(ATLANTA, GA, 10/30/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates.
"We thank Atlanta's mayoral candidates for visiting local mosques, engaging with Atlanta Muslim voters and completing these candidate surveys, which ask about a variety of issues important to our community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "We're happy to see that several candidates have committed to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry, and support civil rights, if elected Mayor of Atlanta."
The surveys asked candidates about issues important to Atlanta Muslim voters, including Islamophobia, civil rights, 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).
"Atlanta is home to thousands of Atlanta Muslim whose votes could help decide the result of a close election, especially during a run-off," Mitchell said. "We encourage every mayoral candidate to continue dialoguing with Atlanta Muslim voters, and we encourage Atlanta Muslims to learn about every candidate before voting."
SEE: 1. Survey-Peter Aman.pdf, 2. Survey Keisha Bottoms.pdf, 3. Survey-Vincent_Fort.pdf, 4. SurveyKwanza_Hall.pdf 5. Survey-Ceasar_Mitchell.pdf, and 6. Survey-Cathy_Woolard.pdf (Mary Norwood and John Eaves have not yet submitted survey responses).
Over the past few months, CAIR-Georgia met with 10 of the mayoral candidates to learn about their positions, educate the candidates about Atlanta Muslim voters, and invite each candidate to visit local mosques. Several other organizations joined the nonpartisan candidate outreach, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, IMAN Atlanta, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and Al-Farooq Masjid.
So far, Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms have visited Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, while Senator Vincent Fort and former Council President Cathy Woolard for Atlanta Mayor have visited Al-Farooq Masjid.
Those candidates, as well Councilman Kwanza Hall, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, former City COO Peter Aman, former Fulton County Commission chairman John Eaves For Atlanta Mayor, and former candidates Michael Sterling and Al Bartell, met with CAIR-Georgia over the summer to learn about the Atlanta Muslim community.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election and recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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