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CAIR Georgia Thanks South Carolina Jail for Protecting Constitutional Rights of Muslim Detainee Wearing a Hijab

0724jreuben-4.jpg(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/2019) – The Georgia chapter and national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today commended the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and Horry County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina for taking corrective action to address civil rights violations committed by correctional staff against a Muslim American woman who was detained at the facility.

Last month, CAIR-Georgia learned that a South Carolina Muslim woman detained at the jail had been forced to expose her hair in the presence of male officers and to pose for booking photographs which were then published on the Horry County Sheriff’s Department website and a third-party website. Jail staff also reportedly confiscated a prayer rug provided to her by the jail’s chaplain.

After CAIR-Georgia and CAIR National called on the jail to uphold the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, the facility allowed the Muslim woman to cover her hair with a scarf, gave her a prayer rug and replaced her original booking photos with new photos in which her hair is covered.

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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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