Muslims for Progressive Values is actively engaged in advocacy efforts at the grassroots, national government, and international level. These efforts are often collaborative with other organizations. Below are some of the documents related to our advocacy.
MPV and seventy-nine national organizations joined in a letter opposing the Department of Labor proposed rule that would expand the religious exemption in Executive Order 11246. The proposed rule makes drastic changes to the existing religious exemption in Executive Order 11246 that bars federal contractors from discriminating in employment. Under the proposed rule, even for-profit corporations could cite religious reasons to engage in employment discrimination based on race, national origin, or sex, including sexual orientation or gender identity. And the proposed rule makes it harder to challenge those instances of discrimination.
MPV Board of Trustees member Adeel Abdullah Mangi and his team at the law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, filed amicus brief in three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting employees arguing that Title VII prohibits discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace. The brief was filed on behalf of a coalition of 12 American Muslim organizations.
Letter opposing discriminatory child welfare bill (3 May 2018)
MPV joined numerous other faith-based organizations to oppose an amendment in the Kansas Adoption Act (SB 284) that allows child-placement agencies to refuse to place children with families or agencies if doing so conflicted with the placement agency's religious beliefs. MPV opposes this bill it enables agencies to discriminate against LGBTQI individuals or same-sex couples looking to adopt.
MPV Joins 121 other religious organizations to support the plaintiffs in Vidal v. Nielson and The State of New York v. Trump. This brief is a pivotal pushback against President Trump's attempts to thwart justice for children of immigrants.
Amici Curiae Brief against Trump for rescinding DACA (22 December 2017)
MPV Joins 87 other religious organizations to support a suit against Trump and the Sec. of Homeland Security for rescinding DACA.
MPV joins over 1,300 faith leaders to support the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in its case against Masterpiece Cake Shop, the owner of which cited religious beliefs in his refusal to cater for a gay wedding. The other signatures on the brief include those of the following: The Central Conference of American Rabbis; The Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association; the Union for Reform Judaism; Unitarian Universalist Association; Covenant Network of Presbyterians; Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns; Methodist Federation for Social Action; More Light Presbyterians; Muslims for Progressive Values; The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ; Reconciling Ministries Network; Reconcilingworks: Lutherans for full Participation; Religious institute, inc.; Women of Reform Judaism; and nearly 1,300 individual faith leaders.
Amici Curiae Brief Rims Barber, et al. V. Governer Phil Bryant, et al. (13 October 2017)
In this brief, MPV joins several other religiously affiliated organizations to oppose legislation that discriminates against LGBT persons. The other organizations signed onto this bill include the following: The central Conference of American Rabbis, The General Synod of the United Church of Christ the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, the Union for Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Association, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns, Methodist Federation for Social Action, More Light Presbyterians, Muslims for Progressive Values, the Open and Affirming Coalitions of the United Church of Christ, Reconciling Ministries Network, Reconcilingworks, Lutherans for Full Participation, Religious Institute, Inc., and Women of Reform Judaism.
Letter to the California State Legislature (28 March 2017)
In this letter, MPV joins sixteen other faith groups to call on California legislators to oppose discrimination against working families and support passage of the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (AB 569).
In conjunction with numerous other organizations, MPV endorsed this letter to the government of Bangladesh, condemning its government for issuing statements that appeared to blame the victims of violent extremist attacks for their own deaths. This same letter strongly urged the government of Bangladesh to take immediate steps to protect vigorously the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression, both in word and in deed.
Letter to U.S, House of Representatives (17 JanuarY, 2017)
As a result of years of collaboration with many national organizations on various issues, MPV is often the go-to organization on progressive issues. It is this sort of trust that resulted in 90 organizations signing on to a letter to legislatures: to urge you to support core principles of the First Amendment and religious freedom in our country by denouncing anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals.
Lettter to Senate Judiciary Committee (6 January, 2017)
This is a letter submitted by 70 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations, including MPV, in strong opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.
Letter to nancy Pelosi (5 December, 2016)
Letter sent by faith-based, atheist, and humanist organization, including MPV, to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi request the appointment of a non-theistic commissioner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).