The Peace Thru Justice Foundation
“Our sister still suffers. A recent campaign to secure medical attention for Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin resulted in significant changes in his care and circumstances of incarceration. Surely this is an event worthy of our support. Think of this sister [Dr. Aafia Siddiqui] as your daughter or sister or wife, because she is…”
Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):
The above message of Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid – spiritual leader of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood (MIB) in the village of Harlem, and outgoing Amir of the Majlis Ashura (aka, Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York – is right on point. It is expected that the Majlis of New York City will be well represented at the upcoming March 30th Mobilization for Aafia in Washington, DC (insha’Allah).
We humbly request that the national offices of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR); Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); Muslim American Society (MAS); Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), other Washington-based Muslim advocacy organizations; and the masajid and centers of Metropolitan Washington, DC (both large and small) demonstrate their concern and support for this long suffering Muslimah as well.
See the information below and let your individual and collective consciences be your guide.
The FLYER for this Mobilization is attached…
THE WASHINGTON MOBILIZATION FOR DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI
March 30, 2015 @ 12 Noon
The Federal Bureau of Prisons
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a subdivision of the US Department of Justice, is responsible for the administration of the federal prison system. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board Building, located on Capitol Hill, houses the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC. (website: www.bop.gov)
This will be the site of a very important action on Monday, March 30th. Dr. Aaafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-born, American trained neuroscientist – who (in addition to her academic brilliance) was widely known and respected for her work in the area of dawah and humanitarian relief – has been so cutoff from the outside world that her family doesn’t even know (with certainty) whether she is alive or dead.
On March 30, 2003, not long after her return to Pakistan, Dr. Siddiqui and her three young children (ages 6, 4, and six months) were the targets of a rendition operation carried out by Pakistani and American agents, based on nothing more than suspicion. In 2008, after public discovery that Aafia was a secretly-held prisoner at the American controlled “detention center” in Bagram, Afghanistan, she was mysteriously released in a weakened and disheveled state, reunited with her son Ahmed, and set up to be killed.
Aafia was shot and seriously injured by an American soldier while awaiting re-interrogation in an Afghan police compound. She was subsequently brought back to the United States and put on trial in a federal courthouse in New York City (2010). Found guilty of “attempting to murder US personnel” in Afghanistan (despite all of the evidence proving otherwise), she was given a sentence of 86 YEARS (Life without the possibility of parole)!
Presiding US District Judge Richard Berman recently ended the appeals process for Aafia; she is now cut off from any possibility of legal redress!
Aafia’s two oldest children (Ahmed and Maryam) were returned to the family home in Karachi in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The youngest child (Suleman) is still missing and presumed dead. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has called Aafia’s ordeal “the worst case of individual injustice I have ever witnessed.”
In the same month that tens of thousands of concerned citizens will be taking to the streets of the nation’s capitol (cumulatively hundreds of thousands in major cities throughout America) to demonstrate their principled opposition to endless war (March 2015), supporters of this innocent Muslim woman invite you to join us 9 DAY LATER. For Aafia’s case symbolizes in a tragically profound way, the very real and human consequence of endless war!
The objective of the March 30 Mobilization will be to demand that federal authorities allow an Independent Medical Team (IMT) to enter FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, TX, to examine Dr. Siddiqui – to determine: (a) she is still alive; (b) the exact state of her physical and mental health.
For more information on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, her case, and the international campaign for her release and repatriation go to: www.aafiamovement.com
To contribute financially to this campaign send a check or money order to:
The Peace Thru Justice Foundation
You can also make an online contribution at www.civilfreedoms.org – designate your donation “For Aafia” and send us an email (at: firstname.lastname@example.org ) to alert us to the donation made. Thank you.
In the struggle for peace thru justice,
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan
A FINAL NOTE: The call for this March 30th Mobilization is just three days old, and we’ve already received endorsements from the Majlis Ashura of New York, Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Masjid At-Taqwa (Brooklyn, NY); the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA); New York-based International Action Center; Albany, NY-based Project SALAM and the Muslim Solidarity Committee. (We will publish an updated endorsement list on Friday, March 20, iA.)
Others are welcome…
Lynne wanted to share this letter from political prisoner David Gilbert with everyone: Click here to read David Gilbert’s letter.
People can write David at: Gilbert, David, #83A6158, Auburn Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 618, Auburn, NY 13021-0618
You can find out more about writing to David and other political prisoners by clicking here to visit the Jericho Movement’s website.
Photo by Marty Goodman
It was a bitter cold night outside on East 54 Street and Lexington Avenue but the temperature inside St. Peters Church began to rise with the first arrivals at around 5 for an evening of historic remembrance and love. We were there to celebrate and re-commit ourselves to the heroic men and women who sacrificed and continue to be at the mercy of the most barbaric prison systems in this world. “Bring Them All Home” was the rallying cry, repeated many times during the course of the evening and re-inforced by prison veteran Laura Whitehorn when she reminded us that these heroes do not “languish”,they are a vital part of the force that will ultimately free them.
After the crowd gathered we were serenaded.exhorted,made to laugh out loud and weep by the various persons who had come to the Valentine. And that was the right name because this was all about love. Not the sickeningly sentimental Hollywood or tv editions but the kind that is strong in recognizing that heroes and sheroes. The kind that understands that freedom is sometimes sacrifice but must never descend to cynicism. That righteous anger is truth, an Honest response to an intolerable situation. And that “By Any Means Necessary” is not just a slogan but the way forward to reach our goals.
We were favored by the physical presence of ex-Political Prisoners Kaze. Toure, Joel Meyers, Sekou Odinga, Cisco Torres, Laura Whitehorn, Kathy Boudin, myself.
We were exhorted and challenged by speakers Pam Africa, Larry Hamm, Ralph Poynter and Glenn Ford to carry the fight forward. no matter how discouraging or repressive conditions may be. We were serenaded by the Grannies (lynne included) and Lucy Murphy, Janine Otis, Seraphina Brown. The spoken word was given to us by actress extraordinaire Vinie Burrows and First Class Rhymer Comic Professor Louis. Vinie inspired with the words spoken at the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. The good professor reminded us that that working class always get kicked in the A– and what to do about it.
This fabulous evening was punctuated by remarks of our mcs Mimi Rosenberg and Nelle Bailey. We had messages read from comrades Jeff Mackler, and political prisoners Jalil Montaquim and David Gilbert. We had skypes with pp Larry Giddings , Ralph Shoenman, and from Minnesota Jess Sundin representing one of twenty three grand jury resisters. I personally want to reach out and embrace all the comrades and supporters who worked and contributed to make this event the joyous scene it was. More than I can mention and I don’t want to slight anyone but we had wonderful food before the main event and a red (emphasis on red) velvet cake to make the final celebration at 10 oclock at the close of festivities.
We left in the teeth of a winter wind and below freezing temperatures but our hearts and minds were warm and dedicated once again…At least this warrior woman who was rescued by the People from the vile system and who is still fighting her death warrant was re-invigorated.
More photos from Marty Goodman:
IT’S TIME TO SET THEM ALL FREE!
Friday February 20, 2015 btw 6:00 – 10:00pm in St. Peter`s Church at Lexington Av. & E. 54th.
Take the E, M, #6, 4, 5, N, Q, R, F, B, D, E, also #1, C, D stops & cross town bus via 57th or via 50th https://goo.gl/maps/XkFQ5
If you are in New York City on Feb. 20th please join us for a wonderful event both celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the release of Lynne Stewart and the continuing work to bring all of the political prisoners home.
It’s Time To Free Them All
Why: Because we owe all of the human rights legislation of the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s & 90′s,etc to our political prisoners. We owe the voice we now have about our Mother Earth to our Eco political prisoners. And to do nothing about the torture of our Muslim political prisoners is immoral. So join us in sending this Valentine far & wide.
Bring them home NOW. Free the Land!!!
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