Receives Congressional Award for Civil Rights Leadership
The New American Democratic Club, headed by Morshed Alam and Ahnaf Alam, held its 9th Annual Celebration and Dinner last Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Taj Mahal Hall on Hillside Avenue, Queens, NY.
US Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswomen Grace Meng, Yvette Clark, Public Advocate Jumanee Williams, State senator John Liu, Council member Donovan Richards, and many Democratic Party, labor and community officials attended the event, and acknowledged the contributions of new Americans at the event which drew over 800 activists, leaders, officials and supporters.
All of the elected officials spoke of the indelible and essential roles immigrants play in the US economy, safety, heritage and growth, and criticized President Trump for implementing a series of anti-immigrant measures which have divided the country, even as the President’s impeachment trial continues. “America owes its greatness to the contributions of immigrants,” they reiterated.
Awards were given to Albert Baldeo, Golam Khan, Dr. Zeenat Nabi , Shayla Azeem, Hasanuzzaman Malik, Helal Ul Karim, Shah Nawaz and Techfios IT Consultants for civil rights activism, community leadership, and business entrepreneurship.
The club also vociferously endorsed candidate Councilman Donovan Richards for the Queens Borough President, and pledged to get him elected as the person most qualified to empower new Americans in Queens.
“You deserve not only a seat at the table, but a table itself, and I will deliver that to you if elected,” he promised, in answer to attendees’ concerns that no person of South Asian or Guyanese heritage has ever been elected to city, state or federal government.