January 2017
MPV starts 2017 with a bang with two BIG events in Los Angeles back to back!

January 15th: Celebration of Life

Muslims who speak out on behalf of free expression—rights that we take for granted—are routinely ostracized, arrested, tortured or killed. Malala Yousefzai is merely the most famous of thousands of such cases. Muslims for Progressive Values will celebrate heroes of the Muslim world with Celebration of Life, a colorful program of personal tributes, poetry readings and live music on 01/15/17 from 4-6:30 pm at CBS Studios-Carla's Café, 4024 Radford Ave, LA 91604.

Taking a pro-active, novel approach, celebrity guests including “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” Bassem Youssef, Academy Award-nominee and Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, actor Jay Abdo, Grand Performance Executive Director & MPV Board Member Michael Alexander, and Los Angeles 9th Council District Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. will highlight unsung Muslim heroes. 

For nearly a decade, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) has been the voice of social justice—both here at home and in the Muslim world, speaking out against radicalism while staunchly defending women and LGBTQ rights, as well as freedom of expression and conscience.

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January 14th: Come have fun at Catharsis Carnival: A Benefit 4 Change - and a percentage of every dollar spent will be donated to MPV and other worthy causes!
We all want to get active but we don’t know what to do.
We all want to help but we don’t know who needs it the most.
We all want to grieve but we need a space.
Whether you voted left, right, other, or not at all - most of us do not want hate.
What we want is change.
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Dec. 13, Muslim Women Spoke at Temple

MPV’s President Ani Osman-Zonneveld joined Soraya Dean, Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and Ferial Masry for a conversation about Islam at Temple Judea in their Muslim Muslim Women Speakers series.

MPV Satirized in Article

MPV satirized in an article headlined "MPV PROPOSES NEW WAY TO MAKE TEENS LOVE ISLAM"  

“What if we introduced a new edgy character to Seerah (the prophet’s story)? He will be the hot, edgy, cool counterpart to the prophet Muhammad…” The best line in this satire “Let’s Make Islam Great Again!”


In early December, members of MPV-DC attended an event organized by the Alliance for Practical Policy Solutions entitled Countering and Reshaping the Misguided Policies of Our Next President. The goal of this event was to bring together people from all backgrounds who agree on certain policy goals such as promoting inclusiveness in our communities and within the government.

On Dec. 30, MPV-DC celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 by hosting a happy hour.

Upcoming events:
Jan. 6, members of MPV-DC will be attending a book talk and signing by writer Omar Saif Ghobash. The book, titled Letters to a Young Muslim, is addressed to the next generation of Islamic leaders and asks what it means to be a good Muslim in the modern world. 

Jan. 8, MPV-DC will host a new year lunch in Fairfax, VA.

Jan. 14, MPV-DC will host a halaqa addressing the Islamic perspective on the idea of revolution.
Jan. 21, MPV-DC will participate in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Check out MPV-DC’ calendar.  


On Dec 23, MPV-Atlanta held and end-of-year celebration and prayer workshop (members pictured above). On Jan. 6: MPV-Atlanta holds our annual goal-setting Friday gathering on. Come join us!

Jan 28: Amina Abdul-Jalil of MPV-Atlanta will be speaking at the University of Georgia. We are planning a road trip to go there from Atlanta. Email kelly@mpvatlanta.org for details.

MPV-Atlanta is organizing with partner individuals and organizations in advance, and through the next presidential administration. Please contact kelly@mpvatlanta.org to join and/or if you need assistance during this time.

MPV-Atlanta is in the early planning stages of a weekend rest retreat in February in the Atlanta area. If you are interested and/or would like to help, please contact kelly@mpvatlanta.org.

On Dec. 15, 2016, KMU attended IMAN Research Conference on Building Recurrent Dialogue in Community Resilience in Southeast Asia on Countering Violent Extremism, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is definitely the biggest concern in the region and KMU as a faith-based organization strives towards combating violent extremism at its roots in the society. 
KMU on Women's and Children's Rights

On Dec. 13, 2016, KMU was invited to a Panel Discussion on Women's and Children's rights in Malaysia in conjunction with Human Rights Day organized by the European Union in Kuala Lumpur. KMU raised a clarification whereby sex education and gender parity will not be fairly achieved without revamping institutional and religious interpretations. 
KMU at Human Rights Reception

On Dec. 13, 2016, KMU was invited to the Human Rights Day Reception organized by the European Union in Malaysia at the Residence of German Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur. (Second from the right is His Excellency Holger Michael, The Ambassador of Germany in Malaysia). This is a yearly event that celebrates the relentless struggles and hardworks of local activists and human rights defenders.

KMU Interfaith Celebration KMU in collaboration with the Divine Mercy Church in Shah Alam, Selangor had successfully co-organized an interfaith Christmas celebration with the community of different faiths and races. It was very momentous for KMU members who joined the celebration as part of their life changing experience this year. We wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

MPV participated in an informal dinner session and panel discussion organized by CC4U on sensitive topics as domestic violence, partner choice and child abuse. We focused on actual steps one can take to battle child abuse and domestic violence; whether in their own households, or that of relatives and friends.

The December NAP 1325 meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs proved to be a fruitful and inspiring event and many organizations found partners to collaborate with. 

MPV’s President Ani Zonneveld attended the U.S. End the FGM/C Summit in Washington D.C., Dec. 2, 2016 and was interviewed for a series for Safe Hands for Girls:

First they control you by having you cover your skin, your hair, your voice because it’s sexual, and control of your sexual desires with female genital mutilation/cuttingVideo #1 

When we are countering the extreme and radical narratives of the Muslim world, we are also debunking the justification for prejudices against Islam and Muslims.” Video #2
Secular feminists organizations need to recognize that whether you like it or not the power of the language of faith is incredibly important, otherwise you are wasting your money!” Video #3
My strongest allies are straight Muslim men! Their feminists!” Video #4

MPV’s Ani Zonneveld interviewed on KUCI's “Ask a Leader” series with The Markaz's Jordan Elgrably by talk show host Claudia Shambaugh.