Addressing Race Relations at #MPAC14 "Let’s Be Honest" Panel

December 23, 2014

Dear Friend,

Through our "Let's Be Honest" series presented to diverse communities across the country, we've learned the importance of openly discussing pressing concerns considered taboo within the American Muslim community. Through a robust conversation at the MPAC 2014 Convention, we addressed how we can move the needle forward on issues such as race relations, racial and religious profiling, and gender inequality within the American Muslim community and our broader society.

For years, we have been involved in conversations about unjust law enforcement policies, religious and racial profiling and police brutality. In the past two years alone, we have commented on issues such as racial profiling guidance, Ferguson, institutional racism in America and the Trayvon Martin case to just name a few. Our “Let’s Be Honest” panel highlighted many of these issues. Also, MPAC Senior Adviser Dr. Maher Hathout has written an open letter discussing how engagement with law enforcement is one mechanism toward changing unjust policies and creating the positive social change we all seek.

The panel featured:

Marwa Aly, Co-Producer of “UnMosqued” documentary

Khalid Latif, Executive Director (Imam) of the Islamic Center of New York University

Hind Makki, Founder of the Side Entrance blog

Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Jihad Saafir, Imam of Masjid Ibaadillah in Los Angeles

Moderator: Jihad Turk, President of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School

During the session, Rami Nashashibi said, “I think the Muslim community has an opportunity right now to have the type of conversation we’re having right now to make sure that the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter becomes more than a hashtag, becomes more than a two to three month kind of fad.” Please watch the session video for more great insights like these.

Sincerely,

Salam Al-Marayati,

MPAC President

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