Building Our Community/Strengthening Our Coalition

  • 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.

     
  • 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 […]