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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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  • MPAC Mourns Loss of American Icon Casey Kasem

    June 19, 2014
    MPAC is deeply saddened by the loss of Arab American icon Casey Kasem. According to MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, "Not only were the MPAC Media Awards Casey's idea, but he also helped us incredibly in shaping a positive message about Muslims and Arabs by initiating engagement between us and Hollywood. We are indebted to him for helping in getting our voices heard."

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  • Meet Government & Policy Intern Adnan Suleman

    June 19, 2014
    Adnan Suleman, a rising third year law student at Tulane University Law School, has joined MPAC as a summer government and policy intern. Adnan's interest in applying his legal training and political science background to substantive policy work has brought him to MPAC.

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  • DHS Secretary Applauds Safe Spaces Initiative

    June 17, 2014
    During a meeting of American Muslim and Syrian leaders in Chicago on Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson applauded the Muslim Public Affairs Council for launching its community-based Safe Spaces Initiative.

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  • Islamic Center of Claremont Hosts I Am Change Workshop

    June 12, 2014
    On Friday, more than 20 members of the Islamic Center of Claremont came together for an I Am Change workshop to learn how to make their voices heard with elected officials and diverse audiences on issues they care about.

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  • MPAC & UMMA Clinic Let’s Be Honest Forum Tackles Tough Topics

    June 12, 2014
    Last Saturday, MPAC and the UMMA Community Clinic joined forces to sponsor a Let’s Be Honest forum at the University of Southern California. Let’s Be Honest is a space for candid conversation with a diverse panel of Muslim scholars, activists, counselors, and student leaders on any and all subjects.

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  • MPAC & Averroes High School Partner for Civic Engagement Summit in DC

    June 12, 2014
    Last week, nine delegates from California’s Averroes High School traveled to Washington, DC, to experience three days of MPAC’s Civic Engagement Summit. Delegates received leadership training and had the opportunity to meet with the White House Office of Public Engagement, the U.S. Department of State, Rock the Vote, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, as well as Congressman Mike Honda’s office.

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  • Meet Lily Purqurian, New Policy Intern in DC

    June 12, 2014
    Lily Purqurian is currently a student of Political Science and International Relations at Boston University with a double minor in French and Arabic. Originally from San Diego, CA, her passion for public service has brought her to Washington, DC to serve as a Summer 2014 Government and Policy Intern.

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  • MPAC-WNY Celebrates 10th Anniversary During Sold-Out Banquet

    June 11, 2014
    On Saturday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Western New York Chapter celebrated its 10th anniversary with a sold-out banquet in Buffalo, NY. At the special event attended by more than 400 people, founding president Dr. Khalid Qazi received the Lifetime Achievement Award and MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati served as the keynote speaker.

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  • Join Lekovic at #BringBackOurGirls Interfaith Vigil in L.A.

    June 10, 2014
    As the world anxiously awaits the return of nearly 300 kidnapped school girls to their families in Nigeria, MPAC is joining forces with Los Angeles’ interfaith community for the #BringBackOurGirls Interfaith Vigil and Call to Action on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

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  • Syria: When Stagnant Policies Become Dangerous

    June 6, 2014
    What happens when a violent conflict, that has already claimed the lives of over 140,000 people, continues with no end in sight? Very little, by the looks of our policy on Syria. Sadly, the longer the conflict drags on, the more that the moderate voices who represent the vast majority of the Syrian people are being drowned out by extremists on all sides. This is a disservice to the righteous cause of freedom which Syrians are striving for.

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  • MPAC-WNY Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    June 5, 2014
    Join MPAC Western New York (MPAC-WNY) on Saturday, June 7 at its annual banquet to celebrate its 10th anniversary as our largest, most vibrant chapter in the country. In addition to a keynote speech by MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, the banquet will also present Community Service Awards to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York William J. Hochul, innovator and activist Dr. Hodan Isse, and community activist and philanthropist M. Raheemuddin.

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  • Al-Marayati Discusses Charter of Medina

    June 5, 2014
    Within the past two months, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati has given seven lectures on the Medina Constitution across Southern California mosques, including this past Friday at the Islamic Institute of Orange County.

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