We are honored to have the guidance, collaboration, and direction from our inspiring Board of Advisors.
Nadia Kahf – Nadia is the chairperson of CAIR-NJ, and is also an attorney who runs her own practice. CAIR is the largest Civil Rights Organization for American Muslims in USA with over 30 offices around the nation. CAIR is also the only National American Muslim Organization that has a MAJORITY female leadership. Our Board chairs and Executive Directors in 30 offices make up more than 60% of our leadership. Chair of both CAIR National and CAIR-NJ are female attorneys. CAIR was created as an “organization that challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims”. Since being established in 1994, CAIR has a successful track record in its defences of civil liberties and tolerance. It is frequently seen as the “go-to” organization when bias is directed against Muslim individuals or institutions. Its status as the most frequently quoted American Muslim organization in our nation’s media also suggests success in “providing an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.”
Analilia Mejia – Analilia Mejia is a progressive union and community activist with Jersey roots and nationwide experience fighting for policies that lift up working families. Under her leadership, New Jersey Working Families spearheaded an unprecedented effort that has resulted in earned sick time laws in thirteen New Jersey municipalities, which national media outlet ThinkProgress has called “the biggest wave of paid sick day victories ever.” In April 2015 she was honored by President Obama as a “White House Champion of Change” for her work on earned sick time. Through her leadership, New Jersey Working Families has championed the fight for fair taxes and a fair state budget, the fight for a $15 minimum wage, and the fight to protect and expand voting rights for all New Jerseyans. Prior to taking her position at Working Families last year, Analilia was the political director for SEIU 32BJ New Jersey, where she expanded their political program and engaged local and state-wide elected officials to adopt pro-worker policies. Analilia has also helped lead political, policy and union building programs for SEIU International, UNITE HERE and UFCW.
Geri Gaffney-Jannarone – Geri is the Volunteer New Jersey State Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/Everytown for Gun Safety. Moms Demand Action is the largest grassroots Gun Violence Prevention group in the country with chapters in every state and well over 3 million members nationwide. The organization was founded after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT and serves as a catalyst for common sense gun safety legislation reform and creating awareness and solutions to the senseless scourge of gun violence in our country. The group supports the second amendment, is non partisan and welcomes individuals of all political parties, as well as the apolitical. Together, we can overcome the epidemic of gun violence in America.
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