|AAPAC honors former congressman John Dingell.|
DEARBORN — Following the organization’s 17th annual banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 22, members of the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) voted to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Both Schauer and Gov. Rick Snyder had sought AAPAC’s endorsement.
|Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Mark Schauer.|
“As governor, I’ll make sure we fulfill our moral obligation, protect our land, our air and our water so that companies like Severstal aren’t given free rein to pollute the air that our children breathe,” Schauer said. “A child living in the south end should not have to be placed on a breathing machine when they go to bed at night. Parents should not have to worry that their children will get asthma because leaders in Lansing are protecting big industry and special interests over the public health of our children.”
|Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.|
“We give thanks to tonight’s awardees for lending their voices to ours, Dawud Walid for his activism in the area of civil and human rights, Mayor Mike Duggan for his commitment to the city of Detroit in the face of much adversity, U.S. Senator Carl Levin for his unwavering support of the men and women serving this country and Congressman John Dingell for his civil discourse even across the aisle for nearly 60 years,” said Zenna Elhassan, AAPAC vice president. “They have all brought about change that has encouraged all of us to get involved.”
Siblani said that during Dingell’s 59 years as a congressman he’s been a relentless advocate for healthcare reform and champion for the environment by introducing bills such as the Patients Before Profit Act, Patients Bill of Rights Act, and sponsoring the Polluter Accountability Act.