SEVENTH FAMILY CONFERENCE APPEAL
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Vol. VII-Issue No. 540
Friday, July 7, 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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Dear supporters, Thanks to our generous donors, The Ramadan Gift Appeal was a huge success, with  200 prisoners finding $100 in their commissary accounts.   Be assured that the prisoners also appreciated your gift. Here are some of their responses:

“Thanks you again this year for the money you sent to my commissary account. . . . It is easy to forget about humanity in prison. The work that you do is a reminder of humanity, and I thank you for that.”  ~  S.C.

“This is the first time I’m writing to you. I wanted to write to you few years back when I received your first gift, to at least say thank you, but I was not allowed to write to anyone in the world outside my immediate family. ~ A.A.S.

“I’m truly at a loss for words at your continued . . generosity, caring and compassion… ” ~ A.S.

“I want to thank all and everybody who have continued to support me, my family and others deprived of justice.” ~ S.D.

The families also need our support, but we are less than halfway to our goal!

Please visit our Launchgood page and make a generous donation. 

Support Families Impacted by the War on Terror

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Website of the Week

The Rosenberg Fund for Children
The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, public foundation that makes grants to aid children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. It also assists youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities.

 

Multimedia

Step Feed (7/3): White supremacists are targeting Muslims. It’s time we call them terrorists [Article & Video: 3 min. 31 sec.]
When it comes to international media and public perception, the focus is most often shed on terrorists when they are Muslim. Many are quick to highlight a terrorist’s religion when he is Muslim, yet are hesitant to call a non-Muslim a terrorist.  In reality, however, Muslims are falling victim to terror attacks fueled by Islamophobia.  

Huffington Post (7/5): Muslim Slam Poet: ‘If You Need Me To Prove My Humanity, I’m Not The One Who’s Not Human’ [Video: 3 min. 1 sec.]

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News Digest

Islamophobia and Civil Rights
 

Independent (7/3): Terror attacks receive five times more media coverage if perpetrator is Muslim, study finds
Terror attacks carried out by Muslims receive more than five times as much media coverage as those carried out by non-Muslims in the United States, according to an academic study. Analysis of coverage of all terrorist attacks in the US between 2011 and 2015 found there was a 449 per cent increase in media attention when the perpetrator was Muslim. Muslims committed just 12.4 per cent of attacks during the period studied but received 41.4 per cent of news coverage, the survey found.

Community Action/Building Our Coalition

Seattle Weekly (6/30): Following Latest ‘Muslim Ban,’ An Effort to Get More Muslims Involved in Media and Politics
Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of CAIR-WA, just announced a new, refreshed version of the group’s ongoing efforts to encourage local Muslim youth and adults to explore careers in media, politics, and public-interest law. Bukhari points out that, at least according to the anecdotal numbers his office has found in recent years, there are only a couple of American Muslims working full-time in mainstream media outlets in Washington state, and “less than 10 who work for political office.” Although “very highly represented in IT and medicine,” he says, Muslims “are very underrepresented—in fact, almost unrepresented—in media and politics and public-service law,” sectors that have a huge impact on both legislation and public opinion.

 

Editorials/Opinions

ACLU (6/30): The Government’s Muslim Ban ‘Guidance’ is Arbitrary, Illogical, and Discriminatory – Just Like the Ban.
The Supreme Court decided that the federal government could bar refugees and people from six overwhelmingly Muslim countries who lack “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” from entering the country for a period of between 90 and 120 days. Yet instead of faithfully complying with the Supreme Court’s order, the federal government is seeking to unilaterally rewrite it. In guidance released yesterday, the government has imposed a set of rules that would ban many people who cannot be barred under the Supreme Court’s directive. That is simply unacceptable.

Truthout (7/3): The Supreme Court’s “Muslim Ban” Decision Is Terrifying
As a Muslim American of Egyptian descent, will I be legally impacted by the decision? In theory, no. But will I think twice about leaving the country, knowing that I could return to the possibility of being harassed, interrogated, and/or denied entry back into the U.S.? Absolutely. Because after almost 16 years of the war on terror, you come to learn — or become conditioned to fear — that one day you could be next.
 

AlJazeera (7/3): Why am I facing 75 years in prison?
The prosecutor would like to depoliticise the charges we are facing, but the reality is that this case is not about so-called “criminal behaviour”: This case is about turning protesters into felons, and the criminalisation of resistance. The state is perfectly willing to permit thousands of people to wear safety pins and pussyhats, march along well-policed parade routes, and powerlessly petition their authorities for change – so long as they do not shatter the illusion of everyday politics or disrupt the constant flow of capital. But what Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter have taught us all is that if a community’s resistance is perceived as effective then the full measure of state violence will be used to neutralise it.

Think Progress (7/5): Politico’s poll on Trump’s travel ban is fake news
This morning, Politico published a story with a provocative headline: “Poll: Majority of voters back Trump travel ban.” There is only one problem with this story: it isn’t true. Politico did not even ask a polling question ab0ut the latest version of Trump’s travel ban, which is expressed in a March 7 executive order. Rather, the poll asked about “new guidelines which say visa applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country.” These guidelines are not Trump’s policy, but a requirement imposed through a per curium order of the Supreme Court.


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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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