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  • Support MPAC's Work to Eliminate Hatred

    July 25, 2014
    Let me tell you about a civil rights case we have been working on recently. At this moment, you might be thinking – “MPAC works on policy, not on civil rights, doesn’t it?” In reality, we leverage our government relations to directly defend and secure the rights of American Muslims, both to aid individuals and to shape policies that impact all of us.

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  • Al-Marayati Continues 'Medina Constitution' Lecture Series at Masjid Bilal in L.A.

    July 25, 2014
    The Bilal Islamic Center in south Los Angeles hosted MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati last weekend for a talk about the parallels between the Medina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. The Medina Constitution is the social contract created between the Prophet Muhammad with leaders of other faith communities.

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  • Looking for Real Change? Invest in Emerging Changemakers in Hollywood, Media & Policy by Investing in MPAC

    July 25, 2014
    In the giving spirit of Ramadan, please invest in the emerging voices of American Muslim filmmakers, journalists and policymakers by donating to MPAC Foundation today. Your donation will be tax deductible and is Zakat eligible.

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  • Meet Hollywood Bureau Intern Waffa Abu-Hajar

    July 25, 2014
    With her fiery passion for media and entertainment, Waffa Abu-Hajar was attracted to interning in the Hollywood Bureau at MPAC. She is currently entering her last year at Temple City High School and is hoping to attend the California State University of Fullerton to major in Broadcast Journalism.

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  • Al-Marayati Discusses ‘Tyrant’ at Television Critics Association Event

    July 24, 2014
    This week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati joined "Tyrant" Executive Producer Howard Gordon and Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST) for a panel discussion with the Television Critics Association to explore the show's portrayal of the Middle East and the public's response.

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  • What Kerry Should do During his MidEast Trip

    July 22, 2014
    Over 560 Palestinians have lost their lives due to Israeli military aggression in Gaza in just three weeks, more than half of them in the past five days. Yesterday, President Barack Obama expressed “serious concerns” over civilian deaths in Gaza, dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to Cairo to “push for an immediate cessation of hostilities” and announced $47 million in humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. Humanitarian aid is badly needed; so too is dealing with the roots of the conflict. Now that Kerry is in the region, what should he push for?

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  • ACTION ALERT: Take Action on Gaza Today

    July 21, 2014
    In an effort to halt the suffering of the people of Gaza, the Muslim Public Affairs Council encourages American Muslims to leverage the power of the last ten days of Ramadan by participating in the “10-10-100” Campaign, a national effort launched today to “create immediate and real change for the people of Gaza.”

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  • Want to Change the Status Quo? Support MPAC Young Leaders Program this Month

    July 19, 2014
    After attending the Government Young Leaders Summit, we cannot stress enough how important it is for the Summit to continue to provide access and train young American Muslim leaders in how to effectively engage with our policy makers and advance the political condition of American Muslims.

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  • MPAC Community Iftar Reunites 60+ Community & Young Leaders

    July 19, 2014
    Last week, more than 60 community leaders and young professionals joined MPAC at our L.A. office for our annual Community Iftar. Community leaders, alumni from our young leaders programs and young professionals from all over Southern California who have worked with MPAC in one way or another came togehter to see old friends and to make new ones.

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  • Ellison Calls for Unity & Action During DC Book Event

    July 19, 2014
    This week, MPAC co-sponsored a discussion and book signing with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) alongside Busboys and Poets and Crescent Moon Nights. Ellison shared his unique experience as the first American Muslim elected to Congress, through passages from his new book "My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future.”

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  • Meet Community Outreach Fellow Marwa Abdelghani

    July 19, 2014
    My aspirations for making the dreams of our future Muslim generations come true plays a large role in my field of work, community outreach. I hope to bring MPAC to different communities outside of Los Angeles in order to help them get involved in the kind of work that we do. I strongly believe that American Muslims must be at the table, lest they will be on the menu. In order to relieve the U.S. from the stereotypes and Islamophobia targeting Muslims, we must put ourselves in the nerve centers that make the major decisions for our communities.

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  • Meet Government & Policy Intern Aisha Jama

    July 19, 2014
    Aisha Jama, a current senior at the University of Michigan, joined MPAC this summer as a government and policy intern in the Washington, DC office. With a double major in International Studies and Arabic, Aisha credits her involvement in student media organizations for prompting her move to DC to experience the crossroads of policy and media.

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  • A Congress without a Conscience: Call on Congress to Protect Innocent Palestinians

    July 18, 2014
    For the last nine days, Israel has steadily increased its military aggression against Palestinians in Gaza. More than 260 Palestinians have been killed, with the United Nations reporting that 80 percent were civilians and 2,000 more have been injured. What has Congress’ response been to this bloodshed? Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved a defense spending bill that provides $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including a $351 million increase in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome system.

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  • ACTION ALERT: 3 Things You Can Do for Palestinian Human Rights Now

    July 16, 2014
    For the last nine days, innocent Palestinian civilians have been bombarded with an aggressive Israeli military campaign by land, sea and air, backed by U.S. political cover and financial support. MPAC calls on all people of conscience to speak up for Palestinians who have been treated as silent statistics instead of innocent human lives. Changing U.S. policy requires changing U.S. public opinion on the conflict.

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  • MPAC Appalled by Obama’s Remarks on Gaza at White House Iftar

    July 15, 2014
    Last night, the White House welcomed American Muslim leaders from across the nation and world for the annual White House Iftar. MPAC was appalled that the White House would take the Iftar as an opportunity to express unequivocal support for Israel.

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  • Raising Policy Concerns During White House Iftar

    July 14, 2014
    In 1996, MPAC collaborated with diverse organizations to work with then First Lady Hillary Clinton to host the first White House Eid celebration in recognition of the heritage and contributions of American Muslims to the mosaic that makes up America. If mainstream American Muslims are not at the table, they will be replaced by voices who seek to further marginalize our community and promote problematic policies. This year, we plan to discuss the NSA and FBI surveillance of American Muslims and the administration's failure to call on Israel to halt its appalling assault on Palestinians.

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  • Let's Tell Better Stories in Hollywood

    July 11, 2014
    These are exciting times for Muslims in Hollywood. If you're like us, then you enjoy sitting through the credits after a TV show or movie just to see if any Muslims were involved. In time this won't be a big deal, but growing up where there were only a handful of Muslim actors, directors, writers and producers I am amazed at how far we have come in an industry that seemed so inaccessible a decade ago.

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  • Meet LA Communications Intern Mariam Syed

    July 10, 2014
    Mariam Syed is currently entering in her final year of high school and has joined MPAC this summer as a Communications and Marketing Intern in our LA office. Mariam’s interests in international affairs and journalism have encouraged her to establish a more secure bond between American Muslims and the public as well as inspired her to take a more active role in her community.

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  • Join MPAC for Book Reading with Rep. Keith Ellison

    July 10, 2014
    MPAC is co-sponsoring a discussion and book signing with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, July 15 with Busboys and Poets, Cnvrgnc, iEmerge786 and Crescent Moon Nights. Ellison will share his experiences as the first Muslim elected to Congress in his book "My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future."

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  • Pres. Obama: End Collective Punishment, Call for a Halt to Israel’s Coming Ground Invasion

    July 9, 2014
    “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said yesterday. Since then, the Israeli military, including jets and naval gun fire, pulverized the Gaza Strip killing at least 13 people and injuring 90 others. Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called up 40,000 reservists for a possible ground invasion and has begun moving convoys of tanks and armor to the Gaza border.

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