Want to Change the Status Quo? Support MPAC Young Leaders Program this Month

July 19, 2014

Dear MPAC supporters,

Three weeks ago, we were afforded the privilege and opportunity to immerse ourselves in the major sectors of government and civil society that inform public opinion and implement political reform. MPAC’s Government Young Leaders Summit provided us unparalleled access to the White House, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, Al-Jazeera and the Brookings Institute and many others. In four days, it painted a nuanced picture of all mechanisms that contribute to policy change.

We had the invaluable opportunity to engage in discussions on local and international issues, contentious and agreeable, that pertained to our communities and our interests. Talking with influential policymakers proved to us that our voices are not only wanted, but more importantly, that they are needed. Given the multiple national security policies that continue to disproportionately affect our communities and infringe on our rights as Americans, the urgency of engaging and speaking for ourselves couldn’t be more clear.

We cannot stress enough how important it is for the Summit to continue to provide access and train young American Muslim leaders in how to effectively engage with our policy makers to advocate for the issues we care about. The Summit is one of the most constructive and efficient ways for American Muslim youth today to learn how we can actually affect discourse and advance the political condition of American Muslims, instead of only being able to express our frustrations through social media. 

The MPAC Government Summit not only exposed us to policy-makers, it also taught us how to effectively network, frame our arguments and become more politically aware through internal workshop sessions. At a time when Muslims are constantly in the spotlight, it is imperative that young Americans Muslims know how to effectively engage in discussions so that our communities have strong representatives who can protect our interests.

MPAC’s Young Leaders Summits are training the future generation of American Muslim activists and leaders who can effectively lead their communities. In the giving spirit of Ramadan, please support this initiative by donating to the MPAC Foundation. Your donation will be tax deductible and Zakat eligible, and will help shape the future of our communities, our country, and our faith.   


Aisha Jama & Adnan Suleman

2014 Government Summit Delegates

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