CCF                                       Vol. VIII-Issue No. 569
NEWS DIGEST                          Friday, February 2, 2018


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ashley Young Tells Her Brother’s Story [Video]

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Upcoming Events

Author Events with Miko Peled: Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.  Five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were given very lengthy sentences—for “supporting terrorism” by donating to charities in Palestine that the U.S. government itself and other respected international agencies had long worked with. The five men, now all well over 50 years old, are serving multi-decade sentences in some of the US penal system’s worst long-term prisons. Peled traveled to those prisons to interview the men. Those interviews along with interviews with the lawyers and family members form the basis of his powerful story.

Bethlehem Public Library. Saturday, February 10, 2 PM – 4 PM EST, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY. Miko Peled, author of “The General’s Son”, will discuss his new book- Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Busboys & Poets, Thursday, February 15, 7 – 9 PM, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington , DC., Miko Peled will will trace the labyrinthine course of the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental over-reach in post-9/11 America. Copies of the book will be available in the bookstore. Co-sponsored by NCPCF.

Action Items

HELP NICHOLAS YOUNG.  Nicholas Young is not accused of any violence, but he is  facing a possible 60 years in prison! His sister Ashley is collecting letters  asking the judge for a lenient sentence.  Click here for more information about how you can help. To hear Ashley tell her brother’s story click here.

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Huffington Post (1/30): ICE Deports Palestinian Man Living In The U.S. For Almost 40 Years Despite Outcry
On Monday authorities deported a Palestinian man who had been living in the U.S. for nearly 40 years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had kept Amer Othman Adi, 57, in detention for two weeks, ignoring a House Judiciary Committee request that the Department of Homeland Security review his case, which would have allowed him to temporarily remain in the U.S.


Multimedia

Wake Up Call for Civil Liberties – Prisons, Profiling & Preemptive Prosecution [Video: 1 hr. 56 min. 53 sec.]
An NCPCF event featuring Sh. Omar Suleiman as keynote speaker,  as well as family members of political prisoners.
 

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News From NCPCF and Coalition Members
 
Good news! We have shortened our name! Consensus had it that the problem with the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms was that the name was TOO LONG, and so henceforth, although we are still the NCPCF, our public face will be known as the Coalition for Civil Freedoms (CCF). We hope you like it. 

 

Islamophobia and Civil Rights
 

The Conversation (1/29): Trump’s travel ban is just one of many US policies that legalize discrimination against Muslims
This policy did not emerge in a vacuum. After Sept. 11, immigration became a key national security issue. As a result, 15 federal programs and initiatives were implemented that target and discriminate against Muslim individuals and communities.
 
Prison Conditions and Abuse/CMUs
 
Mother Jones (1/25): All Death Row Inmates in Pennsylvania Are Put in Solitary Confinement. Now the State Is Getting Sued.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Abolitionist Law Center, which advocates for the rights of prisoners, filed a federal lawsuit against officials in charge of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, alleging that their policy of holding death-sentenced inmates indefinitely in solitary confinement is in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishments, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection. The five plaintiffs named in the suit, who are between the ages of 46 and 50, have spent from 16 to 27 years in isolation.

Editorials/Opinions

Politico (1/28):  The Psychological Trick Behind Trump’s Misleading Terror Statistics
President Trump has been criticized for tweeting a report that suggests “nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign born”,  but there is a fundamental problem with thinking about terrorist risks in this way. The 75 percent statistic ignores the rarity of terrorist-related activities despite the very large number of foreign-born individuals in the United States. Treating 75 percent as a meaningful measure of risk is deceitful—it’s lying with statistics. If an individual is foreign-born, the likelihood that the person has engaged in terrorism-related activities is nearly zero. There are approximately 41 million foreign-born people living in the United States; 402 out of 41 million is a miniscule proportion—less than 0.001 percent. 

The Intercept (1/31): In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism. Since that’s exactly what this Kansas law did, the court concluded that it was unconstitutional.
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