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CAIR: Georgia Muslims to Host Interfaith Rally and Food Drive June 10 as Response to Hate Group’s Planned Anti-Islam Protest

cair logos georgia(ATLANTA, GA, 6/8/2017) — The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced plans to hold a “No to Extremism and Bigotry. Yes to Service and Unity” interfaith rally and food drive beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 outside Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta.

During the interfaith event, Georgia Muslims and a diverse line-up of faith-based and secular speakers plan to honor the memory of those killed in recent hate crimes here at home, as well as in terrorist attacks overseas, while assembling nonperishable food for donation to the Atlanta Food Bank.

The June 10 event is scheduled to take place shortly after the start of an anti-Muslim hate rally in Piedmont Park led by the group ACT for America. That hate group, whose hateful rhetoric has been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has called for “Marches Against Sharia” in 22 other cities across the country, including Atlanta. ACT for America’s hate rallies are being supported by a number of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-government, and Islamophobic groups.

VIDEO: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple

CAIR: June 10 Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia

“The best way for Georgia’s interfaith community to counter hate and bigotry is to embrace service and unity in a separate and safe environment,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia.

He added that CAIR-Georgia also welcomes people of all faiths to attend the annual Ramadan Interfaith Dinner at the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, at which visitors will engage in a tour of the mosque, a meet and greet, and a presentation about Islam and Muslims, followed by a frank and open Q&A session.

  • WHAT: ICCA Ramadan Interfaith Dinner
  • WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 7:45 pm
  • WHERE: Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, 288 E. Lanier Avenue, Fayetteville GA, 30214
  • CONTACT: Communications Director, Ruwa Romman, 678-697-9684,  rromman@cair.com.
  • Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com

Interfaith Rally & Food Drive Co-Sponsors:

  • CAIR Georgia
  • Al-Farooq Masjid
  • ACLU of Georgia
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
  • Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
  • Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
  • Gwinnett Islamic Circle
  • Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Madina Institute U.S.A
  • Masjid Al-Momineen
  • Masjid Hamzah
  • Masjid Jafar
  • Masjid Omar Bin Abdul Aziz
  • Muslim American Society
  • Roswell Community Masjid – RCM

 

CAIR’s most recent civil rights report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” indicates that reports of anti-Muslim bias incidents have risen 57% compared to 2016.

SEE: The Empowerment of Hate

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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