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For Immediate Release:
Dean Obeidallah to present the Kindness in Action Award to Nadia Kahf and Ahmed Al-Shehab of CAIR-NJ
MADISON, NJ, May 17, 2018 – Nadia Kahf, President of CAIR-NJ and Ahmed Al-Shehab, Founder of CAIR-NJ and National Board Member of CAIR, will be receiving the Kindness in Action awards of distinction from Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ), the state’s largest progressive grassroots organization. Presenting the award to both will be distinguished guest, Dean Obeidallah, host of The Dean Obeidallah Show on SiriusXM, recently named as one of the top 25 most influential Muslim Americans by Time Magazine.
“Our group of over 80% women, including a 65-member leadership team comprised of 95% women, are inspired by women and men who have been doing the work before us. The core of who we are is that we believe in kindness, collaboration, and sharing. As newly engaged grassroots activists, we have benefited from the kindness of many who have extended a hand to us. Ms. Kahf and Mr. Al-Shehab have welcomed our activism to join with members of CAIR-NJ who then invited Action Together NJ members into their living rooms and kitchens, breaking bread, allowing us to learn about our Muslim American brothers and sisters,” said Uyen “Winn” Khuong, Executive Director, ATNJ.
“CAIR-NJ has been blessed to have worked with Action Together New Jersey in organizing joint events to get to know one another. It is only through dialogue and collaboration that we can break down the barriers of hate, racism, and religious bias and work together to better our community and ultimately preserve the values of our Nation. I am honored to accept the Kindness in Action Award form ATNJ and look forward to our continued partnership,” Nadia Kahf responded.
Ahmed Al-Shehab, who worked with Khuong to organize the cultural and social gatherings across New Jersey said, “ ATNJ is one of the most organized, effective, and professionally lead organizations I have ever worked with. The members of ATNJ deserve a recognition of their own for their achievements. I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the leadership and the members of ATNJ.”
The award will be presented by Dean Obeidallah, one of the top 25 most influential Muslim Americans by Time Magazine at the Inaugural Gala at The Manor in West Orange, Sunday, June 10, at 5 p.m. “Nadia’s and Ahmed’s work with the Council of American Islamic Relations is not just about fighting for the civil rights of Muslims but for all people of New Jersey and our nation. An attack on any group’s civil rights is an attack on the rights of all Americans,” said Obeidallah.
The elegant event will give ATNJ leaders, activists, supporters, elected officials, and their guests an opportunity to gather for an evening of gourmet food, networking, socializing, and celebration of the accomplishments of the past year, and to raise critical funds to support the group’s work heading into the upcoming midterm elections and beyond. Limited tickets are still available and sponsorships can be found here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/atnjgala
About Action Together New Jersey
ATNJ, a non-profit, progressive group, is the largest grassroots organization in New Jersey. ATNJ has chapters in every county, because change is local. Functioning as a central command for statewide initiatives and legislative actions, ATNJ’s teams work with coalitions of like-minded groups to serve the public by educating the electorate, providing a platform for progressive candidates, advancing legislative proposals with elected officials, and working in concert with advocacy groups for human rights. ATNJ seeks to promote equality and progressive ideals and to secure a more inclusive, fair and equitable future for New Jersey and the nation. For more information, visit
Contact: Uyen “Winn” Khuong
Executive Director, Action Together New Jersey
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues,
908-668-5900 , email@example.com