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Fall 2014 - In This Issue:
Speaking Out Against LGBT Criminalization
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) and MPV jointly released a statement to harshly denounce the bill that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh recently signed into law, amidst international outcry and backlash, which imposes harsh sentences, including life in prison, for the crime of "aggravated homosexuality".

Read the Full Statement Here
Artist - Tasnim Baghdadi
Judging You - Tasnim Baghdadi
 Blog | Art

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let's scatter roses and pour wine in the glass;
we'll shatter heaven's roof and lay a new foundation.
If sorrow raises armies to shed the blood of lovers,
I'll join with the wine bearer so we can overthrow them.
With a sweet string at hand, play a sweet song, my friend,
so we can clap and sing a song and lose our heads in dancing.

~ Hafiz (Ghani-Qazvini, no 374) ' the Shambhala Guide to Sufism' Carl.W Ernst, Ph.D. 

Cosmic Child - Tasnim Baghdadi

MPV Addresses Police Brutality
In response to Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri and to the statement of the UN Committee Against Torture, MPV put out a statement to address police brutality, excessive use of force, and systematic institutionalized racism.

MPV members all over participated in rallies, demonstrations, social media campaigns, and other efforts to work towards lasting solutions.

Read the Full Statement Here
Progressive Muslims
in a world of ISIS and Islamophobes
Ani Zonneveld In conversation with Karima Bennoune, Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values, explains the struggle to organize progressive Muslim communities and institutions in a fight back in the era of ISIS.

"...On every page there is religious language, and Islamic content. They are using religion to recruit radical kids to their cause. Why is it working? That is what Muslim institutions are not addressing."
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Dear Friends of MPV,
As foreign acts of oppression in the false name of Islam have become common news headline, Muslim communities across the USA are increasingly facing the question, "Where are the progressive Muslims?"

Heinous acts of extremism are speaking louder than the rational expressions of progressive Muslims.

Now more than ever, progressive Muslim thinkers need visibility to defend the true presence of tolerance and progressive values in Islam.

MPV has been that voice in this dialogue for the last 7 years and we are asking for your help today to continue our work in amplifying that voice - your voice!

Our progressive Muslim voice is the antidote to Islamophobia!

"...individual rights must be upheld regardless of cultural and religious beliefs." This is MPV's contribution to the United Nations' (UN) 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Outcome Document in August 2014 toward a just Muslim world where gender inequality, FGM/C, oppression and torture continue to occur on a daily basis. As a Muslim organization, we have become that voice people are hungry to hear. Muslims who have been arbitrarily detained and silenced around the world need us to speak up for them.

The human rights of Muslims around the world start with Muslims at home

MPV has consistently addressed difficult issues that are not always trending or popular. Our work includes:
  • On-going panel discussions at the United Nations in Geneva and in New York.
  • "It's Your Mic" - a monthly open mic event with a mission to create a safe space for youth to feel valued, empowered and celebrated, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and/or any other aspect of their identity.
  • Annual hosting of VDay that promotes domestic violence awareness, LGBTQI inclusiveness, and women's empowerment.
  • Hosting book readings and promoting books authored by Muslims and about Islam and Muslim issues.
  • Movie screenings with producers and actors around social issues.Promoting all forms of the arts by American Muslims and about Islam.
You can choose to help us through a single gift or through a monthly donation. Any donation amount or type is greatly appreciated and will ensure that MPV can continue to be visible nationally and internationally.

Muslims for Progressive Values
1626 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite 702,
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Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women, and for LGBTQI rights. MPV does this by creating inclusive spaces for religious discourse, the arts and social activism.