(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined the Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss issues related to hate crimes with law students at Georgia State University. CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Stephen Piggott, a senior research analyst with the Southern Poverty Law Center, discussed a recent spike in hate crimes targeting minority communities as well as potential solutions to the trend.
"A wave of poitical hate speech has escalated into an avalanche of violent hate crimes that threaten various communities, including American Muslims," Mitchell said. "Whether a Muslim woman has her hijab ripped off or a mosque burns down, such hate crimes must be punished to the full extent of the law."
Georgia is one of the few states that does not have a so-called hate crimes law, which would impose heightened punishments for physical violence motivated by bias against a victim's identity.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/7/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired former legal clerk David Rodriguez to serve as its new paralegal and office manager. Rodriguez has years of experience working in the legal field.
"We can think of no one better for this position than David Rodriguez, an experienced paralegal who has worked in high-pressure legal environments," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We thank God for the opportunity to bring him aboard as we investigate cases of anti-Muslim discrimination."
Rodriguez, a Hispanic-American Muslim, spent seven years working as a legal assistant and case manager for The Secret Firm in Decatur. He then served as a Deputy Clerk in the Rockdale County Magistrate Court.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations encourages Georgia mosques to continue request a visit for the civil rights organization's free Know Your Rights seminars.
The educational presentation covers some of what American Muslims should know about traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, airport travel, employee rights and workplace discrimination, followed by a Q&A session.
Since the Trump Administration issued its original "Muslim Ban" executive order, CAIR Georgia has delivered KYR presentations or hosted similar panel discussions at Hamzah Islamic Center in Alpharetta, the Islamic Center of Augusta, Masjid Al-Momineen in Clarkston, Masjid Al-Jannah in Columbus, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Quba in Mableton.