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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 12 Years Later: Remembering the Victims of 9/11

    September 11, 2013
    Today, MPAC stands in unity with all Americans in commemorating 9/11, a day of national importance. We honor the memory of the victims of the attacks and their family members and remember the sacrifice of all the first-responders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.”

  • 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.

  • Muslim Coalition Sends Letter to Senate Regarding Immigration Bill

    June 3, 2013
    Last week, MPAC joined a coalition of more than 160 national, state and local organizations to send a letter to all 100 members of the U.S. Senate advocating for an effective and inclusive prohibition on profiling and discrimination in the immigration bill.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MPAC Submits Testimony at First Congressional Hearing on Drones

    May 9, 2013
    Last month, MPAC submitted a statement for the record at the first congressional hearing on “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” The hearing examined the Obama administration’s use of the drone program and whether continued use of the program will have checks and Congressional oversight.

  • Media Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombing

    April 28, 2013
    On April 15, 2013, two young brothers set of two bombs at the finish line of the historic Boston Marathon. Over the following week as the story developed, MPAC staffers and leaders have been featured on dozens of media outlets around the world to share their perspectives on the attacks, countering violent extremism, Islamophobia and much more.

  • 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.

  • MPAC Commends Law Enforcement, Prays for Boston As Events Unfold

    April 19, 2013
    MPAC this morning expressed its shock and disbelief over the news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are two Chechen brothers who were from the Boston community. Our prayers are with the people of Boston as they remain indoors while police track the second suspect.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • AP Makes Important Revision to Misleading Terminology on Islam

    April 13, 2013
    American Muslim activists have unfairly been accused of being Islamists, as in synonymous for militants, extremists or radicals. We applaud AP for this step in accurate reporting about Islam and Muslims, and we look forward to other media outlets following AP’s lead.


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