(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."
Keynote speakers at the banquet included national activist Linda Sarsour, CAIR-FL executive director Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National. Representatives of the ACLU of Georgia, The Georgia NAACP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace, Atlanta's Palestinian community, and Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam also delivered remarks at the event.