Building Our Community/Strengthening Our Coalition

  • 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.

  • Stronger, Bolder and Ready to Fight

    Despite our fear of the future, we will continue to struggle for our liberation because as A. Phillip Randolph noted, “freedom is never given, it is won.” Thus, we want to to reassure you, our friends, members, and families that we will continue to keep up the struggle for human rights and dignity no matter who holds office and no matter how long it takes.

  • Please Support Families Like Mine 

    NCPCF Needs to Raise $8,000 Dear NCPCF Supporters, My father Ghassan Elashi is serving a 65 year prison sentence for providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians. The shutdown of the Holy Land Foundation in 2002, the largest Muslim charity in the US at the time, and the subsequent trial and conviction […]

  • Portraits of Injustice: The Families of Political Prisoners

    NCPCF reached out to help these families with a series of Family Conferences. The Family Conferences quickly became one of our most popular programs for staff and participants alike. We developed into an extended family for each other to share our successes, failures and hopes. Through this program I met many inspiring individuals and learned their stories of courage, and determination in the face of difficult circumstances A number of participants later became staff members of NCPCF, and helped NCPCF to become a genuine voice for the innocent families impacted in the War on Terror. The Family Conferences were made possible with contributions from people like you who deplore the irrational Islamophobia which has sprouted in the US and around the world to destroy innocent Muslim families and communities.

  • Support Families Impacted by the War on Terror

    Support Families Impacted by the War on Terror Help us conduct a conference for these families to come together to heal, network, and learn   DONATE NOW   To Exist is To Resist We are pleased to host our upcoming families conference that will provide support for those who have […]

  • Support Our Families Conference

    Support Our Families Conference . As a core part of our mission, this conference provides a space for families to connect, heal, and work for justice. These are families who have a shared trauma of not only having a family member incarcerated as part of the flawed policies of the War on Terror, but also oftentimes being abandoned by their communities due to fear and pressure. The conference provides them with counseling, workshops to build skills such as telling their stories, and time to coordinate advocacy work. It is an essential part of our dedication to helping those most impacted by US policies of preemptive prosecution, entrapment, and criminalization of free speech. We need to raise $8,000 in the next 3.5 weeks to have a successful conference.

  • NCPCF Fifth Annual Ramadan Gift Appeal

    Send Muslims in Prison a Gift this Ramadan Dear Supporters, Celebrating holidays and religious events with family and friends are happy occasions that free people take for granted. I know from experience that nothing is more disheartening to a person whose freedom was unjustly taken away than when such events […]

  • Attorney Steve F. Downs lectures on civil rights

    Source: Luther College Chips. Attorney Steven F. Downs [NCPCF] delivered a lecture titled “Tribal Justice and the Erosion of Civil Rights: How Scapegoating Muslims Threatens Us All” on April 21 in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The event was the last lecture of the 2015-16 Religion Forum Lecture Series. Downs’ work has focused particularly, but not entirely, on preemptive prosecutions of Muslims in the post-9/11 world. Downs began the lecture by asserting that humans by nature are defensive in a tribal-like manner. Downs argued that part of the reason that the U.S. government has profiled entire religious or ethnic groups using preemptive prosecution can be attributed to this tribal fear.

  • Rights groups want White House framework banning monitoring of Muslims

    Source: The Hill. More than two dozen civil liberties and human rights groups on Friday pressed the White House to make sure anti-terrorism efforts don’t infringe on people’s ability to freely practice their religion in peace. Especially given the “current climate of scapegoating and anti-Muslim bigotry,” the groups wrote, the Obama administration should be sure to implement policies making it difficult for a future president to use current policies to monitor Muslims. “It is all too easy to imagine a subsequent administration seizing on CVE [countering violent extremism] programs that are now in development as vehicles for systematic and large-scale profiling, patrolling and surveillance of American Muslim and communities presumed to be Muslim,”. the 27 organizations wrote in the letter to White House counterterrorism adviser Jen Easterly.