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(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Masjid Omar for a panel discussion about "Faith & Civil Engagement." During the last day of Masjid Omar's week-long "Muslim Legacy: Youth Seminar," Imam Abdullah Jaber hosted Imam Arshad Anwar of Roswell Community Masjid, Aisha Yaqoob, policy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
The speakers encouraged youth in the audience to pursue various methods of civic engagement, including political activisim, extracurricular activities, keeping track of the news, voting, community activism, and pursuing related careers, all while upholding the values of their Islamic faith.
"We thank Masjid Omar for hosting this important week of events, which also covered the topics Islam and Leadership Training, Spirituality & Mental Health, Education & Career Building," Mitchell said. "The importance of building a proud, devout and civically engaged generation of young American Muslims cannot be overstated."
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined the Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss issues related to hate crimes with law students at Georgia State University. CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Stephen Piggott, a senior research analyst with the Southern Poverty Law Center, discussed a recent spike in hate crimes targeting minority communities as well as potential solutions to the trend.
"A wave of poitical hate speech has escalated into an avalanche of violent hate crimes that threaten various communities, including American Muslims," Mitchell said. "Whether a Muslim woman has her hijab ripped off or a mosque burns down, such hate crimes must be punished to the full extent of the law."
Georgia is one of the few states that does not have a so-called hate crimes law, which would impose heightened punishments for physical violence motivated by bias against a victim's identity.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/7/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired former legal clerk David Rodriguez to serve as its new paralegal and office manager. Rodriguez has years of experience working in the legal field.
"We can think of no one better for this position than David Rodriguez, an experienced paralegal who has worked in high-pressure legal environments," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We thank God for the opportunity to bring him aboard as we investigate cases of anti-Muslim discrimination."
Rodriguez, a Hispanic-American Muslim, spent seven years working as a legal assistant and case manager for The Secret Firm in Decatur. He then served as a Deputy Clerk in the Rockdale County Magistrate Court.
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/2/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations encourages Georgia mosques to continue request a visit for the civil rights organization's free Know Your Rights seminars.
The educational presentation covers some of what American Muslims should know about traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, airport travel, employee rights and workplace discrimination, followed by a Q&A session.
Since the Trump Administration issued its original "Muslim Ban" executive order, CAIR Georgia has delivered KYR presentations or hosted similar panel discussions at Hamzah Islamic Center in Alpharetta, the Islamic Center of Augusta, Masjid Al-Momineen in Clarkston, Masjid Al-Jannah in Columbus, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Quba in Mableton.
(ATHENS, GA - 3/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations congratulated students and organizers of MIST 2017 during remarks at the event's closing ceremony in Athens. CAIR Georgia, which served as a co-sponsor and debate judge, encouraged students to pursue their passions while upholding their faith.
"Losing you, our youth, is one of the greatest threats facing the American Muslim community," said CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Whether you have a passion for the arts or medicine or law or science, line up your interests with the values of our faith and pursue both wholeheartedly."
"The Muslim Interscholastic Tournament of Atlanta (MIST) is a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops designed to bring Muslim and non-Muslim high school students together from around the nation to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills in order to develop a strong personal identity."
(ATLANTA, GA - 9/14/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations this week called on Senator David Perdue and Senator Johnny Isakson to support Senate Resolution 250, which would condemn the Burmese government's ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim population.Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/29/17) CAIR Georgia today hosted its second annual Muslims Rebutting Extremism seminar before both live and online audiences. During the seminar, expert speakers discuss the twin threats posed by anti-Muslim bigots and Muslim extremists, as well as effective ways to counter both of those groups.Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-sponsored and spoke at Take Down Hate, an interfaith march against racism held in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During the event, hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, expressing support for diversity and condemning white supremacism along the way.
"People of different races, faiths and backgrounds came together to say that the bigotry we saw Charlottesville is unacceptable in Atlanta," said CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed…Read more...