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  • Tarin Speaks at White House Event Hosted by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

    April 18, 2014
    This week, the Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC office, Haris Tarin, was part of a White House event at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government commemorating the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

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  • Lekovic Talks to 500+ SoCal Students at MSA UCLA’s College Day

    April 17, 2014
    Last weekend, MPAC’s Director of Policy and Programming Edina Lekovic had the honor of serving as a keynote speaker at the 18th annual UCLA College Day hosted by the Muslim Students Association, alongside USC Director of Student Life Ali Mir.

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  • Elshishtawy Talks to J Street U Student Leaders

    April 17, 2014
    MPAC’s National Policy Analyst Hoda Elshishtawy was recently invited to speak at J Street U’s Town Hall at Johns Hopkins University. The event, “Homeland and Diaspora: Political Developments in the Palestinian Territories and Arab American Communities,” was attended by over 120 J Street U student leaders from across the nation.

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  • MPAC Partners with the White House Hosting Groundbreaking Women’s Forum

    April 17, 2014
    MPAC's recent partnership with the White House to host a historic forum recognizing the contributions of American Muslim women brought together successful women from across the country to the White House. During the event, titled “Beyond the Ceiling: Groundbreaking Voices of American Muslim Women,” MPAC and the White House recognized over 80 American Muslim women in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), business development, government, communications and entrepreneurship.

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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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  • Congress is in Recess! Schedule a Meeting with Your Representative

    March 20, 2014
    This week, while your members of Congress are at home working in their district offices, take advantage of the recess by contacting your elected official to discuss issues that are important to you!

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  • Public Policy Is Laila Alawa's True Passion

    March 20, 2014
    Laila Alawa, a 2012 graduate from Wellesley College in psychology and education studies, is MPAC's Spring Government and Public Policy Intern in the Washington, DC, office. Through her research and work post-graduation at Princeton University, Alawa realized she wanted to devote her time to working for the American Muslim community, which led her to move to DC to pursue her dreams of public policy, media and social enterprise and find a home at MPAC.

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  • 'Jinn' Stars MPAC Media Award Honoree Faran Tahir

    April 10, 2014
    The feature film Jinn, which was released in theaters on April 4, takes a concept that is familiar to over a billion people and introduces it to mainstream entertainment. Jinn touches upon a concept that is well-known to the three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

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  • MPAC Welcomes ABC Family Decision to Cancel “Alice in Arabia”

    March 21, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council welcomes ABC Family's decision to abandon its controversial new pilot “Alice in Arabia.” Since the Hollywood Reporter first reported on Monday that “Alice in Arabia” was one of three new pilots purchased by the network, the social media outcry quickly escalated.

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  •   MPAC Congratulates the Academy for Recognizing  Diverse Talent at Oscars

    March 3, 2014
    MPAC would like to thank the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing the immense talents of diverse actors and filmmakers with multiple nominations at last night’s 86th annual Academy Awards celebration.

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  • WANTED: Muslim Writers for TV Screenwriters Workshop

    February 26, 2014
    MPAC is excited to announce it is partnering with Disney/ABC Television Group to offer a one-day TV screenwriters workshop this spring in order to identify and empower American Muslims who want to pursue a career in writing for series TV.

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