By Kevin Akin
Posted on May 29, 2016 by the Communications Committee
The Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee has received word of the death of Kabiruddin Karim Ali in March 2016. He was a true advocate of peace. Aged only 50, he leaves his wife Claudia and two children behind. He was born in Pakistan, at Hyderabad in Sind State, in December 1965. A member of a distinguished family in the Ismaili Muslim community, he received a name heavy with tradition, signifying a hereditary position among the Ismailis. In the United States, he usually just went by "Ali."
In the recent violence in Pakistan, the Ismaili community has not been among the perpetrators of violence, but among the victims. Many Ismailis have been prominent advocates of peace. This tradition, and Ali's observations of the world, combined to make him a convinced opponent of violence and war. He co-founded the small UMMA4PEACE group, and served as its co-chair. In 2012 he ran as a candidate for U.S. Senate, giving the Peace and Freedom Party as his party preference. Shortly afterward, he joined the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party, and he became the party's San Bernardino County Chair.
During 2013 and 2014, in the aftermath of the adoption of the "Top Two" law designed to destroy smaller parties, Ali became involved in the voter registration campaign to build the Peace and Freedom Party and secure its ballot status. In addition to making contributions to the statewide campaign, he personally financed the registration of more than 1000 new Peace and Freedom Party members in the Pomona-Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga area. For family reasons, in 2014 he moved to Texas, where his children were in school. Less than two years later, he is gone. He will be missed.
Kevin Akin of Riverside County is the secretary of the State Central Committee.