Social justice advocate, former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib to speak at Christ Episcopal Church April 30

Rashida Tlaib, Community Partnerships and Development director with Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

DEARBORN ­­— The Dearborn chapter of Forward Action Michigan has invited Rashida Tlaib, an attorney with Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, to speak April 30.

The event, open to the public, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military.

An experienced and committed social justice advocate, Tlaib will discuss “Social Justice Activism: What do we do from here? Messages of Hope.” She will share some of her experiences and what she sees as challenges and opportunities in the current political environment.

A longtime Detroit resident and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib served three terms as a Michigan state representative and was the first female Muslim elected to the Michigan Legislature, and only second in the country.

Tlaib earned her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and juris doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School. She has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations including the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services and the International Institute of Metro Detroit.

A recipient of numerous awards, Tlaib has been recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business Women to Watch and in PBS’s Makers Documentary on Women in Politics. She was included In Family Circle magazine’s 20 Most Influential Moms of 2016 and in New York Magazine’s list of Democratic leaders as the “next Obama.”

Forward Action Michigan Dearborn is a collaborative group to facilitate communication and progressive action in Dearborn. For more information about the event, go to