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NCPCF                                               Vol. VII-Issue No. 552

NEWS DIGEST                              
Friday, September 29, 2017

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

IN THIS ISSUE

The Darkest Corner: Special Administrative Measures and Extreme Isolation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Can Muslim Americans be locked up like Japanese Americans were? Film explores possible connection

70-Year-Old Palestinian Political Activist Rasmea Odeh Deported From US

Marriott is hosting the conference of the largest anti-Muslim hate group

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

Civil rights groups see right through Trump’s new Muslim ban

Homeland Security Want to Collect Immigrants’ Social Media Information, But Privacy Groups Are Fighting Back

Supreme Court cancels oral arguments on Trump travel ban

Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 Is Still Unconstitutional

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Action Items
No Muslim Ban Ever
Join #NoMuslimBanEver campaign between September 5th and October 10th by raising awareness through events, forums, dialogues,  and actions, and by attending the national mobilization on October 10 in Washington, D.C. 
Website of the Week
Color of Change
Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, they move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real. 

 

Multimedia

Sacramento Bee (9/22): Can Muslim Americans be locked up like Japanese Americans were? Film explores possible connection [Article & Video: 1 min. 39 sec.]
Japanese and Muslim Americans, a transgender activist, a former Latino California Supreme Court justice and a Jewish filmmaker will discuss civil rights Saturday following the Sacramento premiere of “And Then They Came For Us” at the Crest Theatre. The 47-minute film features George Takei of “Star Trek” fame, who was incarcerated as a boy along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans – more than half of them U.S. citizens – during World War II. Social justice filmmaker Abby Ginzberg of Berkeley said she was inspired by the stark photos taken by Dorothea Lange of Japanese American families given barely 24 hours to evacuate their homes and gather at racetracks to be sent to remote internment camps for the duration of World War II.

 

Special Reports

CCR (9/14): The Darkest Corner: Special Administrative Measures and Extreme Isolation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) are the darkest corner of the U.S. federal prison system, combining the brutality and isolation of maximum security units with additional restrictions that deny individuals almost any connection to the human world. They prohibit prisoners who live under them from contact or communication with all but a handful of approved individuals, and impose a second gag on even those few individuals. The net effect is to shield this form of torture in our prisons from any real public scrutiny. The report, the first to focus on SAMs, attempts to shed light on this little-known practice.

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News Digest

 

Featured Stories
Chicago Sun-Times (9/22): 70-Year-Old Palestinian Political Activist Rasmea Odeh Deported From US
The 70-year-old Palestinian immigrant, whose U.S. citizenship was revoked by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not disclosing having served time as a prisoner in Israel, didn’t cry until the end, only after ICE refused her huge crowd of supporters entry into the airport. Before that, Odeh was staunchly defiant, the etched lines of her set countenance only occasionally twitching during a three-hour O’Hare Airport send-off for the political activist who became symbolic of a cause — Palestine liberation — her case gaining notoriety worldwide.

 

Terrorism Industry

Quartz (9/24): Marriott is hosting the conference of the largest anti-Muslim hate group
AirBnB, Google, WordPress, Apple, and even Uber are among the companies who have refused the business of white supremacists or other hate-speech groups—it seems that taking a moral stand through business is catching on. Though that isn’t the case for every company: On Oct. 2-3, Marriott is scheduled to host ACTCON, the gathering of ACT for America, at its Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel in Arlington, Virginia. ACT for America is the US’ largest anti-Muslim organization, and claims some 750,000 members around the country. Its CEO, Brigitte Gabriel, publicly expresses her Islamophobia.

The New York Times Magazine (9/26):  How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down
At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.

 

Profiling

The New York Times (9/25): New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries
President Trump on Sunday issued a new order indefinitely banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country. The new order is more far-reaching than the president’s original travel ban, imposing permanent restrictions on travel, rather than the 90-day suspension that Mr. Trump authorized soon after taking office. Starting next month, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be banned from entering the United States.

 

Community Action/Building Our Coalition

Think Progress (9/25): Civil rights groups see right through Trump’s new Muslim ban
The Trump administration’s most recent executive order to indefinitely restrict travel from multiple countries to the United States is just as Islamophobic as its previous variants, civil rights groups said Monday, spurring them to double down on efforts to stop the ban from taking effect in the courts and on the streets. Now, prominent civil rights groups like CAIR and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) are intending to help fight Trump’s third attempt to stifle travel by Muslims into the United States.


Civil Freedoms Under Threat

Newsweek (9/27): Homeland Security Want to Collect Immigrants’ Social Media Information, But Privacy Groups Are Fighting Back
Privacy and freedom of expression groups have slammed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to monitor and collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States. The new requirement is due to take effect on October 18—the same day that immigration restrictions pronounced on Sunday by President Donald Trump on citizens of eight countries come into force. As well as immigrants to the United States, the new requirement would also affect permanent residents and naturalized citizens. By extension, it would also impact anyone who communicates with immigrants via social media, as their conversations could be reviewed by immigration officials.


Editorials/Opinions

Politico (9/25): Supreme Court cancels oral arguments on Trump travel ban
The high court announced Monday afternoon that it has scrubbed the Oct. 10 session after Trump issued a new set of travel restrictions Sunday, as his earlier visa ban on six majority Muslim countries was set to expire. The justices did not drop the pending travel ban cases altogether, but removed them from the court’s oral argument calendar while both sides file new briefs on the impact of the new directive.
 

After federal courts struck down Donald Trump’s first two Muslim bans, his functionaries crafted a third one. In an attempt to withstand judicial scrutiny by convincing the courts it is not really aimed at Muslims, Trump’s new travel ban (Muslim Ban 3.0) cosmetically adds two countries — Venezuela and North Korea — that do not have Muslim-majority populations. Nevertheless, the new ban suffers from the same constitutional infirmities as the first and second Muslim bans.
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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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