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Updates from MPAC staff and our positions on policies and media that impact American Muslims. 

  • Meet Our Spring 2017 Communications Intern, Roya Ayub

    April 11, 2017
    As a senior studying marketing at George Mason University I have learned that my passion for marketing can also benefit the American Muslim community through MPAC. In these troubling times I know that there are many children facing the same challenges as I once did and I hope to help them in the way I know best. Throughout my years at GMU I have learned that when marketing successfully you can influence anyones thoughts and change their perceptions on even the worst stereotypes.

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  • Meet Our Spring 2017 Policy Intern, Yasmeen Kaboud

    April 7, 2017
    As the spring Government and Policy intern for MPAC, I hope to gain experience and insight into the workings of DC in order to start a career in public policy. I am currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science and American History, with a minor in American Sign Language. My passion for engagement and leadership has led me to take on leadership positions in APO (a service organization at Penn) and in Penn Singers (Penn’s light opera company).

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  • Senate Unanimously Votes to Denounce Hate Crimes

    April 6, 2017
    Last night, the United States Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Resolution 118 denouncing hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, and other minorities, affirming that we are a country that stands united in condemning hate. The drafting, introduction, and passage of this resolution is the result of a joint advocacy effort between MPAC and Emerge USA. We ensured that the resolution went beyond rhetoric and resolves that the government take concrete steps to address hate crimes.

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  • Obama Official Joins Our Team

    March 28, 2017
    I am excited to share with you that former White House Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement, Zaki Barzinji, will be consulting and advising our policy team in the MPAC DC office as a Senior Policy Advisor. Zaki will assist in developing a succinct policy agenda for federal and state issues, broadening MPAC’s network of advocacy partners, and establishing relationships with key policymakers.

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  • Preaching Beyond the Choir

    March 21, 2017
    On an era of “alternative facts,” “fake news,” and “so-called judges,” we cannot stand on our soapbox and lecture about fairness. Political realities and data have shown this is not an effective strategy. We need to preach beyond the choir. Since President Trump’s election, MPAC has been working to reach those who are beyond our natural audience.

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  • Muslim Ban 2.0 Legal Victory is a Big Step Forward

    March 16, 2017
    Last night was another big step forward in our work for achieving more equitable policies for American Muslims and all Americans. Because when American values are defended, all of America will flourish.

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  • 'Illuminating Muslim Narratives' at the Sundance Film Festival

    March 3, 2017
    MPAC was a corporate sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, held every year in Park City, Utah. As a part of that sponsorship, the Sundance Institute invited our Hollywood Bureau to host a panel discussion, making us the first Muslim organization to ever do so at this prestigious festival that draws industry decision-makers from all over the world.

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  • The Oscars Show Audiences’ Appetite for Authentic Films

    February 27, 2017
    This year’s Academy Awards honored an incredible slate of films that, in a reversal from last year, were not “so white.” MPAC congratulates the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for recognizing these stories, and the remarkable, nuanced performances by actors portraying characters that reflect the diverse stories of our increasingly intertwined humanity.

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  • Challenging Change to Federal Grant

    February 14, 2017
    MPAC is aware and supportive of our partners in the field that have declined federal funds awarded by the Obama Administration to provide local American Muslim communities with the tools, staff, and resources to support their members, and enhance their overall safety, health, and resilience.

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  • MPAC Demands White House Condemn Quebec Mosque Shooting as Terror Attack

    January 30, 2017
    We demand the White House to immediately condemn yesterday’s shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center as an act of terror. The attack, which has resulted in six deaths, is a blatant violent hate crime. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has already issued a statement calling the shooting “a terrorist attack on Muslims.”

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