Anaheim, CA: CAIR-LA congratulates honorees from all across Southern California for being selected in this year's Future50 cohort.
Future 50 is a project of the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
This project celebrates IRC's work to build interreligious understanding and cooperation in Los Angeles by identifying the emerging faith leaders (aged 24-35) committed to the values of IRC and to building a better region for all.
Among the recipients this year was Haroon Manjlai, CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator. As such Manjlai directs programs to increase civic engagement in the Greater Los Angeles Muslim community, represents CAIR in various social justice coalitions and maintains relationships with stakeholders, community leaders and elected officials.
"I find religious strife unsettling because I know how similar all faiths are in their call for justice and human dignity", said Manjlai.
"The only way for me to be completely true to my faith tradition and push back against the violence that occurs in the name of religion is to collaborate with people of faith, or of no faith, in the effort to uplift our brothers and sisters who need us.”
The rising leaders selected as part of the Future50 cohort are a small sample of the talented individuals working in Los Angeles at the intersection of faith, pluralism and social change.