Southern California Muslim Youth Meet Leaders from L.A. Gov't, Media & Civic Groups

August 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

Last week, the Muslim Public Affairs Council held its second annual Southern California Muslim American Young Leaders Summit, bringing 27 young leaders together to discuss pressing policy issues with local government agencies, civic groups, and media professionals. The three-day Summit allowed the young leaders to engage with officials in local government, including Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan and City Council members Bernard Parks, Dennis Zine and Tom LaBonge.

During a meeting with executives from 20th Century Fox Television, including "24" creator Howard Gordon and Vice President of Diversity Development Ron Taylor, the delegates got a firsthand perspective on how media images are crafted and what opportunities exist for aspiring artists and filmmakers. The delegates also met with media professionals from the Los Angeles Times and KTLA News, as well as Amnesty International and the Japanese American National Museum. During these meetings, delegates addressed issues ranging from domestic environmental concerns to civil liberties and homeland security.