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Join Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) for an elegant affair in Los Angeles, California. In a colorful program of personal tributes, poetry readings, and live music, we will laud the tireless efforts of artists and activists from the Muslim world who have fought against human rights abuses, and sought to affirm the equal worth of all human beings. By celebrating and honoring these heroic defenders of #FreedomOfExpression and #FreedomOfConscience, MPV affirms that we can inspire others to do the same.
*Appetizers and soft drinks will be served with General Admissions. Cocktails available for purchase. Dress code is business casual.
4 to 4:30 pm: Reception
4:30 to 6:00 pm: the Celebration begins
Host Committee: Reza Aslan (author, TV Producer), Kevin Jennings (ARCUS, CEO)
Watch a short clip from our 1st Annual 2016 Celebration of Life event!
With famed comedienne Mona Shaikh as MC!
MPV’s “Celebration of Life” presents a novel interactive approach to raising awareness about human rights heroes, with celebrity guests delivering a monologue as the activists they are honoring. The honorees will include:
Amjad Sabri was a briliant Pakistani Sufi singer who was renowned world-wide for his pioneering work in Qawwali music. He was shot by a Taliban offshoot in June. His tragic murder has rocked the entire Muslim world.
Ashraf Fayadh is a Palestinian poet imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since 2014. His crime was distributing a book of his poems. Charged with apostasy for promoting atheism, he was originally sentenced to death. This charge was later reduced to 8 years in prison and 800 lashes.
Paradise Sarouri is said to be one of Afghanistan's first female rappers, and defies cultural expectations by producing music that confronts violence against women. In 2013, hardline Islamists threatened Sarouri to stop her work. She is currently living in exile in Germany, where she continues to make music.
Hila Sedighi is one of Iran’s most celebrated young poets. An ardent supporter of the Green Revolution, Sedighi recited poems criticizing the disputed election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sedighi was arrested in January without charges. She was released two days later but due to her vocal resistance to the current regime she constantly faces the threat of arrest.
Qandeel Baloch was a Pakistani model, actress, feminist activist and social media celebrity famous for her sensational videos on social media. On July 15th, 2016, Baloch became yet another victim of honor violence when she was asphyxiated to death by her brother.
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Muslims for Progressive Values
Established in 2007, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is a faith-based, grassroots, human rights 501(c)(3) organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all, for the 21st Century.
We are the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women and for LGBTQI rights, and for freedom of religion and belief.
MPV envisions Islam and an Islamic community that embodies the ten principles of MPV. Further, MPV envisions a future where Islam is understood as a source of dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world.
WHAT WE DO:
MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities. We do this by creating opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities, and cultural events bringing together the arts, spirituality and social activism.
Since its inception in 2007, MPV has expanded its reach to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities, and to securing consultative status at the United Nations.
At the United Nations, MPV challenges human rights abuses in Muslim-majority countries in the name of Sharia law. We do so by hosting panels and forums and filing shadow reports at the U.N.
For us in America, it is just important that our own progressive voices are heard loud and clear, and especially now. MPV has always been an American organization that spoke for the rights of all Americans – a women’s agency and self-determination in every aspect of their lives including reproductive rights, supporting the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We support Fair Sentencing for Youth– a chance for parole for crimes committed under 18, Caring Across Generations – a coalition of American organizations advocating for home care workers’ rights to basic workplace protections. We are a member of the United Nations Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the national Planned Parenthood Clergy Advisory Board.