Dear Friends & Partners –

You may have heard about the regrettable situation with PACT and Zahra Billoo, CAIR SFBA. Zahra is a valued and important partner, and I sincerely apologize for the harm that I have caused Zahra, our members and grassroots and faith leaders, and our allies. 

 I’m sure you can appreciate that multi-faith, multi-racial organizing work is difficult. At the time, I was trying to be responsive to our membership base who expressed concerns about some of Zahra’s online comments. In my efforts to be responsive to one set of leaders, I brought harm to another set of leaders and partners.

While I made what I thought was the best decision at the time, I understand the impact of not standing by my decision to honor Zahra.

I accept full responsibility for this entire situation and ask for your patience and forgiveness.

 In exchange, I am committed to doing the serious work of listening, reflecting, and engaging with all facets of our organization and community.  Most importantly, I am personally seeking reconciliation with Zahra and the Muslim community. 

I am hopeful this painful situation will create deep learning and change within PACT and our broader community.  I am hearing from many people from many different perspectives that they are committed to working with us to make that happen.  I hope you will be part of that, too.

Akemi Flynn

Executive Director

PACT: People Acting in Community Together