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(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 - 3/31/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today thanked British author Aru Kundnani for discussing his book, "The Musims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror," during an event sponsored by the Georgia Green Party and CAIR Georgia in Little Five Points.
"Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disparate as Texas, New York, and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, the book is is a comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies," according to the publisher." The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived antiextremism."
Georgia Green Party co-chairman Hugh Esco and CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell also delivered remarks at the event, which was held at Charis Books.
(ATLANTA, GA - 3/26/17) On Sunday, March 26th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations delivered keynote remarks at "Dispelling the Myths: Islam, Refugees & Women," a community event hosted by the Refugee Women's Network at Emory Presbyerian Church.
During the event, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell dispelled common myths related to refugees, as well as the religion of Islam.
"CAIR Georgia and the Refugee Women's Network agree that education is the best vaccine against discrimination," Mitchell said. "That's why we united to educate our neighbors about issues related to refugees and immigrants. We have nothing to fear from refugees, who fled war and famine to build a better life for themselves."
"RWN inspires and equips refugee and immigrant women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities," the non-profit organization said. "For more than 20 years, we’ve continued to be the only organization in Georgia that specifically serves refugee women.
"RWN’s spectrum of services meets women where they are; whether they’ve been in the US for three months or three years. Whether they need help enrolling their children in school or they’re preparing to open their own business, we help women on their journey to become independent and self-sufficient."
(ATLANTA, GA - 3/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Ruwa Romman to serve as its Director of Communications starting on April 3rd. Romman is set to oversee the civil rights organization's internal and external communications, including public relations, social networking, government outreach, and fundraising appeals.
"We're beyond excited to welcome Ruwa Romman to the CAIR Georgia team as we serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "A thoughtful and driven young activist, Ruwa has developed an amazing amount of knowledge, talent and experience. We thank God for the opportunity to bring her aboard."
Romman has previously served as a development coordinator for Points of Light, a field coordinator for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, and a marketing consultant with the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. She was also elected president of the Student Government Association during her undergraduate studies at Oglethorpe University.
Romman is the latest new staffer that CAIR Georgia has hired in 2017. Asma Elhuni now serves as CAIR Georgia's Outreach Director, overseeing collaboration with civil rights groups, political activists, and community leaders outside the Muslim community. CAIR-GA also plans to hire a staff attorney and a paralegal.
(AUGUSTA, GA - 3/3/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations made a two-day visit to the Islamic Society of Augusta to deliver an Islam 101 presentation, a Know Your Rights seminars, and the Friday sermon during Jum'ah.
"We thank the leaders of the Islamic Society of Augusta for inviting CAIR Georgia to visit its strong and vibrant community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
Dozens of Augusta residents attended the Islam 101 presentation, "Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Bigotry & Terrorism," which covered Muslim demographics, beliefs and practices, as well as hot topics such as the twin threats of anti-Muslim bigotry and Muslim extremism.
During the Know Your Rights presentation, CAIR-GA educated ISA members about their legal rights during traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, and airport travel, particularly in light of President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
"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.
“We thank the State Bar’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education for inviting us to discuss the travel ban case with…Read more...
(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.
"We have greatly appreciated the invitations…Read more...