive order has little to do with national security and everything to do with anti-Muslim bigotry," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "Grandparents hardly pose a threat to the homeland."

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CAIR-GA Encourages Mosques To Continue Hosting Interfaith Dinners After Ramadan

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(ATLANTA, GA - 6/24/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations today encouraged the Georgia Muslim community to continue hosting interfaith open houses and dinners, even after the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, CAIR Georgia delivered its Islam 101 presentation at interfaith dinners hosted by the Islamic Society of Stockbridge and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.

"We need not wait until Ramadan 2018 before engaging in interfaith dialogue with our neighbors," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "Georgia mosques should consider holding interfaith open houses or dinners every month or so in order to build bridges, break down stereotypes, and answer questions about Islam and Muslims."

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