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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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  • ACTION ALERT: 3 Things You Can Do for Palestinian Human Rights Now

    July 16, 2014
    For the last nine days, innocent Palestinian civilians have been bombarded with an aggressive Israeli military campaign by land, sea and air, backed by U.S. political cover and financial support. MPAC calls on all people of conscience to speak up for Palestinians who have been treated as silent statistics instead of innocent human lives. Changing U.S. policy requires changing U.S. public opinion on the conflict.

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  • MPAC Appalled by Obama’s Remarks on Gaza at White House Iftar

    July 15, 2014
    Last night, the White House welcomed American Muslim leaders from across the nation and world for the annual White House Iftar. MPAC was appalled that the White House would take the Iftar as an opportunity to express unequivocal support for Israel.

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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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  • 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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  • Meet LA Communications Intern Mariam Syed

    July 10, 2014
    Mariam Syed is currently entering in her final year of high school and has joined MPAC this summer as a Communications and Marketing Intern in our LA office. Mariam’s interests in international affairs and journalism have encouraged her to establish a more secure bond between American Muslims and the public as well as inspired her to take a more active role in her community.

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  • Join MPAC for Book Reading with Rep. Keith Ellison

    July 10, 2014
    MPAC is co-sponsoring a discussion and book signing with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, July 15 with Busboys and Poets, Cnvrgnc, iEmerge786 and Crescent Moon Nights. Ellison will share his experiences as the first Muslim elected to Congress in his book "My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future."

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  • Pres. Obama: End Collective Punishment, Call for a Halt to Israel’s Coming Ground Invasion

    July 9, 2014
    “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said yesterday. Since then, the Israeli military, including jets and naval gun fire, pulverized the Gaza Strip killing at least 13 people and injuring 90 others. Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called up 40,000 reservists for a possible ground invasion and has begun moving convoys of tanks and armor to the Gaza border.

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  • MPAC Strongly Condemns NSA, FBI Spying on American Muslim Leaders

    July 9, 2014
    This morning, The Intercept revealed that five high-profile American Muslims were subject to years-long secret surveillance by the FBI and NSA between the years 2002-2009. Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed that those targeted include: Faisal Gill, former Department of Homeland Security top advisor in the Bush Administration; Asim Ghafoor, well known defense attorney; Hooshang Amirahmadi, Iranian-American professor at Rutgers University; Agha Saeed, former political science professor at California State University; and Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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  • MPAC Calls on Sec. Kerry to Intervene in Israeli Beating of Florida Teenager

    July 5, 2014
    Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling upon him to intervene on behalf of 15-year-old American citizen Tariq Khdeir, who was beaten at the hands of Israeli police officers in Shuafat, Jerusalem.

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  • Celebrate the Fourth of July: Read the Declaration of Independence

    July 3, 2014
    With the Fourth of July just around the corner, the savory smell of a barbecue blurring the lines between smoke and heat wave peaks excitement across the nation. The flags we wave perform as dazzling emblems of liberty and the fireworks we spark respond to John Adams’ requests for independence. But how far have we come in expanding upon and embodying the ideals of our Founding Fathers? Have we embodied and continued their work or merely paid homage through red, white and blue decor?

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  • Meet DC Intern Aseel Abulhab

    July 2, 2014
    Aseel Abulhab, an Iraqi-American from Troy, Michigan, currently studies History at Williams College in rural Massachusetts. Despite its small student body, the remarkable, driven and tight-knit Muslim community at Williams College inspired her to join MPAC.

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  • Invest in Your Future this Ramadan!

    July 2, 2014
    Ramadan is upon us, the month when God first revealed the Quran and prescribed fasting. It is a time for charity as well, and it is a time to remind us the categories for giving our zakat.

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  • Government & Policy Summit Brings Rising Stars to DC

    July 2, 2014
    Last week, 15 American Muslim college and graduate students from around the country traveled to Washington, DC, for MPAC’s 8th annual Government and Policy Summit. Over four days, they had the unique opportunity to learn about the policy-making process through high-level meetings with various leaders at the White House, federal agencies, Congress, think tanks and civic groups. Plus, they participated in leadership development workshops and learned about opportunities for their own career development in the arena of policymaking.

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  • Meet L.A. Government & Civic Intern Hythem Sbita

    June 27, 2014
    Hythem Sbita has joined MPAC as an intern this summer in government relations and civic engagement in our Los Angeles office. He is currently a graduate student at Pepperdine University completing a Masters of Public Policy.

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  • I Am Change Empowers SoCal Muslims at Masjid Gibrael

    June 27, 2014
    Last Sunday, over 20 community members gathered together at Masjid Gibrael in San Gabriel Valley for an I Am Change workshop where they learned how to be active citizens. Led by Edina Lekovic, MPAC’s Director of Policy and Programming, and I Am Change L.A. Fellow Abeer Gaber, empowered the participants to understand the stages needed to create change, how to engage with elected officials, and how to talk about issues they care about.

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  • Launching New Muslim Artists & Creative Voices at Hollywood Summit

    June 27, 2014
    This week, 14 young American Muslims from all around the country spent four whirlwind days in Los Angeles for our 4th annual Young Leaders Hollywood Summit. This talented group of aspiring artists, filmmakers, actors and content creators had the priceless opportunity to meet with industry giants from CBS Television, Fox Studios, the Creative Artists Agency, the professional guilds, and YouTube Space LA. They also got to meet with successful American Muslims working in the industry, and built their own network to support one another as they launch their careers.

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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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  • HBO Documentary 'Newburgh Sting' Begs for Police Reform in Muslim Communities

    June 20, 2014
    Yesterday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati participated in a panel discussion following a screening of HBO’s new documentary “The Newburgh Sting” at the AFI Docs Documentary Festival in Washington, DC.The documentary, which will debut on HBO on July 21, reveals the FBI’s involvement in the domestic terror case of the “Newburgh Four,” which targeted a Muslim community in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Newburgh, NY and lured individuals into agreeing to commit acts of terrorism.

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  • Diagnosing the Sectarian Disease

    June 20, 2014
    The vile work of ISIS cannot and should not dictate how we deal with our fellow humans; indeed we must ensure that communities are immune from the depraved sectarian disease that seeks to destroy us all. Let us confess as Muslims that outside sinister forces have succeeded in creating division in the Muslim world and in Muslim communities throughout the world because we have not heeded, let alone applied, the Quranic mandate to prevent sectarianism.

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