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(ATHENS, GA - 9/3/17) On Sunday, September 3rd, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations visited the Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Athens, Georgia, for a presentation about the similarities and differences between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic new years, as well as a Q&A about issues related to Islam and the Muslim community.
"We thank the Athens' Unitarian Universalist community for working to build bridges with people of all faiths. Georgia Muslims can think of no better response to the world's religious conflict than visiting various houses of worship, greeting our neighbors, and directly issues that sometimes divide us," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, which has delivered similar presentations other mosques and churches around the state. "Education is the best vaccine against discrimination."
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its new Staff Attorney starting August 1st.
As part of CAIR Georgia's legal team, Khwaja works to investigate incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination, educate Georgia Muslims about their legal rights, and counter Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.
"As a law student, a legal intern, and an activist, Murtaza has already made important contributions to civil rights in recent years," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We are excited to welcome this bright and driven young man to our team so that we can–God willing–better serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
Khwaja received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Emory University, and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, he interned with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, and spent a year working in the Capital Defenders Clinic, where he helped Georgia Capital Defender attorneys make argue for life sentences, rather than the death penality, at trial.
As a member of the Muslim Law Students Association at the GSU College of Law, Khwaja co-founded the Glitter of Hope Legal Clinic.
The clinic aimed to provide legal assistance and resources to the Clarkston refugee community, including Know Your Rights workshops.
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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.
"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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