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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.

  • MPAC Kicks Off 'Safe Spaces Initiative' with Panel Discussion

    March 26, 2014
    Last week, Haris Tarin, the Director of MPAC's Washington, DC, office, partnered with Alejandro Beutel, an independent research consultant and analyst, who specializes in countering violent extremism and , for a panel discussion, “God Loves the Just: American Muslims Tackling Extremism and the Path to Violence," at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

  • Groundbreaking Forum Explores Impact of African Americans on Islam in America

    February 28, 2014
    Last night, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, in partnership with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC, hosted a groundbreaking forum celebrating Black History Month -- “Pioneers of Presence: The Legacies and Contributions of African American Muslims.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Connect with MPAC @ ISNA

    August 27, 2013
    The 50th Annual ISNA Convention is this weekend with tens of thousands of American Muslims expected to converge in our nation's capital. This is a great time for MPAC's Young Leaders alumni to reconnect, re-engage and reunite!


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