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CAIR-GA Launches 'Conservative Outreach Initiative' To Combat Islamophobia

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(ATLANTA, GA - 8/17/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced the start of an outreach initiative designed to reduce Islamophobia by educating political activists, particularly conservatives, about mainstream Muslim beliefs and practices.
"During the 2000 presidential election, many American Muslims voted for George W. Bush," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "However, the rise of violent extremism overseas, as well as Islamophobia here at home, has led some conservatives to fear and even loathe their neighbors. Georgia Muslims—who love God, family, and country as much as any other American—hope to put those fears to bed by addressing them head-on at their source."

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Med School Allows Female Student To Attend Without Publicly Undressing

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(8/14/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today welcomed a medical school's decision to allow a female Muslim student to attend without removing her clothing in view of her male classmates. 

"An aspiring doctor should never have to choose between her faith and her education," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "She can fulfill the obligations of both, like so many orthodox Jewish and Muslim medical professionals before her."

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Atlanta Muslim, Jewish & Christian Leaders Thank Rep. Hank Johnson for Mideast Peace Advocacy

Hank(8/8/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today united with leaders of the Jewish and Christian community to thank Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for speaking out in support of peace and justice in the Holy Land.

CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Atlanta Jewish Voice for Peace leader Ilise Cohen, and Rev. Fahed Abuakel, a Palestinian Christian who was the first Arab elected to lead the American Presbyterian Church, sent a letter to Rep. Johnson encouraging him to continue his advocacy.

Rep. Johnson recently came under fire after comparing the "corrosive process" of illegal Israeli settelement on activity on Palestinian territory to the damage caused by "termites."

"Although CAIR-GA agreed with Congressman Johnson's decision to clarify and apologize for the analogy, his broader point about the dangers of such settlement activity was valid and worthy of support," Mitchell said.

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CAIR-GA Delivers 'Islam 101' Lecture at African-American Church Founded in 1854

CAIR Minnesota(FAYETTEVILLE, GA - 8/4/16) CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell visited Flat Rock AME Church on August 3rd to deliver an Islam 101 presentation. Founded in 1854, Flat Rock AME is the oldest African-American church in Fayette County.

"We thank our Christian neighbors for the opportunity to break down stereotypes and build interfaith bridges," Mitchell said. "Interfaith dialogue gives people of different faiths a chance to learn about each other and from each other so that we can recognize several common beliefs and many common values, all of which can form the basis of mutual respect and cooperation."

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Knowing Your Rights: CAIR-Florida & CAIR-Georgia Team Up At Two Atlanta Mosques

CAIR Minnesota(ALPHARETTA, GA - 7/22/16) CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly visited Atlanta during the weekend of July 22nd to deliver Know Your Rights presentations alongside Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the new executive director of CAIR Georgia. 

"CAIR Florida has experienced remarkable success under Hassan Shibly's leadership: protecting, serving and advocating for thousands of Floridians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike," Mitchell said. "We thank Brother Shibly for visiting Atlanta to share his expertise with us, and we hope to collaborate with him again soon, God willing."

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