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CAIR Georgia Offers Safety & Security Advice After Hate Crimes in Virginia and U.K.

(ATLANTA, GA - 6/19/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today reacted to anti-Muslim hate crimes in Virginia and the United Kingdom by calling on Georgia Muslims to improve safety and security of their mosques, families and communities.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell released the following statement: 
By now, you must have heard about what happened over the weekend.
In Virginia, an anti-Muslim bigot attacked a group of American Muslim teenagers after taraweh prayers, kidnapped a 17 year-old girl, and beat her to death.Then, in England, an anti-Muslim bigot crashed a van into a crowd of British Muslims outside a mosque after taraweh prayers.
If these hate crimes make you sad, angry, or afraid, you're not alone. But we must not allow sorrow, anger or fear to paralyze us.

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Georgia Muslims 'CounterACT Hate' With Interfaith Rally, Collecting 2,000 Pounds of Food

19030259_1529093090475252_5538063068729096561_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 6/10/2017) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that attendees at its interfaith rally and food drive, "No To Extremism & Bigotry. Yes To Service & Unity," donated 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
"While armed anti-Islam bigots sought to divide our state with hate, Georgia's interfaith community united our state in service," said Ruwa Romman, communications director for CAIR Georgia. "Georgia Muslims thank our Christian, Jewish and secular neighbors for standing with us and donating over 500 pounds of food to those in need."

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Read: CAIR Georgia Sends Letter Inviting State Sen. Mike Williams To Visit Georgia Mosque After His Remarks At "Anti-Sharia" Rally

img_7827.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 6/12/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it has invited gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Michael Williams to visit a local mosque and engage in dialogue with Georgia Muslims after he spoke Saturday at an anti-Islam rally in Piedmont Park and posed with armed anti-government militia members.
During the rally, Williams reportedly called on protesters to "unite together to fight sharia law," and took a photograph alongside armed members of the Georgia Security Force III% militia, a neo-Confederate militia group, members of which held armed protests against the construction of a mosque in Newton County last year.
"Although we were obviously concerned about Senator Williams’ decision to support the ACT rally, our Islamic faith teaches us that outreach is a far better response than outrage," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We welcome Senator Williams to meet with Georgia Muslims so that we can clear the air and build bridges of understanding."

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