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CAIR Georgia Calls on Brian Kemp To Apologize, Disavow Support from Anti-Muslim Extremist

Kemp.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 10/26/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on the state’s Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to disavow anti-Muslim bigotry, meet with Georgia Muslim leaders and to apologize for taking a photograph with a notorious anti-Muslim extremist who has previously called for violence against Muslims and African-Americans.

In an undated photograph taken during a campaign event, Secretary Kemp can be seen flashing a thumbs-up and smiling as he embraces James Stachowiak, who was wearing a T-shirt that read "Allah is not God, and Muhammad is not His Prophet."

[NOTE:  "Allah" is the Arabic word for God, and Muslims consider Prophet Muhammad to be the last in a line of prophets that also included Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others (may peace and peace of prayers be upon them].

Stachowiak has previously called for Muslims to be killed, threatened to shoot Black Lives Matter activists, as well as "women and children" who "loot" during protests against police brutality, and trespassed upon a Georgia mosque to destroy a copy of the Quran while armed with a weapon. 

He also held an armed protest against Islam outside the Georgia State Capitol in 2016, leading local law enforcement to issue a warning to Capitol staff.

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CAIR Georgia Calls on Georgia Muslims To Neutralize Voter Suppression Tactics By Voting Early

Vote.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 10/24/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today strongly encouraged Georgia Muslim voters to cast their election ballots early in order to ensure they have time to report and address any voter suppression tactics.

"Voter suppression has returned to Georgia with a vengeance," said CAIR Georgia staff attorney Murtaza Khwaja. "Between rejected absentee ballots, a draconian exact match law, malfunctioning voter machines, a biased Secretary of State, and 53,000 delayed registration forms, our state is well on its way to silencing thousands of voters, including Georgia Muslims."

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CAIR-Georgia Wins $25,000 Settlement for Niqabi Woman Denied a Job

CAIR GA Client 50K.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 7/11/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that one of its clients has received a settlement worth almost $25,000 after experiencing anti-Muslim harassment on the job. 


As part of a confidential settlement agreement, CAIR Georgia has agreed not to publicly identify the employer responsible for the anti-Muslim harassment.


"We thank God for this positive outcome, and we strongly encourage other Georgia Muslims who experience workplace discrimination to stand up for their rights," said CAIR-Georgia staff attorney Murtaza Khwaja. "Do not suffer quietly. Alert us immediately so that we can help you stop the discrimination and protect your rights."

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CAIR-Georgia Calls on Police to Drop Charges Against 87-Year-Old Syrian Woman Tased While Cutting Dandelions

Georgia 2_1534505720191.JPG_52192087_ver1.0_640_360.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 8/17/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on the Chatsworth Police Department to immediately drop all charges against Martha Al-Bishara, an 87-year-old Syrian Christian woman who was tased during an encounter with law enforcement on Aug. 10th. 
[MEDIA NOTE: CAIR Georgia does NOT represent Ms. Bishara or otherwise speak on behalf of her family.]

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Video: CAIR Georgia Hosts Town Hall on Shukri Ali Said And The Interaction Between Mental Illness, Implicit Bias & Excessive Force

TownHall2.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 7/28/2018) On Saturday, July 28, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Awad Law Firm and others hosted a town hall in Johns Creek about issues related to the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said and the broader issues of mental illness, implicit bias, and excessive police force.
Said, an American citizen from Somalia who suffered from mental illness, was shot and killed by law enforcement in Johns Creek on April 28th.

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