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CAIR Georgia Holds Press Conference After Controversy at School Multicultural Night

NEWS_Autry-Mill-Map-Comparison-black_3-15-2019.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 3/12/19) On March 12th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), Jewish Voice for Peace - Atlanta, and local Palestinian Christian reverends plan to co-host a press conference on behalf of multiple students from Autrey Mill Middle School and their families. 

Over the past week, the students have experienced bullying and online harassment as a result of false information that has been spread about an educational exhibit on Palestinian history that they displayed at the school's annual Multicultural Night both this year and last year .

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CAIR Georgia Files Discrimination Complaint Against Augusta Restaurant Chain

Augusta(ATLANTA, GA, 2/1/2019) – On Monday, February 4, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) held a press conference in Augusta, Ga., to announce the filing of a federal discrimination complaint against Farmhaus Burger, an Augusta restaurant chain which subjected one of its employees to anti-Muslim harassment.
According to a complaint that CAIR-Georgia has filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Augusta resident Lacey Jade resigned her position at the restaurant chain after owner Sean Wight allegedly threatened her job because she converted to Islam, and asked for permission to wear a hijab.

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CAIR Georgia Attends Swearing-In Ceremony of State Senator Sheikh Rahman, First Muslim Elected To Georgia Legislature

Sheikh Rahman.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 1/15/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today attended the swearing-in ceremony of State Senator Sheikh Rahman, the first Muslim and first immigrant elected to the Georgia state legislature. Senator Rahman took his oath of office on the Quran, the Islamic holy book, as he stood alongside his wife and children.

Video: Senator Sheikh Rahman's Speech at Swearing-In Ceremony

A diverse audience joined the ceremony in the Georgia State Capitol, which featured interfaith prayers from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist speakers.

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CAIR-Georgia Congratulates Muslim Servicewoman on Winning Navy Promotion, Hijab Approval

PettyOfficerWilson.jpeg(ATLANTA, GA - 12/11/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today congratulated Genevra M. Wilson—an American Muslim woman who serves in the United States Navy Reserves—for her elevation to the post of Chief Petty Officer, and for winning approval to continue wearing a hijab with her new uniform.

On July 27th, 2018, CAIR-Georgia sent a letter to the Navy seeking approval for Chief Petty Officer Wilson's religious accommodation request. Wilson continued to wear her hijab while waiting for official approval, which she finally received last month. 

SEE: CAIR-Georgia Letter to United States Navy

Chief Petty Officer Wilson appears to be the first Muslim woman in the history of the United States Navy to serve at that rank while wearing a hijab.

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"We congratulate Chief Petty Officer Genevra M. Wilson on this historic elevation to her current post, and we thank the U.S. Navy Reserves for approving her request to wear a hijab with her new uniform. By successfully standing up for her rights, Chief Wilson serves as an inspiration to people of all faiths. Chief Wilson also serves as a living reminder that American Muslims play an integral role in every aspect of our nation. We pray that God guides Chief Wilson to continue standing up for her legal rights, and upholding her values, during her career with the United States Navy Reserves." 

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