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March 8, 2013

2013.03.08: Muslim Defense Project of the NYC National Lawyers Guild open meeting March 19th

From: Ahmad, Bina
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 10:37 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Muslim Defense Project of the NYC National Lawyers Guild open meeting March 19th

The Muslim Defense Project (MDP) of the NLG-NYC will hold an open meeting for attorneys, legal workers and law students interested in learning about our work and becoming involved on Tuesday, March 19th, at 7pm at the Urban Justice Center, 123 William Street, 16th floor, Manhattan.  We welcome those who wish to work with us in solidarity in this fight against the horrific and ever-growing anti-Muslim rhetoric and predatory policing in NYC and beyond.

What we’re about: MDP was formed to combat the anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies that have created a comprehensive system of illegal surveillance, predatory prosecutions, and the targeting of entire Muslim communities – in New York City and beyond. We stand in solidarity, as members of these communities and their allies, to seek the elimination of laws that enable the discrimination of Muslims. We arm our communities with the knowledge and information they need to protect themselves. We put our legal skills to use defending those who have fallen prey to predatory prosecutions. We recognize that community ties through trust and activism have been under attack over the past several years, and we endeavor to safeguard and build those precious relationships.  Through organizing and activism, we seek to build a strong front by developing alliances with other communities who have also been the subject of the government’s repression. Together, we will fight this government onslaught on our fundamental rights – as history has taught us that the rights of one community or individual belong to us all.

What we do: Facilitate Know Your Rights Workshops in Masjids, community centers, schools, etc; Operate a 24/7 Hotline (212-470-3431) for those who have been contacted or suspect they are being surveilled by a government agent, such as a member of the FBI or NYPD; Legal Observe; and provide general community support.

Please join us March 19th at 7 at UJC!

In solidarity,
NLG-NYC Muslim Defense Project

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