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(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.
(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:
"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."
(ATLANTA, GA - 12/5/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the Muslim Ban by issuing a travel alert to Georgia residents, including Georgia Muslims, local businesses, and schools that may have connections to residents of the targeted Muslim-majority nations.
"Because anti-Muslim bigotry motivated President Trump's travel ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
Mitchell said, "Although we hope the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn this unjust and unconstitutional policy, President Trump is now able to ban travelers from the targeted Muslims countries, even if they have family, job offers, or educational opportunities in the United States."
As a precaution, CAIR Georgia warned citizens of the targeted countries who are present in Georgia as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas.