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Politically Incorrect 

Remember when, during the 2016 election campaign, Trump was campaigning for the presidency, I unapologetically called Trump a “scum bag” in an interview on the infamous Sean Hannity Show for riding on the misery of Syrian refugees for his political gain? Looks like not much has changed. Reflecting on the state of America, with the rhetoric of the elections, the demonization of refugees, Jews, our constitutionally protected journalists, I would like to reiterate MPV’s position that Trump is unfit to be president and ought to resign in August 2017.

The two years of constant demonization of anyone who disagrees with Trump has turned America on its head. In just the past month, we’ve seen the killing of Jews praying at the Tree of Life Synagogue, two Black shoppers shot by a White supremacist in Kentucky (which barely received any news coverage) , and bombs sent out to critics of the Republican party and its leader. We should have learned our lesson after Sarah Palin’s U.S. map with crosshairs over Democrats’ districts resulted in Gabrielle Gifford, a Democrat House of Representative, being shot in the face.

When the despicable death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi woke the world up, an uproar rose against Saudi Arabia, the likes of which has never been seen. What changed? Is the death of one journalist from a major American newspaper equal to that of of thousands of Yemenis? Where are the voices of the American Muslims and elite universities so well endowed by Saudi money? Deafening silence.

And at the United Nations we see the usurping of human rights language by powerful religious right institutions that have caused mayhem in the world. Please read our U.N. Update section for this deplorable coup.

I am truly hoping for a better America and for the world.

Onward and, God-willing, upwards….






Ani Zonneveld
 
 
 
 
 
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U.N. Update 

Exposing Religious Fundamentalism at the UN: Alliance Defending Freedom and the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Since 2014, MPV has been a member of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. We find great importance and value in the platform the Committee provides for civil society organizations to the engage the UN in potentially meaningful ways.

For the same reasons MPV appreciates and finds value in being a member of the Committee, we must express our concern regarding the Committee’s elected leadership. We are deeply disturbed by the election of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to President of the Committee bureau. It is no secret that ADF espouses anti-choice narratives and anti-LGBTQI hate and bigotry in both national and international policy spaces. ADF’s activities, including harmful and rights-diminishing domestic and international lobbying and legal advocacy campaigns, are an affront not only to the values and principles MPV upholds and advocates for at the UN, but also to those that each and every member of the Committee must unequivocally adhere to just to qualify for membership.

Because ADF categorically contributes to and sponsors campaigns that directly undermine rights protections for people across the world, and because of their domestic promotion of erroneous and rights-diminishing interpretations of freedom of religion or belief, MPV is making the request that ADF relinquish presidency of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and that their membership be revoked.

Just as we have made it a duty to exemplify and hold accountable those actors that invoke Islam to justify a variety of rights violations in Muslims societies and communities across the world, we are compelled to expose ADF and any other actor engaged with the UN system who instrumentalizes human rights standards and principles, as well as narratives of religion or culture, to carry out sustained attacks on the universality of human rights and human dignity. MPV will not acquiesce in the face of such blatant hypocrisy, and we will continue to bring attention to this issue until it is resolved.

To read our full statement, please click here.
 
 
 
 
 
National Updates


Join us for a discussion on Islam in the 21st century: A Movement for Inclusive Transformation. We will explore contemporary Muslim movements toward theological, religious and social inclusion focusing on human rights and dignity, gender justice, and LGBTIQA+ affirmation. Premised on Tawhid (unity) as the vehicle for transformation, it is a simple yet radical idea: every human life, regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, belief, Muslim, non-Muslim, rich or poor, has exactly the same intrinsic worth. Inclusive Islam is critical in an increasingly interdependent and inter-connected world on the way Muslims treat and interact with: women; Muslims who may be different in belief, and interpretation, non-Muslims; LGBTIQA+ peoples; the environment, etc.
Date: Tuesday, November 6         
Time: 2:15-3:45           
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Room 803B

Celebration of Life: Feb 10, 2019

Our 4th Celebration of Life will honor:
  • Ghazala and Khizr Khan with the Badshah Khan Beacon of Truth Award
  • National Geographic and KCET with MPV Media Awards
  • President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi with the Fatima al-Fihri Visionary Award
  • Iranian Masih Alinejad
  • 10 Saudi women human rights defenders in jail
  • Sudanese reformer Mahmoud Mohammed Taha

This is an event that is celebrative and transformative. Come, fill your heart with love, compassion and renew your faith in humanity.

*All the way from Tunisia/Geneva, confirmed presenter is Mr. Frej Fenniche, Former Head of Pacific, Asia, Middle East and North Africa Branch (the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights),   
*Celebrity presenters to be confirmed. Stay tuned!
*Ticket prices increase after December 25th, get yours now!

Congratulate the honorees with an advertisement in our program and/or sponsor the event. Get your sponsorship form here.
 
 
 
 
 
Chapter Updates 

MPV-LA

“al-imam” makes its public television debut on Los Angeles’ KCET. To vote for viewer’s choice, the airing dates are: Wednesday Nov 7, 12:30 AM PT and on Sunday Nov 11, 1:30 a.m. PT. Click here for details.

November 13: Come listen to one of our favorite inspirations of progressive Islam, Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im from Emory University in a lecture titled: Islam, Liberation, and The Legacy of Mahmoud Mohamed Taha. For more details please visit and RSVP here.

On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21, MPV-LA hosted a booth at Politicon, “the Coachella of Politics.” Our volunteers received many questions about what it means to be a “Progressive Muslim” and “are trans rights human rights?” (YES!)

On Saturday, October 20 MPV hosted a panel at Politicon: “al-imam: Miniskirts and Misconceptions in Islam” with panelists Lauren Chen, aka Roaming Millenial, Nayyera Haq, and MPV Staff member, Yasmin Kadir, with Ani Zonneveld as moderator. A video of the panel will be on the MPV Youtube Channel soon.

MPV-Atlanta

MPV-Atlanta participated in the Atlanta Pride celebration in October. Community members attended several events, including the opening and closing receptions, the Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQI Reception, and the pride parade.

MPV-Atlanta has Jum’a each Friday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center. We also hold communal prayers on Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Please Note: We will not have Jum’a or Sunday activities the weekend of Nov 9.

MPV-Atlanta welcomed Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson to our board in October. Kelly has been a long time member and  currently leads the Sunday communal prayers. In addition to MPV, Kelly, among many things, is a professor of education, a wife and a mother to five wonderful children. She considers her wife and children to be her most important teachers.

Please visit our website at www.mpvatlanta.org for our latest activities. Please reach out to Kelly@mpvatlanta.org for more information.


MPV-Boston

In October, MPV-Boston hosted its second interfaith family dinner. This social event had various interfaith couples (both hetero and homo) that shared their day to day stories regarding their lives centered around interfaith relationships. With the addition of various new members in the chapter, this was an excellent source to build the community around families with multiple faiths.

MPV-DC
 
In October, MPV-DC held a film screening of the award-winning documentary “al-imam” about Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of MPV. MPV-DC members also attended a talk by Anissa Helou on food of the Islamic world. During the last week of October, MPV-DC held another prayer and halaqa at the Cleveland Park Public Library.
 
 
 
 
 
MPV in the News

Los Angeles Blade | Congregation Kol Ami Prays for Pittsburgh | October 31, 2018