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NEWS DIGEST


Vol. VII-Issue No. 535
Friday, June 2, 2017


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

Ahmed Abu Ali

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Left Forum 2017. Session  4: Preemptive Prosecution and Muslim Prisoners, Saturday June 3rd 5:20 – 7:10 pmRoom 1.76, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New Building, 524 W. 59th ST., NY. Speakers include Kathy Manley, Mel Underbakke, Leena Al-Arian and Marlene Jenkins.

Ramadan Letter Writing Project, 10;00 AM, May 22, June 5, 12 and 19. Norm Smith Plaza, Decorah IA. Bring words of kindness and hope to Muslim prisoners. Writing materials will be provided, as well as names, addresses, and guidelines. Sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center.

No Separate Justice Vigil on Ahmed Abu Ali & SAMs, Monday June 5, 6-7 PM,Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. Ahmed Abu Ali is serving a life-sentence at the ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado. He has been in solitary confinement and under extremely restrictive SAM’s for over 11 years.

Action Items

Dear supporters, the blessed month of Ramadan is upon us, a time for prayer and self reflection. It is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate and most marginalized among us. In the spirit if this holy month, let us send greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters behind bars to let them know they are not forgotten. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing a letter writing workshop or gathering. One of the most common requests we get in the mail is of inmates asking for penpals, so those who are interested in long term correspondence, please do get in touch as well.

Email our Program Director Mariam Abu-Ali at mariam@civilfreedoms.org

Website of the Week

Nexus Fund
The Nexus Fund works in areas where there are significant risks of mass atrocities but still opportunity for prevention. They support local on-the-ground efforts with microgrants through three programs: The Atrocity Prevention Small Grants Fund, The Dangerous Speech Global Fund, and The Civil Society Exchange Program.  They have recently expanded their work to countering hate speech in the U.S.

 

Multimedia

Democracy Now! (5/30):  Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train? [Video: 25 min.]
“In many ways, I think his rhetoric has more to do with the campaign and the ideas unleashed in the campaign over the last 16, 18 months by the Trump folks than it does with hardcore neo-Nazism. Or at least it’s a mix of the two sets of ideas,” says our guest Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The New York Times (5/31): Man Stabbed in Portland While Coming to Aid of 2 Girls Shifts Focus to Them
Includes a link to a seven minute video in which Mr. Fletcher thanked supporters for their generosity, but worried that longstanding local attitudes and biases caused aid to flow more freely to him than to one of the girls.

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News Digest

News From NCPCF and Coalition Members

Dear Subscribers, Beginning next week, this News Digest will be sent to you only on Thursday. While the News Digest  will only be sent once, there will be other informative mailings, so please watch for them.  Best wishes, NCPCF Team

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

The Washington Post (5/31):  What happens when you join the Islamic State — then change your mind
As soon as his cab arrived in an Islamic State safe house in December 2015, his lawyers say, Mohamad Khweis realized he had made a huge mistake. The 27-year-old Fairfax County native fled the group three months later and was captured by Kurdish forces in Iraq. Now, as his trial begins this week in federal court in Alexandria, a jury will weigh whether a mistake of that gravity can be forgiven under terrorism laws.
 

 
Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Associated Press (5/31): Feds Investigating After City Won’t Allow Mosque to Be Built
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a New Jersey city that prevented a Muslim group from building a mosque, a rejection that the group said was motivated by religious hatred. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey confirmed that it is investigating after Bayonne rejected the mosque’s application. The Department of Justice on Tuesday unveiled a $3.25 million settlement between a different New Jersey town and an Islamic group — a deal that requires the town to allow a mosque to be built after a similar zoning dispute.
 
Editorials/Opinions

Resistance Report (5/27): White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years  
No refugees hailing from any of the countries included in Trump’s Muslim ban have ever killed any Americans. The last time any refugees killed any Americans was more than 40 years ago, when three Cuban refugees killed three Americans (Cuba is not included in the travel ban). While the numbers back up the claim that the real terror threat is not from refugees, the Trump administration has been eerily silent about the growing trend of hate crimes in the United States committed by white people against people of color, particularly in the name of Trump. 

Foreign Policy in Focus (5/31):  The Bankrupt Way the White House Tells ‘Bad Muslims’ from ‘Good Muslims’
The president recently returned from Saudi Arabia, where he gave his Muslim hosts a speech about the threats of “radical Islamist terrorism.” Because Trump steered slightly clear of his usual vitriol toward Muslims  some folks in the media credited Trump for not saying anything “overtly” Islamophobic. They seem to have missed the fact that Trump’s language, while perhaps less direct than what he says to crowds of his supporters in the United States, was still drenched in the demonization of Muslims.

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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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