American-Islamic relations focus of discussion in Grass Valley Sunday |

American-Islamic relations focus of discussion in Grass Valley Sunday

Basim Elkarra
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American-Islamic relations will be discussed Sunday when Basim Elkarra visits with a Grass Valley congregation. The public is invited.

Elkarra is Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the Sacramento Valley. He will speak and answer questions Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St.

Elkarra will speak at the congregation’s two morning services at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A 45-minute snack period is provided between the services at 10:45 a.m. The question and answer session will follow the second service.

For more than a decade, Elkarra has operated the California American-Islamic youth leadership program at the state capitol.

As a member of the Sacramento American Civil Liberties Union, he regularly appears in the media as a commentator on civil liberties. And he recently was appointed to the Sacramento Community Police Commission.

“At a time when political demagoguery is fueling anti-Islamic hysteria; when ignorance about Islam allows this shameless discrimination and victimization; when fellow citizens are being targeted for personal abuse and violence in a country that vaunts freedom of religion as a fundamental constitutional right, it is imperative that we inform ourselves as much as we can about Islam so that we can counter this poisoning of society,” Rev. David Usher, the pastor of the UUCM congregation, said, referring to Elkarra’s visit.

Elkarra, a San Francisco native, earned a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley and resides with his wife and four children in Sacramento.

He is a member of the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board, and he chairs its Affirmative Action Committee.

He previously served on various advisory boards, including the Los Rios Community College Bond Oversight Committee and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association’s Outreach Committee.

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