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Civil Rights Groups Call on Lawmakers to Act After Rep. Spencer's Threatening Remarks

spencer2.png(ATLANTA, GA, 8/31/17) -- A coalition of Georgia civil rights organizations and activists today called on the leaders of the state legislature to publicly condemn Rep. Jason Spencer's August 29 threat of racial violence against an African-American leader, demand that he apologize for his remarks, and pledge to remove him from the Game, Fish & Parks Committee, which has influence over Confederate memorials.
 
On. Aug 29, Rep. Spencer engaged in a Facebook debate with former Rep. LaDawn Jones about the status of Confederate monuments, including Georgia's Jefferson Davis Memorial. During the discussion, Rep. Spencer warned Ms. Jones that if she traveled to south Georgia to call for the removal of Confederate monuments, local residents would kill her and dispose of her body in a local swamp.  
 
SEE: 'Talking of Ditching Confederate Statues Could Cause Dem. to 'Go Missing'

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CAIR Georgia Meets With Atlanta Mayoral Candidates To Discuss Civil Rights, Other Issues

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ATLANTA, GA - 8/28/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Atlanta's mayoral candidates for meeting with Atlanta Muslim leaders to discuss issues of importance to the community. CAIR Georgia has also delivered an issue-based questionnaire to each candidate, as well as an invitation to visit the city's largest Muslim houses of worship.

"Atlanta is home to dozens of mosques, as well as thousands of Georgia Muslims who care deeply about the future of the city," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We encourage every candidate to engage in further and direct dialogue with Atlanta Muslim voters, who could easily swing the results of a close election."

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CAIR-GA Thanks Congressmen Who Blocked Anti-Muslim House Bill

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(ATLANTA, GA - 7/14/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the members of Georgia's U.S. House delegation who voted against an anti-Muslim bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks. In a narrow vote of 208 "Yes" to 217 "No," 27 Republicans and 190 Democrats voted against the amendment with no Democrats voting in support.

SEE: Final Vote Results For Rep. Franks' Amendment Number 13

Franks' amendment would have required the Department of Defense to conduct two strategic assessments, one to be conducted by government employees and the other by non-governmental "experts" on the "use of violent or unorthodox Islam to support extremist or terrorist messaging."

Representatives John Lewis, David Scott, Hank Johnson, and Sanford Bishop, all Democrats, voted against the amendment. Representatives Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Karen Handel, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Doug Collins, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rick Allen, and Tom Graves, all Republicans, voted for it.

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