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(WASHINGTON, DC - 5/8/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations traveled to joined the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations' fourth annual National Muslim Hill Day in Washington, DC.
During the two-day event, American Muslims from across the country gathered in Washington to lobby their congressional representatives about various topics.
This year's Georgia delegation included representatives of CAIR Georgia, ICNA Relief, and the Muslim American Society.
Together, the group advocated for DACA recipients, against the Muslim Ban, and for a congressional resolution honoring American Muslim history.
The delegation met with Senator David Perdue, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Congressman Rob Woodall, as well as representatives of Reps. Jody Hice, David Scott, Buddy Carter, Austin Scott, and Rick Allen.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today celebrated the defeat of SB 452 and other anti-immigrant legislation during Georgia's legislative session.
The legislation would have placed both documented and undocumented immigrants in Georgia at risk of indefinite detention and deportation for even minor infractions.
CAIR Georgia staff attorney and lobbyist Murtaza Khwaja worked with immigrant rights groups, Latino advocacy organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the ACLU of Georgia, and other civil rights groups to lobby against SB 452 and other legislation. This also marks also the second year in a row in which no legislator submitted an Islamophobic "anti-Sharia" bill at the State Capitol.
(ATLANTA, GA, 5/9/2018) -- On Saturday, May 12, the family of Shukri Ali Said plans to host an interfaith memorial for her at Ocee Park in Johns Creek. Said, an American citizen of Somalia heritage who suffered from mental illness was shot and killed by law enforcement in Johns Creek on April 28th.
WHAT: Interfaith Memorial for Shukri Ali Said
WHEN: Scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/10/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today encouraged Sen. Johnny Isakson to vote against Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as Seceretary of State.
Isakson sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Pompeo on Thursday, April 12.
"Because anyone who expresses hateful views about his fellow Americans should not represent America on the global stage, we hope that Senator Isakson will join Senator Rand Paul and other committee members in voting against Mr. Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
In a letter hand-delivered to Sen. Isakson's office in Washington, DC, Mitchell outlined Mr. Pompeo's history of anti-Muslim bigotry.