Meet Our 2016 Gala Honorees
Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Islamic Relief USA is a community of humanitarians–staff, volunteers, affiliates, supporters, partners, donors–who have been working together for a better world for more than 20 years, in over 40 countries.
Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she coauthored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.
Jews For Racial & Economic Justice
For 25 years, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. We are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power.
The movement to dismantle racism and economic exploitation will be led by those most directly targeted by oppression. We believe that Jews have a vital role to play in this movement. The future we hope for depends on Jews forging deep and lasting ties with our partners in struggle.
United Sikhs, a U.N. affiliated, international, non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development, and advocacy organization,aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. At UNITED SIKHS, we work towards our motto “To Recognize Human Race as One, with the mission is to transform, alleviate, educate and protect the lives of underprivileged, individuals and minority communities impacted by disasters, natural or man-made, suffering from hunger, illiteracy, diseases, or from violation of civil and human-rights into informed and vibrant members of society by fostering sustainable programs regardless of color, race, religion or creed.
In the past few years, UNITED SIKHS has lead over 30 relief projects and provided for the survivors of Asian Tsunami, American Katrina, Rita Hurricane Relief, built homes for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors in Philippines; provided aid and meals to the survivors in South Asia, Earthquake in Haiti, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. Additionally, UNITED SIKHS regularly organizes free kitchen, blood and health drives for the under-privileged.UNITED SIKHS serves as the lead Sikh organization on the issues of Civil rights, human rights, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, both nationally and internationally.
On February 5, 2016, President Obama, recognized UNITED SIKHS work, and talked about strengths of Sikhs and Humanitarian work by Sikhs, especially in Haiti and stated, “When the Earth cleaves in Haiti, Christians, Sikhs, and other faith groups sent volunteers to distribute aid, tend to the wounded, rebuild homes for the homeless.
NYC Councilmember I. Daneek Miller
I. Daneek Miller won election to the New York City Council from the 27th Council District (Southeast Queens) with 96.9% of the vote and the support of 20,333 voters on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. This followed his success in the September Democratic Primary against five opponents. Throughout, Daneek also enjoyed the full support of the incumbent, Council Member Leroy Comrie.
A community and labor activist, Daneek served as President of Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local No. 1056, which represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens Bus Division. Daneek has lived in Southeast Queens in the 27th Council District for the past 35 years. A well-recognized champion and advocate for public transportation, Daneek has spent a lifetime fighting for the families of Southeast Queens. His experience as a labor leader with a record of hard-fought victories, benefits and services delivered to working people make Daneek well-qualified to represent Southeast Queens in the City Council. As a labor and community activist Daneek knows the power of building coalitions to deliver for the community. Most recently, his efforts restored bus service, including the Q27 and Q42 serving Southeast Queens, to make it easier for residents to reach work, school, medical appointments and other activities.
As a community activist, Daneek co-founded Brothers Unlimited, a community-based organization that mentors and assists families in need and served on the board of The New York City Middle School Baseball League, which serves hundreds of youths across the city and has nearly doubled in size in the past two years. He was also on the board of the Southern Queens Parks Association where he worked to improve our parks, and to provide educational and social opportunities to our youth and young adults. He has also served as a mentor with Life Camp and United Black Men of Queens. Daneek is active with the Guy R. Brewer and United for Progress Democratic Clubs and served on the Executive Council of the NYC Chapter of the Working Families Party. Setting an example for other union locals, under Daneek’s leadership, Local 1056 supported numerous community activities that bring residents together and provides them access to recreation, government services, health care and employment. He organized joint community-labor rallies including a commemoration of the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. After Superstorm Sandy struck, Daneek rolled up his sleeves and organized members of his union to serve hot meals to displaced families and worked with local elected officials to bring holiday gifts to children who lost their homes in the storm.
A long-time advocate and activist on transportation and labor issues, Daneek co-chaired the MTA Labor Coalition which represents 29 unions and more than 60,000 workers. Through his legislative advocacy, Miller fought for working families and their needs. Recognizing how access to quality child care makes a difference to working families, he conceived and negotiated the first ever provision supporting child-care for municipal workers anywhere in the United States. Daneek led his union’s successful effort to secure fair wages, improve working conditions and better benefits for its members and safety reforms for the riding public. A bridge-builder who created coalitions with other transit unions, management and transit advocates, Daneek helped to protect riders and transit workers from assaults and address inadequate snow removal on bus routes.
A product of our public schools and a single parent whose children attended NYC public schools, Daneek’s educational background includes programs at Cornell University’s School of Labor Relations, the City University of New York Transportation Research Institute at City College and the National Labor College.
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