Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC)

Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC) MACCPAC strives to "bridge the gap" between Muslim Americans and their government through engagement, community coordination, and youth education programs.
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10/26/2020

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08/18/2020
Democratic National Convention

Join us... 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

"Joe Biden understands that 'We the People' means ALL the people."

#DemConvention"

Join us to @Joe Biden for President’s event, “Muslim American Convention Watch Party”  We will be joined by special gues...
08/17/2020
Muslim American Convention Watch Party · Joe Biden for President

Join us to @Joe Biden for President’s event, “Muslim American Convention Watch Party” We will be joined by special guests Kevya Clark, our campaign's PA Coalitions Director, MI State Representative Abdullah Hammoud, and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah!
– sign up now to join me! #TeamJoe ~ Wasim E.
https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/300245/?fbAllocation=control_2&referring_vol=1110515&rname=Wasim&share_context=signup-form-

Join Muslims for Biden supporters and Democrats across the country from August 17-20 to watch the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where our party will come together to unite the country around our shared values and launch Joe Biden to victory this fall. We will be joined by Biden campaign Penns...

American Muslim Democratic Caucus are proud to announceA virtual event feature a line up of incredibly powerful speakers...
08/16/2020

American Muslim Democratic Caucus are proud to announce

A virtual event feature a line up of incredibly powerful speakers.
Sisters Melina Abdullah & Senator Nina Turner discussing Systemic Oppression: Black Lives Matter.

We are also excited to announce that our very own co-chair of the California delegation Ro Khanna will join us to end the event.

Register by visiting www.amdcnational.com

🚨 IMPORTANT REMINDER🚨Now that the Democratic President-Vice President ticket is set, and Vice President Biden with Senat...
08/15/2020

🚨 IMPORTANT REMINDER🚨
Now that the Democratic President-Vice President ticket is set, and Vice President Biden with Senator Harris are going to be the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, I figured now is a good time to remind everyone that:

1. You're voting for President AND...
2. You're voting to prevent a 7-2 dangerous conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Note: 87 year old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is single-handedly fighting off all 10 plagues. This alone should be enough for historic turnout!
3. You're voting for the next Secretary of Education, Housing Secretary and Attorney General.
4. You are voting for the "down" ballot, as well......to keep the House and to gain majority of the Senate in Congress.
5. You're voting for federal judges.
6. You're voting for the rule of law.
7. You're voting for saving national parks.
8. You're voting for letting kids out of cages.
9. You're voting for clean air and clean water.
10. You're voting for scientists to be allowed to speak and do something to protect us from climate change and pandemics.
11. You're voting for greater transparency and confidence that the President isn't using your tax dollars as a slush fund for his family and friends.
12. You're voting for housing rights.
13. You're voting for former incarcerated persons to be treated with dignity and assisted to be proud and productive members of society when they return.
14. You're voting for everyone to be able to adopt a child without a lot of red tape.
15. You're voting for Dreamers.
16. You're voting so that there will be Social Security and Medicare when you retire...and in your children's future.
17. You're voting for veterans to get the care they deserve.
18. You're voting for rural hospitals.
19. You're voting so that everyone can have access to affordable health insurance.
20. You're voting for teaching to be treated like the noble profession that it is and for teachers to be paid like the heroes they are.
21. You're voting to have a President who doesn't embarrass this country every time he attends an international meeting.
22. And you're voting against allowing the USA to become yet another authoritarian regime.
23. You're voting for sensible gun laws.
24. You're voting for children born to Military Troops overseas to still be counted as US citizens.
25. You’re voting to curb homelessness and find solutions to affordable housing.
26. You’re voting to take measures to end the racial asset and wealth disparities.
27. You're voting to defend women's reproductive rights and a woman's right to make all health related decisions regarding her body.
28. You're voting to acknowledge the humanity and protect the safety of our family and friends in the LGBTQ+ community.
29. You're voting to stop the normalization of white supremacy and dangerous bigotry in the mainstream.
30. You're voting to rebuild a functional CDC to help prevent or eradicate dangerous pandemics like the coronavirus.
31. You’re voting for our humanity, soul and honor!
Just know this, you can vote to make sure that will be much better as a country and more united than if we have four more years of what we have now.

03/15/2020
DeMarcus Ware

Since some of us are visual learners — here is an example of “social distancing.” It’s about making a daily CHOICE to stay away from crowds and other peoples' personal space to curb the spread of the virus. We’re all in it together 💪🏾. #covid19

Since some of us are visual learners — here is an example of “social distancing.” It’s about making a daily CHOICE to stay away from crowds and other peoples' personal space to curb the spread of the virus. We’re all in it together 💪🏾. #covid19

EVERY VOTE MATTERS: Today is Super Tuesday, Alabama, Arkansas California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nor...
03/03/2020
Vote for Bernie!

EVERY VOTE MATTERS:
Today is Super Tuesday, Alabama, Arkansas California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia and American Samoa vote, and every vote matters. Find your polling location at berniesanders.com/vote, and bring your friends, family and neighbors with you.

There is only one way we win — and that is together. Look up your polling location now.

09/23/2019
Abrar Omeish

Abrar Omeish

Did you see the Climate Strike on Friday? Check out this week’s episode featuring one very special guest, one of my fantastic interns, Linda!

Climate change and environmental issues may seem removed from schools but they are tightly intertwined! There are many opportunities for the School Board to promote sustainability, mitigation & adaption, all terms I explain in the video.

I'm proud to be the only School Board candidate in the race to publicly suppport the Green New Deal Virginia. We need to work together as a community to secure a safe future for our kids so we can foster the #leaderineverychild!

#CloseTheTrumpCamps  #CloseTrumpCamps
06/25/2019

#CloseTheTrumpCamps #CloseTrumpCamps

It is time for all of us to stand up! Hundreds of innocent children are being terrorized by the Trump Administration - being brutally ripped apart from their families and thrown into detention centers. This is torture, and we will not sit on the sidelines.
pc: Rob Jacobs Artist

06/03/2019
Raheel for Coles Supervisor

Meet Raheel for Coles Supervisor, Raheel Sheikh
is seeking a seat on the Board of County Supervisors for the Coles District. He is a local business owner with plans to improve education and transportation.

Name: Raheel Sheikh
Party: Democrat
Town: Manassas (near)

Running for: Board of County Supervisors, Coles District
Website: WWW.raheel4supervisor.com,
FB https://www.facebook.com/Raheel4Supervisor
Twitter https://twitter.com/Raheel4Coles

Work: Local Business Owner

Education: Graduated from college in Pakistan. Microsoft Certified Professional. Dale Carnegie Leadership Program Graduate, and various other programs.

Community Involvement: Raheel Sheikh currently serves on the Virginia Workforce Development Board. He is a member of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) and Public Affairs Civic Engagement (PACE) for Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center.

He is a member of Virginia Gasoline Marketers Council (VGMC) and Virginia Automotive Association. He also volunteers for the Prince William County Public Schools robotics teams. In addition, he sponsors and donates to Girl Scout and Boy Scout fundraisers, youth sports teams, and PWCPS athletic events. He is the Homeowners Association President for the Reserve at Hunters Mill.

Questions and Answers

PL: What are the top three major issues facing the district you wish to represent?

Sheikh: Education & Schools, Transportation, and Economic Development

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?

Sheikh: We need to develop a long term comprehensive plan establishing smarter growth which includes schools, improved transportation and infrastructure, and business attraction and growth. As an appointed member to the Virginia Workforce Development Board establishing vocational training programs to create a seamless pathway from school to apprenticeship and internships to career.

PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Sheikh: From my perspective, the Supervisor serves as an advocate for all constituents within their district. Supervisor must make decisions on funding prioritization, setting local tax policy, and approving land use plans for the county while ensuring they are keeping the best interest of their constituents and the county. Also, the Supervisor should have a vision for the present as well as the future for the good of the county now and 20 years down the road.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Sheikh: My expertise comes from a few aspects; a parent, a commuter and, a business owner. As a parent, all three of our children attend or have graduated from PWCPS and have had a class or two in unsafe trailers. As a commuter, I’ve sat in traffic for 45 minutes to travel two miles. As a business owner, I see the impacts of traffic congestion as my businesses are along highly occupied roads.

I also understand how difficult starting a business within the county can be, which has an impact on the abundance of vacant properties and the reluctance of business growth within the county also resulting in revenue shortages falling into the laps of county residents in the form of higher property and personal property taxes.

PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well-informed and understands the workings of local government?

Sheikh: The local government is involved in more aspects of our daily lives than the state or federal government, and unfortunately the average citizen is not well-informed or doesn’t pay as much attention to local government as they should.

There are various ways I intend to improve communication. Hosting informative town halls to provide an understanding of our constituency on vast issues while also creating a forum for questions and input or solutions. I would like to further establish better lines of communication through phone, text, email, and social media outlets.

I’m also always open to suggestions, but if knocking on people’s doors or having an open door policy is important to stay connected to the community then I’m for it. Getting a better understanding of the local concerns to the people will always be valuable while improving our methods of communication.

PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?

Sheikh: I should have gotten involved earlier especially since over-development, over-crowded schools, increased traffic congestion, and poor economic development have increasingly plagued our county. This has led to me becoming an advocate for all and has also encouraged me to run to bring change, a different perspective, and solutions that make sense to everyone for a better Prince William County.

PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you?

Sheikh: I’m a leader who will lead by example, a 16-year resident, local advocate, and a local business owner who has created jobs within the county and will continue to invest.

Invest in every student by pushing to lower the ratio of students to counselors in our public schools, and eliminate the use of unsafe trailers, because our kids’ safety comes first.

Invest in every family as we sit in traffic congestion entirely too long. I’ll fight for better transit and telecommuting options to alleviate road delays and work with lawmakers to reduce the time spent on local routes and highways as family time is valuable.

Invest every resident with smart economic development and create vocational training programs building the workforce to attract businesses. Promote small business startup to include veterans. Increasing tax revenue because as residents, our tax dollars shouldn’t be the only dollars funding the county. Invest in first responders and teachers by promoting incentives to allow these public servants the ability to afford to live within the county.

Lastly, invest in Prince William County with the unique voice I will offer to the Board of County Supervisors while guiding the county to a more prosperous future. I believe I am the best candidate in this race, and I hope you will vote for me.

Source https://potomaclocal.com/2019/05/22/seeking-prince-william-board-of-county-supervisors-seat-sheikh-calls-for-improved-education/

I am looking forward to serving my community and to improve the quality of life of its residents as an Advocate of All.

06/01/2019
NowThis Politics

CANDIDATES UNVEIL THEIR BIG NEW IDEAS: Leading 2020 candidates are each rolling out a big new idea at MoveOn's Big Ideas Forum in San Francisco. Bernie Sanders will kick off the event followed by Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, and Amy Klobuchar. Each candidate will have 5 mins to share their idea, then take questions.

CANDIDATES UNVEIL THEIR BIG NEW IDEAS: Leading 2020 candidates are each rolling out a big new idea at MoveOn's Big Ideas Forum in San Francisco. Bernie Sanders will kick off the event followed by Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, and Amy Klobuchar. Each candidate will have 5 mins to share their idea, then take questions. (via act.tv)

Bring your yellow cap and join Abrar Omeish team that will help bring an equitable and holistic education for every stud...
05/09/2019

Bring your yellow cap and join Abrar Omeish team that will help bring an equitable and holistic education for every student in Fairfax County.

Voting Starts on Saturday for Fairfax School Board!
You can vote for our own Abrar Omeish
from 12PM to 4PM at
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road Falls Church, Virginia
This Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Bring your kids and make sure to wear something yellow.
We will have snacks and giveaways!

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/local-commentary/2018/04/22/come-to-litchfield-and-ask-a-muslim-anything/
04/23/2018
Come to Litchfield and ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’ | News, Sports, Jobs - The Nashua Telegraph

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/local-commentary/2018/04/22/come-to-litchfield-and-ask-a-muslim-anything/

Come to Litchfield and ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’ Local Commentary Apr 22, 2018 Robert Azzi Guest Columnists Just before World War I, Nashua’s Indian Head National Bank published “Breezes From the Orient,” a collection of letters, written to the Nashua Daily Telegraph by Ira Francis Harris .....

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This is your Fairfax chairman’s candidates, what do you think, have you done your homework, they will be in charge of $4.4 billion and a lot more intimate to your life, Fairfax residents to you this race is more important than congress, and president. Please get involved. #onefairfax #affordablehosing Jeff Mckay www.mckayforchairman.com Alicia Plerhoples for Chairman www.aliciaplerhoples.com Tim Chapman www.chapmanforchair.com Ryan McElveen www.mcelveenforchairman.com Virginia American Muslim Civic Coalition Emgagee Emgage Action Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC)
This is your Fairfax chairman’s candidates, what do you think, have you done your homework, they will be in charge of $4.4 billion and a lot more intimate to your life, Fairfax residents to you this race is more important than congress, and president. Please get involved. #onefairfax #affordablehosing Jeff Mckay www.mckayforchairman.com Alicia Plerhoples for Chairman www.aliciaplerhoples.com Tim Chapman www.chapmanforchair.com Ryan McElveen www.mcelveenforchairman.com Virginia American Muslim Civic Coalition Emgage Emgage Action Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC) Virginia Muslím Communíty
“If you see where the policies are coming from and where the system itself is unforgiving or robs the client of the opportunity to tell their story...then why is it not part of a baseline representation to advocate for change? You have to represent your clients’ best interests, but you should also be advocating to change the policies.” - Hassan Ahmad
To Allah we belong and to Him is our return. With heavy heart MACCPAC is announcing the passing of Dr. Sulayman Nyang, the Founding Chairman of MACCPAC. Since its inception, Dr. Nyang was an integral part of this organization. His extra ordinary service to the Muslim community will be forever missed. He was a man of sincerity , humility and simplicity despite his high position in the American academic intellectual community as well as in the Muslim community. On behalf of MACCPAC Chairman and the Board, we are praying to Allah The Almighty to accept all his good deeds, forgive his shortcomings, and grant him the highest place in Paradise. The Janazah will be held tomorrow noon at the Islamic Society of Washington Area ( ISWA, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905), and the Burial at the Columbia Memorial Cemetery. Sincerely, MACCPAC
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