(ATLANTA, GA, 10/6/17) — On Monday, October 9, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to join law students and other civil rights groups in hosting a people’s tribunal, “The People vs. The Muslim Ban,” in response to President Trump’s latest proclamation targeting Muslim-majority nations. During the public tribunal, real attorneys and law students plan to debate the legal merits of President Trump’s Muslim bans, while real witnesses — including Georgia Muslims, immigrants, and refugees — testify about how the bans impact their communities. A jury of activists, lawyers, and faith leaders plan to consider the evidence and issue a verdict accordingly.
WHERE: Georgia State University College of Law Mock Courtroom
WHEN: Oct. 9th, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
NOTE: Media outlets that wish to attend and record the event must RSVP in advance to receive clearance from GSU. Email Qudsia Shafiq at email@example.com or call 224-612-0967.
Event hosts include CAIR Georgia, Project South, the GSU Muslim Law Students Association, the GSU National Lawyers Guild, and the Atlanta chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
“We hope that this engaging and educational people’s tribunal will raise public awareness about the legal and human impact President Trump’s Muslim bans are having on Georgia Muslims, immigrants and refugees,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South.
Trump’s latest immigration order places restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries, including six Muslim-majority countries, and comes as the previous ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire today.
The Trump Administration kept restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – and added new restrictions on visitors from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
“We expect this people’s tribunal to show that the Muslim ban was irrational and unconstitutional the first two times President Trump tried to implement it, and remains so today,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. “We can protect our national security without engaging in thinly veiled bigotry.”
The Supreme Court must now decide whether to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the President’s expired Muslim ban, or whether to drop the case as moot.
Attorneys for Americans impacted by the ban have called on the Supreme Court to issue a ruling against the ban, while the Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the case without issuing a ruling on its merits.
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CONTACTS: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, firstname.lastname@example.org; Qudsia Shafiq, 224-612-0967, email@example.com; Azadeh Shahshahani, 404-574-0851, firstname.lastname@example.org