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Thirteenth Annual Banquet & Awards

Salam-Al-Marayati

“E Pluribus Unum — Out of many, One” Speaker: Salam Al Marayati MPAC President Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:00pm Hyatt Regency Hotel 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202 Salam is nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims. Salam is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He ...

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Outstanding Millennial Scholarship

MPAC-WNY

One of the highlights of the Thirteenth Annual MPAC-WNY Banquet will be introducing the concept of the Outstanding American Muslim Millennial from WNY. Representative American Muslim Millennial from Western New York will be honored at the banquet . We are blessed with a number of high achieving youth in our community. The selection for such honorees , as you might imagine, will not ...

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TWELFTH ANNUAL BANQUET, Saturday May 21, 2016; 6:00 PM; Hyatt Regency Hotel

Khurram Dara

Saturday May 21, 2016 Hyatt Regency Hotel Reception: 6: 00 PM  Keynote Speaker: Khurram Dara Khurram Dara is an American Muslim attorney from New York. He is the author of The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America (Tensile 2011) and Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America (Cascade Books 2014). He ...

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Outstanding Millennial Scholarship

MPAC-WNY

I am really excited about the banquet this year set for May 21st at Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. I am sure you will be equally excited about it. The Theme for the Twelfth Annual MPAC-WNY Banquet this year is “The American Muslim Millennial: Leading the Way”.  Based on this theme, representative American Muslim Millennials from Western New York will ...

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What the Iran Nuclear Deal Means to Us

Iran

The successful negotiation of the nuclear deal between Iran and the international community has brought to light the vast potential of diplomacy as a primary tool to achieve our interests abroad. The biggest lesson we learned is that diplomacy works. Long seen as the option of the weak in the days of the Bush administration, diplomacy is now seen as a viable ...

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MPAC Statement on Congressional Support for Iran Deal

Capitol Hill

With the announcement from Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) publicly supporting the Iran nuclear agreement, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) commends and thanks her and the 33 other Senators who have decided that diplomacy works and is a far better alternative than America getting entangled in yet another manufactured war in the Middle East. Securing the Iran deal means that Iran will ...

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Looking to the Future: The Advantages of Being Proactive

The past week has been big for Islamophobia. Franklin Graham recently came out against a proposed Muslim prayer space in Orlando’s airport. Governor Scott Walker claimed that there are, in fact, a “handful of reasonable” Muslims. A US District Court in New York convicted a man for attempting to obtain a radioactive device to target Muslims. So, yes, Islamophobia is ...

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Julian Bond: A Life of Service to Emulate

Last week the country lost a giant from the Civil Rights Movement. Julian Bond died in Florida at the age of 75. Those striving for equality will find in Bond’s life a wealth of knowledge on the values of patience and standing for principle. Bond founded some of the most important organizations that have affected the march towards equality in ...

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Enough with the Scapegoating: An Analysis of the G.O.P. Primary Debate

The first Republican Primary debate was a frustrating experience for many American Muslims as there seemed to be silence on issues surrounding our community. The words “Muslims” or “Islam” were only mentioned when candidates discussed acts of terrorism, thereby demonstrating the close-minded perceptions of certain candidates towards our community. There were also a host of xenophobic and targeted remarks made ...

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Building a United Front Against Discrimination

In the past week, at least two African American individuals were killed by police officers for basic traffic violations and four Confederate flags were placed on the grounds of a historical African American church. While a number of spokesmen from the African-American community have openly condemned these acts, including some Muslims within that community, other non-African American minority groups have ...

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