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  • MPAC Concerned with Inclusion of American Groups on UAE Terror List

    November 19, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council is extremely concerned with the United Arab Emirates’ decision to include two American Muslim organizations, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS), on a terrorism designation list.

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  • Leadership Forum with American Muslim Communities

    November 11, 2014
    Every week is busy at MPAC, but last week was especially busy! For the past couple of years, the American Muslim community has been facing challenges regarding issues of national security, surveillance, foreign policy and public perception. The day following the midterm elections, American Muslims from around the country came together to strategize how we can collectively overcome issues that impact our communities. In partnership with the New America Foundation, we convened over 50 American Muslims from across the nation for a leadership forum called “Policy Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Muslim Communities.”

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  • Horror of Canadian Parliament Shooting

    October 23, 2014
    MPAC condemns the criminal behavior and actions committed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill yesterday in Ottawa, Canada. We offer our condolences to the family members of Cpl. Nathan Cirrillo and victims who were injured during the heinous attack. We stand in solidarity with the Canadian people.

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  • We're Bringing Hollywood to You

    October 14, 2014
    This year, we will bring this important conversation to our annual convention, titled “America Deserves Better,” which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, December 13. We will be hosting a not to be missed session titled: Collaboration or Cancellation: Shaping the Image of Islam & Muslims in Hollywood.

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  • Supreme Court to Hear Holt v. Hobbs Religious Freedom Case

    October 7, 2014
    Today is a big day. The Supreme Court is hearing a case looking at the limits of religious freedom in the prison setting. The case, Holt v. Hobbs, involves an Arkansas prisoner petitioning to grow a half-inch beard, which the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) believes is hazardous to prison security.

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  • ISIS Execution of American Journalist Underscores Need to Combat Extremism

    August 20, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemns the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urges all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism. Mr. Foley was a journalist who courageously covered the atrocities against the Syrian people. We offer our condolences to his family and friends

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  • MPAC Rejects ISIS’ Repugnant Crimes Against Humanity

    August 14, 2014
    MPAC today strongly condemned the extreme and repugnant principles and actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The rise of ISIS and their rapid expansion in Iraq and Syria is an imminent cause for concern for not only local civilians facing their deadly threats, but also for regional and international stability.

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  • CNN Belief Blog Publishes MPAC Op-ed Critiquing Obama

    July 29, 2014
    Yesterday, CNN’s Belief Blog published an op-ed called “President Obama's Ramadan Slap at Muslims” by Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The op-ed describes how the President’s pro-Israel remarks at the annual White House Iftar left guests and many American Muslims feeling “shocked and dismayed” and called it a talking point that “is code for whitewashing decades of atrocities committed against the people of Gaza.”

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  • MPAC Prays for Peace and Freedom for All this Eid

    July 28, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council wishes everyone a joyous Eid ul-Fitr at the conclusion of this blessed month of Ramadan. This Eid, we stand in solidarity with all who throughout Ramadan have faced atrocities, injustice and have been struggling for their freedom. Our hearts are with those who have faced bloodshed in Palestine, horrifying human rights violations in Syria, ongoing slaughter in Myanmar and all who are oppressed.

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  • Safe Spaces Endorsed by Against Violent Extremism Network

    May 15, 2014
    The Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network, a global network tackling violent extremism, featured MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative in their April newsletter as a “Project Spotlight.” The AVE Network is made up of former extremists and survivors of extremism working together to prevent violent extremism. They are unique in their use of technology to “connect, exchange, disseminate and influence all forms of violent extremism.”

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  • Seeking Communications Coordinator in Washington, DC Office

    May 8, 2014
    MPAC is now accepting applications for the position of Communications Coordinator in our Washington, DC office. Apply today for your chance to work with a dynamic, forward-looking team committed to having a positive impact on policy and public opinion on matters related to Islam and Muslims.

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  • MPAC Holds Press Conference on 'Safe Spaces Initiative' at National Press Club

    April 14, 2014
    Today, MPAC held a press conference alongside notable Muslim community leaders at the National Press Club to announce a new campaign to actively prevent violent extremism. Called the Safe Spaces Initiative, the campaign is the first major national grassroots effort to equip American Muslim community and campus leaders with practical tools for developing healthy communities as well as intervention strategies for troubled individuals.

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  • MPAC to Release ‘Declaration Against Extremism’ at Friday Press Conference

    December 11, 2013
    This Friday, MPAC will be joined by prominent American Muslim leaders for a press conference to stand together and sign a “Declaration Against Extremism,” a document authored by MPAC Senior Adviser, Dr. Maher Hathout, reflecting upon his thoughts and priorities.

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  • MPAC Sends Letter of Condolence to TSA Director Pistole

    November 7, 2013
    Earlier this week, MPAC sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Director John Pistole offering condolences following the shooting last week at Los Angeles International Airport that left one TSA officer dead and wounded six others.

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  • MPAC to Release Declaration Against Extremism

    October 29, 2013
    On Saturday, Nov. 2, MPAC will release the “Declaration Against Extremism,” authored by MPAC’s co-founder and senior adviser Dr. Maher Hathout, which defines the dangers of extremism and issues a clarion call for action.

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  • MPAC Calls for Protection for Syrian Civilians

    August 22, 2013
    Today MPAC denounced the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for the protection of Syrian civilians who are facing this brutal crime against humanity.

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  • ‘Violence is the Language of Despair,’ Say Faith & Civic Leaders at Community Forum on Gangs & Extremism

    July 4, 2013
    On Sunday, June 30, MPAC, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, and Homeboy Industries co-sponsored a powerful community forum -- “From Despair to Hope: Connecting the Dots Between Gangs and Violent Extremism” -- to examine the plague of violence at the hands of young men in our society today. “Violence is the language of despair,” explained Father Greg Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries. “We must infuse hope to those in despair, work to heal trauma and provide mental health care when needed.”

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  • Dr. Hathout, Al-Marayati Talk About Violent Extremism & Online Radicalization

    May 9, 2013
    Last Sunday before a full house at All Saints Church, Dr. Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC's Senior Adviser and President, spoke about the need for community leaders to intervene if they see signs of potential violent extremism rather than shunning those who might be troubled or susceptible to extremist recruiters.

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  • Radicalism’s Hollow Inspiration

    April 26, 2013
    In the aftermath of the tragic events in Boston, the hot topic once again is the conversation around countering violent extremism and the role the American Muslim community can play in ensuring that our nation remains safe. Though Muslim organizations, institutions and leaders sent out messages of unity and solidarity in response to the tragedy, we must continue to show leadership in approaching and eliminating the scourge of violent extremism.

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  • Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With All Those in Boston

    April 15, 2013
    MPAC expresses its condolences for all those in Boston and with the families and loved ones of the two victims and at least 100 injured from the explosions. MPAC condemns this terrorist attack; this is a horrible crime, and we call on all of us as Americans to work together to bring those responsible to justice.

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