Reform, Justice and Equality. 

Cass Tech sophomore Muhammad Ali has developed the school’s very first Muslim Student Association. The association intends to inform the students about challenges affecting Muslim youth. 

Recently the Muslim Student Association invited U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, to speak at Cass Tech.  

“She emphasized the significance of social justice and empowered the youth with her words of wisdom,” Ali said, referring to Tlaib’s message. “The purpose of her visit was to empower the students and educate us on social justice issues.”

Tlaib is a Wayne State University graduate and mother of two sons. She first made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in Michigan Legislature. 

Tlaib is highly respected for making many positive changes within the community. An example of this, according to Tlaib’s website, was when “large piles of black dust started showing up on the Detroit riverfront and blowing into homes and parks, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality told residents everything was fine, Rashida collected samples and got the substance tested herself — exposing the cancer-causing ‘petroleum coke’ as a threat, and getting it removed.”