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  • 'I Am Change Workshop' Follows up with Masjid Gibrael community

    October 31, 2014
    MPAC’s follow up civic engagement workshop this past weekend had an amazing turnout. MPAC President Salam-Al-Marayati and MPAC I Am Change fellow Abeer Gaber followed up with Masjid Gibrael about how Muslim communities can fully engage themselves in the community.

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  • Nassar Speaks at Anti-Cyber-Bullying Forum

    October 31, 2014
    MPAC’s Deana Nassar moderated the youth panel exploring the social media divide between youth and adults and ways in which adults can support young people in navigating cyber-bullying.

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  • 300+ Attend MPAC's 'Crisis of ISIS' Event

    October 31, 2014
    With the incessant violence in the Middle East caused by violent extremism, Muslims are asking each other a major question nowadays: “what can we do?” It seems impossible to actually do anything here about something that is being caused by fanatics in another part of the world, but in reality, there is a lot we can do to combat groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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  • Meet Government & Policy Intern Razan Azzarkani

    October 31, 2014
    A junior at George Mason University, Razan Azzarkani’s interest in providing an empowering voice for the American Muslim community drove her to MPAC’s D.C. office as a Government and Policy Intern. As a Global Affairs major with a double concentration in Global Inequalities & Responses and Global Governance, as well as a minor in Middle East studies, Razan hopes to be able to expand on her understanding of both global and domestic issues that pertain to the Muslim community at large.

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  • Let Islamic Reform Start in America

    October 31, 2014
    ‘Muslim communities in the West,” wrote Graham Fuller and Ian Lesser in 1995 (“The Geopolitics of Islam and the West”), “are more likely to exert influence on their countries and cultures of origin rather than receive influences from them; over time they may have a substantive effect on the perceptions of secularization and minority rights in the Middle East.”

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  • Communities of the Willing Working for Religious Freedom for All: An Interview with Chris Seiple

    October 30, 2014
    In this week’s special edition of MPAC’s DC News and Views, we interviewed Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) about his recent trip to the Middle East where he witnessed first-hand the plight of religious minorities due to the continued unrest in the region as a result of the terrorist group, ISIS.

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  • MPAC Testified at US Commission on Civil Rights Hearing, Findings Published

    October 29, 2014
    Two years ago, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the topic of "Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11." I’m happy to announce that they have finally published their report and findings.

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  • Rehabilitation or Retribution? Tackling Violent Extremism in America

    October 24, 2014
    Global terrorism has created concerns for governments around the world regarding their citizens traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria to fight with groups like ISIS. Focusing on access to social services, including mental health services, education and employment opportunities serves both as an intervention and prevention approach to tackling countering violent extremism head-on.

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  • Horror of Canadian Parliament Shooting

    October 23, 2014
    MPAC condemns the criminal behavior and actions committed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill yesterday in Ottawa, Canada. We offer our condolences to the family members of Cpl. Nathan Cirrillo and victims who were injured during the heinous attack. We stand in solidarity with the Canadian people.

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  • MPAC Releases It’s First Ever Congressional Report Card

    October 23, 2014
    As part of MPAC’s philosophy of civic and political engagement, we are releasing our first ever Congressional Report Card. The report card assesses the 113th Congress’ positions on issues that directly affect the American Muslim community, grading each House and Senate Member on their voting record on relevant legislation.

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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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