Sarah Gad's compelling story, running for Congress 1st Illinois DIstrict March 17, 2020


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Compelling story on Sarah Gad - convicted of prescription drug use - who is running for Congress in the 1st Dist. Mar. 17, 2020

Special Edition of The Arab street Radio/Ray Hanania on Politics podcast and radio show. Feb. 14, 2020, broadcast on WNZK AM 690 live radio in Detroit.

Sarah Gad is running in the 1st District against Bobby Rush, who has the worst absenteeism rate of any of the 435 members of congress

She has this compelling story of how she was hit by a DUI in 2011, seriously injured and put into an induced coma for two weeks, comes out of it with serious injuries, and given pain medication to deal with it all and then becomes seriously addicted to it … and turns her life around to help others fight pain medication addiction and those charged with minor crimes.

Gad was released from the hospital and medical treatment with no post-pain addiction treatment and she quickly gets hooked on her pain meds, leading her to be arrested.

The 1st time she is arrested, she is locked up in the Cook County jail with violent offenders for 27 days because the non-violent area is overcrowded … where she is raped, assaulted, stabbed and beaten after she complains to the jail about being sexually harassed -- the guards shared that with the prisoners and sh was punished as a "snitch" ... the case is dismissed but now her problems are even worse …

She gets arrested 2 more times, is convicted of a non-violent drug use offense … spends 5 days in jail, probation, violates probation by testing positive for painkillers and then overdoses when she is released …

That overdose is what puts her into contact with breaking there addiction …

She then becomes an activist to help others ... goes to DC to raise awareness attending committee hearings as a speaker but discovers Bobby Rush, a sponsor of some of the hearings, is nowhere to be seen — he has the worst absenteeism rate of any congress member — and then she decides to run for office …

Her activism is big in the African American community side of the district (51 percent black 49 percent white — Chicago to Orland Park) ...

She is an Egyptian American and Muslim, 33, was a med student before being hit by a DUI and suffering terrible injuries, but is now in law school 3rd year …

Her website is

The first district includes all or parts of Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Chicago, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Dixmoor, Elwood, Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Harvey, Manhattan, Markham, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Posen, Riverdale, Robbins, Tinley Park, and Worth.

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Read the story in the Arab News Newspaper. Click here.

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