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CAIR-Georgia Announces Scholar-Activist Abdullah Jaber As Next Executive Director

Abdullah Jaber.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 1/30/2020) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that activist, educator and former imam Abdullah Jaber has been chosen to serve as the next director of the Muslim civil rights organization effective March 1, 2020.

Jaber previously served as resident scholar and imam at Masjid Omar, one of Georgia's largest Islamic houses of worship. He is also a former member of the advisory committee of CAIR-Los Angeles, the co-founder of Muslim Youth of Los Angeles (MyLA), and the founder and director of the non-profit educational organization Tibyaan. 

 

In recent years, Jaber became well-known for speaking and fundraising for various social justice causes across Georgia, including voter turnout, civic engagement and opposition to Islamophobia. In 2017, he delivered the opening prayer at the Democratic National Committee's national winter conference.

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Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now for CAIR Georgia's Feb. 15, 2020 Gala!

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(ATLANTA, GA - 1/13/20) Please join CAIR Georgia for it its fourth annual fundraising banquet, which we plan to hold on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, God willing. Buy a discounted ticket, reserve a table, or sponsor the event today!

In addition to our keynote speakers Congresswoman Ilhan OmarImam Suhaib Webb and Abrar Omeish, we plan to bid farewell to our outgoing Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell before publicly announcing and introducing his successor for the first time, God willing.

Please join us on Feb. 15th to celebrate the work CAIR Georgia has accomplished since 2016, and to help us protect the Georgia Muslim community long beyond 2020. To secure your spot at the gala, you can...

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CAIR-Georgia Calls for Police Action After Anti-Semitic, Anti-Muslim Flyers Posted in Atlanta Neighborhood

Anti-Semitic Flyer Zoomed In.png(ATLANTA, GA, 12/30/19) – The Georgia chapter (CAIR-Georgia) of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today reiterated its condemnation of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim flyers posted in an Atlanta suburb with a significant Orthodox Jewish population and called on law enforcement to publicly clarify whether it is working to identify those responsible.

SEE: Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Flyers Posted in Toco Hills

According to The Atlanta Jewish Times, the flyers were posted in various locations in Toco Hils, a diverse area that includes numerous Orthodox Jewish residents. The anti-Semitic flyers denied the Holocaust and made vile remarks about Jews, while the anti-Muslim flyers made similarly vile remarks about Islam and Muslims.

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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Apology and Guilty Pleas After Attack on Muslim Uber Driver

Cobb-County-Courthouse-Exterior-1030x715.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 12/16/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed a Georgia man's decision to plead guilty to assaulting and attacking a Muslim Uber driver outside the SunTrust Park baseball stadium after an Atlanta Braves game on April 2, 2019.

During a plea hearing at the Cobb County state court on Dec. 13th, the man entered two guilty pleas, paid a fine in lieu of further jail time, and directly apologized to the victim in open court in a lengthy statement, at which point the two men shook hands.

As part of his plea agreement, the defendant also agreed to perform 50 hours of community service, spend 12 months on probation without using alcohol or drugs and undergo CAIR-Georgia's educational religious sensitivity training on Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry, which was conducted at the courthouse after the hearing.

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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Criminal Charges Against Men Who Harassed a Muslim Family on Highway Last Year

HighwayHarassment(ATLANTA, GA, 12/4/2019) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked the Dekalb County Solicitor's Office for filing criminal charges against two men who used their pickup truck to harass and endanger a Muslim family while traveling on Highway I-85 in Atlanta one year ago.

Prosecutors filed a high and aggravated misdemeanor charge of aggressive driving against the driver, and a disorderly conduct charge against the passenger. Georgia has not passed a law recognizing bias-motivated crimes, so neither man could be charged with a hate crime.

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