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Newton Commissioners, CAIR-GA & Mosque Release Joint Statement On Moving Community Forward

CAIR Minnesota(COVINGTON, GA - 9/1/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked a majority of Newton County commissioners for publicly committing to lift a moratorium on houses of worship during their next meeting on Sep. 13th, when the county expects to consider recommended updates to its zoning ordinances. 

 None of those updates will impact projects with prior approval such as the blocked Newton mosque and cemetery.

"As a result of the County's quick and efficient review of our zoning ordinances, I plan to vote in favor of lifting the moratorium at the special called meeting on September 13," District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz said in a joint statement, the full text of which can be read here and below. "Newton County is rich in diversity and hospitality, and we are happy to see residents of all faiths and backgrounds live and worship together in our community."

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CAIR-GA Explains Rights & Needs of Muslim Employees To Atlanta Business Owners at EEOC Conference

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(ATLANTA, GA - 8/26/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today delivered a speech to business owners at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel about the rights and unique needs of American Muslim employees.

"We thank the EEOC for inviting Georgia's Muslim community to educate local employers about common issues that American Muslims face in the workplace," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "From preventing harassment to accomodating prayer, employers have an obligation to guarantee a fair and safe environment for their employees of all faiths."

During the conference hosted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Mitchell also answered questions from the audience about whether and how businesses must accomodate Islamic religious practices.

Common issues usually revolve around the five daily prayers, wearing a hijab, growing a beard, or attending weekly Friday prayer service, all of which would almost always be accomodated by employers, CAIR-GA said.

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Hamzah Islamic Center Hosts CAIR-GA's Islamic Last Will & Testament Workshop

CAIR Minnesota(ATLANTA, GA - 8/26/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Hamzah Islamic Center to deliver its Last Will & Testament Workshop.

During the presentation, CAIR-GA discusses the religious and legal importance of maintaining valid wills that satisfy Georgia law, ensure a proper Islamic burial, and require the distribution of inheritance in accordance with religious tradition. Participants then complete simple, four-page fill-in-the-blank will designed to fulfill those goals.


Watch video of the presentation here:

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Full Video: CAIR-GA's Joint Press Conference on Blocked Newton County Mosque

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(ATLANTA, GA, 8/23/16) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) held a joint press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam to announce new developments surrounding the blocked Newton County mosque project.
Watch full video of the press conference here: 
CAIR-GA, the ACLU of Georgia, the Georgia NAACP, Project South, the Council of Mosques of Metropolitan-Atlanta, and others have united to oppose Newton County's unconstitutional moratorium that "temporarily" blocked the mosque, despite local law permitting such faith-based projects to move forward.

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Press Conference Aug. 23 @ 12:30 pm: CAIR-GA, NAACP, Other Groups Plan To Offer Update on Newton Mosque

CAIR Minnesota(ATLANTA, GA, 8/23/16) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it plans to hold a joint press conference with the Georgia NAACP and several other organizations on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, at 12:30 pm at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. Speakers plan to announce several updates regarding the blocked mosque in Newton County, and respond to the anti-Muslim rhetoric expressed at an Aug. 22nd town hall meeting held in Newton County.
CAIR-GA plans to provide updates regarding the status of the Justice Department's response to CAIR-GA's call for a federal investigation, the status of the blocked mosque's outreach to local churches and community leaders, and CAIR-GA's plan to visit Newton County and deliver an Islam 101 presentation to the public.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. 560 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
CONTACT: CAIR-GA Exec. Dir. Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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