NCPCF
NEWS DIGEST


Vol. VII-Issue No. 529
Friday, May 12, 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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News From NCPCF

Last week, 200 Ramadan cards were mailed to Muslim prisoners who were victims of preemptive prosecution. $100 was deposited into each of their commissary accounts. We are very grateful to all the friends and supporters who made this possible. – The NCPCF Team
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IN THIS ISSUE

Islam and Preemptive Incarceration [Video]

Federal judges reject bid for appeal in Ohio terror plot

To ease fears, U.S. Muslim schools reach out to neighbors

3 Judges Weigh Trump’s Revised Travel Ban, but Keep Their Poker Faces

The Nervous Immigrant’s Guide to Getting Through Customs

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Website of the Week

Alliance for Democracy – Rochester
Alliance for Democracy – Rochester exists to assist the development of a local progressive movement through programs and actions that foster cooperation, coordination and mutual support; and to generally advance the ideas and principles found in the US Constitution & Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Earth Charter Document in the service of all people.

 

Multimedia

Youtube(5/9):  Islam and Preemptive Incarceration [Video: 1 hr. 10 min. 15 sec.]
If you missed the NCPCG presentation at Luther College on May 3, you can watch it here. Mariam Abu Ali and Ikraan Abdurahman each have a brother who has been unjustly incarcerated, and they tell their stories very eloquently.  Kathy Manley, NCPCF Legal Director, discusses other cases.

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News Digest

 

Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support

Associated Press (5/15): Federal judges reject bid for appeal in Ohio terror plot

A federal appellate panel has dismissed an Ohio man’s bid to appeal his 30-year prison sentence for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol. The three Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled recently that 22-year-old Christopher Cornell had waived his broad appeal rights when he pleaded guilty last year to three charges including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees in support of the Islamic State group.

Community Action/Building Our Coalition

Reuters (5/12): To ease fears, U.S. Muslim schools reach out to neighbors
Americans are more likely to view Muslims, who make up 1 percent of the U.S. population, as extremists if they do not know one personally, according to a February poll by the Pew Research Center. The same survey found that 60 percent of Americans who know a Muslim believe there is little or no support among them for extremism but only 48 percent of those who do not know a Muslim believe that. In an effort to overcome that perception, the Council of Islamic Schools in North America, the nation’s only accrediting agency for Muslim schools, is changing its curriculum. It will ask its 78 accredited or member schools, located across 24 U.S. states, to arrange meetings between their own students and those at other, non-Muslim schools

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

The New York Times (5/15): 3 Judges Weigh Trump’s Revised Travel Ban, but Keep Their Poker Faces
Three months after the federal appeals court in California blocked President Trump’s first travel ban, a three-judge panel of the same court heard arguments on Monday in a challenge to Mr. Trump’s revised ban, this one limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. Mr. Trump views the appeals court — the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — as a hostile forum, frequently criticizing it on Twitter. But the judges hearing Monday’s arguments asked probing questions of both sides and may not be ready to endorse the sweeping reasoning of a federal judge in Hawaii who blocked major parts of the revised order.

 
Editorials/Opinions

Vice (5/15): The Nervous Immigrant’s Guide to Getting Through Customs
Federal courts are currently hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which suspends all refugee admissions and all travel from six Muslim-majority countries. But whatever judges decide in that case, the administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric has created an atmosphere of fear for many immigrants and foreign workers. Customs can take as little as a few minutes, but it can also mean being detained for hours; it probably makes sense  to make plans for unexpected delays. This article has advice from attorneys, immigration experts, and foreign workers for recommendations on getting though customs as smoothly as possibly and what border agents can and can’t do.

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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
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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