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Stop Indefinite Detention-Meeting Feb. 18

Indefinite Detention: Stop Government Attack on Civil Liberties

A Meeting to Discuss and Organize Opposition to Indefinite Detention
February 18, 2012; 1:00 p.m. - 4 pm
Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (Berlin Mosque)
1781 Wilbur Cross Highway, Berlin, CT 06037
(Next to the batting cages on the Berlin Turnpike)

Speakers List (still in formation):

Stephen Downs, Esq. – Co-founder of Project SALAM; Executive Director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, author of “Victims of America’s Dirty Wars” (http://www.projectsalam.org/victims.html).

Cyrus McGoldrick --Council on American Islamic Relations, NY, and a leader in the ongoing campaign against the unconstitutional spying of the NY Police Department on the Muslim American community.

Farzana Rahman - Active in Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA) and Muslim Peace Coalition. She is a community organizer who works to empower young Muslim women. Linda Sarsour- Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York. She recently appeared on Democracy Now to discuss use of anti-Muslim film in training NYPD officers.

Sandra Staub, Esq. – Legal Director of the CT American Civil Liberties Union; leader of the campaign to enforce anti-profiling legislation in CT

Luis Cotto- Hartford City Councilman who is moving to legislate an end to unconstitutional municipal cooperation with ICE and Homeland Security

On December 31, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Act costs American taxpayers $662 billion, continues to fund an endless “war on terror,” and imposes additional economic sanctions against Iran. In addition, the NDAA includes a so-called "counter-terrorism measure" that gives the President and the military the right to detain anyone whom they claim gives support to Al Qaeda or "associated" groups – indefinitely and without charges. All major civil liberties organizations agree that the law as written permits the indefinite detention of any person, including residents and citizens of the U.S. And even though President Obama in his signing statement said that his administration would not indefinitely detain American citizens without trial, the law is now on the books and can be used by any future administration.

We have already seen a dangerous trend toward the erosion of civil liberties in the U.S. Muslim-Americans are being subjected to surveillance, harassment, and entrapment by the FBI and Homeland Security. In September 2010 the FBI raided the homes of 23 labor, peace, and international solidarity activists because of their work with Colombian peasants and Palestinian day care centers. And all over the country, young activists participating in the Occupy Movement have been arrested or brutalized for exercising their right to free speech. In this context, the enactment of a law that allows the government to name people as terrorists or supporters of terrorism and then imprison them indefinitely and without charges or trial is a frightening development.

Many national organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Peace Coalition, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and others, have already begun to mobilize for the repeal of the NDAA provisions that permit indefinite detention. It is clear that to accomplish that goal we need to build a very broad movement that includes as many organizations as possible. In unity there is strength.

We would like you to join us in calling for a meeting here in Connecticut on February 18 with the simple theme: NO to indefinite detention. The meeting will lay the groundwork for a Connecticut coalition that can work to repeal the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA and restore civil liberties. Please help us make this event real by deciding to be listed as an endorser of this event, by making a donation, and by publicizing it widely.

In solidarity,
Mongi Dhaouadi, CAIR
Chris Gauvreau, CT United for Peace

To endorse, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mongi at 860-514-8038 or Denisa at 508-612-1911

Endorsers List (still in formation): Council on American Islamic Relations-CT, National Lawyers Guild-CT Chapter, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, The Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, Socialist Party of Connecticut, West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice, CT United for Peace, American Civil Liberties Union-CT, Middle East Crisis Committee, Civic Trust Public Lobbying Company, Veterans for Peace Ch.42, Occupy Hartford, Richard Duffee, Connecticut Center for a New Economy, Mike Alewitz, The Israel/Palestine Peace Group of Northeast CT, The Greater New Haven Peace Council, We Refuse To Be Enemies, A Better Way Foundation, Hartford Organizing Group, The New England Council of Masajid, The American Coalition for Good Government. American Association of University Professors -CCSU. Stop the Raids: Students of Trinity College, Attorney Harold Burbank, House of Peace, Trinity College, Trinity College Chapter of Project Nur, The Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba

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