This summer is action-packed for us as we're moving and shaking things around calling for social justice and advocating for the needs of vulnerable...
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** FALLING INTO ACTION
Our Fall has been packed with preparing for our civic leadership programs and getting our fall activities in motion. This included our financial empowerment workshops in partnership with J.P. Morgan Chase. Over 30 women signed up to take a three-series course on topics of credit, savings, how to use an ATM, and more.
We continued our voter registration drives at various community events. As the November elections come up, we want to make sure our communities are prepared to make the right decisions for our democracy.
This year, we were so excited to re-start our 17 year old tradition of holding the September 11th Children of Abraham Peace Walk. Instead of a walk, we held a vigil, coming together after two years of hiatus. We were joined by our interfaith allies at the Congregation of Beit Simchat Torah and the Interfaith Center of NY, as well as the African Life Center. The Peace Walk commemorates the violence and divisions that erupted in our country after 9/11, and calls for working together for building peace! We thank all of our partners for joining us on this important day.
Next up, as September is UN Week, MCN was present at various international events to help bring the voices of Muslim narratives to the table. MCN commemorated the International Day of Peace at the UN General Assembly Side Event “Pathways to Respect”, hosted by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Rashad Hussain. Pictured below is our Program Coordinator, Ajifanta Marenah with our friends from The World Evangelical Alliance.
Here we are with Ms. Faatiha Ayat, a former youth speaker at MCN's Refugee Day, Faatiha delivered a powerful speech at the Concordia's Annual Summit in New York.
Community safety is something that we take very seriously. With our partnership with Hope Against Hate Campaign, MCN held a successful community safety training for girls at Muslim Student Associations. In partnership with MALIKAH, we delivered the training to more than a dozen young women.
And finally, a big shout out to our friends at MUPPIES NYC for joining us at our monthly interfaith soup kitchen at the Church of Holy Trinity. Together, we cooked fresh hot meals for the needy and put our faith into action!
As you can see friends, MCN is filling an important role in our community. From establishing partnerships and leveraging each other's strengths, to helping shape the narrative on issues that have impacted our communities the most! We are working on exciting new projects that are sure to make a mark on the Muslim American experience in our country. Please help support building this community by attending our gala on Nov. 22nd, 2022 ([link removed]) , or by making a donation to our cause.
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INTRODUCING OUR NEW MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mujesira Dudic, MBA is a Director of Marketing at Capgemini, a global consulting company focused on technology and innovation for world's largest companies.
She has prior experience as a Board Member of Becky's Fund, a DC based non-profit focused on working with local high-schools to raise awareness about intimate partner violence and bystander intervention. Her responsibilities included fundraising, event planning, and community relationships during her 5-year tenure at the organization.
Mujesira is originally from Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide inflicted upon the Muslims of Bosnia in 1992-1995. She moved to United States with her parents and 3 sisters in 2001 to Richmond, VA. She finished her undergrad in 2011 at George Mason University in Virginia and completed her MBA at New York University in 2022 with a focus on Leadership and Change Management and Strategy.
Mujesira is an avid runner and you can find her most days running at Hudson River Park. In her free time, she loves to lounge around with her husband watching Netflix and looking for touches of nature within the buzz of New York City.
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NEW TEAM MEMBER
Jibrail Georgas joins us as our Fall Intern. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School this past spring and is looking forward to starting college at Boston University in January 2023, where he plans to major in Business with a global concentration. He is passionate about keeping up with the news around him and loves playing, watching, and writing about sports. Jibrail spent much of his childhood growing up in Singapore, which has kindled his appreciation for travelling and trying new foods. He is excited to work at MCN this fall to help the strengthen the Muslim community in New York as well as its bond with other faith groups.
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MCN was a featured speaker at the Faith and Media Initiative, which is a global initiative to make faith voices more inclusive in mainstream media. Visit [link removed] to read the report on how people view faith narratives in the media.
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