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  • Setting the Record Straight on Violent Extremism on C-SPAN

    October 1, 2014
    This week we had the opportunity to set the record straight to millions of Americans by going live on C-SPAN to talk directly about Islam and the unfortunate reality that it is being tarnished by groups like ISIS.

  • HBO Documentary 'Newburgh Sting' Begs for Police Reform in Muslim Communities

    June 20, 2014
    Yesterday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati participated in a panel discussion following a screening of HBO’s new documentary “The Newburgh Sting” at the AFI Docs Documentary Festival in Washington, DC.The documentary, which will debut on HBO on July 21, reveals the FBI’s involvement in the domestic terror case of the “Newburgh Four,” which targeted a Muslim community in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Newburgh, NY and lured individuals into agreeing to commit acts of terrorism.

  • DHS Secretary Applauds Safe Spaces Initiative

    June 17, 2014
    During a meeting of American Muslim and Syrian leaders in Chicago on Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson applauded the Muslim Public Affairs Council for launching its community-based Safe Spaces Initiative.

  • MPAC Welcomes NYPD Decision to End Mass Surveillance of Muslim Communities

    April 16, 2014
    MPAC applauds the decision of the New York Police Department to abandon its secretive mass surveillance programs that had specifically targeted the Muslim community of New York City and surrounding areas.

  • Remembering the Victims, Staying #BostonStrong

    April 15, 2014
    On this first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, MPAC expresses its condolences and prayers with the loved ones of those who were killed and injured in this senseless attack.

  • 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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