NCPCF
NEWS DIGEST


Vol. VII-Issue No. 515
Tuesday, March 14, 2017


“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
~Montesquieu~

Upcoming Event: (T)error

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Upcoming Events

(T)error. Watch a Movie – Meet the Filmmaker. March 15, 6 pm – 9 pm, First United Church of Tampa, 7308 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL.  A potluck dinner will begin at 6:00.  Following the movie, filmmaker David Sutcliffe will answer your questions.

No Separate Justice Campaign letter writing  to political prisoners targeted in the post-9/11 and Trump era.  Sunday, March 12, 12:30 – 2:00 PM, Judson Memorial Church, Garden Room. Enter at the door at 239 Thompson Street in Greenwich Village


Website of the Week

Live Free
With hundreds of congregations as well as countless leaders and movement partners throughout the country, the LIVE FREE Campaign is working to end the scourges of gun violence, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of Black and Brown bodies that tears at the soul of our society. While they attempt to influence federal and state policies whenever possible, the primary focus is on ensuring that sheriffs, prosecutors, police chiefs, mayors, city council members, and county commissioners are held accountable as allies, and not obstacles, to criminal justice reform.

 

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Rasmea Odeah
A response to a negative commentary in the Chicago Tribune by the Rasmea Defense Committee, reading in part “Rasmea is not guilty. She was tortured into a forced confession and unjustly convicted by the Israelis, and then the U.S. government used evidence gained through torture to convict her of a violation of immigration law.”

Multimedia

YouTube (2/22): Stronger Together [Video: 5 min. long]
Professor Engy Abdelkader highlights some of the issues of Islamophobia in the United States and how we must all fight for the religious freedom of every person in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.

The Hill (3/12): Former Gitmo prisoner details U.S. interrogation tactics to ‘60 Minutes’ [Article & video: 1 min. 35 sec.]

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner of 14 years described to “60 Minutes” Sunday his experience under the now-outlawed U.S. enhanced interrogation program. Mohamedou Slahi’s first televised interview since being released.

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News Digest

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

Vice News (3/10): See you in court
Within days of President Donald Trump’s first executive order halting travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries, states and organizations filed a flurry of lawsuits to fight the ban. And though Trump issued a revised ban Monday, many of those states and organizations believe the policies are so similar that they don’t even need to file new lawsuits.

The New York Times (3/11): Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Is Denounced by 134 Foreign Policy Experts
More than 130 members of America’s foreign policy establishment denounced President Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday as just as damaging to the United States’ interests and reputation as his original order that halted refugees and froze travelers from predominantly Muslim countries.


Editorials/Opinions

Mother Jones (3/11): How a Crazy Idea About Islam Went From the Fringe to the White House
Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep asked Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to Donald Trump, whether the president believes Islam is a religion. Rather than answering the question, Gorka lambasted the Morning Edition host. “It would be nice if you actually reported things accurately,” Gorka responded.. . . Gorka went on to say that the United States is not at war with Islam: “That would be absurd.” Yet Gorka’s refusal to answer Inskeep’s simple question was telling, as was his insistence on reframing any discussion of Islam in political and ideological terms. ” Gorka’s evasive comments nodded to a fringe concept that’s been floating for more than a decade: the idea that Islam is not a legitimate religion, but a dangerous political ideology. This idea has gained new currency as Trump has elevated some of its adherents to the highest levels of his administration.

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NCPCF Mission
Established in October 2010, the NCPCF is a coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms and to defend those rights according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related UN Conventions, and the Geneva Conventions.
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Member Organizations
American Muslim Alliance (AMA) – Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) – Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) – Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) – Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) – Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) – Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) – Friends of HumaIssuen Rights (FHR) – International Action Center (IAC) – Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) -Muslim Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) – Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) – National Lawyers Guild (NLG) – National Liberty Fund (NLF) – The Peace Thru Justice Foundation (PTJF) – Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) – Universal Justice Foundation (UJF).

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