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  • ISIS Execution of American Journalist Underscores Need to Combat Extremism

    August 20, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemns the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urges all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism. Mr. Foley was a journalist who courageously covered the atrocities against the Syrian people. We offer our condolences to his family and friends

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  • When Will it Stop? The Deadly Price of Racial Profiling in 2014

    August 15, 2014
    This week, the police shooting of Michael Brown, an African American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri has once again sparked a critical national conversation around race, prejudice and fairness in the American criminal justice system.

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  • Intern Project Spotlight: 'Remembering the Americans with Disabilities Act'

    August 15, 2014
    I initially decided to intern at MPAC in order to gain policy experience and learn how the government works in our nation’s bustling capital. However, what I soon discovered was that these connections could be a platform to further delve into my passion for the Deaf community.

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  • Gaza Teach-In Sheds Light on Evidence of Israeli War Crimes

    August 15, 2014
    On Sunday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati moderated a panel discussion at the Islamic Center of Southern California called “Gaza Teach-In: War Crimes and Settler Colonialism,” between two experts on the crisis. Palestinian Professor George Bisharat of UC Berkeley School of Law and Israeli Professor Gabriel Pieterberg of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies discussed exposed how Israel’s military campaign violates countless international laws and also is rooted in settler colonialism.

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  • ACTION ALERT: Meet with Your Representative in District Office During Congressional Recess

    July 31, 2014
    During the next few weeks, your senators and representatives will be home working in their district offices. Take advantage of the Congressional recess by reaching out to your elected official to discuss issues that are important to you. Here are some easy and effective ways to schedule a meeting!

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  • CNN Belief Blog Publishes MPAC Op-ed Critiquing Obama

    July 29, 2014
    Yesterday, CNN’s Belief Blog published an op-ed called “President Obama's Ramadan Slap at Muslims” by Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The op-ed describes how the President’s pro-Israel remarks at the annual White House Iftar left guests and many American Muslims feeling “shocked and dismayed” and called it a talking point that “is code for whitewashing decades of atrocities committed against the people of Gaza.”

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  • Support MPAC's Work to Eliminate Hatred

    July 25, 2014
    Let me tell you about a civil rights case we have been working on recently. At this moment, you might be thinking – “MPAC works on policy, not on civil rights, doesn’t it?” In reality, we leverage our government relations to directly defend and secure the rights of American Muslims, both to aid individuals and to shape policies that impact all of us.

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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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  • Looking for Real Change? Invest in Emerging Changemakers in Hollywood, Media & Policy by Investing in MPAC

    July 25, 2014
    In the giving spirit of Ramadan, please invest in the emerging voices of American Muslim filmmakers, journalists and policymakers by donating to MPAC Foundation today. Your donation will be tax deductible and is Zakat eligible.

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  • Al-Marayati Discusses ‘Tyrant’ at Television Critics Association Event

    July 24, 2014
    This week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati joined "Tyrant" Executive Producer Howard Gordon and Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST) for a panel discussion with the Television Critics Association to explore the show's portrayal of the Middle East and the public's response.

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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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Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.



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