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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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  • Court Ruling in Favor of NYPD Surveillance Further Erodes Civil Liberties

    February 24, 2014
    MPAC expressed its disappointment with a federal ruling that the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey was “a lawful effort to prevent terrorism.” Eight plaintiffs brought the suit against New York City, claiming that the NYPD infringed on their civil liberties with its mass surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey.

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  • MPAC Rep Participates in Google+ Hangout with President Obama

    February 3, 2014
    On Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, Riham Osman, MPAC’s Washington, DC, Program Assistant, joined eight Americans across the country for the first “Virtual Road Trip with President Barack Obama on Google+” Hangout three days after his State of the Union address. From the Roosevelt Room of the White House, President Obama responded directly to questions posed by diverse Americans about issues he laid out in his speech.

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  • Elshishtawy Travels to Spain, Meets with Muslims Leaders

    January 2, 2014
    Recently, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s National Policy Analyst, traveled to Spain as part of a U.S. State Department trip to meet with Muslim communities and learn about the issues they face with integration, education and civic engagement.

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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).

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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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  • Can Bratton Change the Direction of the NYPD?

    December 6, 2013
    Yesterday, incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his selection of William Bratton as his choice for NYPD Commissioner. Bratton will take the helm of the nation’s largest police force for a second time, after also serving as the top cop in Los Angeles and Boston. De Blasio praised Bratton, saying, “He knows what it takes to keep a city safe and make communities full partners in the mission.”

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  • Al-Marayati Talks About MPAC's Model of Engaging with Law Enforcement

    November 13, 2013
    Last week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati was joined by LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing for a panel discussion at the University of Southern California Law School on prejudice, stereotypes and the law as it relates to Muslims.

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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 & MYG Pair Up for LA Civic Summit

    September 7, 2013
    Shortly after Ramadan concluded and before the school year began, 18 delegates gathered in Los Angeles for three days of adventure at Young Leaders Civic Summit. Giving youth a behind-the-scenes look at our society’s nerve centers -- media, Hollywood and government -- delegates met with dozens of industry insiders, executives, thinkers and leaders.

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  • A Hands On Experience that Changed Erickson’s Future

    August 22, 2013
    Sara Erickson, a 15-year-old from Danbury, CT, shares how the LA Civic Summit helped her deal with her fears of engaging in conversation and go for her career goal of joining the police department.

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  • MPAC President Speaks at Homeland Security Conference

    June 11, 2013
    Last week, MPAC President Al-Marayati spoke about “Public-Private Partnerships” at the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference. He spoke about “The Five I-s” -- what it takes to create effective partnership in terms community and law enforcement.

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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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  • Faith and Security Leaders Call for Unity and Partnership in Combating Terrorism

    April 18, 2013
    Today, several faith and security leaders signed a joint statement calling for unity of all faiths and partnership with law enforcement in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy. As President Obama is participating in an interfaith memorial service in Boston at this time, the group is preparing for dealing with challenges to our national defense from a faith-base community perspective.

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  • Mohiuddin Moderates Panel about Pakistani American Identity

    November 16, 2012
    Last week, Marium Mohiuddin, MPAC's Communication Coordinator, moderated a panel discussion at the Pakistani American Youth and Young Professionals Conference with five prominent Southern California Pakistani Americans about their identity and the community.

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  • The False Choice of Drones

    October 12, 2012
    There is no question that there are elements of the Taliban both in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are brutal extremists whose vision of the world and distortion of Islam must be marginalized. Yet the question remains whether it is our job to do that fighting or must we help facilitate the environment for the Afghans and Pakistanis to deal with this threat militarily, politically and socially.

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  • MPAC & MAHSC Commend Int’l Police Assoc. Pledge to Remove Bias from Training

    October 10, 2012
    Today, MPAC and the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC) commended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for adopting a powerful resolution at its 119th Annual Conference in San Diego last

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  • Hate Crimes Should not be a Partisan Issue

    September 21, 2012
    On Sept. 20, MPAC attended the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee’s important and timely hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Terrorism.” Addressing growing concerns that hate groups are on the rise and that attacks could happen anywhere, Durbin highlighted that this is the first hearing in recent years focused on the threat of violent domestic extremists.

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  • MPAC Partners with ICSC for 2-day Civic Summit

    August 30, 2012
    Last weekend, about 25 Muslim high school and college students attended a two-day civic summit organized by the Muslim Youth Group of the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) and MPAC.

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