Building Our Community/Strengthening Our Coalition

  • Wake-up Call for Civil Liberties ~ Prisons, Profiling and Preemptive Prosecution

    For Immediate Release October 4, 2017 Wake-up Call for Civil Liberties ~ Prisons, Profiling and Preemptive Prosecution   Washington, DC, October 4, 2017. The U.S. government’s “war” on terror has led to numerous abuses and infringements on the civil liberties of Americans, particularly those who are Muslim. Hundreds of innocent […]

     
  • Show Them They’re Not Alone . . .

    Dear Supporters, Our families need your help. In October we will be holding our Seventh Family Conference at the beautiful Diaynet Center in Lanham, MD. We are honored and excited that our Friday evening speaker will be Sh. Omar Suleiman. Many families will be returning, some for the seventh time, and this year we will be bringing several new families. Unfortunately, we still need funds to cover transportation costs for family members who can’t afford it. Many of our attendees are mothers and children whose primary breadwinner is now unjustly behind bars.

     
  • URGENT APPEAL: Support the Seventh Annual Families Conference

    URGENT Appeal for Funds.
    The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms was first established in 2010 as a response to our government’s “war on terror”, which has created hundreds of political prisoners. Two years later on November 2012, NCPCF held its first ever conference for the families of these political prisoners. In October we will be holding our Seventh Family Conference at the beautiful Diaynet Center in Lanham, MD. We are honored and excited that our Friday evening speaker will be Sh. Omar Suleiman. Many families will be returning, some for the seventh time, and this year we will be bringing several new families. Unfortunately, we still need funds to cover transportation costs for family members who can’t afford it.

     
  • THE REMARKABLE AL-BALUCHI CONFERENCES

    THE REMARKABLE AL-BALUCHI CONFERENCES, A Report by Steve Downs, former Ex. Dir. of NCPCF. On September 13, and 14, 2017, Kathy Manley and I attended a remarkable conference on Washington organized by the Military Legal Defense team for prisoners at Guantanamo, and various civil rights organizations including our organization National Coalition To Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF); George Washington Law School; and Witness Against Torture. This third annual conference (which I have taken to calling the “Al-Baluchi Conferences” in honor of its true creator) was entitled Building National Security on Inalienable Rights. It seemed to herald a new cooperative effort by some members of the military, together with civil rights organizations to deal with the corrosive issue of torture and abuse of civil rights.

     
  • Telling the Story of Two of Our Albany Political Prisoners

    August 4 marked the 13th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, two Albany Muslims who were arrested in 2004 and convicted in 2006 of terrorism after a phony “sting” operation. To commemorate the date, a coalition of activist groups held a rally, march, dinner, and panel discussion. Each year since the men’s convictions, the Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project SALAM have sponsored such an event so the community will not forget the men, their families, and the injustice done to all of them—and to us. This year we were joined in sponsorship by the Capital Region chapter of NCPCF and the Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, but representatives from several other peace and justice groups participated too.

     
  • This is the only event of its kind

    SEVENTH  FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL HELP MAKE THE CONFERENCE HAPPEN!   July 11, 2017 Dear Friends and Supporters, Last Friday, two of our staff members and impacted family members, Mariam Abu Ali and Reem Jayyousi, appeared on  the Radio Islam show to discuss NCPCF’s annual families’ conference.  According to Reem, “you hear from […]

     
  • Following latest ‘Muslim ban,’ an effort to get more Muslims involved in media and politics

    Source: Seattle Weekly (6/30): Following Latest ‘Muslim Ban,’ An Effort to Get More Muslims Involved in Media and Politics
    Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of CAIR-WA, just announced a new, refreshed version of the group’s ongoing efforts to encourage local Muslim youth and adults to explore careers in media, politics, and public-interest law. Bukhari points out that, at least according to the anecdotal numbers his office has found in recent years, there are only a couple of American Muslims working full-time in mainstream media outlets in Washington state, and “less than 10 who work for political office.” Although “very highly represented in IT and medicine,” he says, Muslims “are very underrepresented—in fact, almost unrepresented—in media and politics and public-service law,” sectors that have a huge impact on both legislation and public opinion.

     
  • SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL

    SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL-HELP MAKE THE CONFERENCE HAPPEN!-Dear Friends and supporters,Aside from sudden death, the incarceration of a loved one is often cited as one of the most psychologically traumatic experiences a family can experience. Like so many families impacted by our government’s “War on Terror” witch-hunt, my mother, siblings, and I could never escape from our painful reality taken over by trips to various prisons, courthouses, and law offices. The community we once knew, grew up in, and which my parents established no longer supported us, as many of its members feared that they, too, would be targeted. Without a doubt, our daily stresses were exacerbated by the alienation we felt from our local religious community.

     
  • SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL. June 20, 2017

    SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL. June 20, 2017. Reem Jayyousi, our Program and Communications Coordinator, is also one of these affected family members. Her father was unjustly incarcerated in a Communications Management Unit where he was allowed only one 15-minute phone call per week, and NO contact visits with his family. Please listen to this webinar to learn about CMUs and to hear Reem’s story of how she was affected by this experience.

     
  • SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL

    Dear Friends and Supporters, Today, we are launching a fundraising campaign for one of our most important programs, a conference for affected families of Muslim political prisoners who have been unjustly incarcerated in the so-called “war on terror.” This will be our seventh conference, and we need your help to make it a success!