MPAC Congratulates Obama’s New Appointees – Perez & Rogers

March 21, 2013

MPAC congratulates Tom Perez, the newly nominated Secretary of Labor, and Melissa Rogers, the new Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for their new appointments by President Barack Obama. MPAC is honored to have worked closely with both individuals, and witnessed their tireless efforts to ensure our rights and freedoms as Americans.

Perez is currently the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Under Perez, the Civil Rights Division has successfully upheld the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in several cities where mosque development projects came under public attack, including Murfreesboro, TN, and Lomita, CA.

SEE:President Obama Nominates Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor” (

In December, Perez sent a special video message for MPAC’s 2012 Convention congratulating us on the event and thanking us for honoring him with our Community Leadership Award three years earlier, which he proudly said hangs in the Justice Department’s conference room.

“I have greatly valued the opportunity I have had to work with Salam [Al-Marayati, MPAC’s President], Haris [Tarin, the Director of the DC office] and the other dedicated staff at MPAC on a wide range of civil right issues,” he said in the recorded message.

ALSO SEE: Special Message from Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez (YouTube)

Rogers, a church-state expert who was the Director of Wake Forest University’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs, has been noted for her approach to religious freedom issues and her leadership on strengthening partnerships between government and the faith-based community.

ALSO SEE:Melissa Rogers Appointed to Lead White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships” (

We look forward to our continued engagement with these two leaders and hope to see an aggressive agenda that includes voices from the faith communities. 



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