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CAIR Georgia Thanks Local Jail for Reversing Course, Allowing Muslim Inmate to Fast and Eat Kosher in Ramadan

(ATLANTA, GA - 5/25/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the Cobb County Jail for resolving a complaint filed by a Muslim inmate who had been denied the opportunity to properly break his Ramadan fast, as well as access to kosher food.
"We thank the Cobb County Jail for quickly changing course and doing the right thing," said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney for CAIR Georgia. "Preventing this inmate from properly breaking his fast was a serious constitutional violation. So was denying him access to the jail's supply of kosher food. We appreciate the county's decision to rectify these problems after we brought them to its attention."
On May 23, the family of a Muslim-American inmate at the Cobb County Jail contacted CAIR Georgia for assistance.
The inmate had been fasting from dawn to sunset since May 17th in observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

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CAIR Georgia Thanks Prosecutors For Increasing Charges Against Man Who Tried To Strangle Muslim DoorDash Driver

Delivery attack clean_1525811360472_11611969_ver1.0_1280_720.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 5/11/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today thanked law enforcement for upgrading the misdemeanor battery charge against Rick Painter to felony charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault.
Painter was arrested on May 5th and charged with battery after he allegedly attacked Sonia King, a Muslim woman who delivered food to his home for DoorDash. King used her keyring to fight off Painter as he attempted to strangle her with her own religious head scarf. 
Painter, who has a criminal record and was described by one of his neighbors as a "racist," declared himself to be "Jesus" just before the attack.

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CAIR Georgia Lobbies Washington Lawmakers During 4th Annual Muslim Hill Day

DavidPerdue(WASHINGTON, DC - 5/8/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations traveled to joined the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations' fourth annual National Muslim Hill Day in Washington, DC.

During the two-day event, American Muslims from across the country gathered in Washington to lobby their congressional representatives about various topics.

This year's Georgia delegation included representatives of CAIR Georgia, ICNA Relief, and the Muslim American Society.

Together, the group advocated for DACA recipients, against the Muslim Ban, and for a congressional resolution honoring American Muslim history.

The delegation met with Senator David Perdue, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Congressman Rob Woodall, as well as representatives of Reps. Jody Hice, David Scott, Buddy Carter, Austin Scott, and Rick Allen.

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Hundreds of Georgians March in Protest of Trump Embassy Move, Israeli Govt's Massacre of Gaza Protesters

32665274_10215078070960638_4160227939926933504_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 5/15/2018) On Tuesday, May 15th, a coalition of Georgia activists plans to hold an interfaith march to protest President Trump's decision to move the American Embassy in Israel, as well as the killing of 58 Palestinian protesters at the hands of Israeli military snipers.
During the protest, event sponsors Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, Black Lives Matter-Atlanta, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia), and ten other local groups also plan to call for an end to the Georgia Law Enforcement Exchange Program, which sends Georgia police officers overseas to receive training from Israel and other foreign governments.
WHAT: Emergency Protest: Stop the Massacre in Gaza
WHERE: Starting Outside Centennial Olympic Park (Meet at Marietta Street Corner)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7 pm

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Civil Rights Groups Help Defeat Every Anti-Immigrant Bill At Georgia State Capitol

unnamed.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today celebrated the defeat of SB 452 and other anti-immigrant legislation during Georgia's legislative session.

The legislation would have placed both documented and undocumented immigrants in Georgia at risk of indefinite detention and deportation for even minor infractions.

CAIR Georgia staff attorney and lobbyist Murtaza Khwaja worked with immigrant rights groups, Latino advocacy organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the ACLU of Georgia, and other civil rights groups to lobby against SB 452 and other legislation. This also marks also the second year in a row in which no legislator submitted an Islamophobic "anti-Sharia" bill at the State Capitol.

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