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Subject See What's Happening at MCN - August Newsletter
Date August 15, 2023 3:23 PM
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We stand affirmed in our beliefs that through education and peacebuilding, we can truly transform the world for the better. What better way of doing that than with a diversity education workshop that we conducted with Fordham University theology students. We welcomed them to our office and provided a presentation on who we are as Muslim Americans, our deep history and connection with the building of this country, and common myth busters on how people perceive Islam in our society.

MCN also embarked on our annual interfaith and peacebuilding trip to the Rose Castle Foundation this year. We took seven youth who were immersed in a weeklong journey of discovering their own faith while interacting with youth from other faiths. This year, they were joined by over a dozen other youth from both the Christian and Jewish faith. We are so proud of our youth who will utilize the skills they built to continue building bridges and hope for future generations to come! At MCN, we affirmatively believe that when youth have experiences like this, they carry on their leadership throughout their lifetime. A big shout out to our Youth Program Coordinator, Fatimah Zahra-Thiam and volunteer Pranvera Mahmudi for taking our youth this year.

MCN was invited to share with guests of the Tanenbaum Center for Religious Understanding about Islam and Muslim history of America at their book event on religious understanding.

We are so proud of our incredible staff members who take part every day in bridging the understanding of Muslims all around the world. MCN Advocacy program Manager, AjiFanta Marenah, was selected out of thousands of applicants to participate in the Emerging Peacemakers Forum hosted in Geneva, Switzerland. EPF is a 10 day interfaith peacebuilding forum where 50 emerging peacemakers from all regions of the world and the three Abrahamic religions, come together to build their skills in conflict resolution, reconciliation, social entrepreneurship, interfaith dialogue, program development, and cultural understanding, in order to address some of the most challenging issues facing their local communities and the world. The forum is hosted by the Muslim Council of Elders in partnership with World Council of Churches and Rose Castle Foundation.

AjiFanta came back filled with so much energy and inspiration to use the skills, new network and knowledge she gained to strengthen our peacebuilding and advocacy programs.

We also held numerous Know Your Rights Workshops throughout the city to inform our community members of their rights and responsibilities as New Yorkers and residents of our country. While the history of racism and bias continues to permeate into all of our institutions, it's important for our communities to know how to protect ourselves, as well as the inherent rights we have to counter any such bias and/or violence.

Along with knowing one's rights, we want to ensure that our community also exercises one of the most important pillars of our democratic society, which is to vote. MCN is a part of a number of coalitions, including the APA Voice Coalition, where we strategize on how to increase voter turnout during local and national elections. This month, we participated in a number of those coalition meeting. MCN is proud to bring the Muslim voice to the table on this!

We also served 100+ meals at the Church of Holy Trinity, a true show of interfaith solidarity. This time, we brought our MYNYC youth to the session as a means for them to volunteer.

As always, this work is made possible by our incredible funders and donors. It's through your vision for a society where our children may grow in solidarity with their neighbors, fight for justice, and equality, that makes this work possible.

Please be kind to continue supporting this work and allow for a tax-deductible and zakat eligible donation to this cause.

With Gratitude,

The MCN Team
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