Policy Analysis

  • Judge Dhanidina Is Raising the Bar in California

    September 19, 2018
    Judge Halim Dhanidina was recently confirmed as a justice to the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, becoming the first Muslim and South Asian-American justice in the history of the California Court of Appeals. In centering his faith as a catalytic force behind his professional success while also keeping his faith separate from his judicial decisions, Dhanidina disrupts the stereotypical image of what a Muslim looks like to the general American public.

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  •  Reflecting on September 11, 2001 Seventeen Years Later

    September 11, 2018
    On the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, MPAC honors the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as those first responders who risked their well-being and, in many cases, their lives in order to mitigate the damage. As an o

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  • Trump’s latest attack on Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”

    September 10, 2018
    In a move that further ensures the U.S. has lost its reputation as an honest and fair broker to the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” the Trump administration announced it is closing the D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

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  • Defunding UNRWA Highlights Trump’s Anti-Palestine Agenda

    September 4, 2018
    The Trump Administration has cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). The agency provides food access, education, health clinics, employment, and housing services for Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Defunding UNRWA is part of a larger plan by the administration to reduce the number of Palestinians recognized as refugees.

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  • Ilhan Omar Makes Her Way to Congress

    August 23, 2018
    With 10 years of policy experience, Ilhan Omar has already proved she is a political powerhouse. As the first Somali-American elected to the Minnesota State House, she has demonstrated she is a pioneer for refugees and Somali-Americans alike. Having won the primary for the 5th congressional district on a comprehensive progressive platform, she is now on track to become one of the first Muslim women and the first refugee in Congress.

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  • China’s “Re-Education” Camps: An Affront to Religious Freedom

    August 16, 2018
    In the northwestern Xinjiang province of China, as many as one million Muslim Uyghur minorities are being held in “re-education camps.” The Uyghur minority in China was previously targeted by the Chinese government, but the situation worsened under the government’s new campaign to “crack down on terror.” To date, an estimated 40 percent of the Uyghur population has disappeared.

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  • TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ operates under the notion of guilty until proven innocent

    August 9, 2018
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently implemented an airport and in-flight surveillance program known as “Quiet Skies" that secretly surveils American citizens as they fly based on vague criteria. We urge Congress to press the Department of Homeland Security to ensure First Amendment rights are protected and taxpayer dollars are appropriately spent.

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  • Islam vs. the West: The lie that keeps on giving

    August 2, 2018
    The tendency to view American Muslims as suspects rather than potential partners leads to increased fragmentation and discrimination. Donald Trump’s presidency and politics are only symptoms of the underlying racial and cultural divides in the U.S. So too are the forces at the extremes of U.S. politics.

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  • Netanyahu Reignites Jim Crow Legislation in Israel

    July 26, 2018
    Israel has just legalized its discrimination of Palestinians. By voting in favor of a law which formalizes Israel as a Jewish state and strips Arabic from the official languages, Israel has signified its inability to uphold democracy, human rights, and religious freedom.

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  • Trump could become immune from investigations

    July 12, 2018
    As the saying goes, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Take Judge Kavanaugh at his word; he is no friend to the American people and if confirmed, the rights of immigrants, workers, women, and the Muslim community are on the line.

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