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  • Will America’s oldest Muslim community survive President Trump?

    Featured Stories February 22, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Rolling Stone (2/22): Will America’s Oldest Muslim Community Survive President Trump?
    In 1885, a group of Muslim immigrants settled in Iowa to worship free from persecution – now, once again, they have to prove they’re American. The first immigrant Muslims came to Cedar Rapids in 1885, the same year that a young German businessman named Friedrich Trump emigrated to Queens, and a year before the Iowa state’s capitol building erected a gold dome, a recognizable local symbol to this day. They were there for the most American of reasons, fleeing persecution from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, in what is now Libya and Syria. They traveled the East Coast working in grocery stores before setting off across the prairie as migrant peddlers selling needles, threads and laces when they were poor, linens and prints when they’d had some success. Native Americans were some of their most reliable customers. When they encountered prejudice, they accepted it as the price of immigration. Between the Irish the Asians and every other group, everyone ate a little bigotry.

     
  • Conservative pundit Sebastian Gorka brings ‘Global Jihadist Movement’ theory into White House

    Source: The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gorka is part of the new White House Strategic Initiatives Group. He said he reports to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s adviser and son-in-law; Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff; and Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. In Mr. Gorka’s worldview, critics say, violence is a feature of Islam, not a bug. And his insistence that U.S. policy address terrorism primarily as a religious problem, rather than as the result of overlapping factors such as poverty, social immobility, or lack of education, will reinforce the notion that the U.S. is at war with Islam, an idea that two previous presidential administrations strove to combat, his critics say.

     
  • Jeff Sessions and the Islamophobia industry

    Source: Jacobin. Much has been written about the Alabama senator’s racist history, including his hostility to the Voting Rights Act. Less is known about Sessions’s close ties to the well-funded bloc of extremist anti-Muslim activists that author Nathan Lean has called the “Islamophobia industry.” These aren’t your run-of-the-mill anti-Islam bigots. This is a network of zealous, far-right astroturf organizers, the worst of the Islamophobes, who seek to foment a war on Muslims.

     
  • NCPCF Portraits of Injustice – January 17, 2017

    Families & Victims January 17, 2017 at 0 comments

    NCPCF Portraits of Injustice –Because President Obama has only a few days to act, this special issue calls attention to the huge number of preemptive prosecutions of young Muslims in America, and the politically-driven, unwarranted prosecutions of other Muslims, such as Dr. Sami Al-Arian and the Holy Land 5 post 9/11 by the Bush and Obama administrations. These politically-driven prosecutions have frequently involved excessively brutal sentences, such as that of Masoud Khan who received a life sentence for what could best be characterized as a thought crime.

     
  • If President Obama doesn’t commute her sentence, Chelsea Manning won’t survive

    Families & Victims January 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Reports suggest that imprisoned transparency advocate Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “shortlist” for a possible commutation.If President Obama fails to act now, he is condemning Chelsea to a gruesome fate, and his legacy as an advocate for LGBTQ rights will be forever tarnished. Chelsea Manning is a transgender woman who has already served 7 years of a 35 year sentence in an all-male military facility. Her crime? Releasing documents that revealed the impacts of war on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste

    Families & Victims December 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste. The last of the Liberty City Seven, Narseal Batiste, is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2018. The Liberty City Seven was an early entrapment project by the FBI in which two highly paid FBI informants created a plot and offered these seven men $250,000 to participate. According to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, they were preparing to fight a “full ground war against the United States.” The jury did not buy this story, and refused to convict any of the defendants. On the third trial they were finally able to get convictions of five of the men. Narseal Batiste was considered to be the leader of the group, and so he got the longest sentence – 13 years.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Mohamed Alessa

    Families & Victims December 6, 2016 at 0 comments

    Mohamed Alessa was under surveillance by the FBI since 2006, when he was 16 years old. He was befriended by an older man, known as Bassem, who was actually an undercover officer from the New York Police Department. His new “friend” talked to him about killing nonbelievers overseas, and secretly recorded their conversations. After four years of friendship with undercover agents directing and recording the conversations, Mohamed was arrested at the airport as he attempted to fly to Egypt.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Serdar Tatar

    Families & Victims November 15, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Serdar Tatar. The fifth member of the Fort Dix Five was Serdar Tatar. In order to be a conspiracy charge, there have to be conspirators, and so Shnewer was under a great deal of pressure from the informants to involve others in the plot the informants were creating. He implicated another friend, Serdar, by asking him for a map of Fort Dix.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Mohamad Shnewer

    Families & Victims November 8, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Mohamad Shnewer. During the course of he entrapment in the Ft. Dix Five case, the primary target of one of the informants was Mohamad Shnewer. He was young and vulnerable when Mahmoud Omar befriended him, and he wanted to please his new friend. Although the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, Mohamad Shnewer was sentenced to life in prison, not for anything that he did but for things that he said.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Holy Land Five and Ghassan Elashi

    Families & Victims November 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    November 1, 2016 The Holy Land Foundation was the nation’s largest Islamic charity. In 2007, five men connected with this charity received prison sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years. Did they commit some horrendous crime? No,  None of them stole anything. None of them killed anybody. None of them were even […]