Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta among past recipients

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/06/18) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) announced today that its executive director, Basim Elkarra, is the 2018 recipient of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California’s (ACLU-NC) Chief Justice Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award.

The  award, the organization’s highest honor, is set to be presented to Elkarra on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the ACLU-NC’s annual Bill of Rights Celebration at the Oakland Impact Hub.

“We are inspired by the deep commitment to civil rights and the work you have accomplished as Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley/Central California,” Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU-NC, wrote in a letter announcing the honor.

“I am truly humbled and grateful to be the recipient of this award from an organization that has been there to support our work during the most challenging times,” said Elkarra. “I am proud to call the ACLU an ally in the fight for justice!”

The award was established in 1973 to recognize those who serve as leaders in the fight to protect and expand civil liberties.

Past honorees include Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta, Fred Korematsu and Justice Thurgood Marshall.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269,