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Atlanta Muslims Learn Where the Mayoral Candidates Stand On Civil Rights, Islamophobia, GILEE & Other Issues


(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. The surveys asked candidates about their positions on Islamophobia, civil rights, affordable housing, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).

SEE: 1. Survey-Peter Aman.pdf, 2. Survey-Keisha_Lance_Bottoms.pdf, 3. Survey-Vincent_Fort.pdf, 4. SurveyKwanza_Hall.pdf 5. Survey-Ceasar_Mitchell.pdf, and 6. Survey-Cathy_Woolard.pdf (Mary Norwood and John Eaves have not yet submitted survey responses).

"We thank Atlanta's mayoral candidates for visiting local mosques, engaging with Atlanta Muslim voters, and completing these candidate surveys, which ask about a variety of issues important to our community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We're happy to see that several candidates have committed to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry, and support civil rights, if elected Mayor of Atlanta." 

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CAIR Georgia Lectures At Savannah State University's "The Story of Islam in Savannah"

Savannah1.jpg(SAVANNAH, GA - 10/23/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at Savannah State University's "The Story of Islam in Savannah," a day-long event designed to counter prejudice and raise awareness through lectures and dialogues about Islam in Savannah. 

The series of lectures and dialogues featured speakers from Masjid Jihad of Savannah, the Islamic Center of Savannah, CAIR Georgia, Savannah State University, and religious leaders and community activists from various faiths in Savannah.  

"We thank Savannah State University for hosting this important educational event, which gave students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about the contributions of American Muslims, including Savannah's rich and vibrant Muslim community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.

One session celebrated Imam Maajid Faheem Ali, who led Masjid Jihad, Savannah’s first mosque, for almost 40 years.

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CAIR Georgia Delivers Lecture on Travel Ban Case At State Bar of Georgia's 24th Annual Supreme Court Update

StateBar Travel Ban(ATLANTA, GA - 10/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters about the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision in IRAP vs. Trump, one of the federal lawsuits against President Trump’s second Muslim Ban.

During the 24th annual United States Supreme Court Update, Mitchell explained the Court’s ruling, which allowed parts of President Trump’s immigration restrictions to take effect for a 90-day period between June and October.

“We thank the State Bar’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education for inviting us to discuss the travel ban case with our fellow Georgia attorneys,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, attorney and executive director of CAIR Georgia. “This is an ongoing, fluid and important case with wide-reaching implications for many attorneys, particularly those specializing in immigration and constitutional law.”

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CAIR Georgia Delivers Remarks, Answers Islam Questions, At Rotary Club of Peachtree City

Rotary PTC.jpg(PEACHTREE CITY, GA - 10/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks to the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, the seventh club that CAIR Georgia has visited this year.

VIDEO: CAIR Georgia Remarks and Q&A at Rotary Club of Lawrenceville

As the guest speaker during the weekly Rotary meeting in Peachtree City, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell explained who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practice, before answering questions about various issues, including extremism, women's rights, and the meaning of jihad.

"We have greatly appreciated the invitations to speak with Rotary Clubs across Georgia since the summer," Mitchell said. "We also commend Rotary members for the amazing work they do, particularly their efforts to build bridges, support students, and help those in need."

If you would like CAIR-GA to deliver its "Ask Your Muslim Neighbor Anything" presentation to your group, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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People's Tribunal Rules Against President Trump's Muslim Bans After Trial at GSU Law School

22365261_1655272181190675_4148588209271587587_n.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 10/9/17) -- On Monday, Oct. 9th, at Georgia State University College of Law, civil rights groups held The People vs. The Muslim Ban in response to President Trump's orders targeting Muslim-majority nations.
During the public tribunal, real attorneys and law students will debate the legal merits of President Trump's Muslim bans, while real witnesses—including Georgia Muslims, immigrants, and refugees—testified about how the bans impact their communities.
A jury of activists, lawyers, and faith leaders considered the evidence before announcing its verdict: all of the Muslim Bans should be overturned as unconstitutional and illegtimate acts of anti-Muslim discrimination.

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