Announcing Muslims for Progressive Values 2023 National Conference
The objective for this conference is to formulate collective strategies and actions, uniting our progressive voices effectively in the pursuit of promoting and upholding human rights values on many issues playing out in the U.S. "Issues such as the Christian and Muslim Right's demand to opt out of public school inclusive curriculums, the many court cases and legislations curtailing the rights of LGBTQIA+ folks, women's reproductive rights and the influence of religion in American politics are some of the key areas we will be discussing" said MPV's president, Ani Zonneveld.
To advance the discussion, over the course of Day 1, the panels will cover the topics on Freedom of Expression in Academia; Conservative Views on the Forefront: When the Religious Right Come Together; Envisioning an Ummah for All: Freedom of Religion and Belief for Queer Muslims; and The Role of Art, Theater, and Music in Reshaping the Muslim American Identity. Confirmed panelists include Sadaf Jaffer (Assemblywoman NJ's 16th), Sunita Viswanath (Hindus for Human Rights), Zaki Berzinji (The Aspen Institute), El Farouk Khaki (el-Tawhid Juma Circle Unity Mosques), Muaz Chaudhry (Obama Foundation Scholar), Nat Amazan (Poet & Law Student), and Ani Zonneveld (Muslims for Progressive Values).
Day 2 of the Conference is limited to MPV Members, funders, and Board Members and will be centered around a strategy agenda to guide MPV's domestic work for the coming year, including how progressive Muslim voices can actively contribute to broader progressive discussions and play a significant role in shaping conversations within and outside the Muslim community.
Date: September 30, 2023 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Location: Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027) in Room 207.
For more information, including a concept note, program outline, list of speakers, and to register, please visit our event page.
Muslims for Progressive Values is a U.S-based non-profit organization founded in 2007. Its mission is to advocate for social justice, women's rights, LGBTQI inclusion, freedom of expression, and freedom of and from religious beliefs. https://www.mpvusa.org/