Families & Victims

  • Scholar with a purpose: Al-Arian brings Muslim world into spotlight at Istanbul conference

    Families & Victims October 6, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Daily Sabah. After being deported from the U.S., Palestinian-American scholar Sami al-Arian gave his all to academia and got behind the wheel of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) in his new home, Turkey, and this weekend, the CIGA holds its first conference, bringing noted scholars together to discuss several key issues of the Muslim world.

     
  • The trials of a Muslim cop

    Families & Victims September 11, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The New Yorker. Bobby Hadid joined the N.Y.P.D. after 9/11, to protect his new country. But when he questioned the force’s tactics, his life began to erode.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – August 29, 2017 – Mohamed Alessa and The Family

    Families & Victims August 31, 2017 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice                                       Mohamed Alessa August 29, 2017                                                 The Family __________________________________________ “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu Dear Supporters, In December, I brought you the story of Mohamed Alessa and his friend, Carlos […]

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Words of Shukri Abu Baker

    Families & Victims August 22, 2017 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Words of Shukri Abu Baker

     
  • Another Palestinian-American deported: the case of Rasmea Odeh

    Families & Victims August 20, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Counter Punch (8/20): Another Palestinian-American Deported: the Case of Rasmea Odeh
    Rasmea Odeh’s departure marks the end of a bizarre life, one that can evoke admiration. As a young Palestinian, Odeh fought against Israeli oppression. Now after a valiant legal battle in this country, her new homeland, she is departing (by force). Rasmea Odeh’s treatment is a troubling reminder that this happens to US citizens who have never committed a crime in this country and never threatened anyone in the US.

     
  • Waiting at the front gate. USP Florence – High, Florence, Colorado. A Visit with Ziyad Yaghi

    Families & Victims August 15, 2017 at 0 comments

      Portraits of Injustice                  A Visit with Ziyad Yaghi in August 15, 2017                                    Florence, Colorado ___________________             _____________________ “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu  Waiting at the front gate. USP Florence […]

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • The Handshake

    Families & Victims August 2, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: New Republic. Why did Yousef Muslet face life in prison for an everyday gesture?

     
  • U.S. citizen who was held by ICE for 3 years denied compensation by appeals court

    Families & Victims August 1, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: NPR. Davino Watson told the immigration officers that he was a U.S. citizen. Still, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept Watson imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly 3 1/2 years. After he was released, he filed a complaint. Last year, a district judge awarded him $82,500 in damages, citing “regrettable failures of the government.” On Monday, an appeals court ruled that Watson, now 32, is not eligible for any of that money — because while his case is “disturbing,” the statute of limitations actually expired while he was still in ICE custody without a lawyer.