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Georgia Muslims began early voting together on Saturday, May 14th, as part of a voting initiative hosted by CAIR-GA and the Georgia Muslim Voter Project. Both groups encouraged Muslims to early vote on the same day at the same time to maximize and publicize voter turnout.
"These local elections are less flashy than the presidential election, but just as critical," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "After all, decisions made at the federal level can take years to come about and even longer to take effect. But decisions made here, at the local level, can have an immediate impact on our day-to-day lives, from zoning to education to public safety."
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell delivered a CAIR presentation about Islam to members of a Boy Scouts group on behalf of Fayetteville's Islamic Community Center on May 13th. The Fayette County students have been visiting various religious institutions, from a Hindu temple to a synagogue, as part of their Boy Scout outreach activities. CAIR-GA delivered an informational presentation about Muslims here and abroad, as well as their beliefs and practices.
CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell met with the board of Masjid Al-Mu'minun in Atlanta Wednesday evening to offer CAIR's free services, including a Last Will & Testament Seminar, Mosque Security Training, and a Know Your Legal Rights & Responsibilities Seminar. The masjid and CAIR-GA agreed to hold a presentation at the mosque, which is located on Hank Aaron Drive near Turner Field, after the month of Ramadan, insha Allah.
CAIR Georgia joined a May 10th training session for social justice groups led by Rev. Dr. William Barber at The Temple, Atlanta's most prominent synagogue.
The Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute (MPOLIS) hosted the event, which brought together leaders from various Georgia communities, including advocates of immigration reform, a higher minimum wage, expanded government healthcare and tolerance for minority communities.
The day-long training ended with a Muslim woman reciting Surah Al-Fatiha, the first chapter of the Quran, at the request of Dr. Barber.