Building Our Community/Strengthening Our Coalition

  • “The FBI is responsible for more terrorist plots than any other organization.”

    “The FBI is responsible for more terrorist plots than any other organization.” Trevor Aaronson-Speaking at the First United Church of Tampa on July 5, Trevor Aaronson described how the FBI manufactures terror plots through the use of paid informants. He noted that during COINTELPRO, the FBI employed 1500 informants; today, there are 15,000. These informants are usually criminals, or having difficulty financially. When the FBI offers money, or offers to expunge their criminal records, they are easily convinced to take the job. Informants are also highly paid, often as much as $100,000 per case.

     
  • Iowa woman organizes love-In following anti-Muslim hate crime

    Source: Huffington Post. Responding to a reported hate crime against a Muslim man in her community, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, resident Lori Carlson decided to extend a message of love. Carlson and her friends organized a love-in that drew about 100 people Tuesday evening after reports that a home owned by Tigani Mohamoud, who moved to the U.S. from Sudan in 2007, had been vandalized. Mohamoud told police on June 24 that his Cedar Rapids home had been painted with anti-Muslim graffiti, including a message reading, “You will be killed here.”

     
  • Torture experts join appeal of Rasmea Odeh’s unjust conviction

    Source: Center for Constitutional Rights. Internationally recognized experts on the effects of torture are weighing in on the appeal of prominent Palestinian American activist Rasmea Odeh, who is challenging her unjust November 2014 conviction on an immigration charge. Odeh, who was tortured and raped in an Israeli prison, was denied the right to present a meaningful defense in her Detroit trial last year. On June 19th, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, REDRESS, and the World Organization Against Torture, arguing that Odeh’s trial judge, Gershwin Drain, erred when he did not allow mention of the torture or expert testimony on its effects.

     
  • Targeting Muslims: State Violence in the War on Terror

    “Targeting Muslims: State Violence in the War on Terror” June 28th @ 6:30 P.M. Impact Hub DC, 419 7th Street, NW 20004   Join the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms for our upcoming Ramadan iftar fundraiser featuring an exclusive showing of the documentary (T)error. The dinner will also feature […]

     
  • Bring Smiles and Hopes to Someone This Ramadan

    Bring Smiles and Hopes to Someone This Ramadan. Write a Letter to a Prisoner. Hundreds of people across the country and from abroad have committed to writing again and bring smiles to prisoners this Ramadan—from Atlanta and Athens, GA; East Lansing, MI; Dallas, TX; Albany, NY; Decorah, IA; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; New York City; Union City, NJ; Washington, DC; Albany, NY; London, UK; Canada and many more. Are you ready to join in this blessed season and bring joy to another human being?

     
  • Phoenix interfaith community fills mosque targeted by bikers with ‘love not hate’

    Source: Huffington Post. Arizona’s interfaith community is standing with its Muslim brothers and sisters. Religious leaders gathered at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix on Monday evening for a solidarity vigil against a group of armed bikers trying to spread an anti-Muslim message. Monday’s vigil was organized by more than 20 groups including the Arizona Interfaith Movement and the Anti-Defamation League and drew about 200 participants.

     
  • Islamophobia, war on terror assailed

    Source: Jefferson City News Tribune. The U.S. War on Terror has ruined the lives of many innocent people and led to a general decline in civil liberties, according to speakers at a Capital Area Interfaith Alliance event on Sunday. The presentation on “Why We Should Fear Islamophobia” was given by Mel Underbakke, director of education of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, and Fred Bryant, who co-directs Friends of Human Rights with Underbakke.

     
  • NCPCF FOURTH ANNUAL RAMADAN GIFTS APPEAL

      NCPCF FOURTH ANNUAL R A M A D A N   G I F T S   A P P E A L  NCPCF is seeking the generosity of 180 individuals, who are willing to donate $105 each to 180 of these victims, so NCPCF can send each $100 to their prison commissary accounts before the coming holy month of Ramadan. ________________________________________________________________________ Goal: 180 Donations Urged to 180 […]

     
  • U-Md. cancels ‘American Sniper’ showing after complaints of Islamophobia

    Source: CBS DC. A showing of “American Sniper” has been cancelled by the Student Entertainment Events group at the University of Maryland, College Park after students called the Best Picture-nominated film Islamophobic. “American Sniper,” which was directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Kyle, who died in February 2013, is credited with being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. A Change.org petition that called for the showing to be cancelled says the film is “war propaganda” with an “Islamaphobic, violent, and racist nationalist ideology” that “dehumanizes Muslim individuals.”

     
  • National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms Responds to Final Report of the 9/11 Commission

    National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms Responds to Final Report of the 9/11 Commission. The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) is calling for a retraction of one of the recommendations in the Final Report of the 9/11 Commission that the FBI increase the use of informants in fighting the threat of terrorism. As an organization that protects the civil liberties of individuals in the United States, the NCPCF upholds the values of freedom of speech, religion and association. In our investigations and work with the families of those affected by US counterterrorism policies, the use of informants has resulted in nothing less than prosecutions based on religion and ideology; both of which are protected under the United States Constitution.