Syed: Independence – From What & From Whom?

Shakeel Syed, Executive Director for Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) urges residents celebrating this Independence Day, to not forget the immeasurable human pain and poverty that continues to exist amidst us, calling on people to continue to fight for the oppressed and against the oppressors.

Syed: MLK Reminds Us Change Comes Through Struggle

Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), memorializes Martin Luther King Jr. focusing on a well-known King adage – change comes through continuous struggle – to highlight the challenges ahead for working families in Orange County.

Syed: Delayed Citizenship Processing is Voter Suppression

Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), writes that the continued backlog of citizenship applications before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) not only undermines our democracy but suppresses voters.

Syed: From OC to DC, Yes to Hate

Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), writes that Orange County Supervisors are distracting the public away from mismanagement and lack of leadership by joining the federal lawsuit against California.

Syed: Welcome Amazon, But …

In the bid to attract an Amazon HQ to local cities, Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, writes that city leaders need to be careful about offering public subsidies to private interests.

Syed: Making Sense of Senseless Mayhem

Shakeel Syed, executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, writes that while we all should condemn the mayhem and the loss of life this weekend in Virginia, we also need to open our eyes to the racism in America that fuels this kind of hate.