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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Guilty Pleas From Racist Who Attacked, Strangled Muslim Woman With Her Own Islamic Clothing Last Year

snya(ATLANTA, GA - 7/17/2019) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed news that Rick Painter, a racist who attacked a Muslim woman last year, pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery just hours before he was scheduled to face trial. 

Painter was first arrested by the Atlanta Police Department on May 5, 2018. When Ms. King delivered food to his home for DoorDash, Painter declared "I am Jesus," grabbed Ms. King's hijab and niqab, and wrestled her to the ground, where he attempted to strangle her with her own clothing. 

[NOTE: Hijab is the religious hair scarf used by Muslim women to cover their hair, while a niqab is a face that some women wear].

Ms. King, who is 4'11 tall, used her keyring and cell phone to successfully fight off Painter, who is 6'3 and weighed 200 pounds at the time of the incident. She then escaped and contacted the police department, which arrested Painter.

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CAIR-Georgia & Save Uighur Campaign Call on Coca-Cola Company To Cut Business Ties With China's Muslim Concentration Camps

uighur(ATLANTA, GA, 7/17/19) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) and the Save Uighur Campaign today called on the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company to suspend its business operations in China in response to the Communist Party's ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing against Uighur Muslims.

In a letter sent to Coca-Cola on June 27th, CAIR-Georgia and the Save Uighur Campaign highlighted the role that Coke and other American corporations have allegedly played in enabling and benefiting from China's oppression of Uighur Muslims, over one million of whom have been detained in concentration camps.

SEE: CAIR Georgia Letter To Coca-Cola Company

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Coke, Adidas, H&M, Kraft Heinz Co., Gap Inc. and other American businesses benefit from forced labor in China's Xinjiang Province, where mosques have been demolished, entire cities have been subjected to mass surveillance, and Uighur Muslims prisoners have experienced everything from brainwashing and torture to forced labor and execution.

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CAIR Georgia Presents at Ebenzer Baptist Church’s 'Ending Mass Incarceration' Conference in Atlanta

Video(ATLANTA, GA - 6/18/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today presented at Ebenzer Baptist Church’s 'Ending Mass Incarceration' conference in Atlanta. 

During the June 18th presentation, CAIR Georgia discussed the unique impact of mass incarceration on the American Muslim community. 

SEE: Facebook Live: Full Video of Presentation

“A main interest of ours is criminal justice reform. It is an interest of ours because as Muslims, we are not only interested in defeating Islamophobia and protecting Muslim civil rights. As Muslims, we believe in justice for all people and fighting for justice for all people,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR Georgia. 

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Ending Mass Incarceration: CAIR Georgia Encourages People of All Faiths To Join Conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church

EMI Flyer.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 6/13/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today encouraged people of all faiths and backgrounds to join "Ending Mass Incarceration: Let My People Go," an interfaith conference scheduled for June 17-19 at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic church of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SEE: Register for Ending Mass Incarceration - Let My People Go

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

"We thank Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Auburn Seminary for bringing together a diverse collection of faith groups to strategize the next steps in the struggle against mass incarceration. 

"Unduly harsh and unfairly applied criminal punishments, among many other problems with our criminal justice system, have contributed to a self-sustaining cycle of poverty, broken families, and crime that impacts our entire society, especially people of color and people without means.

"Faith communities have played a major role in every struggle for justice in our nation, from advocating for civil rights to standing up against unjust wars. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of other faiths must once again come together to turn the tide against mass incarceration."

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Over 5,400 and Counting Sign Petition Calling on Governor Kemp To Lift State Agency's Hijab Ban

Screen shot 2019-05-20 at 7.42.08 AM.png(ATLANTA, GA, 5/20/2019) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that its public petition calling on Governor Brian Kemp to overturn the Georgia Department of Corrections' ban on hijabs has received over 5,400 signatures and counting in just three days.

SEEPetition - Ask Governor Kemp To Overturn State Agency's Hijab Ban

Last Monday, May 13th, CAIR Georgia filed a discrimination complaint against GDC on behalf of correctional officer Jalanda Calhoun, who has been banned from exercising her constitutional right to wear a hijab in the workplace. 

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