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  • 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.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – July 25, 2017

    Families & Victims July 25, 2017 at 0 comments

    The Duka Brothers – An Update. In October of 2016, we featured Portraits of Injustice – The Duka Family, which you can see in its entirety by clicking here. This current issue will provide an update. The Dukas were an immigrant family and they overcame great odds to create a successful roofing business, run by Ferik Duka and his three sons, Dritan, Shain and Eljvir. Things were going well until the brothers took a vacation, filmed the vacation, and in short, came to the attention of the FBI because they spoke Arabic in the video! These three sons were entrapped by two FBI informants, arrested in 2007 and charged with conspiring to kill military personnel. The three Duka brothers were part of what came to be called the Ft. Dix Five.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – July 18, 2017

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    Sami Osmakac – One Year Later In September of last year, we told you about the unjust conviction are harsh treatment of Sami Osmakac. Although the FBI was fully aware that Sami was not capable of any sort of terrorist attack on his own,  they proceeded with the entrapment and […]

     
  • Sami Al-Arian, The Passing of Meg Laughlin: a journalist who truly cared for truth and justice

    Families & Victims July 14, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: CounterPunch. Dr. Sami Al-Arian is a Palestinian academic and intellectual. He lived for four decades in the U.S. before relocating to Turkey in 2015. Because of his long activism for the Palestinian cause and defending human and civil rights, he was a political prisoner in the U.S. and spent over a decade in prison and under house arrest until the charges were dropped in 2014.
    “Her exceptional coverage of the trial was a great relief from the incessant attacks, and the lies and deceit by the government and other media outlets. Shortly after the end of the trial, she was the only reporter who was able to reach the jury and confirm that the majority of the jury (10 to 2) were in favor of total acquittal on the deadlocked counts (the distinguishing feature of the two jurors who refused to deliberate the remaining counts was that they were avid readers of the Tampa Tribune, the paper that demonized us for years.”

     
  • Islam-bashers blast civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, twisting her use of the word `jihad’

    Source: SPLC. The organized anti-Muslim movement — from fringe activists to those who fraternize with President Trump — are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence against President Trump. Sarsour’s use of Arabic word “jihad” is clearly what threw the anti-Muslim world into a tizzy. The term is one of many Arabic words co-opted by the anti-Muslim movement to push an agenda linking Islam to violence and a “takeover” of Western civilization. Phrases like “civilization jihad,” a conspiracy theory claiming it is a goal of Muslims to take over the United States from within, and “creeping Shariah,” which suggests Islamic law is usurping the U.S. Constitution, are used ad nauseam by key anti-Muslim spokespersons. But Sarsour’s use of the term “jihad” which translates to “the struggle” has much different connotations to the predominately Muslim audience she uttered it to.

     
  • June 20, 2017 – This morning my dad was released from prison.

    Families & Victims June 20, 2017 at 0 comments

    June 20, 2017 – As of 7:00 am this morning my dad was released from prison. My brother and mom are driving him to Michigan from Pennsylvania! Alhamdulilah alhamdulilah alhamdulilah! Thank God, thank God, thank God! It has been a long 13ish years of struggle and pain.