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(ATLANTA, GA, 4/27/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned a new state law designed to to block local governments from removing Georgia's 114 Confederate monuments, some of which were established during the 20th century in response to the Civil Rights Movement.
On April 26th, Governor Kemp signed SB 77 into law while standing next to the Gordon Lee Mansion, a plantation built in the 1840s by slaves.
The new law bars local governments from moving certain historic plaques, statues, or flags to museums, and requires relocated monuments to go to a "site of similar prominence." During his remarks at the signing ceremony, Governor Kemp cited the need to "learn from history" as a reason to protect historic monuments.
"If our state legislators visit Germany, they will not see any statues of Adolf Hitler, any license plates with swastikas, or any monuments to the Third Reich," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia. "The horrific parts of a nation's history should be mourned in museums and remembered in classrooms, not celebrated on public property."
(ATLANTA, GA, 4/22/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) and The Awad Law Firm today shared updates regarding the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said, including a preliminary autopsy report, a written description of her final moments, and the family's reaction to learning that some of the involved officers have refused to submit to interviews with prosecutors.
"We thank the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for pledging to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia, and Ibrahim Awad of The Awad Law Firm. "We also appreciate the District Attorney's efforts to keep the family updated on the progress of the investigation. However, the fact that two of the four officers involved in Shukri Ali Said's death have refused to sit down for interviews with the prosecutor's office is both concerning and telling."
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/22/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of a Georgia man who cursed and assaulted a Muslim Uber driver outside the SunTrust Park baseball stadium after on Atlanta Braves game.
"We thank the Cobb County Police Department for immediately arresting this man, and we encourage the prosecutor's office to pursue this case," said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney with CAIR-Georgia.
On April 2, 2019, a Muslim Uber driver parked at SunTrust Park after an Atlanta Braves Game.
(ATLANTA, GA, 4/10/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today encouraged anyone with information about the alleged desecration of a ritual washing area used by Muslim students at Emory University to contact the school's police department.
According to an email the school sent to some members of the Emory community on April 5th, an unidentified individual urinated in a washing station used by primarily by Muslim students to perform “wudu” (a ritual washing) before prayer in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.
A female Muslim student who entered the washing area on April 4th reported that she noticed the smell of urine in the area, and then saw urine in both the washing area and on the floor. She reported the desecration to the school, which cleaned the area, and sent an email expressing support for Emory's Muslim student population.
The apparent act of anti-Muslim desecration occurred during a week in which heated disputes arose on campus between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine student activists, all of which was made worse by false allegations of anti-Semitism leveled against a Palestinian student group by outside organizations and rightwing media outlets.
In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"We welcome Emory University's pledge to investigate this incident, and we strongly encourage the school's police department to file criminal charges if they determine that the person responsible was motivated by bigotry.
(WASHINGTON, DC - 4/2/2018) On April 1st, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined the fourth annual National Muslim Hill Day in Washington, DC. During the two-day event, over 500 American Muslims from across the country gathered in Washington to lobby their congressional representatives about various topics.
This year's Georgia delegation to the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations also included representatives of ICNA Relief Atlanta and the Muslim American Society.
Together, Georgia Muslims advocated for bills or resolutions that would protect DACA recipients, overturn President Trump's Muslim Ban, celebrate American Muslim history, sanction Chinese officials for imprisoning Uighur Muslims in concentration camps, among other pieces of legislation.