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 ]


  • 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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  • America's Strategy to Defeat ISIL

    September 11, 2014
    Last night, President Barack Obama revealed his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism campaign.” Ultimately, the President stated that we will begin a campaign to defeat the threat of ISIL within Iraq and expand it to Syria as well.

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  • Preventing, Intervening and Ejecting the Ideology of Violent Extremism

    August 29, 2014
    Yesterday, MPAC held a press conference in Beverly Hills, CA calling for continued cooperation between the American Muslim community and law enforcement in combating violent extremism. The speakers included a mix of community activists, faith leaders and law enforcement officials.

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  • Intimidating Assembly and Redress: Silencing the Constitution

    August 22, 2014
    Beyond being fundamental rights, assembly, petition and redress are necessary and essential tools in the political and governing process. American history is rich with examples of assembly and redress as building blocks to social movements that changed the country.

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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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  • 2 Years After Oak Creek: What are We Doing about Hate Crimes?

    August 8, 2014
    This week marked the two-year anniversary of the Sikh gurdwara shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which took the lives of six community members: Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sita Singh and Suveg Singh.

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  • America’s Shameful Lonely Vote

    August 1, 2014
    This week, President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice delivered remarks to the National Jewish Leaders Assembly in Washington, D.C., which were nothing short of a series of blindly one-sided comments.

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  • What Kerry Should do During his MidEast Trip

    July 22, 2014
    Over 560 Palestinians have lost their lives due to Israeli military aggression in Gaza in just three weeks, more than half of them in the past five days. Yesterday, President Barack Obama expressed “serious concerns” over civilian deaths in Gaza, dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to Cairo to “push for an immediate cessation of hostilities” and announced $47 million in humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. Humanitarian aid is badly needed; so too is dealing with the roots of the conflict. Now that Kerry is in the region, what should he push for?

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  • A Congress without a Conscience: Call on Congress to Protect Innocent Palestinians

    July 18, 2014
    For the last nine days, Israel has steadily increased its military aggression against Palestinians in Gaza. More than 260 Palestinians have been killed, with the United Nations reporting that 80 percent were civilians and 2,000 more have been injured. What has Congress’ response been to this bloodshed? Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved a defense spending bill that provides $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including a $351 million increase in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome system.

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