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September 26, 2011

2011.09.26: Link Correction: Defend the First Amendment at UC Irvine

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 1:08 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Link Correction: Defend the First Amendment at UC Irvine

Last week, as discussed below, eleven Muslim students at University of California-Irvine were convicted of misdemeanors for vocally accusing the Israeli ambassador of complicity in war crimes. This unprecedented attack on students’ First Amendment speech has been condemned by the University administration and many others:

Consistent with the ALAA resolution of 2002 (also below), please consider making a tax deductible donation to appeal conviction:]


In Defense of Civil Liberties (Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325, February 21, 2002)
‘As a labor union whose members fight each day for the statutory and constitutional rights of indigent New Yorkers, The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325, is deeply opposed to the Bush administration’s broad assault on precious civil liberties and democratic rights.’


Muslim Students Convicted of Being Mean to Israeli Ambassador
‘In February 2010, as Oren began to speak about the U.S.-Israeli relationship at a campus speech, the students rose one-by-one to object to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. One shouted, “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!” As the offender was removed from the audience, a designated compatriot shouted, “You, sir, are an accomplice to genocide!” And so on. According to an attorney for one of the students, the longest of the interruptions lasted roughly 8 seconds, and the total amount of time taken up by their outbursts—combined—was roughly one minute.’

Students for Justice in Palestine: We Stand With the Irvine 11
‘It is our right and duty to speak out against Israel’s egregious violations of international law and Palestinian rights. . . . To the Irvine 11: you are not alone. Like Dr. King wrote of his own unjust verdict, this week in September, the court convicted more than just you; it convicted every student dedicated to upholding human rights and ending injustice. We commend you for your courage and moral clarity.’

The Irvine 11: Islamophobia is alive and well
‘The United States already spends billions of dollars annually to support the Israeli occupation and is also spending well into the six figures to prosecute these students who spoke against it. This is a “selective and discriminatory” investigation and prosecution of Muslim students – because it was an Israeli official speaking, and because it was Muslims who protested.’

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