(ATLANTA, GEORGIA, 8/11/2023) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), Women Watch Afrika, Citizens for a Better Clarkston Coalition, Voices of Muslims, the Burmese Rohingya Community, and the Indian American Muslim Council – Atlanta chapter today condemned the forced resignation of Clarkston City Manager Shawanna Qawiy from her position. 


Concerned citizens and organizations protested the hastily adjourned special city council meeting on August 7 that denied public comment.   


The separation agreement removing Qawiy from her position became effective after a special city council meeting on Monday, August 7, 2023, during which public comment was not allowed. The meeting was adjourned within five minutes of being called to order.   


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City Manager Shawanna Qawiy and Clarkston Police Chief Christine Hudson had been at the center of a public disagreement after Qawiy suspended the Police Chief for insubordination.  


Chief Hudson issued public statements in the media against Qawiy, after which Qawiy allegedly began facing harassment from proponents of the police chief, including threats to her life.  


Friends of Qawiy reported that she began receiving threatening emails, phone calls, and text messages that included her residential address, simply for temporarily suspending the police chief pursuant to her official powers. The city reportedly took no steps to address the harassment she faced, ultimately leading to Ms. Qawiy’s pressured resignation.  


READ: Statement from Women Watch Afrika on behalf of Clarkston Community Members