Statements & Press

  • National Muslim Task Force's COVID-19 Eid ul-Adha Recommendations

    July 27, 2020
    With Eid ul-Adha approaching, the National Muslim Task Force has released a joint statement to provide recommendations to our community members for how to maneuver during the ongoing threat of COVID-19, and how to best protect ourselves and one another from harm.

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  • House Passes Historic Muslim Civil Rights Bill

    July 22, 2020
    The NO BAN Act would would outright prohibit any future president from using religious discrimination as a basis for restricting immigration. Now the bill will travel to the Senate, where it will likely be rejected. However, hope for the repeal of the Muslim Ban and complete passage of the NO BAN Act looms over the horizon this November, in the form of the potential presidency of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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  • The NO BAN Act is Finally Up for a Vote

    July 21, 2020
    After the COVID-19 outbreak and the vote for the NO BAN Act was delayed, we called on Congress to make it a priority upon their return from recess. Now, they finally will. Not only would this legislation weaken immigration restrictions, but it would also make good on this country’s values of religious freedom and providing refuge to those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life.

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  • Trump’s Executive Order on Census Is Unconstitutional

    July 21, 2020
    The Trump administration’s move to excuse undocumented immigrants from the Census is unconstitutional and demonstrates their inability to wrestle with political complexities. There are concerted efforts from organizations like Census Counts to ensure that the Census is counted as it was always intended by our nation’s founders.

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  • Supporting of Attorney General Keith Ellison Leading Prosecution for Murder of George Floyd

    July 17, 2020
    We welcome the decision by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to appoint Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead the prosecution of the police officers who killed George Floyd. Given Attorney General Ellison's impeccable and honorable record of public service, we believe that he is the right person to successfully lead this effort and, in doing so, to restore some level of trust in the American justice system.

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  • Anti-Racism is a Part of Islam.

    July 4, 2020
    This Independence Day, as Muslims in America, our faith commits us to seriously reckon with the social factors which make racism a reality. Our unique historical moment demands that we move beyond them through a collective political struggle. We must strive for anti-racism, as both an ideal as well as a concrete practice and politics.

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  • Toward Pluralism: DA Rosen Must Retract His Whistleblower Complaint

    June 24, 2020
    Last week, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen made it clear to his staff that he was prepared to file a whistleblower complaint against Sajid Khan, a deputy alternate public defender in Santa Clara. District Attorney Rosen erroneously claimed that Khan was hoping to “incite anger and destruction toward us” and had effectively “endangered the safety of everyone” at the office. It is clear from Khan’s writings that he speaks from the vantage point of a concerned citizen — not from a place of malice. The Muslim Public Affairs Council is committed to ensuring a pluralistic society. We call on District Attorney Rosen to issue a public apology to Mr. Khan and retract any formal complaints he may have initiated.

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  • Joint Action to Condemn the Murder of George Floyd

    May 29, 2020
    As an American Muslim organization that upholds the values of mercy, justice, peace, human dignity, and freedom for all, we strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis this week. Our deepest condolences and solidarity are with Mr. Floyd’s family and community, the city of Minneapolis, and with all African Americans in this country who carry the daily, understandable, unbearable burden of fear for their own lives at the hands of law enforcement.

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  • House Introduces the HEROES Act

    May 15, 2020
    Earlier this week, House Democrats introduced a bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which is a follow-up to the CARES Act. The bill is expected to go up for a vote this upcoming Friday, a welcome sight amid a lagging Congressional response to the dramatic health and economic consequences of COVID-19.

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  • Trump Immigration Suspension is Nothing but Cynical Opportunism

    April 23, 2020
    The Trump administration is using sinophobia and xenophobia in order to pause immigration, and are claiming that doing so is in the interest of American workers. By doing so, they are reneging on its promise to provide for American workers.

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