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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Foreword

KEITH ELLISON

U.S. Congressman,Minnesota Fifth Congressional District

The seeds of this book were sown at a meeting of the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC. Congressman André Carson and I had convened a session focusing on Muslim American communities and their development of a civic identity and expanding social activism. A young Green For All fellow, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, was in the audience, and he convinced me to put on a green hard hat and have my picture taken with a poster saying “We’re Ready for Green Jobs Now!” It was part of a national campaign with the goal of solving two of the greatest problems of this generation: joblessness and the assault on the environment. Ibrahim made an important connection that day—that ...

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