(ATLANTA, GA - 5/28/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today appeared on CNN International to discuss how Georgia Muslims are reacting to an Islamophobic hate crime in Portland, Oregon.
Last week, an anti-Muslim bigot harassed two Muslim teenagers on a public train, and then stabbed three men who intervened to stop him. Two died.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/20/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted three back-to-back "Staying Safe During Ramadan" self-defense seminars at three different mosques over the weekend of May 19th.
Special guest Nezar Hamza, a sworn law enforcment officer who serves as deputy director of CAIR Florida, educated attendees about how to stay as safe as possible amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech and hate crimes.
Topics included active shooter response scenarios, mosque security, and safety tips for men, women and children. Participants also received free bottles of pepper spray after learning how to use them.
"We encourage other Georgia Muslims to request these safety and security trainings," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "God willing, these trainings will teach us how to protect ourselves, our families and our houses of worship during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond."