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  • Portraits of Injustice – Tarik Shah

    Families & Victims June 28, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Tarek Shah. Tarik Shah committed no violent act – or any act at all other than speech – but he has been in prison for ten years on terrorism charges. When he was first arrested, he was threatened with the PATRIOT Act, with rendition, and the thought of never seeing his family again.

     
  • Tarik Shah – In His Own Words

    Families & Victims June 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    The Story of Tarik Shah. Tarik Shah is a famous jazz bassist who played at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and was also a martial arts instructor. The FBI deployed two agent provocateurs to entrap him. Tarik is serving a sentence of fifteen years. What follows is his story in his own words.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Khalifa Al-Akili

    Families & Victims June 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Khalifa Al-Akili. In this issue we are continuing to spotlight political prisoners and their families, as well as the clemency campaign in which we ask President Obama to grant clemency to unfairly convicted Muslim prisoners and release them. Many prisoners are serving very lengthy sentences fro crimes that have not happened, but President Obama has the power to rectify this injustice. Khalifa Al-Akili is one of those prisoners.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Yassin Aref

    Families & Victims June 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    May 31, 2105 In our second issue that looks at political prisoners and their families, I want to tell you about a new campaign in which we ask President Obama to grant clemency to unfairly convicted Muslim prisoners and release them.  Many prisoners are serving very lengthy sentences fro crimes that […]

     
  • Ex-FBI agent John Guandolo to provide anti-Muslim law enforcement training in Phoenix

    Imagine 2050. John Guandolo , the disgraced former FBI agent and notorious anti-Muslim activist is scheduled to hold a training designed for law enforcement officials in Phoenix, Arizona. The event, titled “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Network,” is being sponsored by Guandolo’s “counter-terrorism” consulting outfit, Understanding the Threat, and is being advertised on his website. In order to lend a sense of credibility to the trainings, Guandolo touts his FBI credentials. However in this role, he merely peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. In a 2011 training session, Guandolo further showed his personal bias when he said that Muslims in America “don’t have a First Amendment right to do anything.”

     
  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: a daily struggle for Muslim women

    Families & Victims May 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Rewire News. The second part of Rewire’s “Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism” series looks at how Muslim families, particularly women, are forced to confront state violence on a daily basis­­—from living with the stigma of terrorism, to repairing their broken homes, to navigating what they say is a brutal and biased prison system.

     
  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: meet the Muslim women taking on the national security state

    Source: Rewire News. For the past 15 years, stories of Muslim Americans arrested on terrorism charges have been splashed across newspapers and television screens. Less visible, and largely hidden behind the headlines, are the families of the accused. Numbering in the hundreds, these families are living under a dark shadow, often in obscurity and sometimes in poverty, following trials and convictions that brand them and their relations as “terrorists.” They say the label is heavy with stigma, almost impossible to shake. For well over a decade they’ve been challenging discriminatory policing, unfair trials, and draconian sentencing of Muslims charged under terrorism laws passed in the aftermath of 9/11. A once-scattered population of fractured families and organizations working on their behalf has coalesced into a movement, in which activists, lawyers, and scholars are all standing shoulder to shoulder with impacted families under the banner No Separate Justice (NSJ). The movement’s leaders, by and large, are Muslim women.

     
  • This Islamophobic conspiracy theorist lectured police officers about Islamic extremism

    Source: Huffington Post, As Muslim and civil liberties groups this week expressed outrage over news that Mauro would be delivering a keynote address Thursday on “the threat of Islamic extremism“ at a trade show for hundreds of tactical law enforcement officers in upstate New York, Mauro was indignant. But as Mauro made such public overtures to American Muslims this week, he also repeatedly tweeted and retweeted a link to an article claiming that the Council on American-Islamic Relations — the large Muslim civil liberties organization most loudly condemning his presence at the police conference — has ties to terrorism. The accusation against CAIR, which Mauro has previously made himself, is part of an old and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory used by anti-Muslim groups. Mauro’s continued embrace of the terror accusation highlights his role in a multimillion-dollar network of hate groups, think tanks, politicians and talking heads who regularly spread fear and misinformation about Islam.

     
  • Groups denounce anti-Muslim “extremist” speaking at police conference

    Source: Buzz Feed News. Ryan Mauro is scheduled to deliver the address and conduct training sessions at the New York Tactical Officers Association’s 10th annual three-day conference in Verona, New York. Mauro is a national security analyst at the Clarion Project — a nonprofit “dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist extremism.” The group has been called anti-Muslim and has been criticized by left-leaning media for promoting Islamophobic material and views. The Southern Poverty Law Center called Mauro an “extremist” who has “promoted the false narrative of ‘no-go zones’ for non-Muslims in Europe” and pointed to his comments that Muslims “create enclaves where they can begin gradually implementing Sharia law” in the U.S.

     
  • A Muslim man was ensnared in a terror plot by the NYPD—he just attempted suicide

    Families & Victims April 10, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Nation. Ahmed Ferhani, who claimed prison guards repeatedly abused him because of his conviction on terrorism charges, is in a coma following an attempted suicide. The case against him was flimsy enough that the FBI removed itself from the investigation in its early stages. The NYPD continued to pursue Ferhani, despite its knowledge of his history of mental illness and self-harm.