About State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad

Ako Abdul-Samad has served the community in numerous capacities as an elected official, mediator, and community organizer. Since 2007, he has served in the Iowa Legislature representing Iowa House District 35 and is frequently called upon to mediate community and individual disputes. Ako also provides consulting services to community based and faith-based organizations to help them set up human service programs. Before serving in the Iowa Legislature, he was a member of the Des Moines School Board.

September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014

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Protesters from Iowa experience Ferguson firsthand

Ako Abdul-Samad, a Des Moines community organizer and Democratic state legislator, has considered going to Ferguson, but he is cautious.

"I want to go to help," he said. "I don't want to go just to be seen. We have to keep focus. Protesters and authorities and community leaders need to speak in one voice against violence. If there is looting, it takes the focus off the death of this young man and the other problems that need to be addressed."

Activists rally in Des Moines after Missouri shooting

Ako Abdul-Samad, an Iowa state representative and CEO of Creative Visions, told everyone at Thursday's rally to hold hands and look at the people next to them.

"The reason why I wanted you to do that was because that's who will make a difference," Abdul-Samad said.

Abdul-Samad urged the crowd to reach out to one another and understand their differences. He also told them to talk about the causes of violence, like racism and sexism.

"Violence is a symptom," Abdul-Samad said. "As long as they've got us dealing with the symptom, we will never deal with the causes."