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(ATLANTA, GA, 7/5/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today met with Dr. Gerald Harris, a Baptist leader who previously argued that Islam was not a religion, at the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.
On June 7th, Dr. Harris published an article in The Christian Index arguing that constitutionally-protected freedom of religion should be denied to American Muslims, presumably including the 5,000 American Muslims who serve in the armed forces as well as cultural icons like the late athlete and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.
CAIR-GA responded by inviting him to visit a mosque, observe an Islam 101 presentation, and ask questions of his Muslim neighbors. Here's what happened next:
(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/16) Georgia Muslims united to host a successful Red Cross blood donation drive at Dar-un-Noor Academy on Thursday, July 14.
"While a mass murderer was taking lives in France on Thursday, Georgia Muslims were saving lives by hosting a blood donation drive at an Atlanta mosque," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Thank God, dozens of Georgia Muslims donated blood in solidarity with all victims of unjust violence around the world, from Baton Rouge and Dallas to Orlando and Aleppo."
Dozens of Atlantans, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, donated blood during the long-planned event, which was hosted by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), the Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP), The Baig Firm and AtlantaMuslim.com.
The Georgia Muslim Voter Project also registered voters during the event. See more photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1192516310799600.1073741835.556848707699700&type=1&l=695f1d7709
(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.
SEE: A Look at Recent Police Shootings Involving Black Men (AP)
Here's How Many Black People Have Been Killed by Police This Year
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: