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CAIR Georgia Marks MLK Day With Remarks At King Memorial in Washington, DC

MLK.jpg(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/15/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today marked Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday by delivering remarks at the MLK memorial in Washington, DC.

Video: CAIR Georgia Remarks At MLK Memorial

During the event, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, communications director Ruwa Romman, as well as leaders from CAIR chapters across the country, gathered to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy, and its relevance to American Muslims. 

"We thank God for the good that Dr. Martin Luther King did for our nation," Mitchell said. "Today, American Muslims should learn from, and carry on, his successful struggle for civil rights as we struggle against modern forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia."

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CAIR Georgia Thanks Atlanta's City Jail For Agreeing To Let Inmates Cover Their Hair For Religious Reasons

maxresdefault.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 1/10/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the City of Atlanta Detention Center for agreeing to permit inmates who cover their hair because of a sincerely held religious belief to do so while detained.

"We thank the City of Atlanta for agreeing to a policy that upholds religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We also commend our former outreach director, Asma Elhuni who sparked the effort to change this policy when she bravely defended her constitutional rights."

Last year, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested Elhuni and other protesters during an immigration-related demonstration outside the Atlanta headquarters of Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE). When jail staff instructed Elhuni to remove her hijab, or Islamic hair scarf, she refused to do so for several hours, citing her sincerely held religious beliefs.

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Read: CAIR Georgia Responds To Islamophobic Smear Against ICNA/MAS' Annual Southeast Convention

ICNA.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 12/29/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to an anti-Muslim smear against the 23rd annual southeast convention hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS).

In a Dec. 28th letter to the editor published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mr. David Swindle of the hate site Islamist Watch attacked the convention with common Islamophobic claims, comparing its American Muslim organizers to white supremacists, and accusing the organizers of ties to the Taliban, among other false and bigoted claims. 

In response, CAIR Georgia submitted the following letter to the AJC:

Letter To The Editor
Dec. 29th, 2017

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CAIR Georgia Welcomes Arrest of White Supremacist Who Allegedly Phoned Threats To Georgia Mosque

ph.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 12/14/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of Preston Q. Howard, a Missouri man accused of making several profane and threatening phone calls to the Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) over the summer. 
"We welcome the news that law enforcement arrested this anti-Muslim bigot before he could escalate his vile hate speech into a violent hate crime," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Sadly, death threats are nothing new to the American Muslim community. If any other Georgia mosques receive similar threats, they should alert law enforcement, as well as CAIR Georgia."
Between June 22, 2017 and August 8, 2017, 49-year-old Howard allegedly called the ISA eight different times in the early morning, leaving more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages. The caller repeatedly threatened to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general. 

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Georgia Family Calls On Pres. Trump To Grant Ailing Syrian Grandfather a Travel Ban Exemption For Cancer Treatment

Bitar3.jpeg(ATLANTA, GA, 12/12/2017) - On Wednesday, December 13th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to hold a press conference with a Georgia family that is calling on the Trump administration to grant their cancer-stricken relative entry to the United States for medical treatment at Emory Eye Care Center.
"We ask the Trump administration to immediately allow this ailing grandfather to return to Atlanta for medical treatment before his cancer spreads beyond the point of no return," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "If this gentleman dies, a daughter will lose her father, four grandchildren will lose their grandfather, and a husband will lose his father-in-law, to an illness that was treatable."

"I beg President Trump to let my father come back to Georgia so that doctors can treat his cancer," said Mrs. Bana Al-Bitar, a Roswell resident and daughter of Mr. Mohammed Al-Bitar. "This has nothing to do with politics or security. This is about family."

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