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  • Meet Judge Halim Dhanidina - Yes He Did!

    August 1, 2012
    When others think it can't be done, MPAC repeatedly shows it can be. We don't just talk about the day when Muslims will be an accepted and valued part of America; we work for it to become a reality now. When Halim Dhanidina wanted to serve California as a judge, MPAC advocated for him to become the first Muslim judge appointed to the California superior court.

  • Meet Jawaad Ali, MPAC’s New Government and Policy Intern

    July 31, 2012
    Please join us in welcoming Jawaad Ali, one of MPAC’s new government and policy interns in our Washington, DC, office. Ali is entering his third year as an undergraduate student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he is majoring in global affairs with a concentration on the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Now is the Time to End America's Culture of Violence

    July 27, 2012
    Without using the incident in Aurora as a political pawn to move legislation, we must continue these debates in a respectful manner while being cognizant of the hurt Aurora citizens are going through. MLK one of the greatest nonviolent leaders of our nation, once said America is “the greatest purveyor of violence” -- it is time for serious introspection to determine the root causes of the violent culture in our society today.

  • LAPD Recognizes Hasan for Community Engagement Efforts

    July 18, 2012
    On Thursday, July 12, the LAPD hosted its quarterly Muslim Community Forum at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. During the event, LAPD officials presented Aziza Hasan, MPAC's Southern California Government Relations Director, with a certificate of appreciation for her work on reforming the SAR and iWatch programs.

  • MPAC Signs Letter Objecting to<br> Rep. King’s Latest Hearing

    June 21, 2012
    Earlier this week, MPAC along with 55 other organizations across the country, sent a letter to Rep. Peter King (R-NY) strongly objecting to his most recent hearing on the American Muslim community, called, “The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within their Community.”

  • MPAC Counters Islamophobia within Law Enforcement

    June 19, 2012
    Last week, MPAC along with the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Muslim Community Affairs Unit hosted a conference to help law enforcement officials better serve their Muslim communities and debunk misconceptions about their faith.

  • King’s Latest “Radicalization Hearing” Turns Anti-Terrorism into Absurdity

    June 15, 2012
    Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) fifth hearing on the American Muslim community is political theater. Rather than investigating actual threats, this hearing is only serving King’s own biases. He has created his own echo chamber to mimic what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear.

  • Al-Marayati Speaks about US-Iran Relations at UCLA

    June 11, 2012
    Last week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati spoke to about 300 University of California, Los Angeles, students and guests about US-Iran Policy and the roots and remedies to religious violence.

  • Judge Rules NDAA Unconstitutional

    June 6, 2012
    Last week, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest's ruled that the National Defense Authorization Act is unconstitutional. Following meetings with elected officials and hundreds of letters sent to their offices, MPAC is proud to announce that it is suspending its campaign.

  • MPAC-LA Hosts Legislative Staffers for Luncheon on Counterterrorism

    May 30, 2012
    This week, MPAC hosted its Spring legislative staff lunch, where Salam Al-Marayati and Southern California Government Relations Director Aziza Hasan briefed more than 20 attendees on MPAC’s work on counterterrorism, including recent initiatives to rid law enforcement training of anti-Muslim trainers and recent reforms it helped won on LAPD’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Program

  • MPAC Calls on Attorney General to Strengthen DOJ Racial Profiling Policies

    May 30, 2012
    MPAC joined more than 200 other community, human rights and civil liberties organizations to call on the Department of Justice to review and update its June 2003 “Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies,” which is intended to prevent racial profiling by U.S. government law enforcement.

  • MPAC Meets with Inspector General about LAPD SAR Program

    May 23, 2012
    In early May, MPAC met with Inspector General Alexander Bustamante regarding LAPD's SAR program to consider recommendations on what to look for during the investigation.

  • MPAC Signs Letter Supporting Protections for Battered Undocumented Women

    May 23, 2012
    In May 2012, MPAC, in solidarity with 30 other faith-based organizations, signed a faith-based letter supporting the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a historic anti-domestic violence signed into law in 1994.

  • LAPD Agrees to Major Police Reforms

    May 17, 2012
    In a meeting today with Deputy Chief Michael Downing of the LAPD, MPAC, along with other civic groups, gained major reforms on the current Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. There are SAR programs in every major US city.

  • Ensuring Religious Accommodations for L.A. County Muslim Inmates

    May 9, 2012
    After years of coordination, the number of Muslim chaplains in Los Angeles jails has doubled, Qurans are now free for inmates upon request or available for purchase in every commissary and religious accommodations for Muslim inmates are being ensured.

  • Take Action: Join the Due Process Guarantee Act Campaign

    May 6, 2012
    MPAC kicked off 2012 with a campaign to protect our Constitutional rights both online and on the ground. MPAC is pushing for Congress and the Senate to amend and pass the Due Process Guarantee Act.

  • MPAC Concerned Brennan’s Statements about NYPD  will Jeopardize DOJ Investigation & Community Partnerships

    April 23, 2012
    MPAC expressed deep concern regarding a statement by John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security adviser, supporting the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim American communities.

  • DOJ Releases Report on Discrimination Post 9/11

    April 19, 2012
    The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division released a report about a forum -- “Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later.” MPAC attended the forum last fall in Washington, DC.

  • Disturbed by Killing of San Diego Woman, MPAC Asks DOJ to Monitor the Case

    April 5, 2012
    MPAC is deeply disturbed by the death of Shaima Alawadi, a Southern California Iraqi American woman, who died after being severely beaten as part of an alleged hate crime.

  • MPAC Urges Supreme Court to Overturn Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law

    March 29, 2012
    As the Supreme Court prepares to take up legal challenges to Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB-1070), MPAC joined more than 50 prominent Catholic, Protestant and Jewish groups in signing an amicus curiae brief arguing for suspension of the law.


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