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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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  • 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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