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(5/23/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The leader of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) joined an interfaith rally for social justice groups at an Atlanta church Monday night.
During the event, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell read an opening litany alongside Dr. Francys Johnson, the president of the Georgia chapter of the NAACP.
"Americans need not share the same faith to work together on issues of shared concern," Mitchell said. "American Muslims are happy to join our Christian, Jewish and secular neighbors in arguing for a more just immigration system, expanded access to healthcare, and a livable minimum wage."
CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell met with the leadership of the Atlanta chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) at Masjid Maryam in Duluth last Thursday, May 19th.
The group discussed each organization's respective goals as well as ways to collaborate in the future.
"ICNA is one of the most important America's most important Muslim organizations," Mitchell said. "ICNA members deliver the message of Islam in both word and deed by engaging in charitable activities across the state of Georgia and explaining Islamic beliefs and practices to our neighbors."
Georgia Muslims began early voting together on Saturday, May 14th, as part of a voting initiative hosted by CAIR-GA and the Georgia Muslim Voter Project. Both groups encouraged Muslims to early vote on the same day at the same time to maximize and publicize voter turnout.
"These local elections are less flashy than the presidential election, but just as critical," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "After all, decisions made at the federal level can take years to come about and even longer to take effect. But decisions made here, at the local level, can have an immediate impact on our day-to-day lives, from zoning to education to public safety."
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell delivered a CAIR presentation about Islam to members of a Boy Scouts group on behalf of Fayetteville's Islamic Community Center on May 13th. The Fayette County students have been visiting various religious institutions, from a Hindu temple to a synagogue, as part of their Boy Scout outreach activities. CAIR-GA delivered an informational presentation about Muslims here and abroad, as well as their beliefs and practices.