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  • Elshishtawy Talks About Dangers of Law Enforcement Surveillance

    January 2, 2014
    This past November, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s National Policy Analyst, spoke on a panel about racial profiling, surveillance and hate crimes at the South Asian Bar Association, Washington, DC, (SABA-DC) Civil and Human Rights Symposium at George Washington University (GWU).

  • 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.

  • Apply for MPAC & AAANY Fellowship:

    December 9, 2013
    MPAC announced it will partner with the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) for its Spring 2014 Research Fellowship, which will document the impact of surveillance on Muslim New Yorkers. Specifically, the fellowship will look at how the civic engagement and political mobilization of targeted communities have been impacted.

  • MPAC Welcomes Nuclear Deal between U.S., Iran and International Community

    November 24, 2013
    MPAC welcomed the nuclear deal reached between the United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the international community last night, calling it “a historic first step in preventing further conflict in an already troubled region.”

  • Lekovic Named to LA Mayor’s Service Cabinet

    November 19, 2013
    MPAC is proud to share the good news that Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy and Programming, has been appointed to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Service Cabinet.

  • 90 Young Leaders Complete 5 Young Leaders Summits

    November 19, 2013
    With more than 90 young leaders in attendance from all over the U.S. and Canada, our five Young Leaders Summits this summer inspired and empowered American Muslim students to make a difference in government and policy, media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and their local civic sphere. Next up, we're expecting about 50 alumni to gather for our Young Leaders Reunion at our convention next month.

  • MPAC DC Director Co-Authors Brookings Paper on Religious Freedom

    November 18, 2013
    MPAC announced today that the Brookings Institution, an independent think tank and policy institution, recently published a paper titled “Rethinking the ‘Red Line’: The Intersection of Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change” co-authored by Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, office and Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • New Opportunities for Engagement with Next DHS Secretary

    November 15, 2013
    This week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held the nomination hearing of Jeh Johnson to be considered as the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson, a former top lawyer for the Department of Defense, will have to oversee the missions of DHS, including: preventing terrorism and enhancing security; securing and managing America’s borders; enforcing and administering immigration laws; safeguarding and securing cyberspace; and ensuring resilience to disasters.

  • A Call for Greater Diversity in the Senior Levels of Public Service

    November 8, 2013
    In 2013, the number of American Muslims in visibly appointed positions is grossly out of sync with the number of those who are politically and civically active all around the country. Yes, there are American Muslims serving in Congress, federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Education and the White House; yet high level appointments at the federal level remain elusive. Why haven’t American Muslims’ civic and political engagement translated to appointed positions?

  • 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.

  • MPAC Pushes for Immigration Reform at MD Community Forum

    November 6, 2013
    Recently, MPAC joined the Arab American Institute in holding “The Road to Immigration Reform,” a community forum focusing on the political and social impact of immigration reform. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), White House Deputy Policy Director for Immigration Tyler Moran and immigration attorney Kamal Essaheb spoke before an audience of about 100 people at the Muslim Community Center of Silver Spring, MD.

  • Support Passage of Freedom Act

    November 4, 2013
    MPAC calls on all concerned Americans to support the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).

  • MPAC Honors Hussain and Monteiro for Empowering American Muslims

    October 7, 2013
    Last Thursday, Oct. 3, more than 150 people gathered in Washington, DC, for the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s first “Empowering Voices” dinner honoring Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Paul Monteiro, Public Engagement Adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement, for their dedicated work to public service and empowering the American Muslim community.

  • Government Shutdown Is Inexcusable Act of Strong Holding

    October 2, 2013
    Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 12:01 a.m., our nation experienced its first federal government shutdown in 17 years. The shutdown has far-reaching consequences, with more than 800,000 federal workers facing furlough. MPAC stands with the thousand of workers having to maneuver through this troubling time and the millions who will suffer from the rippling effect it will have on their lives. The government shutdown is an inexcusable act by a government that is the strongest in the world.

  • Tackling Violent Extremism Head on Without Scapegoating

    September 27, 2013
    With the latest attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, by the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Shabaab, American national security circles are once again turning their attention to the Somalia-based group and the threat it poses both domestically and internationally. Media pundits also have shifted their focus from research to rabble-rousing.

  • From Young Age, Iqbal Has Been Interested in Faith-Based Policy Work

    September 23, 2013
    Aisha Iqbal is currently a sophomore at the George Washington University pursuing a dual-degree in international affairs and economics and is MPAC's new fall intern in the Washington, DC, office.

  • MPAC Condemns Senseless Violence by Extremists in Pakistan, Kenya and Iraq

    September 22, 2013
    MPAC condemned the actions of extremist who have killed hundreds over the past two days in Pakistan, Kenya and Iraq. This abhorrent violence has taken the lives of innocent women, men and children as they were engaged in daily activities in houses of worship, malls and even funerals.

  • Rejecting the New Normal: It’s Time for Effective Gun Control

    September 20, 2013
    This week, our nation’s capital witnessed a horrific mass shooting by a man with a past of violent outbursts and worsening mental health issues. Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, and although the incident took place near the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers have remained eerily silent about gun control. Have mass shootings every few months become the new normal for our country? Will we have to wait for an even larger tragedy before our policy makers have the political will to implement common sense gun control policy?

  • MPAC Encourages IECOC Youth to Be More Civically Engaged

    September 11, 2013
    Earlier this month, Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming, and Cherif Abou El Fadl, Community Outreach Fellow, met with the Islamic Education Center of Orange County for a follow-up meeting to the first “I Am Change” workshop held a month before.

  • Syria: A Human Tragedy Requires a Response

    September 6, 2013
    We support decisive and quick military action with important conditions. MPAC today released a position paper that outlines in detail our deliberations and why we support a conditional strike to deter future use of chemical weapons.


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