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Atlanta Town Hall Exposes Brutality and Bigotry in GILEE, Georgia's Islamophobic Police Exchange with Israel

facebook_1569249168889.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 9/23/2019) Over one hundred students, activists, and community members attended "Atlanta Out of GILEE," a town hall at the Atlanta University Center regarding the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), an Islamophobic police exchange program that arranges for Georgia law enforcement officials to engage in training with the Israeli government and other foreign human rights violators.

VIDEO: Town Hall - Atlanta Out of GILEE

During the town hall at the Atlanta University Center's Robert Woodruff Library--which was co-hosted by CAIR-Georgia, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, and Project South--speakers discussed GILEE's history of spreading Islamophobia, whitewashing Israeli oppression of Palestinians, teaching police officials dangerous tactics, and parterning with far-right extremists like Sebastian Gorka.

SEE:  GILEE Fact Sheet

SEE: Community Letter to Mayor Bottoms on GILEE

SEE: Full Report on GILEE

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Georgia Civil Rights Groups Support Ethics Complaint Filed After Rep. Lucy McBath & Others Take AIPAC'S Free Trip To Israel

CancelAipac 2(ATLANTA, GA - 8/15/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), Jewish Voice for Peace Atlanta, and Project South today expressed support for a federal ethics complaint filed with Congress after Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath and other members of Congress joined an all-expense-paid trip to Israel sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which funds Islamophobic causes and lobbies Congress to support rightwing Israeli policies.

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CAIR Georgia and Columbus Muslims Condemn White Nationalist Hate Against Local Synagogue

WVSMRLS7HZCVFJPSIVRLBJKGNY.jpg(COLUMBUS, GA - 8/2/19) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today joined Masjid Al Jannah and the Muslim community of Columbus, Ga., in condemning an act of anti-Semitic bigotry targeting a local synagogue.

According to the Columbus Police Department, two unidentified men wearing red baseball caps plastered eight signs promoting "PatriotFront.U.S." on Temple Israel’s property on July 29, 2019. Among other things, the signs said "reclaim America" and "better dead than red."

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CAIR-Georgia Warns Muslims Statewide After Far-Right Hate Groups Target Savannah Mosques

Hate Group Photos2.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 7/24/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today warned mosques across the state that anti-Muslim hate groups have launched a campaign to enter, spy on, and endanger Islamic houses of worship in Georgia, starting with three mosques in Savannah.

On June 28, 2019, the Islamic Center of Savannah hosted a community event guarded by the Savannah Police Department. During the event, members of the hate groups Sharia Crime Stoppers and The United West entered the mosque, introduced themselves to congregants using false identities, and claimed to be either “Muslim” or interested in learning about their Muslim neighbors.

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CAIR-Georgia Applauds Congressman John Lewis For Joining Reps. Omar and Tlaib in Affirming the Constitutional Right To Boycott

Call John Lewis(ATLANTA, GA - 7/19/2019) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded civil rights legend and Congressman John Lewis for joining Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in the introduction of House Resolution 496, which reaffirms every American's constitutional right to engage in political boycotts.

 "We thank Congressman John Lewis for reaffirming every American's constitutional right to protest injustice by engaging in boycotts, whether against businesses, organizations, or foreign governments," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia.

 H.R. 496 also charts the history of successful and constitutionally protected boycott movements in the United States, from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights Movement to boycotts in opposition to apartheid in South Africa.

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