Abbas Ali


Abbas may not be much of a talker, but he is definitely a listener. Listening to the stories and experiences of all people, and learning from them, is what inspires Abbas to continue organizing. He has been organizing since 2014 when he helped organize the Toronto Muslim community to participate in local politics. He continues to work within the Muslim community to advocate for better civic engagement during and outside of elections. Abbas is also super passionate about transit and has been organizing for transit issues in Scarborough for a number of years. His love of city building and urban planning may have contributed to that passion quite a bit. All this organizing lead to meeting some amazing organizers who encouraged him to learn the organizing skills of Marshall Gantz and teach it to others. And ta-da! That's how he got here.

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