DC News & Views

MPAC's weekly round-up of DC news and events that impact the Muslim American community. By highlighting Congressional hearings and policy forums, MPAC connects you directly with the Senate, House of Representatives, think-tanks, organizations, and federal agencies. We monitor important conversations on Islam and Muslims in order to enhance the role of American Muslims in the future of our nation. We invite you to do the same... [ Subscribe to receive DC News & Views in your inbox ]


  • New Racial Profiling Guidance Remains More of the Same

    December 11, 2014
    This week, Attorney General Eric Holder released the revised “Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies,” expanding the guidance to now include a ban on religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender. While this week’s release was welcomed by MPAC and other national civil rights and faith-based organizations working to improve federal profiling guidance, it included troubling exemptions and loopholes.

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  • Jerusalem: More Divided Than Ever

    November 21, 2014
    The continued rising tensions in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians is feeding the environment of animosity that already exists as a result of aggressive Israeli policies.

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  • Will the 114th Congress Deliver or Disappoint?

    November 13, 2014
    Between 2006 and now, Americans have been dealing with a constant shift between a Republican and Democratic-led Congress. This Congressional pendulum has led to new people and (sometimes) new voices going through a revolving door of uncertain lawmaking.

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  • Communities of the Willing Working for Religious Freedom for All: An Interview with Chris Seiple

    October 30, 2014
    In this week’s special edition of MPAC’s DC News and Views, we interviewed Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) about his recent trip to the Middle East where he witnessed first-hand the plight of religious minorities due to the continued unrest in the region as a result of the terrorist group, ISIS.

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  • Rehabilitation or Retribution? Tackling Violent Extremism in America

    October 24, 2014
    Global terrorism has created concerns for governments around the world regarding their citizens traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria to fight with groups like ISIS. Focusing on access to social services, including mental health services, education and employment opportunities serves both as an intervention and prevention approach to tackling countering violent extremism head-on.

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  • Empowering American Muslim Voices for Reform

    October 16, 2014
    American Muslims have proven to be invaluable in countering extremists and their ideology. Yet, with the solution (American Muslims) imploring the masses to have their voices heard, there are very real challenges and obstacles for change.

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  • Addressing Hysteria Through Representation

    October 9, 2014
    Having one-sided conversations about Islam and Muslims without the presence or representation of Muslims is extremely counterproductive to debunking the myths surrounding the faith and its followers.

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  • Questions Remain for the Next Attorney General

    October 2, 2014
    Eric Holder, the nation’s first African American attorney general (AG) has announced his resignation from the post following a turbulent five-and-a-half year tenure focusing on civil rights, national security and quelling racial tensions. A number of unanswered questions remain for the next AG.

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  • Obama Applauds and Admonishes Muslims in UN Speech

    September 25, 2014
    President Obama’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly this week focused on “defining questions at the root of many of [our] challenges.” Islam and Muslims were the centerpiece of his remarks.

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  • Defeating ISIL Will Take More than Military Might

    September 18, 2014
    The House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to “Examine Threats Posed by ISIL, al Qaeda and other Islamic Extremists.” The hearing featured three witnesses who chose to focus much of their commentary on military options to defeat ISIL.

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