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(ATLANTA, GA - 11/7/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today congratulated two Georgia Muslims for making history during the midterm election on Nov. 6, 2018.
Incoming state senator Sheikh Rahman became the first immigrant and first Muslim elected to the Georgia state legislature, while activist and community leader Aisha Yaqoob launched an unsuccessful but historic campaign for the state house.
In a statement, CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"Congratulations to incoming state senator Sheikh, who officially became the first immigrant and first Muslim elected to the Georgia legislature.
"We also congratulate our friend, Aisha Yaqoob, a community leader who ran an inspiring and historic race for the Georgia state House.
"Although she did not win this election, we hope and expect her to make more history soon, God willing. May God grant both Mr. Rahman and Ms. Yaqoob success as advocates for justice."
(ATLANTA, GA, 10/26/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on the state’s Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to disavow anti-Muslim bigotry, meet with Georgia Muslim leaders and to apologize for taking a photograph with a notorious anti-Muslim extremist who has previously called for violence against Muslims and African-Americans.
In an undated photograph taken during a campaign event, Secretary Kemp can be seen flashing a thumbs-up and smiling as he embraces James Stachowiak, who was wearing a T-shirt that read "Allah is not God, and Muhammad is not His Prophet."
[NOTE: "Allah" is the Arabic word for God, and Muslims consider Prophet Muhammad to be the last in a line of prophets that also included Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others (may peace and peace of prayers be upon them].
Stachowiak has previously called for Muslims to be killed, threatened to shoot Black Lives Matter activists, as well as "women and children" who "loot" during protests against police brutality, and trespassed upon a Georgia mosque to destroy a copy of the Quran while armed with a weapon.
He also held an armed protest against Islam outside the Georgia State Capitol in 2016, leading local law enforcement to issue a warning to Capitol staff.
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/24/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today strongly encouraged Georgia Muslim voters to cast their election ballots early in order to ensure they have time to report and address any voter suppression tactics.
"Voter suppression has returned to Georgia with a vengeance," said CAIR Georgia staff attorney Murtaza Khwaja. "Between rejected absentee ballots, a draconian exact match law, malfunctioning voter machines, a biased Secretary of State, and 53,000 delayed registration forms, our state is well on its way to silencing thousands of voters, including Georgia Muslims."
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/14/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that one of its clients has received a settlement worth almost $50,000 after experiencing anti-Muslim harassment on the job.
As part of a confidential settlement agreement, CAIR Georgia has agreed not to publicly identify the employer responsible for the anti-Muslim harassment.
"We thank God for this positive outcome, and we strongly encourage other Georgia Muslims who experience workplace discrimination to stand up for their rights," said CAIR-Georgia staff attorney Murtaza Khwaja. "Do not suffer quietly. Alert us immediately so that we can help you stop the discrimination and protect your rights."