(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."
CAIR Georgia also hopes to hire several other staffers to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims, including a:
To that end, CAIR Georgia plans to host its first major fundraising banquet on Feb. 18th, 2017, at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel. Keynote speakers will, God willing, include activist Linda Sarsour, who co-organized the National March for Social Justice & Women, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National.
Other planned speakers include Andrea Young of the ACLU of Georgia, William Flippin of The Georgia NAACP, Stephanie Cho of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Imam Mansoor Sabree of IMAN Atlanta, among others.
Nearly 500 Georgians of various faiths have purchased tickets to the event, which is scheduled to last from 6:00 to 9:00 on Saturday, Feb. 18.