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Sajid Khan  Public Defender, Writer, Muslim, Cal alum/fan, A's enthusiast, Co-host of The @aiderandabettor Podcast. Rooted in San Jose, CA.

36. Grateful, alhamdullilah. The journey to God continues.

Happy 6th birthday sweet Sulaiman!
As I take a few moments to reflect on Sully, some things about him for which I'm grateful: his unmatched curiosity and love for trains, his uncanny ability to be a human gps and fervent interest in learning about every road, freeway, city and state he's on/in, his unwavering commitment to play little league baseball and flag football, his passion for writing and the arts, his calm and zen approach with his younger brother Shakur who shows love by constantly poking, prodding and provoking him, and his patience, grace, sweetness and resilience as he's experienced a year in transition.
Excited to be alongside as his beautiful nuances and layers are further revealed.
#alhamdulillah #badger

Today, with Sully and Shakur in a trailer behind me, I rode 10 miles in the 8th Annual Closer to Free Ride in New Haven, Connecticut in honor of my late brother in law Dr. Ather Ali.
I was grateful to be a part of #teamAther with my sister Sumiya, nephew Yasin (who rode 25 miles!), niece Rayhan and brother Suhail (who joined us from Washington DC after the race) in memory of Ather who passed away from cancer last year at the young age of 42.
Thankful for a memorable, tear filled day full of family and reflections on Ather. Grateful, too, for everyone who donated to the cause, especially the anonymous donor who helped me meet my fundraising goal with a generous donation.
#ctfride #alhamdulillah

When I visited the King Center in Atlanta in July, I learned for the first time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited India in 1959 and that the Indian government issued a stamp in Dr. King's honor in 1969. As a 1st generation Indian American (my parents immigrated to the United States from Southern India in the 1960s) and as someone inspired by the likes of Dr. King and Malcolm X to fight for the civil and human rights of my fellow human beings through a career in public defense, the realization that MLK visited my parents' homeland and that India honored him with a stamp was uniquely affirming and heartwarming, a beautiful collision of my identities. I immediately went on eBay and found/bought the stamps. They finally arrived yesterday straight from Aligarh, India, symbols of the confluence of brown-ness and the passion for justice that lay at my core. #mlk #india #protectyourpeople

Got 2 tickets for the @athletics v. Mariners game last minute from @farman and couldn't find anyone to join me... so I invited my new friend "Skipper" who I met at the Coliseum BART station. Grateful for his company, the sunshine and A's baseball! #atthecoliseum #letsgooakland

Grateful for the company, conversation and a Cal football win yesterday with my young public defender brother Negad. #gobears #freedomfighters #publicdefenders

Eid Mubarak! #happyeid

With baby sister Sana #atthecoliseum for @athletics v. Astros. #letsgooakland

I'm excited and honored to participate in the 8th Annual Closer to Free Ride on September 8 in New Haven, Connecticut in honor of my late brother in law Dr. Ather Ali.
I will be flying to the east coast with Sulaiman and Shakur to join my sister Sumiya Khan, my nephew Yasin and niece Rayhan for this special bike ride in memory of Ather who passed away due to cancer in October of last year at the young age of 42. Ather was a beloved member of our family and participated in this ride in 2016, wasn't well enough to do it last year and is unfortunately not here to ride this year.
Together with Sulaiman and Shakur in a trailer behind me, we will ride in Ather's honor and hope that you'll donate to this worthy cause: 100% of the funds I raise goes to research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. So the more I raise, the more people we can help together.
Thank you for helping us bring the world Closer to Free of cancer, for remembering Ather and for your generous donation!

Here are the links to donate to either my, Sumiya, Yasin or Rayhan's efforts:

My page: https://www.rideclosertofree.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17346

Sumiya's page: https://www.rideclosertofree.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17297

Yasin's page: https://www.rideclosertofree.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17298

Rayhan's page: https://www.rideclosertofree.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17299

Sulaiman's first day of Kindergarten!

Santa Clara County Public Defender Fab Five (Kenny, Sung, me, Daniel and Avi) representing at last night's @aactla gala. #riseanddefend #publicdefenders

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