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(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.”
(CLARKSTON, GA - 4/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today spoke at a meeting of the Clarkston City Council.
During the city council meeting, CAIR-GA outreach director Asma Elhuni argued in favor of a proposal designed to reassure Clarkston residents, many of whom are immigrants from Middle Eastern and African nations, including Somalia.
"We thank the City of Clarkston for creating a warm and welcoming environment for its residents, including immigrants who have rebuilt their lives here in Georgia," Elhuni said. "In order to maintain that warm and welcoming environment, Clarkston should pledge not to detain or hold residents at the request of the Trump Administration without a valid federal warrant. In doing so, Clarkston can grant residents peace of mind, encourage them to contact law enforcement for help, and ensure the government enforces our immigration laws fairly and wisely."
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/20/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a self-defense training to students and staff at W.D. Mohammed High School. During the presentation, which was held on the eighteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell walked the audience through how to handle an active shooter situation, offered tips on physical self-defense, and discussed building security.
"Given the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, even Georgia's Islamic private schools should pray for the best and prepare for the worst," Mitchell said. "Every private school should employ at least one armed security guard, keep their entry doors locked 24/7, monitor the campus with security cameras, and train students to respond to an emergency situation, including active shooter scenarios."
Students at W.D. Mohammed High School also practiced an emergency evacuation under the supervision of local law enforcement.
"On behalf of Georgia's Muslim community, we pray that God heals those injured in today's Manhattan attack,…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. The surveys asked candidates about their positions on Islamophobia, civil rights, affordable housing, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).Read more...
(SAVANNAH, GA - 10/23/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at Savannah State University's "The Story of Islam in Savannah," a day-long event designed to counter prejudice and raise awareness through lectures and dialogues about Islam in Savannah.
The series of lectures and dialogues featured speakers from Masjid Jihad of Savannah, the Islamic Center of Savannah, CAIR Georgia, Savannah State University, and religious leaders and community activists from various faiths in Savannah.
"We thank Savannah State University for hosting this important educational event, which gave…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters about the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision in IRAP vs. Trump, one of the federal lawsuits against President Trump’s second Muslim Ban.
During the 24th annual United States Supreme Court Update, Mitchell explained the Court’s ruling, which allowed parts of President Trump’s immigration restrictions to take effect for a 90-day period between June and October.
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(PEACHTREE CITY, GA - 10/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered remarks to the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, the seventh club that CAIR Georgia has visited this year.
As the guest speaker during the weekly Rotary meeting in Peachtree City, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell explained who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practice, before answering questions about various issues, including extremism, women's rights, and the meaning of jihad.
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