ABOUT DR. AKIL KHALFANI
I have been fighting to create a more fair, just, and equitable American society for most of my life. As a sociologist, I have written and taught about inequality and injustices in our society. I am striving to put my expertise and training to use in a practical and broader fashion for the 10th district and for American people. People died for me to be where I am today, and I am striving to give back for their sacrifices.
I and many others are extremely disappointed with our current representation in Congress. We need someone to represent us who has a progressive agenda for positive change. I am not satisfied with the status quo. We have to step outside our comfort zones to create spaces for courageous and possibly difficult conversations about the path forward for all Americans.
I am running because we are living in a time that is both dangerous and full of great potential. Donald Trump’s actions undermine the last 60 years of this country’s progress and ending this requires the activism of every person of good conscience. We are in danger of our nation becoming a fascist oppressive regime. I refuse to sit back and watch this without creating a movement of the masses who will fight for the integrity of our country. We need to face and combat the danger of the current administration and the Republicans while taking advantage of the possibilities inherent in this moment in time. To do this, we need someone who is actively engaged in the political process, who will join with the progressive caucus to form a like minded unit, someone who will share in forming the difficult discussions necessary to create progressive change with the needs of the people in mind. This is a mission I willingly accept.
I am a change agent, author, and professor, and have a long history of community service. I earned my doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently the Director for the Center for Global Education and Experiences, Director of the Africana Institute and Associate Professor of Sociology at Essex County College. I am the author of "The Hidden Debate: The Truth Revealed about the Battle over Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States" and a co-author of "Introduction to Sociology: Understanding Our Complex World, 4th edition."
I have been recognized for my community service work by the United States Congress, the California State Senate, the New Jersey State Assembly, and several municipalities in New Jersey. I was the Vice President of the West Orange African Heritage Organization, and a Commissioner on the West Orange Human Relations Commission. I was also an Advisor to the UNESCO Center for Global Education and previously served as a member on the Essex-Newark Coalition to End Homelessness.