SIXTH ANNUAL RAMADAN GIFTS APPEAL

NCPCF is seeking the generosity of 197 individuals,
who are willing to donate $108 each to 197 of these
victims, so NCPCF can send each $100 to their prison commissary accounts before the coming holy month of Ramadan.

“…I saw the money in my account from an unknown
source. I could not figure out who placed it in my
account. When I received your letter and read it
halfway, it dawned on me, you sent me the money,
and I began to cry and cry and cry.”

Goal: 197 Donations to 197 Prisoners by May 1
    
Currently: 24 prisoners are covered

Needed: 173 caring and generous people to donate $108 each

Please help by clicking below to make a donation or mailing a check to:

NCPCF, P.O. Box 66301, Washington, DC 20035. 

DONATE NOW

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NEWS DIGEST


Vol. VII-Issue No. 522
Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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

Friends of Human Rights (FHR)Recognizing that in the criminal justice system many people have been deprived of due process as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the mission of FHR is to work together peacefully with people from different backgrounds toward due process and justice for all.

 

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Terror Talk Podcast (4/16): The Trial Part 1 – The Prosecution  [Audio: 1 hr. 8 min. 45 sec.]
The beginning of a three-part mini series on the trial of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain. In this first episode of the mini-series, we present the prosecution’s case. We read from trial transcripts and describe how the prosecution alarmed the jury by having a witness point a (disabled) missile at them, and read testimony of a government “expert” who knew nothing of the topic on which he was to testify. Featuring Kathy Manley, NCPCF Legal Director, and Steve Downs, former Exec. Dir.

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News Digest

News From NCPCF and Coalition Members

NCPCF (4/16): Over the weekend, NCPCF  presented information about Muslim political prisoners at the ICNA-MAS Annual Convention in Baltimore, while In Iowa, Naema Ahmed (left) and Burhan Mohumed (right) spoke to members of Northeast Iowa Unitarian Universalist Church in Decorah  about the pre-emptive prosecutions of members of the Somali community in Minneapolis. Nine young men, including Naema’s brother, were convicted of “thought crimes” and are now serving prison terms ranging up to 35 years. Ellen Rockne (center) is a member of the church.

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Islamophobia and Civil Rights

The Huffington Post (4/14): The San Bernardino Shooter’s Christianity Revealed A Huge Double Standard
Despite the religious fervor Anderson demonstrated before going on his killing spree, there were no calls for Christian organizations and leaders to publicly condemn the attack. There were no attempts to dig through the Bible for verses that tell of the abuse and subjugation of women (even though these verses certainly exist). President Donald Trump hasn’t linked the shooting to radical Christian terrorism ― in fact, he hasn’t mentioned the shooting on Twitter at all.

The Washington Post (4/16): Airlines say they’re overbooking less. But passengers say they’re discriminating more.
Advocacy groups say that the number of civil rights complaints filed by people removed after flight crews or passengers raised security concerns related to innocuous conversations in a foreign language or other matters tied to skin color or religion spiked in 2016. That year, passengers filed 94 civil rights complaints against U.S. airlines and those flying into the country, according to federal data. That’s up almost 45 percent from 2015.

Community Action/Building Our Coalition

The Charlotte Observer (4/12): A Charlotte church put up a sign about its Muslim neighbors. Then the neighbors spoke back.
“Thank you for standing up for us and supporting us, even when most of the world is against us,” said another.

 

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

Miami New Times (4/14): Florida ACLU Sues Homeland Security for Muslim-Ban Records From MIA [Includes Video: 53 sec.]
For all the debate, tears, and fury that President Trump’s short-lived “Muslim ban” caused, the public actually knows surprisingly little about what happened at airports. And since the ban was suspended in February, Muslims across the nation, including Miami’s Muhammad Ali Jr., have been detained illegally anyway. This past Wednesday, the ACLU filed a barrage of public-records lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including one demanding that DHS’s Miami and Tampa field offices turn over all records they kept regarding the ban, including emails and text messages.

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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 liberties and political freedoms in society; to provide legal advocacy and support for prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system and their families targeted after 9/11; and to defend and preserve the rights of all people according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Geneva Conventions.
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Member Organizations
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) – Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) – Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) – Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) – Friends of Human Rights (FHR) – International Action Center (IAC) – Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) – Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) – National Lawyers Guild (NLG)  – The Aafia Foundation  – Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

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