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(ATLANTA, GA - 2/19/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today announced that a sold-out crowd donated nearly $200,000 to support the civil rights organization at "Promoting Justice, Countering Bigotry," CAIR-GA's first major banquet. The Islamic Center of Middle Georgia in Warner Robins also held a weekend fundraiser for CAIR-GA, bringing the weekend total close to $300,000.
Full Video: CAIR Georgia's 2017 Banquet at The Westin Hotel
"We thank God for the support of our neighbors, especially faith leaders, local businesses, and our fellow civil rights groups," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "With this overwhelming support, we hope to expand our staff and establish a new office so that we can continue serving, protecting and advocating for Georgia Muslims."
(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.
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(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.
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(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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