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  • MPAC Convention: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers

    December 11, 2016
    The keynote speaker is Gold Star father, Khizr Khan. Our plenary session is based on Dr. Maher Hathout’s new book, “Inspiration from the Life of Muhammad.” We will also honor two unsung heroes, Rumana Ahmed and Sarah Sayeed. Join us! It's time to build bridges and break barriers.

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  • Overcoming Xenophobia: Lessons from the Catholic, Mormon & Jewish Experiences

    November 22, 2015
    Learning to overcome "the fear of the other" from those who have gone through it. This session is intended to help American Muslims develop an effective strategy in countering Islamophobia along with other Americans and not as an isolated community.

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  • Muslims On Screen: Is It Getting Any Better?

    November 13, 2015
    Concerned about Hollywood portrayals of Islam and Muslims? You're not alone! We'll be speaking with working American Muslim filmmakers, actors, talent managers and new media creators. They'll share experiences of both challenges and progress in the industry, as well as practical ways we can make an impact on Hollywood too.

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  • #ArtForHumanity Contest Submission Deadline

    November 9, 2015
    We’re inviting artists to enter our “Art For Humanity” contest. Submit your original piece of art that answers the question: What is the current state of the human race? The Top Winner gets a very exclusive opportunity!

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  • Let's Be Honest: Candid Conversations on Sensitive Issues

    November 8, 2015
    We feature a diverse group of Muslim professionals, activists and student leaders to discuss sensitive issues in Muslim communities, including mental health, identity and Islamophobia.

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  • Join Webinar with Anand Giridharadas, Author of

    December 2, 2014
    I want to share an extraordinary story with you about one of our Convention banquet keynote speakers, Rais Bhuiyan, a 'True American.' Days after 9/11, Rais was the victim of a hate crime and was nearly killed by Mark Stroman, an avowed “American terrorist.” After narrowly surviving the attack, Rais performed the Hajj (pilgrimage), undergoing a journey of soul-searching, mercy and forgiveness. That journey lead to the founding of his nonprofit, World Without Hate.

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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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  • Save the Date: MPAC's 14th Annual Convention

    September 5, 2014
    It's almost that time of year! Get ready for MPAC’s 14th annual Convention which brings together leading policy-makers, scholars, faith leaders, activists and other thought leaders from around the country to discuss and debate vital issues impacting the American Muslim community. Read more to find out what this year's theme is and who some of our special guests are!

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  • 2 Years After Oak Creek: What are We Doing about Hate Crimes?

    August 8, 2014
    This week marked the two-year anniversary of the Sikh gurdwara shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which took the lives of six community members: Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sita Singh and Suveg Singh.

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  • Al-Marayati Speaks at Long Beach Hate Crime Press Conference

    July 31, 2014
    Last week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, Community Outreach Fellow Marwa Abdelghani, I am Change Fellow Abeer Gaber, alongside interns Waffa Abu-Hajar and Hythem Sbita, attended a Long Beach Police Department press conference for a Muslim woman who recently experienced a hate crime.

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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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  • MPAC Joins LAPD in Answering Community Questions

    April 7, 2014
    Last Friday, Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC's President, presented the Safe Spaces Initiative, a campaign to provide American Muslim communities with tools for developing and maintaining a healthy community, at an LAPD community forum at the Islamic Center of Northridge.

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  • LAPD Wants to Better Serve Muslims: Take This Survey, Share Your Thoughts

    March 27, 2014
    A rare opportunity has arisen to collectively tell the LAPD how it can better serve the needs and interests of Muslim communities based in Los Angeles. Through a survey created by the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell and helped framed by MPAC, the community is invited to share their thoughts in an effort to make our communities safer and foster a stronger relationship.

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  • 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.

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  • A Night of Entertainment, Celebrating Russell Simmons as a 'Voice of Courage & Conscience'

    November 12, 2013
    On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, six artists and more than 400 people joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau in honoring philanthropist and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons with a “Voice of Courage and Conscience” award. The award is a tribute to his work in fighting and advocating for the rights of the American Muslim community in the face of bigotry and fear-mongering.

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  • Interfaith Panelists Explore Ramifications of Intolerance

    August 14, 2013
    Last week, the IMAN Cultural Center held its 4th Annual Festival of Interfaith Unity in cooperation with local interfaith leaders of Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) in order to exchange different faith-based communities’ viewpoints on their common issues and to promote coexisting in an atmosphere of sincerity and peace.

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  • MPAC Staff Leads I Am Change Workshop at IECOC

    July 17, 2013
    On Saturday, July 6, MPAC held an I Am Change workshop at the Islamic Educational Center of Southern California. Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President, Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming, and Cherif Abou El Fadl, Community Outreach Fellow, said it was a pleasure on many fronts to spend an early Saturday afternoon with the youth.

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  • MPAC Joins NAACP in Requesting DOJ Civil Rights Inquiry in Trayvon Martin Case

    July 15, 2013
    MPAC today announced that it sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division supporting the NAACP’s request for an inquiry into whether the civil rights of Trayvon Martin were violated when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in February 2012. This afternoon, the DOJ released a statement confirming it has an open investigation of the case.

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  • MPAC Tackles Violent Extremism and Online Radicalization at Two DC Events

    May 30, 2013
    On Tuesday, March 28, MPAC and the New America Foundation (NAF) held a policy briefing, "Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities," with prominent American Muslim scholars and thought leaders to address violent extremism in the form of online radicalization. Later that evening, MPAC partnered with MakeSpace for a community forum with Imam Webb, Elibiary, terrorist attack survivor Adam Motiwala and community leaders Imam Zia Makhdoom, Humera Khan and Hadia Mubarak.

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  • MPAC Leaders Explore Roots of Islamophobia at Seeds of Peace Conference

    May 23, 2013
    Dr. Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC’s Senior Adviser and President, led a “Truth Over Fear: Countering Islamophobia” workshop at the recent “Seeds of Peace: Meditation and the Engaged Life” at All Saints Church. It was a day of celebration and solidarity as people from all faiths gathered to share their food, art, prayer, and culture.

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