Pelosi to co-headline Muslim Advocates fundraiser

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Keith Ellison will headline Muslim Advocates’ fundraising gala next Saturday, March 9, in Millbrae.

Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Ellison, D-Minn. – the first Muslim elected to Congress – are scheduled to take part in a discussion “on opportunities to advance civil rights in the 113th Congress,” according to the San-Francisco-based organization’s e-mail.

Muslim Advocates describes itself as “a national legal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, justice and equality for all, regardless of faith, by using the tools of policy engagement, legal advocacy and civic education and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full participation of Muslims in American civic life.”

Tickets for the dinner at the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel range from $100 for students and nonprofit/government employees to $250. “Buy your tickets today and help support our work fighting racial and religious profiling, combating anti-Muslim bigotry, and educating mosque and charity leaders to strengthen and protect their institutions,” the organization’s e-mail urged.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.