We have to protect the child who’s walking to school, in the snow, on historical cobblestone because his hometown’s sidewalks are cracked and neglected. We have to serve the child who doesn’t know where her next meal is coming from. How can she be great, how can she excel if she’s malnourished? We have to protect and serve the single mother or father who needs to choose between work or education in order to pay for unaffordable childcare. We have to work for the everyday citizen who gets sick, wants to socialize and be active with their neighbors, gets hungry and thirsty, and needs a place to rest their mind, bodies, and souls. When we decide to focus on improving our education systems we grant greater access to the necessary resources and skills for preparing our next generations for the careers of their choice. It will be less likely for systemic economic disparities to occur when we’re all equipped with the best tools available. The more diverse our talent pools are for hiring the fairer and more equal opportunities there will be collectively. We can produce the best talent and we all will benefit. The cure for cancer could lie in the mind of a child growing up in poverty, but if we don’t make sure that child is nourished, cared for and educated, we all lose.
"Never allow anyone or anything to impede your progression in life!"
Ali T. Muhammad's commitment to public service began at the age of fourteen when he worked as a camp counselor for the City of Beacon Recreation Summer Camp. While continuing to serve youth throughout his teens, he knew that he had found his calling. His father, Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad, always demonstrated that to serve humanity is to choose a life of honor. As Ali entered early adulthood, he joined Beacon's Pop Warner Football Organization and took his turn coaching and mentoring young athletes. This really reignited his passion for positively impacting peoples' lives. His modus operandi has been that "Even a smile is charity". With this smile, he holds steadfast to a spirit of giving that asks for nothing in return. With humility, Ali does not claim to have all the answers but instead, values the notion that people must work together to solve issues facing our society today. He believes that it is everyone's responsibility to collaborate; to originate solutions in order for our youth to lead prosperous and conscientious lives. On January 1st, 2014, he was elected to his first position in public office as a Beacon City Council member.
Ali's innovative social justice campaigns like Unity in the Community, The Terrence Wright Organization, and his #BeTheChange Campaigns have all come from years of building relationships with his neighbors. He understands the importance of empowering community members to get involved. The gatherings, workshops, and positive outlets created through community development have given participating individuals the opportunity to access resources to improve their quality of life.
Ali T Muhammad is a U.S. Citizen living in Newburgh, NY. He works within the Hudson Valley advocating for community development through civic engagement and volunteering. He is running for Mayor of Newburgh. It's a new day!