Assemblymember Quirk Receives “Promoting Justice Award” for His Work to Recognize the Contributions of Muslim Americans
HAYWARD – Earlier this year Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored House Resolution 59 (HR 59) to recognize the month of August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.
Assemblymember Quirk decided to introduce the resolution to take a stand against the anti-Muslim rhetoric – including the ban suggested by political leaders – respond to the hate crimes and the bullying against young Muslim-American students.
To recognize his leadership in recognizing the contributions of Muslim-Americans, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) awarded him the Promoting Justice Award at their 22nd Annual Banquet on October 29, 2016.
“I am thankful to CAIR for this humbling recognition,” Assemblymember Quirk stated after he was presented with the award. “Every day Muslims-Americans have to deal with harassment, discrimination and hateful, hurtful words. I introduced my resolution because I felt it was appropriate to acknowledge and promote the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves,” he continued.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Rules, and Utilities & Commerce.
Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk