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(ATLANTA, GA - 5/20/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted three back-to-back "Staying Safe During Ramadan" self-defense seminars at three different mosques over the weekend of May 19th.
Special guest Nezar Hamza, a sworn law enforcment officer who serves as deputy director of CAIR Florida, educated attendees about how to stay as safe as possible amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech and hate crimes.
Topics included active shooter response scenarios, mosque security, and safety tips for men, women and children. Participants also received free bottles of pepper spray after learning how to use them.
"We encourage other Georgia Muslims to request these safety and security trainings," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "God willing, these trainings will teach us how to protect ourselves, our families and our houses of worship during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond."
(ATLANTA, GA 5/19/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) today joined calls for the closure of Stewart Detention Center and a thorough investigation of detainee conditions after the suicide of 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph and the death of 58 year old Atulkumar Babubhai Pate
“When I visited detainees at Stewart Detention Center, the inmates told me they were very depressed, “ said Asma Elhuni, CAIR Georgia’s Community Outreach Director, who has visited Stewart Detention Center several times. "I heard from some detainees who have said some guards called them terrorists."
SEE: Immigrant Detainee Dies in ICE Custody http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/16/us/ice-stewart-detention-center-death/
The detainees' deaths mark the 8th and 9th of such incidents in 2017. Community activists have been calling on elected officials to investigate the conditions in these detention centers as ICE increases its raids on communities.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/8/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it plans to host three "Staying Safe During Ramadan" security trainings at three different mosques over the weekend of May 19th.
Special guest Nezar Hamza, a sworn law enforcment officer who serves as deputy director of CAIR Florida, plans to educate attendees about how to stay as safe as possible amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech and hate crimes.
Topics include active shooter response scenarios, mosque security, and safety tips for men, women and students.
(ATLANTA, GA - 5/4/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today co-sponsored an event featuring remarks from investigative journalist, author and co-host of Democray Now!, Amy Goodman. Hosted by the local radio station WRFG 89.3, the event was held at Iconium Baptist Church.
"We thank Amy Goodman for visiting Atlanta and sharing her perspective on the pressing issues of our time, including the dangers posed by the Dakota Access Pipeline," said Asma Elhuni, outreach director for CAIR-GA. "Ms. Goodman's bold activisim has served as an inspiration to various communities across the country, including American Muslims."
In 1996, Goodman co-founded “Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report” at radio station WBAI in NYC. Twenty-one years later, it is broadcast on 1408 stations around the world as well as on television and the internet.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/4/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations visited Capitol Hill this week to participate in the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day. During the two-day event, CAIR Georgia leaders joined over 400 American Muslims to promote greater political engagement, forge stronger ties with members of Congress, and express support for important legislation.
“We thank our congressional representatives for taking the time to learn about issues of importance to the Georgia Muslim community, including an end to religious and racial profiling, protecting DACA recipients, and permanently ending the Trump Administration’s limits on Muslim immigration,” said CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.
“The massive turnout for this year’s National Muslim Advocacy Day was especially inspiring and reassuring in light of the ongoing increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said Ruwa Romman, communications director for CAIR Georgia. “Such bigotry has motivated Georgia Muslims to become even more involved in the political process.”
(ATLANTA, GA - 6/24/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations today encouraged the Georgia Muslim community to continue hosting interfaith open houses and dinners, even after the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, CAIR Georgia delivered its Islam 101 presentation at interfaith dinners hosted by the Islamic Society of Stockbridge and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.
"We need not wait until Ramadan 2018 before engaging in interfaith dialogue with our neighbors," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "Georgia mosques should consider holding interfaith open houses or dinners…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 6/22/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today issued a travel alert in response to the Supreme Court's expected decision regarding the freeze on President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
Over the next few weeks, the United States Supreme Court could make its first critical decisions about President Trump's Muslim Ban, which has been blocked over the past few months. Although the justices will not issue a final ruling on the ban, they must decide whether to continue freezing the Ban while lawsuits against it proceed through the system.
"Although we hope that the Supreme Court will maintain the…Read more...