MPV Review October 2012
In This Issue
Unshackling Islam from Patriarchy
MPV Principles in Action


MPV Hosts Mona Eltahawy 

Unshackling Islam from Patriarchy 
29 October 2012 - Washington, D.C. 


Mona Eltahawy Event
In One Week!

Mona Eltahawy will be the keynote speaker at a benefit reception to be held at Human Rights Campaign's headquarters in Washington, D.C. on October 29, 2012. The event is titled "Unshackling Islam from Patriarchy". Given the assault of women's reproductive rights, of the redefinition of rape, the fight for women's rights in America seem all too familiar for American Muslim women. With the November 6th election in the horizon, this talk couldn't be timelier.

Mona Eltahawy is a vocal defender of women's rights around the world, an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. She is a columnist for the Toronto Star in Canada, for The Jerusalem Report in Israel and for Politiken in Denmark, and most famously for a cover story
for Foreigh Policy "Why Do They Hate Us". Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has
appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets.

We hope you will come join us where we are sure you will enjoy the talk, the food, and a special musical performance by Ani Zonneveld from her new collection of
songs "Islamic Hymns".

To purchase tickets, please visit:  

 MPV Principles in Action

Women's and LGBT Rights
Islam and Homosexuality Event Women Rights Caucus  
  • On Sept 8-9, 2012 MPV President Ani Zonneveld spoke and sang at the Honoring Women's Rights Conference, Salinas, CA. Ani spoke from a progressive Muslim women's perspective of women's rights in Islam to a primarily non-Muslim audience with keynote speakers: Historian/author Louise Bernikow, Women's Health Advocate Sandra Fluke, Chair of California Arts Council Malissa Feruzzi Shriver. Click here for more information about this initiative. 
  • On Sept 24, 2012 MPV President Ani Zonneveld spoke on a panel with first-generation Turkish/German lesbian, İpekçioğlu or DJ Ipek, moderated by Naveed Merchant, a long-time gay Muslim activist. The event titled "Cultures in Collision: Islam and Homosexuality" was held at Los Angeles' LA Gay Center, an event co-sponsored by The Goethe Institute and MPV. "Muslims and gays are both being discriminated by extremists in our communities. We need to be working together in defending our dignity"- Ani Zonneveld. Click here to listen to the full program:  

MPV Updates

Muslims for Progressive Values Urges Action Against Anti-Islam Ads on New York Subway

MPV In the News
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September 22, 2012. The New York Times. USA. Nicholas Kristoff.

September 18, 2012. The Columbus Dispatch. USA. Frank Parmir.

MPV Columbus
October 19, 2012. The Columbus Dispatch.
USA. JoAnne Vivano. 
Chapter News

MPV - Canada  

MPV - Atlanta  

  • Eid Activities on Friday, October 26
  • MPV - Atlanta celebrated Pride, LGBT History Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Look on Facebook for notes from the Khutbahs.
  • MPV - Atlanta will host a screening for The Line: Poverty in America with the Metro Atlanta Cohort in November. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
  • Details for events can be found on Facebook 

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