(ATLANTA, GA - 4/20/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a self-defense training to students and staff at W.D. Mohammed High School. During the presentation, which was held on the eighteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell walked the audience through how to handle an active shooter situation, offered tips on physical self-defense, and discussed building security.
"Given the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, even Georgia's Islamic private schools should pray for the best and prepare for the worst," Mitchell said. "Every private school should employ at least one armed security guard, keep their entry doors locked 24/7, monitor the campus with security cameras, and train students to respond to an emergency situation, including active shooter scenarios."
Students at W.D. Mohammed High School also practiced an emergency evacuation under the supervision of local law enforcement.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Masjid Omar for a panel discussion about "Faith & Civil Engagement." During the last day of Masjid Omar's week-long "Muslim Legacy: Youth Seminar," Imam Abdullah Jaber hosted Imam Arshad Anwar of Roswell Community Masjid, Aisha Yaqoob, policy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
The speakers encouraged youth in the audience to pursue various methods of civic engagement, including political activisim, extracurricular activities, keeping track of the news, voting, community activism, and pursuing related careers, all while upholding the values of their Islamic faith.
"We thank Masjid Omar for hosting this important week of events, which also covered the topics Islam and Leadership Training, Spirituality & Mental Health, Education & Career Building," Mitchell said. "The importance of building a proud, devout and civically engaged generation of young American Muslims cannot be overstated."