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(ATLANTA, GA, 4/10/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today encouraged anyone with information about the alleged desecration of a ritual washing area used by Muslim students at Emory University to contact the school's police department.
According to an email the school sent to some members of the Emory community on April 5th, an unidentified individual urinated in a washing station used by primarily by Muslim students to perform “wudu” (a ritual washing) before prayer in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.
A female Muslim student who entered the washing area on April 4th reported that she noticed the smell of urine in the area, and then saw urine in both the washing area and on the floor. She reported the desecration to the school, which cleaned the area, and sent an email expressing support for Emory's Muslim student population.
The apparent act of anti-Muslim desecration occurred during a week in which heated disputes arose on campus between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine student activists, all of which was made worse by false allegations of anti-Semitism leveled against a Palestinian student group by outside organizations and rightwing media outlets.
In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"We welcome Emory University's pledge to investigate this incident, and we strongly encourage the school's police department to file criminal charges if they determine that the person responsible was motivated by bigotry.
(WASHINGTON, DC - 4/2/2018) On April 1st, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined the fourth annual National Muslim Hill Day in Washington, DC. During the two-day event, over 500 American Muslims from across the country gathered in Washington to lobby their congressional representatives about various topics.
This year's Georgia delegation to the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations also included representatives of ICNA Relief Atlanta and the Muslim American Society.
Together, Georgia Muslims advocated for bills or resolutions that would protect DACA recipients, overturn President Trump's Muslim Ban, celebrate American Muslim history, sanction Chinese officials for imprisoning Uighur Muslims in concentration camps, among other pieces of legislation.
(ALPHARETTA, GA - 3/28/19) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it held a "positive and productive" meeting with the leadership of Autry Mill Middle School in order to resolve controversy over an exhibit on Palestinian history that students displayed at the school's annual Multicultural Night both this year and last year.
During the meeting, officials confirmed that the students who arranged the exhibit will be protected from racist and Islamophobic bullying, among other reassurances.
(ATLANTA, GA, 3/27/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today commended the Georgia state legislature for unanimously adopting a resolution that condemned Islamophobic bigotry, and expressed condolences to victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes, including the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.
On March 26, 2019, the Georgia House of Representatives adopted the anti-Islamophobia resolution, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Bob Trammel, Rep. Derrick Jackson, Rep. David Dreyer, Rep. Sam Park, Rep. Rennitta Shannon, and Rep. Bee Nguyen.
"We thank our representatives in the State Capitol for clearly and unequivocally condemning Islamophobia, which has led to hate speech and hate crimes against Georgia Muslims, as well as against people across the country and around the world," said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney and lobbyist with CAIR Georgia.
(ATLANTA, GA, 3/15/2019) -- On Friday, March 15th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) held a press conference at an Atlanta masjid in response to a terrorist attacks on two New Zealand masajid (mosques) by an Islamophobic white supremacist.
During the press conference, CAIR-Georgia encouraged Georgia's 70+ Muslim houses of worship to strengthen their security measures, and call on law enforcement to guard their local masajid during weekend prayer service.