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(ATLANTA, GA - 2/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Asma Elhuni to serve as its Director of Community Outreach. Elhuni, a student and activist who also serves as a member of CAIR Georgia's Advisory Board of Directors, is the first of several new staffers CAIR Georgia hopes to hire in 2017.
"To call Asma a strong, passionate, and dedicated activist would be an understatement," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "She vocally stands up for the rights of various communities, including Georgia women, Latinos, and students. Asma has done all of this while pursuing her studies, serving as a legislative intern, and volunteering with CAIR Georgia. We thank God for the opportunity to finally make her an official part of our team as we work to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
(DUNWOODY, GA - 1/17/17) Please join CAIR Georgia for it its first major fundraising banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Dunwoody, God willing. You can support CAIR-GA's efforts to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims by buying an early discounted ticket for $50. Your company, organization or house of worship can also sponsor a table for $500.
Our special guest speakers include activist Linda Sarsour, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National. During the banquet, we hope to celebrate what CAIR Georgia accomplished in 2016 and raise enough funds to fulfill our goals for 2017.
(ATLANTA, GA - 2/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-hosted a panel discussion with Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam to discuss Trump Administration policies that target Muslims, including the Muslim travel ban. Imam Sulaimaan Hamed moderated the event, which included remarks from immigration attorney Hiba Ghalib of Kuck Immigraton Partners LLC, attorney M. Khurram Baig, founder of The Baig Firm, and attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
"We thank Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam for uniting Georgia's Muslim community across ethnic, geographic and cultural lines to explain and counter the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban," Mitchell said. "As Imam Sulaimaan noted, the President's policies concern all of American Muslims, not just the immigrant community."
The three speakers discussed President Trump's executive order, which banned Muslim immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
(LITHONIA, GA - 1/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today met with Congressman Hank Johnson to thank him for his work to protect Georga's Muslim community, and warn him of the Trump Administration's plans to target American Muslims.
"Rep. Hank Johnson has stood on the front lines of the struggle to defend all Georgians, including Muslims, from bigotry and discrimination," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We thank the congressman for his efforts, and we hope to work with him to protect Georgia Muslims from the Trump Administration's anti-Muslim policies."
During the meeting, CAIR Georgia--which met with Rep. Johnson shortly before President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees as well as immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations--also alerted Rep. Johnson to the potential for unjust treatment of travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
(CARROLTON, GA - 1/26/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about Islamophobia to students and faculty at the University of West Georgia.
During the event, which was hosted by the UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Psychology Department, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell spoke alongside Emory University professor Dr. Isam Vaid.
Mitchell defined Islamophobia, traced its history from the 1980s to the present, and answered questions from the audience about hot topics.
(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...