Building Our Community/Strengthening Our Coalition

  • Lynne Stewart – A Tribute

    Lynne Stewart – A Tribute. Lynne Stewart, “the people’s lawyer”, died on March 7, 2017 from cancer. The title of “the people’s lawyer”, is quietly given to the lawyer who represents the interests of the poor, the marginalized, and the revolutionaries. Lynne paid a high personal price for her advocacy which refused to concede an inch to the wealthy and powerful, but she earned the respect, and admiration of young lawyers and activists who emulated her as a model in the struggle for freedom.

     
  • Hatem Fariz, NCPCF Development Director – My Time in “Gitmo North”

    In 2003, I was falsely charged on allegations that I had ties to Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was subsequently arrested. These charges were leveraged against me because of my identity as Muslim and Palestinian; an identity that has become increasingly criminalized in the War on Terror. After pleading guilty to lesser charges, I was sentenced to 3 years in prison, but not just any prison-a communications management unit. Nicknamed, “Gitmo North,” and “Little Gitmo,” this prison, one of two in the country, houses prisoners under extremely harsh and restrictive conditions, including no contact visits and little phone call access.

     
  • Resist the #MuslimBan and Fight Back Against Islamophobia

    Dear Members, Friends, and Supporters, The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms has been working to protect Muslim human and civil rights for over six years. As we enter into ever more precarious times, it is important that we sustain and build momentum to fight back against the virulent Islamophobia that has become ever more problematic in the United States. That’s why we decided to run a crowdsourcing campaign on LaunchGood.

     
  • NCPCF Statement on Trump’s Executive Order Instating Immigrant and Muslim Ban

    Washington, D.C. The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms is outraged by the news that President Trump will be signing an Executive Order that will not only ban Muslim immigrants from six Muslim majority countries, but which will also cede refugee intake into the United States for at least 120 days. The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms believes that rather than implementing policies to protect the United States, that these measures are instead designed to fundamentally target Muslims and others racialized as Muslims.

     
  • Will You Help Me Tell My Father’s Story?

    My name is Nida Abubaker and in 2008, my father Shukri Abubaker was convicted on material support for terrorism charges and was sentenced to 65 years in prison. Despite the U.S. government’s claim that my father’s charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was supporting Hamas, his only real crime was supporting Palestinian widows and children, a population that has been criminalized and increasingly so under the War on Terror. The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms has supported my family throughout the years through the organizing of their families’ conferences and the provision of platforms through which we can share our stories.

     
  • What do we do when our communities are under attack?  Stand up, fight back!

    Dear Friends, Members, and Supporters,
    As a Muslim American, I have become increasingly concerned about the climate of racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia that has been amplified in the days after Trump’s election. Like many others, I’m fearful of what the next four years will be like under President Elect Trump’s leadership and how marginalized communities will fare under his administration. With this in mind, I hope you will consider donating $5, $10, $50 or more to help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 today?

     
  • Second Annual Community Potluck Picnic

    Second Annual Community Potluck Picnic. On January 1, 2017 the community is invited to come together in solidarity with Muslims and all others at the Second Annual Community Potluck Picnic. Everybody is welcome. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and all people of conscience – religious or not – will join together in solidarity to begin a new year with love. The event will be held at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa in shelters #10 & 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. People are invited to bring their favorite dish to share. The event is being sponsored by the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Friends of Human Rights, Social Action Committee of the First United Church of Tampa, St. Pete for Peace, Islamic Community of Tampa, The Bridge, Sunshine Meditation Center (a branch of Mahamevnawa International Forest Monastery), and Tampa Friends Meeting (Quakers).

     
  • International Human Rights Day on the heels of the Trump Presidency

    International Human Rights Day on the heels of the Trump Presidency. On December 10th, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Enshrined in this Declaration are numerous rights including the right to be free from torture, the right to a fair trial, the right to considered innocent until proven guilty, and many others.
    Today, on the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being adopted, I’m asking for your support so we can continue our work.

     
  • On Giving Tuesday please help us help the families

    On Giving Tuesday please help us help the families. Since its beginnings in 2010, NCPCF has provided support for people caught up in the War on Terror, both the accused and their families. Mariam Abu Ali is the Director of the Prisoner and Family Committee. She is also the sister of Ahmed Abu Ali, who is serving a life sentence at the Supermax in Florence, Colorado for a confession obtained under torture. Please read her Thanksgiving Reflections, and on this Giving Tuesday consider making a donation to help our work continue.

     
  • Muslim Americans share the pain of having family convicted of supporting terrorism

    Source: The Washington Post. In the decade following 9/11, as an increasing number of terrorism prosecutions cropped up around the country, civil liberties lawyers and activists noticed the need to support Muslim families with members who were targets of counterterrorism investigations. They created a group called the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and, in 2012, held their first conference.