A Network to Empower Muslims

For more than a decade, the Muslim Community Network in SoHo has been helping the Muslim community with a variety of programs, including a signature after-school program for high school students. The group bases its work on Islamic principles, and leaders of MCN were cheered by the recent announcement that all public schools in the city will begin observing the Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha for the first time beginning in September.

In addition to working within the Muslim community, volunteers also participate in a number of interfaith and cross-cultural activities to promote understanding. Among the initiatives: a monthly soup kitchen with Holy Trinity Church on the Upper East Side, community workshops, and interfaith walks throughout the year.

Dozens of supporters gathered at MCN’s 5th Annual Gala on April 26, 2015 to celebrate the group’s success and share their goals for the future. Melissa Rose Cooper talked to members and students about how the organization helps Muslims overcome bias and be comfortable in their identity as Muslim Americans.

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