The Access Sacramento Board of Directors is proud to announce its 3rd Annual “Power of Voice” (POV) award will be presented to Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Sacramento Valley Chapter for his outspoken support and leadership in the area of Free Speech, tolerance and civil liberties.
“Basim Elkarra’s dedication to reaching out to local citizens’ groups and encouraging thoughtful trust-building among diverse populations makes him an outstanding recipient of the Power of Voice award,” said JoAnn Fuller, Access Sacramento’s Board of Directors chair.
Over the years, Elkarra and CAIR have partnered with Access Sacramento to bring programs of tolerance to Sacramento County through television programs, news conferences and state capitol rallies. “Access Sacramento’s mission to give ‘voice’ to all Sacramento County residents, encouraging them to express themselves freely and to ‘make a difference, one voice at a time,’ is clearly evident through Elkarra’s years of dedicated service” said Fuller.
The POV Trophy will be presented during the “Sacramento Has Talent” stage show and fundraiser April 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the historic Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. The event is open to the public.
Elkarra is active in a variety of other groups and organizations, including as chair of the Los Rios Community College District Bond Oversight Committee, as a member of the California Democratic Party (CDP) Executive Board representing the 7th Assembly District, and chairs the CDP’s Affirmative Action Committee.
Access Sacramento also recognizes Elkarra’s work promoting the youth voice and engagement through his creation of the Muslim Youth Leadership Program and the state capitol and for his organization of an annual college and career fair at Cal State, Sacramento. Elkarra was recently featured in the March issue of Comstock Magazine as one of a group of young professionals helping shape the future of the Sacramento Valley.
Elkarra is the third person to receive Access Sacramento’s “Power of Voice” award. Previous recipients are Sacramento State Professor and Political Consultant Barbara O’Connor in 2013 and retired Sacramento Bee editorial writer Ginger Rutland in 2014.