October 2, 2010

Muslimah Writers Alliance Joins Oct. 4-5 National Call-In Days to End Repression of Anti-War and Int'l Solidarity Activists

Campaign seeks to bring peace, solidarity, labor and human rights activists together against the recent wave of FBI raids and harassment of fellow peace and solidarity activists across the country.



PRLog (Press Release)Oct 02, 2010 – WASHINGTON, D.C. (MWA-Net) – Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) joins activists across the nation in support of the Oct. 4-5 National Call-In Days Campaign to end repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists in the wake of the September 24 FBI raids of seven houses and an office each in Chicago and Minneapolis. Grand Jury subpoenas were reportedly also served on thirteen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. Additional reports included attempts to intimidate activists in California, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

The FBI has indicated that the grand jury is investigating the activists for alleged material support of terrorism. Search warrants issued included the specified seizure of documents, computers, e-mail records, cell phones, etc., relating to travel to "Palestine [sic], Columbia and travel within the United States from 2000 to present."

This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war.

MWA joins in denouncing FBI harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists, further calling on President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and members of the media to stop the FBI campaign of repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists, and to end the grand jury investigations.

WHAT: National Call-In Day to Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists and Harassment of Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists

WHEN: Monday & Tuesday, October 4-5, 2010 from 8:00AM to 6:00PM

WHERE: Nationwide

Among those targeted by federal authorities was Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), who has led the social services, cultural outreach, adult education, and youth development programming of AAAN.

In addition to being staunch advocates for the civil and human rights of Arabs and other immigrants in the U.S., as well as Palestinians and oppressed peoples across the world, Abudayyeh and the other activists whose homes were tossed by FBI agents, assert they are not proponents of "terrorism", have done nothing wrong.

MWA urges all people of conscience to join in fighting political repression.

"Not even the 'serious and deadly problem' of international terrorism can require automatic forfeiture of First Amendment rights," stated U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor in dissent of the June 21, 2010 ruling in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project.

On Monday and Tuesday, October 4-5, call-in and demand that U.S. government officials end repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists, return all materials seized in the raid, and stop the issuance of subpoenas to grand jury investigations of activists.

Take Action!

>>>Call the White House Comments Line: (202) 456-1111 or Switchboard: (202) 456-1414; or fax a letter to the White House at (202) 456-2461; or email the President at http://emailthepresident.com or at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

>>>Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at (202) 353-1555 or deliver a letter by email addressed to: [email protected].

>>>Call Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine at (202) 514-3435 or (800) 869-4499; or fax a letter to (202) 514-4001; or send an email to [email protected].

>>>Contact U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon via online form at http://www.un.org/en/contactus

>>>Sign the Petition. If you are unable to call or write, please sign the online petition at www.iacenter.org/stopfbi, hosted by the International Action Center founded in 1992 by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

These latest raids and subpoenas constitute an attack on our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the government that their actions and policies are wrong; in short, they are an attempt to clear the way for more wars and occupations of other countries by the U.S. military.

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Chicago Committee Against Political Repression
Committee Against Political Repression
VIDEO – http://blip.tv/file/4186093

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Established in 2006, MWA is an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith.