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(8/8/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today united with leaders of the Jewish and Christian community to thank Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for speaking out in support of peace and justice in the Holy Land.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Atlanta Jewish Voice for Peace leader Ilise Cohen, and Rev. Fahed Abuakel, a Palestinian Christian who was the first Arab elected to lead the American Presbyterian Church, sent a letter to Rep. Johnson encouraging him to continue his advocacy.
Rep. Johnson recently came under fire after comparing the "corrosive process" of illegal Israeli settelement on activity on Palestinian territory to the damage caused by "termites."
"Although CAIR-GA agreed with Congressman Johnson's decision to clarify and apologize for the analogy, his broader point about the dangers of such settlement activity was valid and worthy of support," Mitchell said.
(FAYETTEVILLE, GA - 8/4/16) CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell visited Flat Rock AME Church on August 3rd to deliver an Islam 101 presentation. Founded in 1854, Flat Rock AME is the oldest African-American church in Fayette County.
"We thank our Christian neighbors for the opportunity to break down stereotypes and build interfaith bridges," Mitchell said. "Interfaith dialogue gives people of different faiths a chance to learn about each other and from each other so that we can recognize several common beliefs and many common values, all of which can form the basis of mutual respect and cooperation."
(ALPHARETTA, GA - 7/22/16) CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly visited Atlanta during the weekend of July 22nd to deliver Know Your Rights presentations alongside Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the new executive director of CAIR Georgia.
"CAIR Florida has experienced remarkable success under Hassan Shibly's leadership: protecting, serving and advocating for thousands of Floridians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike," Mitchell said. "We thank Brother Shibly for visiting Atlanta to share his expertise with us, and we hope to collaborate with him again soon, God willing."
(7/18/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined seventy other faith and community leaders at an interfaith roundtable hosted by Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves in Atlanta.
During the event, Eaves asked participants to offer solutions to the divisions that have gripped the United States in the wake of police brutality, attacks on law enforcement, as well as terrorist attacks and hate crimes.
CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell suggested that, in an effort to build bridges, every house of worship hold a monthly interfaith open house, that every non-profit collaborate with different groups on their future events, and that government leaders like Chairman Eaves invite a variety of faith representatives to deliver opening prayers at public meetings.
(ATLANTA, GA - 7/16/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a presentation, "How to Win the Information War Against Bigots & Extremists," at the American Muslim Media Conference.
During the weekend gathering at W.D. Muhammad High School in Atlanta, event organizers welcomed various Georgia Muslims, including documentary filmmakers and interfaith activists, to highlight ways that American Muslims can deliver a more accurate and positive image of Islam to the public.