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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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CAIR Georgia Investigating Anti-Muslim Harassment at Nordstrom Rack in Alpharetta

N2.jpg(ALPHARETTA, GA - 11/25/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating an incident of anti-Muslim harassment that allegedly occurred at a Nordstrom Rack department store in Alpharetta last week.

VIDEO: Anti-Muslim Incident at Nordstrom Rack
On Saturday, Nov. 16th, a Georgia Muslim family was visiting Nordstrom Rack North Point Market Center located at 6200 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30022 when an unidentified customer harassed them.

While three Muslim children aged 11 to 13, including two girls wearing hijabs, were sitting on the floor in the toy aisle reading a book, an unidentified white female walked past them multiple times, left the aisle, and then returned. 

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CAIR Georgia Now Hiring: Apply for Executive Director & Legal Director Positions!

ExpandedTeam copy(ATLANTA, GA - 11/20/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that it is accepting applications for the separate positions of Executive Director and Legal & Policy Director. Applicants should review the job descriptions below and submit the requested information.

Last week, CAIR Georgia announced that current Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell has agreed to join CAIR National's Washington, DC office in the newly created position of Deputy Director in 2020. Mitchell plans to continue serving as Executive Director of CAIR-GA until his successor has been selected, trained and appointed. Read job descriptions and requirements below...

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CAIR Georgia Thanks South Carolina Jail for Protecting Constitutional Rights of Muslim Detainee Wearing a Hijab

0724jreuben-4.jpg(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/2019) – The Georgia chapter and national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today commended the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and Horry County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina for taking corrective action to address civil rights violations committed by correctional staff against a Muslim American woman who was detained at the facility.

Last month, CAIR-Georgia learned that a South Carolina Muslim woman detained at the jail had been forced to expose her hair in the presence of male officers and to pose for booking photographs which were then published on the Horry County Sheriff’s Department website and a third-party website. Jail staff also reportedly confiscated a prayer rug provided to her by the jail’s chaplain.

After CAIR-Georgia and CAIR National called on the jail to uphold the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, the facility allowed the Muslim woman to cover her hair with a scarf, gave her a prayer rug and replaced her original booking photos with new photos in which her hair is covered.

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