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MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/15/2012: MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

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AKA  MPV
Los Angeles, CA
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MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/15/2012: MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

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Also Known As: MPV
Physical Address: Los Angeles, CA 90078 
EIN: 26-1125983
Web URL: www.mpvusa.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A70 Humanities Organizations
W Public, Society Benefit
W24 Citizen Participation
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X40 Islamic
Ruling Year: 2008 


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Mission Statement

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is an inclusive community rooted in the traditional Qur’anic ideals of human dignity and social justice. We welcome all who are interested in discussing, promoting and working for the implementation of progressive values — human rights, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state — as well as inclusive and tolerant understandings of Islam.

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Total Revenue $6,500
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Leadership

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Ani Zonneveld

Term:

Since July 2007

Profile:

Ani Zonneveld, is Co-founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a 501 (c) (3) founded in 2007. In the short years since inception, Ani presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Columbus (OH), as well as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals, participated in many interfaith dialogues and is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. She is the brainchild of Literary Zikr – a project that counters radical Islam on-line and most recently MPV’s first book, an anthology titled “Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada”. Ani is a singer/songwriter/producer and is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S., titled "Ummah Wake Up" followed by "One". Her latest project "Islamic Hymns- Celebration of Life" establishes a new musical genre. Ani performs wedding services for mixed faith and gay couples and in 2006, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

Leadership Statement:

Too often in Muslims in America are asked 'Where are the progressives amongst us?" Aren’t there any Muslims who are for women’s reproductive rights, for LGBTQ rights, for the separation of Religion and State?’ Muslims for Progressive Values has been in existence since 2007. Quietly and diligently we have been building our progressive community, one city at a time, and now one country at a time. In the short time since our inception in Los Angeles, we have expanded to include chapters in Washington DC, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Columbus (OH), as well as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. We assert that Islam is inherently progressive, inclusive and egalitarian; an understanding from which our community is built on and that informs the ten principles of MPV.

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Programs

Program: Literary Zikr (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$80,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Most progressive Islamic thought remains inaccessible to the youth and through Literary Zikr, this project adapts scholarly writings into simple middle school English. By providing an alternative to the readily available fundamentalist interpretations that pervade the Internet, Literary Zikr will demonstrate, among other things, that Islamic values are consonant with American values.

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Use of these materials as a quick educational material for mainstream reporters and graduate students of Islam. LGBTQ advocacy organizations use them as a resource and educational tool in their work. Gay Muslims use it to empower their identity and self-confidence.

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Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Religion
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Female Adults
Gays/Lesbians

Program Description:

We recognize that many Muslim women are now marrying outside the faith, and gay Muslims seeking religious validation for their marriage. MPV offers officiant services in compliance with Islamic traditions while respecting the non-Muslim tradition. We custom our services to your needs, offer a nikah contract, and a marriage certificate. Officiants are located in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington D.C.and will also travel.

Program Long-Term Success:

Our service includes counseling for the couple and their families especially those who are against such marriages. By offering such a service we are changing the definition of what constitutes a marriage as well as breaking down the restrictions on who gets to marry whom.

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Program Success Examples:

When elders of the community commend us for our work in reinterpreting the meaning of marriage within the Islamic context, while discarding the negative impacts of cultural influences.

Program: Islamic Choir (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$170,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

For centuries music has been a form of spiritual expression in Islam. However as of lately mainstream Muslim communities in America have been expressing a more radical interpretation of Islam where women are not permitted to sing and in some cases, music is totally 'forbidden'. By creating an Islamic Choir we are countering this extremism. The music is classical with Islamic lyrical content that reflects inclusivity and our common values of humanity.

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Program: Keep It Halal (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$388,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Video is a powerful tool and Muslims for Progressive Values has learned that our video of a woman-led prayer has garnered over 1.3 million views. We know change cannot happen unless we challenge people to think. To do that we are developing a web series titled "Keep It Halal". We are utilizing the tools of cartooning, animation, digital vectoring and video to point out the injustices and the hypocrisy enacted in the name of Islam.

Program Long-Term Success:

Our goal is to change peoples' understanding of Islam which means we want them to see Islam in an inclusive and egalitarian form. By doing so we hope that women will be elevated to an equal status as men and LGBTQ Muslims will no longer be persecuted and ostracized. We hope that instead of a destructive and hateful Islam, the Muslim world will come to understand a constructive and loving Islam, not just for Muslims but for all humankind.

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Equality: We affirm the equal worth of all human beings, regardless of race, sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, or ability. We are committed to work toward societies that ensure social, political, educational, and economic opportunities for all.
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