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  • Elshishtawy Speaks at Newseum on 'Defining Religious Freedom in America'

    March 27, 2013
    Last week, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s Legislative and Policy Analyst, joined a panel at the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC, to explore religious freedom in America.

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  • Lekovic Challenges Audience to Examine Islamophobia

    March 27, 2013
    The foundation of the Hammer Museum shook a few weeks ago when an event hosted by The Hammer Forum, assembled a panel of four experts, including MPAC's Edina Lekovic, to explore the realities and implications of Islamophobia.

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  • Lekovic Talks About Breaking Out of the ‘Muslim Bubble’ at MSA West

    February 28, 2013
    Recently, MPAC’s Director of Policy & Programming, Edina Lekovic, joined Dr. Kathleen Moore, professor of Religion at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), for a lively discussion about moving “Beyond the Muslim Bubble” at MSA West’s 15th Annual Conference.

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  • MPAC Congratulates Islamic Center of South Bay for DOJ Ruling Supporting Religious Freedom

    February 6, 2013
    MPAC congratulates Masjid Alnoor, the Islamic Center of South Bay, for reaching a historic settlement with the City of Lomita through the intervention of the Department of Justice. Following an inquiry raised by MPAC, the DOJ opened a case, which led to this week’s ruling that the City of Lomita violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied the Islamic center’s application to build a new mosque on its property.

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  • Lekovic Speaks at RIS Convention in Toronto

    January 3, 2013
    Just before Christmas, Edina Lekovic, MPAC's Director of Policy and Programming, traveled to Toronto for the 11th Annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (RIS). Before an audience of more than 15,000 people, she explored the topic “I’m Innocent, I’ve Been Framed: When Others Frame Your Picture.”

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  • Lekovic Re-elected to Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

    November 22, 2012
    Over the weekend, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California held its annual elections for its board of directors. MPAC's Director of Policy and Programming Edina Lekovic was re-elected to serve a second term on the board, alongside Imam Taha Hassane from the Islamic Center of San Diego and Imam Jihad Saafir of Masjid Ibaadullah.

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  • MPAC's Metro Ads in DC & NYC Receive Widespread Attention

    November 16, 2012
    For the past two weeks, MPAC has been running ads on the WMATA buses across the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas and in the New York City subway system calling upon all concerned citizens to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred.

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  • 200+ Gather to Pay Tribute to ‘The Message’ & its Director, Akkad

    November 16, 2012
    Last Friday, MPAC's Hollywood Bureau hosted “Mohammad, Muslims and Movies: Reflections on the Legacy of Moustapha Akkad’s ‘The Message,’ ” a special screening and panel discussion of the iconic 1976 film that chronicles the life and times of Prophet Muhammad. Between clips and discussion, the audience learned the personal story behind the legendary film and its director.

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  • Mohiuddin Moderates Panel about Pakistani American Identity

    November 16, 2012
    Last week, Marium Mohiuddin, MPAC's Communication Coordinator, moderated a panel discussion at the Pakistani American Youth and Young Professionals Conference with five prominent Southern California Pakistani Americans about their identity and the community.

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  • Washington Post Features DC Director as ‘Rising Muslim American Leader’

    November 12, 2012
    C is honored to announce that The Washington Post today published a feature article about Haris Tarin, the Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, Office titled “Rising Muslim American Leader in D.C. Speaks for his Generation.”

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  • USIP Event w/ MPAC’s Elshishtawy Airs Live on C-SPAN

    October 25, 2012
    On Oct. 22, MPAC’s Hoda Elshishtawy spoke at USIP timely event on “Religion, Violence and Coexistence," which was inspired in part by the recent reactions worldwide to the amateur YouTube trailer “Innocence of Muslims."

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  • MPAC to Launch NYC & DC Metro Ads Opposing Racism & Bigotry

    October 18, 2012
    On Monday, Oct. 22, the NYC subway system will feature ads by MPAC, which is an effort to counter the recent hateful and divisive ad released by Pamela Geller’s organization, AFDI. One week later, on Monday, Oct. 29, the Metro system in DC, will post the same ads on WMATA buses across the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas.

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  • MPAC Condemns Taliban Attack on Pakistani Teenage Girl Fighting for Education

    October 12, 2012
    MPAC today condemned the Taliban’s appalling attack against Malala Yousafzai, an innocent 14-year-old girl in Pakistan, who was advocating for education. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for being a girl and standing up to unjust policies and oppression for the past three years through her BBC blog.

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  • The False Choice of Drones

    October 12, 2012
    There is no question that there are elements of the Taliban both in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are brutal extremists whose vision of the world and distortion of Islam must be marginalized. Yet the question remains whether it is our job to do that fighting or must we help facilitate the environment for the Afghans and Pakistanis to deal with this threat militarily, politically and socially.

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  • MPAC & MAHSC Commend Int’l Police Assoc. Pledge to Remove Bias from Training

    October 10, 2012
    Today, MPAC and the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC) commended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for adopting a powerful resolution at its 119th Annual Conference in San Diego last

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  • Hussein Speaks About Racial Profiling at MAS-Atlanta Family Camp

    October 3, 2012
    This past weekend, Yasmin Hussein, MPAC’s Young Leaders Program Coordinator, spoke at the MAS Annual Family Camp in Atlanta. With more than 100 attendees at the camp, Hussein led a discussion with a largely youth-aged group discussing ways to improve the perception of Muslims in America.

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  • Drowning the Voices of the Extremes

    September 28, 2012
    As our distinguished leader, President Barack Obama took to the lectern to speak about challenges facing the world at the U.N. General Assembly’s 67th session in New York, the rabble-rouser Pamela Gellar took to the NYC subway system to display her hate. The events of the past few weeks have proven to be one of the most enlightening times highlighting two harsh extremes: words vs. action.

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  • Muslims & Sikhs Gather in DC<br> to Highlight Partnership & Solidarity

    September 26, 2012
    More than 100 people gathered at the America’s Islamic Heritage Museum in Washington, DC, on Sept. 22, for the Muslims & Sikhs in Solidarity event, an event to highlight the partnership and mutual solidarity between the two communities.

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  • Hate Crimes Should not be a Partisan Issue

    September 21, 2012
    On Sept. 20, MPAC attended the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee’s important and timely hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Terrorism.” Addressing growing concerns that hate groups are on the rise and that attacks could happen anywhere, Durbin highlighted that this is the first hearing in recent years focused on the threat of violent domestic extremists.

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  • Senate to Hold Groundbreaking Hearing Today on Hate Crimes & Domestic Terrorism

    September 19, 2012
    Today, MPAC will attend the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Terrorism.” Following the hearing, a number of faith leaders, advocates and community members will host a brief press conference outside the Senate Hart Office Building to outline the next steps neede. Along with Durbin, the press conference will include Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, office,

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