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(ATLANTA, GA - 11/20/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Georgia's Muslim community for uniting to host a post-election community town hall meeting and self-defense seminar on Sunday, Nov. 20th, at 11 am at Al-Farooq Masjid.
"Although the 2016 election has ended, our social, religious and political activisim should continue," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "As a united community, we discussed how we can stay active and involved while also protecting ourselves, our mosques and our families from harm."
During the community town session hall led by Aisha Yaqoob of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Georgia Muslims discussed ways that the community can stay engaged moving forward, from political acivisim to interfaith outreach to protecting legal rights.
(ATLANTA, GA, 11/15/16) – On Wednesday, November 16, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives designed to counter a post-election surge in hate incidents targeting Georgia Muslims and other minorities.
Representatives from other local civil rights, interfaith and advocacy organizations, including Project South, the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, the Council of Mosques of Metro-Atlanta, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, also plan to react to the post-election climate and discuss solutions, including:
(ATLANTA, GA - 11/5/2016) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the U-Beyond Mentorship program for inviting CAIR-GA to speak to high school students in Clarkston about their career goals.
"It's a cliche, but it's true: young people represent our future," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We were therefore comforted and reassured to see such a diverse group of young peope eager to pursue careers in the science, math and technology fields, as well as medicine and law."
The U-Beyond event was held at Clarkston High School, which is home to many American Muslims as well as children of refugees and immigrants.
(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad for visiting Atlanta, rallying Georgia Muslim voters, and supporting CAIR-GA's civil rights work.
"American Muslims lost a role model when Muhammad Ali passed away, but we gained another when Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the Olympics," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "We thank Ibtihaj for inspiring Georgia Muslims to make our own history by voting before or on Nov. 8th. As Ibtihaj said, you don't have to be an Olympian to be a hero. Just vote."
CAIR-GA co-hosted the election rally alongside a coalition of Georgia Muslims, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, I-PAC Georgia Political Action Committee, and the Muslim Mix.
(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...