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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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  • MPAC Releases Domestic Drones Policy Paper

    September 8, 2014
    MPAC published and released the latest of its policy papers today called “Domestic Drones: Implications for Privacy and Due Process in the United States.” The paper analyzes and discusses the concern that the recent proliferation of drones could have negative consequences on civil liberties.

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  • Serving your Fellow Muslims

    September 5, 2014
    One of the most engaging ways of communicating your message to your fellow Muslims is by going to them and asking the question: How can we help you? Last Saturday night, I Am Change Fellow Abeer Gaber and Community Outreach Fellow Marwa Abdelghani went to Masjid Taqwa in Altadena, CA to do just that. The community members of the area reflected a deep passion in wanting their mosque to grow and develop. They welcomed MPAC’s extended hand in wanting to assist the mosque in any way possible.

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  • Save the Date: MPAC's 14th Annual Convention

    September 5, 2014
    It's almost that time of year! Get ready for MPAC’s 14th annual Convention which brings together leading policy-makers, scholars, faith leaders, activists and other thought leaders from around the country to discuss and debate vital issues impacting the American Muslim community. Read more to find out what this year's theme is and who some of our special guests are!

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  • MPAC Op-ed Published in ‘On Faith’

    August 30, 2014
    MPAC President Salam and Al-Marayati, along with Community Outreach Coordinator Cherif Abou El Fadl and Special Projects Fellow Omar Noureldin published an op-ed in “On Faith” this week called “Takfirism: The Key to Understanding ISIL.” The op-ed explores the method through which ISIL uses Islam to justify it’s crimes. It also explores ISIL’s “ideological underpinnings” by looking at the history of takfirism and offers recommendations on how the United States can combat violent extremism.

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  • Change is Brewing in Simi Valley

    August 29, 2014
    Last Sunday, Aug. 24th 2014, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati and I facilitated an MPAC “I Am Change” workshop with nearly thirty members of the Islamic Society of Simi Valley in Simi Valley, CA. I Am Change is an interactive three-hour civic leadership workshop created to educate and empower American Muslims with the skills to become responsible and active citizens.

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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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  • MPAC Encourages Screenings of the Documentary 'Waking in Oak Creek'

    August 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau in partnership with "Not in Our Town," a movement to "stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all" encourages you to screen Not in Our Town's new documentary, "Waking in Oak Creek", in your community!

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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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  • ISIS Execution of American Journalist Underscores Need to Combat Extremism

    August 20, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemns the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urges all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism. Mr. Foley was a journalist who courageously covered the atrocities against the Syrian people. We offer our condolences to his family and friends

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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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  • Intern Project Spotlight: 'Remembering the Americans with Disabilities Act'

    August 15, 2014
    I initially decided to intern at MPAC in order to gain policy experience and learn how the government works in our nation’s bustling capital. However, what I soon discovered was that these connections could be a platform to further delve into my passion for the Deaf community.

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  • Gaza Teach-In Sheds Light on Evidence of Israeli War Crimes

    August 15, 2014
    On Sunday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati moderated a panel discussion at the Islamic Center of Southern California called “Gaza Teach-In: War Crimes and Settler Colonialism,” between two experts on the crisis. Palestinian Professor George Bisharat of UC Berkeley School of Law and Israeli Professor Gabriel Pieterberg of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies discussed exposed how Israel’s military campaign violates countless international laws and also is rooted in settler colonialism.

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  • MPAC DC Interns: Where are They Now?

    August 15, 2014
    Ever wonder what career paths former MPAC interns have taken after they leave the best internship experience of their lives? With the fall 2014 application deadline just one week away, we decided to ask our former summer 2013 DC cohort about their career paths and successes.

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  • Visit us at ISNA Convention

    August 14, 2014
    Join MPAC at the 51st Annual ISNA Convention in Detroit, MI, the weekend of Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Salam Al-Marayati will be featured during two sessions about grassroots activism and working in the media industry. Also, come by and visit the MPAC at booth 622 in the bazaar!

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  • MPAC Rejects ISIS’ Repugnant Crimes Against Humanity

    August 14, 2014
    MPAC today strongly condemned the extreme and repugnant principles and actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The rise of ISIS and their rapid expansion in Iraq and Syria is an imminent cause for concern for not only local civilians facing their deadly threats, but also for regional and international stability.

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