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Vol. VII-Issue No. 537
Thursday, June 15, 2017


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

Reem Jayyousi Webinar Today!

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: A Look At Communication Management Units (CMUs) in the United States, Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:00pm to 2:00 pm EDT. Center for Constitutional Rights, CCR’s Rachel Meeropol, joined in conversation by Reem Jayyousi, daughter of a former CMU prisoner and member of National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), will discuss the Communications Management Units (CMUs), prison units designed to isolate and segregate certain prisoners in the federal prison system from the rest of the BOP population. 

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.

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

Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. We do that by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.

 

Multimedia

The Washington Post (6/13): Federal appeals court upholds freeze on Trump’s travel ban [Video: 2 min. 55 sec.]
A West Coast federal appeals court upheld the freeze on President Trump’s travel ban Monday, declaring that Trump had exceeded his lawful authority in suspending the issuance of visas to residents of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refu­gee program.

Mic (6/14): These Muslim kids are only in elementary school — and in the classroom, they’re called terrorists. [Article & Video: 1 min.]
Forty-two percent of Muslim families reported their children had experiences with anti-Muslim bullying, according to a 2017 study from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. One in four of these reported incidents came from teachers or other school officials.

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News Digest

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

The Intercept (6/12): Judge In Infamous “Sleeper Cell” Case Agrees to Hear New Evidence That Could Help Convicted Terrorist
Lawyers for Hamid Hayat, a 34-year-old Pakistani-American convicted after one of the first post-9/11 terrorism investigations by the FBI, will be able to present evidence to support his claim that he is entitled to a new trial because his lawyer failed her client. The case was the subject of a November 2016 series in The Intercept that uncovered new evidence in the case, including doubts about the credibility of the government’s undercover informant and expert testimony about the terrorist training camp Hayat is alleged to have attended.

 

 Profiling

The Salt Lake Tribune (6/14): Muslim Utahn — and U.S. citizen — prevented from boarding plane back to U.S.
Yussuf Awadir Abdi, imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid Mosque, traveled to Kenya to pick up his wife and five children. While his family was allowed on the plane back to Utah, Abdi was told  he couldn’t board because the U.S. wouldn’t accept him. Abdi, though, has been a U.S. citizen since 2010. And Abdi’s wife and two of his children have visas; the other three children have passports.

Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Slate (6/10): Counterprotests Outnumber Anti-Muslim Marches in Several Cities Across U.S.
Act for America (labeled as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) held marches in about two dozen cities across the country on Saturday to protest Islamic law. Marchers found they were hugely outnumbered by counterprotesters in several cities. Act for America began a campaign against Shariah law in 2008. Its highly effective grassroots campaign has resulted in more than 13 states introducing bills to ban Shariah law even though there would be clear constitutional constraints to somehow making religious law supersede U.S. law. Meanwhile, hate cries against Muslims have been on the rise.

 
Civil Freedoms Under Threat

Think Progress (6/13): Trump’s Muslim ban may be getting Iraqi Christians in Detroit deported
Immigration officials have rounded up dozens of Chaldean Christians living in Michigan, sparking protests from family members and advocates who say deporting the detainees back to Iraq is equivalent to a “death sentence.” According to The Detroit News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began their crack down on immigrant Chaldean Christians over the weekend, arresting anywhere from 40 to 100 people at or near their homes — mostly on Sunday. More arrests are expected throughout the week.


Editorials/Opinions

Truthout (6/14): What’s Hidden Behind the Walls of US Prisons
Prisons are built to be out of sight and are, thus, out of mind. Somehow, even though these institutions contain human beings, including children, and even though we are the ones who cough up the billion of dollars that it costs to run them, we are expected simply to trust that they are operated humanely and that they in fact make our society safer. Throughout American history unspeakable abuse of men and women has been allowed to happen behind prison walls because the public had no access.

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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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