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  • Meet LA Communications Intern Teeba Fatima

    October 17, 2014
    Teeba Fatima, a current senior at La Sierra, joined MPAC this fall as a communication and Hollywood Bureau intern in the Los Angeles office. With a major in Global Studies, Teeba credits her interest in film and media for prompting her to intern with MPAC and experience the inner workings of organizations and how they change the perception of Muslims through the media.

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  • New York Times Publishes MPAC Op-Ed

    October 17, 2014
    In his op-ed, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati calls for Muslims in the West, who have the privilege to worship without the coercion of state power, to form independent religious and political thinking from those who have created an unholy alliance between mosque and state in the Middle East.

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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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  • We're Bringing Hollywood to You

    October 14, 2014
    This year, we will bring this important conversation to our annual convention, titled “America Deserves Better,” which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, December 13. We will be hosting a not to be missed session titled: Collaboration or Cancellation: Shaping the Image of Islam & Muslims in Hollywood.

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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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  • Supreme Court to Hear Holt v. Hobbs Religious Freedom Case

    October 7, 2014
    Today is a big day. The Supreme Court is hearing a case looking at the limits of religious freedom in the prison setting. The case, Holt v. Hobbs, involves an Arkansas prisoner petitioning to grow a half-inch beard, which the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) believes is hazardous to prison security.

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  • Join the UniTea Intra-faith Campaign

    October 5, 2014
    If you're interested in intra-faith dialogue and community engagement, then the UniTea Campaign could be your cup of tea! Check out this new, exciting community engagement project started by MPAC, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and United Muslim Foundation.

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  • Working to Protect Travelers on Hajj

    October 5, 2014
    As thousands of American Muslims embark on Hajj every year, this year presented a new set of issues for travelers that voiced their fears of attacks that other pilgrims have faced in the past. After collectively addressing these pressing issues, the State Department emplaced initiatives and protocols to protect American Muslims at Hajj.

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  • When Freedom of Speech and Religious Freedom Collide

    October 5, 2014
    Listen to this Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) podcast featuring Director of the MPAC Washington, DC office Haris Tarin and Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Asma T. Uddin. They discuss the intersection of free speech, religious freedom, and social change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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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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  • Setting the Record Straight on Violent Extremism on C-SPAN

    October 1, 2014
    This week we had the opportunity to set the record straight to millions of Americans by going live on C-SPAN to talk directly about Islam and the unfortunate reality that it is being tarnished by groups like ISIS.

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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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  • MPAC Hollywood Bureau Hosting Actors Workshop

    September 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau is hosting an actors intensive workshop at Scott Sedita Acting Studio in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 9 for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The four-hour workshop will be taught by two of Hollywood’s most influential acting coaches, Scott Sedita and Mariko Ballentine. Sedita and Ballentine will share with the workshop participants ways to move their career forward and invaluable audition techniques that will get them noticed.

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  • Your Vote Matters!

    September 20, 2014
    We signed onto a voter engagement campaign called "Your Vote Matters" with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) whose mission is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. Because of the commonalities in our missions, we see possibility to learn and grow from each other.

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  • Islam: the Hero to Combat ISIS

    September 19, 2014
    A recent op-ed published by MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati in The Huffington Post called “The Key to Defeating ISIS Is Islam” cites Islam as the cure to preventing violent extremism. Al-Marayati’s central argument is that “America needs Islam -- not to convert people to the religion, but as the antidote to the toxic and threatening ideology of ISIS.”

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  • Partnering with the State Department to Ensure Protection of American Muslims

    September 19, 2014
    Our National Policy Analyst Hoda Elshishtawy attended a meeting at the State Department this week regarding the protection of American Muslims traveling to Saudi Arabia for hajj. The impetus for the meeting was to prevent any attack on American Muslims while performing the hajj. Last year, a group of American Muslims from Michigan were harassed and attacked by a group of Australians. Read more to find out what happened at the meeting!

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  • Meet Government & Policy Intern Aysha Ahmed

    September 19, 2014
    Aysha Ahmed is one of the latest additions to the government and policy fall Internship. She is currently a student of Indiana University with a major in International Relations and a focus in International Development, along with a minor in Spanish and Political Science. Originally from England, brought up in Indiana, Aysha’s passion for learning and engaging experiences has guided her to the fast-paced world of politics and policy in Washington, D.C.

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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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  • Diversity in Law Enforcement is Essential to Good Policing

    September 8, 2014
    The death of 18 year-old Michael Brown last month grabbed national headlines not only because the life of an unarmed youth was tragically stolen, but because of the underlying racial tensions that it exposed in the community of Ferguson, Mo. However, the growing protests and subsequent coverage showed that the racial tensions exposed are, in fact, pervasive across the country.

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