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(6/5/17 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it plans to co-host an interfaith gathering and food drive, on Satuday, June 10th at 11 am. The community service event, "No To Extremism & Bigotry. Yes to Service & Unity," comes in the wake of hate crimes here at home, terrorist attacks overseas, and "anti-Sharia" hate rallies planned for 23 cities on June 10th, including Atlanta.
In a statement, CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"As if the recent wave of hate crimes and terrorist attacks were not bad enough, an anti-Muslim hate group plans to hold "anti-Sharia" protests across the nation on Saturday, June 10th, including here in Atlanta. How should Georgia Muslims react?
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/28/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today appeared on CNN International to discuss how Georgia Muslims are reacting to an Islamophobic hate crime in Portland, Oregon.
Last week, an anti-Muslim bigot harassed two Muslim teenagers on a public train, and then stabbed three men who intervened to stop him. Two died.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/20/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted three back-to-back "Staying Safe During Ramadan" self-defense seminars at three different mosques over the weekend of May 19th.
Special guest Nezar Hamza, a sworn law enforcment officer who serves as deputy director of CAIR Florida, educated attendees about how to stay as safe as possible amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech and hate crimes.
Topics included active shooter response scenarios, mosque security, and safety tips for men, women and children. Participants also received free bottles of pepper spray after learning how to use them.
"We encourage other Georgia Muslims to request these safety and security trainings," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "God willing, these trainings will teach us how to protect ourselves, our families and our houses of worship during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond."
(ATLANTA, GA 5/19/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) today joined calls for the closure of Stewart Detention Center and a thorough investigation of detainee conditions after the suicide of 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph and the death of 58 year old Atulkumar Babubhai Pate
“When I visited detainees at Stewart Detention Center, the inmates told me they were very depressed, “ said Asma Elhuni, CAIR Georgia’s Community Outreach Director, who has visited Stewart Detention Center several times. "I heard from some detainees who have said some guards called them terrorists."
SEE: Immigrant Detainee Dies in ICE Custody http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/16/us/ice-stewart-detention-center-death/
The detainees' deaths mark the 8th and 9th of such incidents in 2017. Community activists have been calling on elected officials to investigate the conditions in these detention centers as ICE increases its raids on communities.