(ATLANTA, GA – 10/31/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad for visiting Atlanta on Oct. 29thÂ to rally Georgia Muslim voters and support CAIR-GA's civil rights work.
“American Muslims lost a role modelÂ when Muhammad Ali passed away, but we gained anotherÂ when Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at theÂ Olympics,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. “We thankÂ Ibtihaj for inspiringÂ Georgia Muslims to make our own history by voting before orÂ on Nov. 8th. As Ibtihaj said, you don't have to be an Olympian to be a hero. Just vote.”
Other speakers at the Atlanta Muslim Election rally, which was held at the Center for Civil & Human Rights, included leaders of Georgia's Muslim community as well asÂ representatives of Georgia's Democratic, Libertarian and Green parties. The state Republican Party expressed regret that it was unable to send a surrogate due to weekend organizing efforts.
CAIR-GA co-hosted the rally alongside a coalition of Georgia Muslims, including the Georgia MuslimÂ Voter Project, the I-PAC Georgia Political Action Committee, andÂ the Muslim Mix.
“Political candidatesÂ have treated American Muslims like political props,Â footballs, and hot potatoes throughout the 2016 campaign season,” Mitchell said.Â “All of thatÂ ends Â on Nov. 8th, when we canÂ make ourÂ voices heard, loudly and clearly, by voting.”
Ibtihaj Muhammad also spoke atÂ an eveningÂ banquet in support ofÂ CAIR-GA's civil rights work. CAIR-GA held the banquet atÂ Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Georgia's oldest Muslim house of worship.
Other speakers at the banquetÂ included Imam Mohammad Islam, leader of the once-stalled Newton County cemeteryÂ project andÂ Aisha Yaqoob, executive director of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, which has registered over 1,000 Georgia Muslim voters.
CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; firstname.lastname@example.org