MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

The progressive Muslim voice for Human Rights and Social Justice

aka MPV   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.mpvusa.org/

Mission

Muslims for Progressive Values is an NPO founded in 2007 in the U.S. We are a grassroots, human rights organization that embodies and advocates for social justice, for women’s rights, LGBTQI inclusion, freedom of expression and freedom of and from belief. Since our inception, we have secured DPI and ECOSOC Special Consultative Status at the U.N., and a founding member of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims, or AIM, an umbrella organization spanning 13 countries and 17 cities. We welcome all who are interested in discussing, promoting and working for the implementation of progressive values — women's and LGBTQI rights, freedom of expression, freedom of and from religion, and separation of church and state — as well as countering against radical interpretations of Islam.

Notes from the nonprofit

We prefer not to share our strategic plans publicly and invite interested parties and funders to write to us at [email protected] As our annual report is too large to upload here, it is digitally available on our website at http://www.mpvusa.org/annualreports/

Ruling year info

2008

Founder, president

Ani Zonneveld

Main address

1465 Tamarind Ave., Suite 702

Los Angeles, CA 90028 USA

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EIN

26-1125983

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Islamic (X40)

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Interfaith-Islamic Officiant Services

We specialize in Islamic interfaith wedding services. Many Muslim women are now marrying outside the faith, and gay Muslims seeking religious validation for their marriage, and yet not a single traditional mosque and Imam offers such services. MPV offers officiant services in compliance with Islamic traditions while respecting the non-Muslim tradition. We custom our services to the couples' needs, offer an Islamic marriage contract, and a marriage certificate. Officiants are located in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and New jersey and will also travel for an extra fee and time permissible.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people

#ImamsForShe is a global MPV-initiative launched in March 2015 to address misogynist interpretations of Islamic scripture and traditions that have led to human rights violations carried out in the name of Islam against women and girls and the sub-human status of women and girls across Muslim-majority countries and within Muslim communities in the West. In spirit of the recently launched #HeForShe campaign by UN Women, the initiative’s purpose is to support and provide solidarity for Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars who actively advocate for women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality, labeled collectively as #ImamsForShe Champions.

Population(s) Served
Muslims
Women and girls
Men and boys
Working poor

On a global level, MPV carries out activities geared at advocating against human rights abuses carried out in the name of Islam in Muslim-majority states. MPV particularly monitors human rights issues in Muslim-majority countries related to women’s rights, non-discrimination of LGBTQI peoples, freedom of and from religion and freedom of expression.

The activities carried out under MPV’s Global Advocacy Work fall under the following categories:

EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN:

1. Production, translation and dissemination of innovative educational materials addressing key areas of concern, such as infographics, social media content, short videos.
2. Translation and dissemination of MPV’s shadow reports, policy briefs, statements.

ANALYSIS:

1. Production of statements, policy briefs and shadow reports to be shared with country representatives, policy makers, civil society and lay audience.
2. Monitoring of human rights issues in Muslim-majority countries.
3. Collection of grassroots information on human rights issues in Muslim-majority countries.

EVENTS:

1. Participating in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings with relevant Member States of the UN, civil society leaders and like-minded religious and non-religious non-governmental organizations.
2. Organizing and attending parallel events and hosting of speakers, including scholars in Islam, progressive religious leaders and civil society leaders, to share their expertise and first-hand accounts on human rights issues to a global audience.

ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH:

1. Sharing MPV’s mission, vision and guiding principles with women and LGBTQI human rights advocates, religious minority advocates, UN Member States, human rights NGOs and members of relevant UN human rights committees to build support and collaboration in preparing oral and written statements and when building advocacy campaigns.
2. Promoting perspectives derived from MPV’s work and analyses to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN treaty bodies and special mechanisms, and international, regional, and national NGOs involved in international advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Secular groups

A PLEDGE TO ERADICATE HOMOPHOBIA IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY

The unforgivable massacre that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, June 19th claimed the lives of 49 innocent human beings. They were targeted solely because of the specific intersection of their racial and sexual identities. In response to this claim, numerous Islamic organizations have outspokenly condemned the massacre as well as the Orlando attacker’s radical motivation. While the condemnation and refusal to legitimize these heinous actions is significant, we MUST go further to change the hearts and minds of Muslim communities.

It is our collective duty to end the use of Islam as a tool for hatred, violence, and discrimination against all marginalized minorities. So we call upon you as a leader of Muslim communities to pledge to condemn religiously justified violence and persecution of LGBTQIA+ minorities. We also ask that you go further and become a proactive advocate within your community to dispel homophobia justified in the name of Islam. Thus, MPV cordially invites you to pledge "No to Homophobia” by affirming the following:

"I pledge to combat and refute discrimination against any individual or community including the LGBT community. As an Imam and/or representative of Muslim communities I pledge to eradicate all homophobic teachings in my community and in the religious institutions I am affiliated with, and will affirm the dignity of LGBT individuals.”

As beacons of hope who represent the promise of freedom in this life and the next, you command a great amount of respect and influence in your community. But that respect comes with great accountability. We hope that you will join us in promoting egalitarianism, inclusivity, and humanity, as MPV deems these virtues inherent to the faith we cherish.

Population(s) Served
Muslims
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

United Nations ECOSOC Status 2018

Affiliations & memberships

U.N. Inter-agency Task Force Faith Advisory Council 2018

Alliance of Inclusive Muslims 2017

ERA Coalition 2021

Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law 2020

Financials

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MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

Board of directors
as of 05/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kevin Jennings

LAMBDA

Term: 2017 - 2023


Board co-chair

Maliha Khan

Kelley Drye & Warren

Term: 2017 - 2023

Kelly Wentworth

IT, Cvent

Misbah Tahir

Finance Executive

Michael Alexander

Executive Director, Grand Performance

Nahil Sharkasi

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Barza Diaz

Senior Accountant, Ralph Lauren

Ali Parsa

Professor of History, Islam

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/5/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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