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CAIR-GA, Atlanta Muslims to Host Blood Donation Drive in Solidarity with All Victims of Violence

CAIR logo(ATLANTA, GA, 7/8/16) – On Thursday, July 14, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) and several Atlanta-area Muslim organizations will host a Red Cross blood donation drive in solidarity with all victims of violence in American and around the world. The blood drive is open to the public.

“Atlanta hospitals face an urgent and significant shortage of blood supplies,” said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “We encourage Atlanta residents to donate blood in solidarity with all victims of violence around the world, from Baton Rouge and Dallas to Orlando and Aleppo.”

The public blood drive, which had been planned since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Dar-un-Noor Academy (434 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318), a private school located behind Al-Farooq Masjid on 14th Street in Atlanta.

Blood donors should register online beforehand at redcrossblood.org using the code: dar-un-noor. Participants can also check their eligibility to donate blood by calling the Red Cross hotline at 1-866-236-3276.

Sponsoring organizations include American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), CAIR-GA, the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, The Baig Firm and the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, which plans to host a voter registration table during the blood drive.

Any organization wishing to join as a co-sponsor may email emitchell@cair.com.

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.

If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email civilrights@cair.com.

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CONTACT: CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530; emitchell@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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