Policy & Advocacy

 Meet Our Policy Team 

 

 

Our Approach to Government Engagement 

We are a policy advocacy organization which seeks to inform and shape public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government and policy institutions.

It is our belief that our community needs proactive voices and institutions which seek to inform policies before they are formed. Engaging in the policy debates before they are formed, whether they take place in the halls of Congress on Capitol Hill or within various departments within the administration, requires a sustained effort of engagement that seeks long-term changes that reflect the true positions and aspiration of our community.

Many policies formed at the national level which directly affect the American Muslim community are done without a requisite understanding of the many nuanced issues facing our community. Issues such as counter-terrorism, radicalization, civil liberties and privacy, foreign policy, immigration, health-care and the economy are written about, debated and decided without direct American Muslim voices sitting at the table. We seek to bring a mainstream voice to many of these discussions.

We regularly write policy papers on domestic and foreign policy issues and presents these perspectives to members of the Administration, staffers on Capitol Hill and experts in the field who advise policy makers. We also hold regular briefings and policy forums on Capitol Hill, think tanks, and departments within the administration and media centers such as the National Press Club to amplify the American Muslim voice at all levels.

While we work to inform policy shapers and decision makers, we also seek to connect our community to those who shape policy. The idea of empowering citizens to engage directly in the civic process is a fundamental idea that is enshrined in the Constitution. To engage American Muslims in the civic process, we sponsor regular campaigns that empower community members by providing them the necessary tools to establish relationships with their elected officials at a local, state and federal level. They also provide community members the tools to enhance their message and become effective leaders, spokespersons and representatives of their community.

 

This election cycle, we are principally concerned with maximizing the political capacity of our American Muslim community, and helping our fellow American Muslims build the habits of a conscious and united civic body. 

While we represent only one percent of the American population, our one percent is a shining example for the rest of the 99 percent. We can best demonstrate the principles of our faith through concerted, strategic, and principled engagement with government. 

 

 

Our Programs 

 

Tale of Two Futures

American Muslims are at a fork-in-the-road. What will American Muslim life look like if Donald Trump is re-elected? Will a Biden Presidency mean progress or stagnation? Read A Tale of Two Futures, where MPAC has simplified a complicated political landscape to help you decide which future is best for you. 

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Town Halls

We're working with local communities to get out the American Muslim vote! Leading up to the election, we're hosting virtual town halls where we feature candidates, subject-specific experts, and provide voter education resources.

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Campaign for Human Security

Our Human Security Campaign is an effort to realize a peace- and people-centered complement to national security. We recognize that human security is as much a threat to national security as any foreign adversary. We are working with members of Congress and civil society to achieve these alternatives.

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