Ako Abdul Samad
Ako Abdul Samad
Policing forum with Julian Castro
Police violence and racial profiling happen in cities across the country. We need big changes to reform the system.
Iowa AFL-CIO 2016 Endorsement
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
CAIR - Iowa
Iowa State Rep. Ako Abdul Samad, D-Des Moines, who is chairman of the American Muslim Association, says the organization is not anti-Jewish and it is not anti-Israel. He says it wants a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Miriam Amer, executive director of CAIR - Iowa, said Abdul Samad is a founding member of CAIR's Iowa chapter, and described him as a dedicated public servant whose Creative Visions organization helps to feed hundreds of poor Iowans.
CAIR banquet speaker
Some 400 people turned out for the April 2013, 6th Annual Banquet of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
The event, themed “Upholding the Constitution, Defending Civil Liberties,” included a silent auction, a networking social, an awards ceremony, and an opportunity to learn about CAIR-MN’s accomplishments in defense of civil rights over the past year.
In her welcome remarks, CAIR-MN Chair Ramla Bile spoke of CAIR-MN’s vision in creating a society in which all Americans are treated with respect and dignity. Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) were special guest speakers. Iowa state Representative Ako Abdul Samad was the keynote speaker for the event.
The Master of Ceremonies was Phil Duran, incoming President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The Courage Award was presented to community activist Dr. Richard Johnson and the Justice Works award was presented to attorney Jordan Kushner.
Banquet attendees included community members, leaders of mosques and Muslim organizations, business executives, and interfaith partners. This year’s banquet included 12 sponsors and over 20 table sponsors from local corporations, small businesses, law schools, and nonprofit organizations.
Ako Abdul Samad endorsed Deidre DeJear.