By: Leela Cullity, MPAC Policy Intern

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On the 10-year anniversary of the Oslo attack, the Forums at MPAC hosted a special conversation, titled “Oslo: The Tipping Point of Global White Nationalism”, with three leading experts, each working to combat the rising threat of global white supremacy: Dr. Torkel Brekke, Dr. Sindre Bangstad, and Daryl Johnson. The July 22nd, 2011 terrorist attack in Oslo carried out by white nationalist Anders Breivik led to a decade of widespread global white supremacist violence. The forum focused on the implications of Brievik’s violence on the global nature of white supremacy, the history of counterterrorism policy in the United States and…


By: Leela Cullity, MPAC Policy Intern

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Ten years ago, on July 22, 2011, two violent attacks in Oslo, Norway transformed white nationalism into a global extremist phenomenon. These attacks led to a growing pattern of white supremacist violence, yet by and large transnational governments have failed to recognize this and protect vulnerable and marginalized communities. With the resurgence of “strong-man” populism in the United States, Russia, China, Hungary, Brazil, and Turkey, white supremacy, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and Islamophobia have grown strong followings while more liberal governments across the globe continue to grapple with appropriately addressing the issue, consequently emboldening extremists to…


By: Rafael Sanga, Ezgi Koc, Aaliyah Khwaja, MPAC Policy Interns

The Child Tax Credit, a long-standing tax benefit given to parents, was temporarily expanded by the Biden Administration as a part of the American Rescue Plan, a facet of the larger $1.9 trillion COVID Relief Package passed by Congress in March. The Child Tax Credit is unique in its ability to ease the burden on working-class families with a high cost of living due to having children. The expansion of the credit is by no means an all-encompassing solution to child poverty, however, it takes meaningful steps towards mitigating some…


By: Rafael Sanga, MPAC Policy Intern

Photo credit: Dane Hillard

In recent years, there has been a troubling increase in both the frequency and severity of violent attacks on houses of worship across America, which are nothing short of domestic terrorism. No American should feel unsafe in their house of worship. MPAC President, Salam Al-Marayati has advocated for increased access to safety resources for faith-based organizations as a part of the Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force. As a part of our advocacy efforts to protect faith-based communities, MPAC strongly supports the Pray Safe Act, an act which will help reduce and prevent violence…


A regime that bombs hospitals and blocks convoys of baby formula does not deserve a leading role in global health.

Guest Contributor: Zaher Sahloul, a critical care specialist in Chicago and the president of MedGlobal. This piece was originally published in the Foreign Policy on July 6, 2021.

Throughout the course of the Syrian civil war, the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has displaced half the country’s population. It has depopulated whole cities and villages by bombing hospitals and schools, thereby undermining the principle of medical neutrality and impartiality — which mandates noninterference with medical services in times of armed conflict and civil unrest. The regime has moreover starved its people by blocking convoys of humanitarian aid — including…


By: Romael “Kane” Khan, MPAC Policy Intern

Illustration by Richie Pope via the New Yorker

The murder of George Floyd and the rise in support for the Black Lives Matter movement not only brought attention to the importance of racial justice but gave rise to another frequently overlooked topic: the role of police officers in our public school system. Specifically, if the strategy behind the investment being made on behalf of the American taxpayer is actually working to ensure the well-being of the next generation of our leaders.

To address this critical issue, and meaningfully reform the way we are looking after our students, Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT), introduced The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools…


By: MPAC Policy Interns, Maryam Alwan, Leela Cullity, Hesham Jarmakani, and Mohammad Qazwini

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Israel Violates UN Human Rights Law

The United Nations classifies human rights as: “rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.” When the world looks towards the abuses carried out by the Israeli state against the Palestinian people, we see the gross violation of many of those rights outlined by the UN. Palestinians were denied the right to life when they were brutally murdered by the Israeli Defense…


By: Katrina Hasan Hamilton, Council Member, MPAC’s AAMIC

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration in Texas on June 19, 1900. (Austin History Center, Austin Public Library)

After more than six years of Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s work and advocacy to make Juneteenth a nationally recognized holiday, the 117th Congress of the United States of America, passed S. 475 Juneteenth National Independence Day, making it the 12th federal holiday celebrated in the United States. Congresswoman Jackson proudly stated that “Juneeteenth is the living symbol of Lincoln’s promise that this nation, under God, ‘would have a new birth of freedom’”.

President Biden courageously signed the bill into law acknowledging the moral stain of slavery and the need for reckoning — all commendable efforts. As we thank Congresswoman Sheila Jackson…


MPAC Celebrates the Signing of The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

By: Leela Cullity, Ezgi Koc, Aaliyah Khwaja, MPAC Policy Interns

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Succeeding the signing of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, the end of the Civil War, and the ratification of the 13th Amendment, by June 19th, 1865, those in Texas were finally able to celebrate their official independence and freedom. The fight to legalize slavery was a debilitating process, and toward the end of the Civil War, many slaveholders retreated to Texas, due to its geographic isolation from Union troops. This isolation led to enslaved Black people learning of their freedom…


Washington, D.C. | www.mpac.org | June 17, 2021 | The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) commends the United States House of Representatives for repealing the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The 2002 AUMF garnered enough support in Congress and infamously became law because of falsified intelligence. That law gave President George W. Bush the unchecked power to launch the invasion of Iraq, which became the biggest military failure since the Vietnam War.

Since its passage, the AUMF has provided the authority to four administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to use the United States military at their…

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