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  • ACTION ALERT: Take Action on Gaza Today

    July 21, 2014
    In an effort to halt the suffering of the people of Gaza, the Muslim Public Affairs Council encourages American Muslims to leverage the power of the last ten days of Ramadan by participating in the “10-10-100” Campaign, a national effort launched today to “create immediate and real change for the people of Gaza.”

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  • Want to Change the Status Quo? Support MPAC Young Leaders Program this Month

    July 19, 2014
    After attending the Government Young Leaders Summit, we cannot stress enough how important it is for the Summit to continue to provide access and train young American Muslim leaders in how to effectively engage with our policy makers and advance the political condition of American Muslims.

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  • Osman Takes on Role as MPAC’s New Communications Coordinator

    July 19, 2014
    We are pleased to announce that Riham Osman is MPAC’s new Communications Coordinator. Osman is no stranger to MPAC, having joined the organization in September 2013 as the Program Assistant in the Washington, DC office, where she provided leadership in several important initiatives. Prior to taking on the role of Program Assistant, Osman was an MPAC Young Leader and participated in MPAC’s 2013 Government Summit, which sparked an interest in her to pursue a career at the crossroads of policy and media. Osman has appeared on multiple media outlets, including CCTV and NBC.

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  • MPAC Community Iftar Reunites 60+ Community & Young Leaders

    July 19, 2014
    Last week, more than 60 community leaders and young professionals joined MPAC at our L.A. office for our annual Community Iftar. Community leaders, alumni from our young leaders programs and young professionals from all over Southern California who have worked with MPAC in one way or another came togehter to see old friends and to make new ones.

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  • Raising Policy Concerns During White House Iftar

    July 14, 2014
    In 1996, MPAC collaborated with diverse organizations to work with then First Lady Hillary Clinton to host the first White House Eid celebration in recognition of the heritage and contributions of American Muslims to the mosaic that makes up America. If mainstream American Muslims are not at the table, they will be replaced by voices who seek to further marginalize our community and promote problematic policies. This year, we plan to discuss the NSA and FBI surveillance of American Muslims and the administration's failure to call on Israel to halt its appalling assault on Palestinians.

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  • L.A. Sheriff’s Candidates Meet Muslim Voters at Election Forum

    May 8, 2014
    On Sunday, MPAC hosted its first L.A. County Election Forum at the Islamic Center of Southern California with candidates for L.A. Sheriff. Moderator Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President, talked about the importance of being civically engaged and voting, especially with regards to issues important to Muslim Angelenos.

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  • What Happens When Federal Agencies Go Rogue

    April 4, 2014
    During the past few weeks, Washington, DC, has seen more drama than an episode of “House of Cards.” Remember when the Senate Intelligence Committee was spied upon by the very agency it was tasked to oversee? The CIA, afraid of looking bad, sabotaged Senate staffers who were investigating its torture techniques. A damning report set to be released soon by the same committee exposes the CIA’s efforts to exaggerate the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation (torture) techniques.

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  • MPAC Kicks Off 'Safe Spaces Initiative' with Panel Discussion

    March 26, 2014
    Last week, Haris Tarin, the Director of MPAC's Washington, DC, office, partnered with Alejandro Beutel, an independent research consultant and analyst, who specializes in countering violent extremism and , for a panel discussion, “God Loves the Just: American Muslims Tackling Extremism and the Path to Violence," at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

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  • Let's Tell Better Stories in Hollywood

    July 11, 2014
    These are exciting times for Muslims in Hollywood. If you're like us, then you enjoy sitting through the credits after a TV show or movie just to see if any Muslims were involved. In time this won't be a big deal, but growing up where there were only a handful of Muslim actors, directors, writers and producers I am amazed at how far we have come in an industry that seemed so inaccessible a decade ago.

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  • Engaging 'Tyrant' Producers to Minimize Stereotypes & Tell Better Stories

    June 24, 2014
    With the debut of the FX Network’s new dramatic series “Tyrant” tonight, the Muslim Public Affairs Council thanked the producers for reaching out to its Hollywood Bureau to minimize stereotypes and enhance the accuracy and authentic representation of Islam and Muslims. We believe that in order to get better stories told, American Muslims must be part of the process whether it is through their creative voices or engagement with the industry. We do not endorse the content of projects we consult on.

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  • MPAC Mourns Loss of American Icon Casey Kasem

    June 19, 2014
    MPAC is deeply saddened by the loss of Arab American icon Casey Kasem. According to MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, "Not only were the MPAC Media Awards Casey's idea, but he also helped us incredibly in shaping a positive message about Muslims and Arabs by initiating engagement between us and Hollywood. We are indebted to him for helping in getting our voices heard."

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  • MPAC & Disney/ABC Hold First Muslim Screenwriters Workshop

    June 4, 2014
    Yesterday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Disney/ABC Television Group partnered to bring together 12 emerging American Muslim writers who were selected from around the country to participate in a day-long screenwriters workshop intensive.

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