Americans United for Separation of Church and State Orange County Chapter
AU-OC Presents: Ameena Mirza Qazi
An American Muslim Perspective on Religion,
Politics, Patriotism, and Patriarchy
Saturday, September 17th at 4:00 pm
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Ameena Mirza Qazi will discuss her experience growing up in the US, practicing civil rights law, and being an observant Muslim and how she has come to navigate and understand issues surrounding religion, shared morality, politics and public policies, and the American Muslim experience.
Ameena Mirza Qazi is Co-Director of PJLC, focusing on police misconduct, First Amendment and policing, and open government issues. She has extensive experience as an attorney and community advocate in Southern California. As Executive Director of the L.A. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Ameena worked on protecting our rights to political protest and dissident speech, as well as movement building after the Presidential Election in November 2016.
Formerly the Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations—Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter (CAIR-LA), the largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, cases she worked on include co-counseling a wrongful death action and §1983 claim against LAPD that resulted in a $1.7million verdict (Chaudhry v. LAPD), and co-counseling a class action lawsuit with the ACLU of Southern California and Hadsell, Stormer and Renick, LLP against the FBI for unlawful surveillance of the Southern California Muslim community.
A member of the California State Bar, Ameena graduated with Cum Laude honors from Wayne State University School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. She has also proudly served on the boards of the ACLU of Southern California, the Public Law Center, and the National Lawyers Guild Orange County.
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