Imam Talib Abdur-rashid, Imam Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood. Harlem, New York
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is the religious and spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc. The mosque, located in Harlem, New York City, is the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque Inc. founded by the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), in 1964.
Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid is also Ameer (President) Emeritus of the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York. Nationally, he serves as the Deputy Ameer (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America.
Mohammad Khan, Campaign Manager at MPower Change, Queens, New York
Mohammad Khan is a campaigner, strategist, and political organizer. He’s currently the Campaign Manager at MPower Change, where he develops and directs campaigns to build the political and social capital of Muslim communities in the fight for justice for all people. Prior to joining MPower, Mohammad worked on electoral, issue, and civic engagement campaigns in New York, including gubernatorial and City Council races, coalition work on economic and criminal justice, and efforts to protect public education and expose political corruption. His work focuses on transformative movement-based organizing and building the power of marginalized communities.
A native of Queens, Mohammad serves on the boards of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York — which works to empower Muslim communities in local politics — and Citizen Action of NY, a grassroots social justice organization, as well as the State Committee of the NY Working Families Party. When he’s not campaigning or organizing, Mohammad enjoys powerlifting and indoor and outdoor gardening.
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota.
Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights. Rep. Ellison was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. Keith is the proud father of four children.
Margari Aziza, Co-founder Muslim ARC — Inland Empire, California
Margari Aziza Hill is co-founder and Programming Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). After converting to Islam in 1993, her life experiences as a Black American woman have informed her research and writing on Islam, education, race, and gender. She has nearly a decade of teaching experiences at all levels from elementary, secondary, college level, to adult education. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.
Asad Ali Jafri, Arts Advocate & Consultant — Chicago, Illinois
Starting in Chicago and spreading his work all over the world, Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, global arts leader and interdisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilizes the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform interactions, perceptions, and collective consciousness. Until 2012, as Director of Arts and Culture for IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network), Asad produced Takin’ It to the Streets: Urban International Festival and the Community Café series featuring hundreds of artists and attracting thousands of people. Asad continues to produce events across the globe, including most recently in South Africa, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.
Salimah Hankins, Senior Staff Attorney in the Housing Program at Community Legal Services— San Francisco, CA.
Salimah Hankins is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Housing Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), California, where she does anti-displacement work in Silicon Valley. She has worked as a fair housing attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and a consulting attorney for the Fair Housing Justice Center. Salimah has also served as a legislative aide to Massachusetts Senator Wilkerson, pro bono counsel at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Director of Legislative Advocay at Dignity and Power Now. Since 2013 she has also served as a human rights consultant for the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), advising domestic grassroots groups on their advocacy efforts before the UN treaty bodies and coordinating the civil society side of the U.S government review under the “race treaty” before the 2014 CERD Committee in Geneva. In addition, Salimah has authored the 2013, 2014, and 2015 USHRN human rights status reports, which chronicles human rights abuses in the United States and engages grassroots groups and national organizations alike in human rights work, with a focus on housing as a human right. In 2013 and 2014, she served as director of Human Rights for a Brooklyn-based human rights organization, working primarily with women of color. Originally from New Orleans, Salimah has called Boston, Baltimore and Brooklyn home.