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No community should have to exist in a state of fear because of their perceived religious beliefs. And yet, for many American Muslim families across the nation, that is our reality. This is why MPAC has made it a policy priority to address the increase in religiously motivated hate crimes. Today, we submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ...

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100 days in, is America Great Again?

The first 100 days of an administration is an important benchmark – a benchmark that Mr. Trump set for himself in his Contract with the American Voter which begins, “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” So, has this administration achieved what it set out to? And how has it gone about doing that? We ...

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New Immigration Policies Harm American Families

In the months following President Trump’s January 25th executive order regarding immigration and border security, there has been a significant increase in Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and deportations. Within a span of three months, ICE arrested over 21,000 immigrants – including 5,441 with no criminal record. Mass deportation makes America less safe as it damages government-community relations, which ...

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What the Iran Nuclear Deal Means to Us


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

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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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Why the U.S. Must Heed Palestine’s Call for Religious Freedom

The recent raid of the Al-Aqsa mosque demonstrates the daily reality of Muslim and Christian Palestinians as they are unsafe and restricted in the practicing of their faiths. The right-wing Israeli government and settler movement have actively taken measures to ensure that Palestinians are unable to engage with their religious community and, as a result, are made to feel isolated ...

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