Civil Freedoms Under Threat

  • Islam and Pre-emptive Incarceration

  • Muslim student who has dedicated life to fighting religious extremism is banned from returning to US

    Source: Independent. Zia Shah, a Fulbright scholar at the University of Chicago, was not allowed to return after visiting parents in Pakistan for the winter holidays.“Zia is a gem,” says Yousef Casewit, a lecturer who taught Zia in his first semester. “I was looking forward to his participation in my classes this quarter. He developed educational curricula to promote religious peace. The irony of being denied entry into the USA is flabbergasting.”

  • It’s White America’s job to fight White supremacism

    Source: Huffington Post. White supremacist hate is a growing problem that all Americans ― but white people in particular ― need to face head-on, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “White supremacists ― white guys basically ― commit way more domestic terrorism than radical Islam inside the U.S.,” Beirich said. “[Yet] there has been a general reluctance in this country to see white people as responsible for terrorism in some sort of organized way.” There is an attempted domestic terrorism plot by white supremacists in the U.S. approximately every 34 days.

  • This administration now has the power to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial

    Source: The Huffington Post. An interview with People Against NDAA (PANDA) founder Dan Johnson below, we discuss why this law is a dangerous violation of our civil rights, and what you can do to help get it repealed. PANDA is the largest organization in the country battling the NDAA, indefinite detention without charge or trial, and mis-application of laws of war to American citizens. When we allow one group to be stripped of its protections, we greatly increase the odds that the government will eventually, inevitably, strip all citizens of their civil rights. If we are to successfully roll back the 2012 NDAA’s violations of our civil liberties, we must refuse the government’s attempts to cast people who practice the Islamic faith as unworthy of their civil liberties.

  • Japanese-Americans speak up for Muslim-Americans

    Source: New America Media. About 200 Americans of Japanese ancestry gathered last weekend in San Jose, CA for the solidarity day organized by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee and the South Bay Islamic Association. Masao Suzuki, the architect of the rally, explained: “In the lessons learned from 75 years of resistance from 1942-2017, we say No to Concentration Camps and Islamophobia. President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, banning travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries, has brought back painful memories of internment, among the darkest chapters in American history. We will not let Muslim-Americans stand alone. We will stand by them. We will not allow history to repeat. Never again!”

  • ‘Sanctuary cities’ defiant as Sessions reiterates threat to cut grants

    Source: Boston Globe. Officials in several Massachusetts “sanctuary cities” remained defiant Monday amid repeated threats that the Trump administration might withhold federal funds from municipalities that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities. Refusing to honor a detainer request from ICE does not violate federal law, nor do ordinances that forbid city employees from handing over certain information, such as a person’s location or when they will be released from custody, said Laura Rotolo, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

  • ICE agents arrest 6 people seeking shelter from the cold at a church

    Source: Think Progress. A group of men were reportedly arrested by immigration agents as they left a church-run hypothermia shelter last Wednesday, hinting that federal officials may be targeting houses of worship as they continue a recent wave of deportation raids. The incident took place in Alexandria, Virginia outside a hypothermia shelter owned by Rising Hope Mission Church, a United Methodist congregation. The incident hedges close to violating an internal ICE policy that discourages agents from raiding churches, schools, or hospitals. ThinkProgress reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for clarification about whether the agency is still following that policy, but has not heard back.

  • Oppose Muslim Registry

    Source: Huffington Post. Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. These are three examples of the “unalienable rights” America’s Declaration of Independence specifically notes are given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect. These rights extend to all Americans, regardless of creed or color. And this is what the One America Registry, which we are introducing today, is all about. Sound Vision, along with our coalition of 50 other organizations, invites all Americans to register on One America Registry. The aim is to oppose policies and programs which seek to divide us. The proposed Muslim registry targets all American Muslims. It is similar to one that was created for Japanese-Americans during WWII.

  • Anti-extremists: We don’t want Trump’s cash

    Source: The Daily Beast. Four community organizations have declined $2 million in funding over concerns that a “countering violent extremism,” or CVE, program under Trump would unfairly put Muslim communities under surveillance. Other groups are unsure if they will follow suit. A third set—primarily focused on deradicalizing white nationalists and other domestic extremists—is unsure whether they will ever see any of the promised funds. After all, the Trump administration is expected to change the name and focus of the effort to concentrate solely on Islamic extremism.

  • Politicians, anti-Muslim leaders urge Trump To designate Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organization

    Source: SPLC. Such a move would amount to a powerful policy win for America’s anti-Muslim movement, whose leaders have worked tirelessly to smear American Muslim civil rights organizations, in particular the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), by calling them “fronts” for the Brotherhood. Critics of the designation are quick to point out a lack of evidence to support the claim. Trump’s initial executive actions, amounting to a Muslim immigration ban, were an attempt to control Muslims’ comings and goings to the United States. His rumored future action on the Muslim Brotherhood is aimed at American Muslims and controlling them while at the same time continuing to demonize Islam.