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CAIR Georgia Welcomes Syrian Grandfather to Atlanta for Cancer Treatment After Receiving ‘Muslim Ban’ Waiver

27658105_10100487091806147_3442339174390342947_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 2/12/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that Mohamed Al-Bitar, a Syrian grandfather suffering from eye cancer, has arrived in Atlanta for medical treatment after receiving a waiver to the Trump administration's “Muslim Ban.”
 
On Saturday, February 9, Al-Bitar and his wife arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where they were reunited with their Georgia-based family members, including a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.
 
"We thank everyone who said a prayer for this family, and we thank everyone who worked with us in the hope of saving Mr. Al-Bitar's life," said CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Despite the delay in his cancer treatment, we are hopeful that he will recover, and thankful that he is with his family."

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Invite to Sponsor CAIR Georgia's 2018 Fundraising Gala: "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom"

2018 Banquet 2.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 1/24/18) – On Saturday, February 24th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) plans to host its second annual fundraising gala, "Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom," at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. 

Our special guests will, God willing, include national activist Linda Sarsour, attorney Hassan Shibly, and attorney Roula Allouch, the first woman to chair CAIR National’s board of directors.

During the banquet, we hope to celebrate the successes that CAIR Georgia experienced—by the grace of God—in 2017, including our efforts to:

  • Serve Georgia Muslims by delivering free educational presentations, including Know Your Rights seminars, Islamic Last Will workshops, Self-Defense seminars, and college lectures.
  • Protect Georgia Muslims by investigating anti-Muslim bigotry, building coalitions with other civil rights groups, and countering Islamophobia in both the court of law and public opinion.
  • Advocate for Georgia Muslims by interviewing all of Atlanta's top mayoral candidates, lobbying on Capitol Hill, delivering Islam 101 seminars, and interacting with local and national media.
  • Unite Georgia Muslims by hosting a march in response to the ethnic cleansing of Rohyingya Muslims, a food drive in response to an anti-Sharia hate rally at Piedmont Park, and multiple protests in response to restrictions on religious freedom in Jerusalem.

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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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