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Congresswoman Betty McCollum to Deliver Keynote Address at ACRL Gala

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Date(s) - 10/10/2019
5:30 pm

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American Arab Civil Rights League
Preserving and Protecting Civil Rights. For All
Your tax-deductible contribution is critical to ensuring our sustainability and success. Your gift helps us to protect and defend your civil liberties. From maintaining and expanding outreach efforts to providing supporting programs, your support will allow us to fulfill our mission of empowering our community to take the rights of every individual seriously.
8th Annual Fight for Justice Gala
Thursday, October 10, 2019
VIP Reception at 5:30 and Program at 6:30
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Join the ACRL on October 10, 2019 for our 8th Annual “FIGHT FOR JUSTICE” Gala. This annual dinner highlights major civil rights issues in our community while acknowledging excellence in community service and social justice. On this night, the ACRL will host hundreds of dignitaries and guests, including numerous state and community leaders, elected officials, and civil rights activists.
By supporting the 8th Annual Fight for Justice Gala, you provide vital support for the organization and ensure that we are able to continue our great work.
Click Here to Download Sponsorship Form
For more information, contact Nasser Beydoun (313) 702-1700 or Rula Aoun at (313) 633-0231 or at
Betty McCollum is a Democrat representing the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County.
Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, along with a strong national defense.
In April 2019, Congresswoman McCollum has introduced legislation— the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, H.R. 2407 — amending a provision of the Foreign Assistance Act known as the “Leahy Law” to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel. That emphasis has won the endorsement of at least 26 human-rights focused groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace.
Congresswoman McCollum has an impeccable civil rights record and has been a consistent progressive vote. Her emphasis is on the issues of regular people, from education to civil rights, renewable energy to a social approach that places compassion for others well above corporate needs.
Fadwa Hammoud spent her career as a Wayne County lead prosecutor and as a trustee and treasurer for Dearborn Public Schools. She now serves as the solicitor general for Michigan. She is also the first Muslim Arab-American solicitor general in the country. As the solicitor general, Hammoud takes the lead on major criminal cases in Michigan, particularly the the criminal cases related to the Flint water crisis.
Hammoud emigrated to the United States from Lebanon with her family at age 11. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and her juris doctor from the Wayne State University Law School. She also completed the prestigious Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.
Hammoud has served the community in multiple capacities. She is a member of several organizations, including the League of Women Voters (LMV), American Arab Political Action Committee (APAC), American Association of University Women, and is a volunteer mentoring attorney for the Women Lawyers Association. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Arab American Chamber of Commerce and the Public Service Award from the Arab American Political Action Committee.
Hammoud also was appointed to the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs by former Gov. Rick Snyder and sits on the Legislative Committee for the Hispanic/Latino, Asian Pacific American and Middle Eastern American Affairs Commissions.
The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with regional offices nationwide.
After almost 20 years and countless controversial secret programs launched by the U.S. Government in the War on Terror, a federal judge ruled in lawsuit filed by CAIR, that the secret government watchlisting process known as the “Terrorist Screening Database” was unconstitutional and violated the rights of countless people, including American citizens. The 23 plaintiffs involved in CAIR’s lawsuit are American citizens who have experienced intensive screenings at airports and other U.S. ports of entry.
Over the years, CAIR has filed multiple challenges to the government’s watchlisting system, along with multiple lawsuits to allow Americans who are subject to the system’s flight ban return to the United States.
CAIR’s commitment to civil liberty and justice has been a paramount example of the kind of dedication that our nation strives for in achieving transparency and accountability in government.
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