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September 21, 2017

FYI: 9/28: Book Talk: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:17 AM
Subject: FYI: 9/28: Book Talk: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971

Join us on [Thursday] 9/28 when @hthompsn presents
“Blood In The Water: The #Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy”:
$5 tix:
@brooklynhistory 718.222.4111
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History, Heather Ann Thompson shares the complicated and gripping tale of the five-day prison uprising, as well as the muddied investigations, lawsuits, and untold stories that followed.

Book Talk: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971
Thursday, September 28
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$5 General Admission / Free for Members

BHS Members: to reserve tickets at the member price, click on “Tickets” and enter your Member ID on the following page after clicking on “Enter Promotional Code.”

REFUND POLICY Brooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. No refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.

Thu, September 28, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Historical SocietY
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organizer of Book Talk: “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971”

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a library, museum, and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement.

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May 25, 2017

FYI: Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike in Day 39

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:07 PM
Subject: FYI: Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike in Day 39

On March 15, 2017, the Legal Aid Society and Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid jointly said:“[F]or as long as The Legal Aid Society exists, we will stand in solidarity with marginalized communities in their fight for equal justice and racial equity.” Today, in the very same spirit, people around the world are standing in solidarity with 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners now in their 39th day of a hunger strike against conditions that Amnesty International calls “unlawful and cruel.”

Hunger strikes, like that held by U.S. prisoners last fall, are part of a long international tradition of resistance to injustice. But the Israeli government — which receives $3.8b/year in U.S. weaponsand closely coordinates with the NYPD and other police agencies that systematically target Black, Brown, and Native communities in this country — has branded the strikers “terrorists,” just as the South African apartheid regime once labeled Nelson Mandela.

Despite threats of force-feeding, the prisoners remain steadfast“Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost.

With our own government funding this injustice, the prisoner strike concerns us all. Dr. Martin Luther King, while himself a political prisoner in Birmingham Alabama, put it best: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

*Legal Workers, Legal Organizations and Law Students Letter of Support for Palestinian Hunger Strikers (National Lawyers Guild, April 2017)

*An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Workers Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike (Labor for Palestine, May 21, 2017)

In addition, there is a NYC solidarity protest for the prisoners, 5:30pm tomorrow (Friday) in Union Square. Legal observers needed.

July 15, 2016

FYI: Black Lives Matter Events Tonight and Sunday

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:44 AM
Subject: FYI: Black Lives Matter Events Tonight and Sunday

 Imprisoned Resistance Green

Friday (tonight), 6:30pm
Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine & the U.S.
Members of two recent delegations to Palestine—a prison, labor and academic delegation and a Dream Defenders delegation—will report on what they saw and heard, and discuss parallels mass incarceration, and struggles for justice.
Written report online here.


Eric Garner 

Sunday, Noon
Two years since the murder of Eric Garner
This action will be led by Eric Garner’s youngest child, two year old Legacy Garner.

May 10, 2016

FYI: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Subject: FYI: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom

Gary Tyler

After a wrongful conviction in 1975, Gary Tyler spent 41 years behind bars – notwithstanding his innocence — notwithstanding that the 5th Circuit deemed his trial “fundamentally unfair” — notwithstanding that the Pardon Board three times recommended he be pardoned. Gary, who entered prison at age 16 under threat of the death penalty, is finally a free man at the age of 57. Gary never belonged in prison. Let’s support his transition back to life on the outside.

Please LIKE and SHARE on Facebook: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom


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April 27, 2016

FYI: Occupied Youth: Palestine and Black America (No CLE credit)

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:48 PM
Subject: FYI: Occupied Youth: Palestine and Black America (No CLE credit)

Criminal justice parallels. Panel includes various attorneys, including former LAS colleague and current CCR executive director Vince Warren.
Occupied Youth: Palestine and Black America
Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in EDT
Wollman Hall at the New School
66 W 11th St, New York, New York 10011


This round-table conversation will examine the impact of prolonged military occupation on Palestinian youth and draw connections with the struggles for human rights in the United States for communities of color. Palestinian and American civil society leaders will discuss parallels between Israeli military law, and discrimination, police violence, surveillance and systemic injustice in the US.


Sahar Francis is a Palestinian lawyer and general director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Francis became director in 2005, and has been a human rights legal advocate since 1994. She specializes in issues of Palestinian political prisoners, including ill-treatment and torture, administrative detention, prison conditions, and prisoners’ rights. She has extensive experience litigating in the Israeli Supreme Court and Israeli military court system.

Thenjiwe McHarris is currently working with a team called Blackbird, which is focused on movement building in this current historical moment that centers anti-black racism, state violence and black resistance as part of the ongoing struggle to transform the country. She is also currently working with a number of social justice organizations and movements in the US and is helping to establish a collective for organizers engaged in movement building work around the world. Thenjiwe has spent her entire political and professional career challenging the injustices that imprison people and their communities in a life of poverty and/or one behind bars. She began her political career calling for an end to policies and practices that contributed to acts of torture committed by law enforcement. Most recently, Thenjiwe worked for the U.S. Human Rights Network where she helped coordinate efforts to hold the U.S.G accountable for its human rights violations when the United States was up for review by specific UN Mechanisms.

Khaled Quzmar is a Palestinian lawyer and general director of Defense for Children International – Palestine. Quzmar joined DCIP in 1995 as a lawyer representing Palestinian children in Israeli military courts. He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and earned an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Vincent Warren is an American lawyer and executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses, and challenging racial and gender injustice. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.

Mohammad Rozzi is a Palestinian scholar from the Gaza Strip who is currently completing his PhD studies in Switzerland. He holds degrees in Childhood Studies and Occupational Therapy, and has worked with a number of organizations operating in the Gaza Strip, including Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, Terre de Hommes Lausanne, UNICEF, and World Vision.

April 11, 2016

FYI: Vigil Tuesday for NYPD Entrapment Victim, Now in Coma

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Subject: FYI: Vigil Tuesday for NYPD Entrapment Victim, Now in Coma

 Targeted & Entrapped: Ahmed Ferhani fights for his life 

Vigil, Press Conference
Tuesday, April 12th
1 Police Plaza
3:00 pm  

NYPD Undercover Detective Ilter Ayturk & his CIA Trained Handler, Detective Steve Pinkall infiltrated our community organizations with the intent of entrapping those organizing for the human rights of Palestinians. They failed miserably.  

They would instead target, Ahmed Ferhani, a young man, son, who escaped civil war and has been enduring life-long mental illness and poverty.  

Ahmed attempted suicide in prison last week and remains in a coma. 

Join us in vigil to support our brother Ahmed and to express our anger at the NYPD for their complicity. 


Press Release: 

A coalition of civil rights and human rights and community based groups across New York are hosting a rally and vigil for Ahmed Ferhani outside One Police Plaza on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. to rally against the pervasive abuse of Ferhani, and other inmates by the Department of Corrections, and to pray Ferhani’s recovery. 

Ahmed Ferhani, who was prosecuted by way of an embarrassing entrapment case run by the NYPD’s secret surveillance unit is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eerie County Medical Center after attempting suicide while in the custody of the infamous Attica Prison in Buffalo New York. After months of complaining of abuse at the hands of Attica to the DOC’s Superintendent and to the Attorney General, Ferhani threatened to and did attempt to take his own life to end the abuse.

Ferhani had not been placed on suicide watch but had made prior attempts to harm himself, while he was in custody and before he was entrapped by the NYPD. Ferhani’s attorneys maintain that Ferhani was targeted specifically because he struggled with mental health issues since he was a child. “When the NYPD had so miserably failed to find any unlawful activity after years of pouring countless resources into an illegal surveillance project they sent an undercover to manipulate and essentially bribe the young Ferhani into parroting the words they needed to justify the sham and unconstitutional investigation.” The actions of the NYPD have come under heavy attack since AP leaked the details of the secret surveillance unit and the NYPD now faces litigation brought by victims of the mass surveillance project post 9-11. 

“If it were not enough that he was targeted and preyed upon by the NYPD, the Department of Corrections unleashed its worst predatory practices against Ferhani. Ferhani was repeatedly harassed, abused and beaten by his jailers who believed he was a terrorist without having the facts of his case. He was neither protected nor acknowledged by the Department, now he is dying at the tender age of 30, after a lifetime of hardship and abuse. It is an outrage and justice will be served. It may be late, but it will be had.” Said counsel for Ferhani’s family, Lamis Deek. 

The Press Conference is expected to start at 3pm outside One Police Plaza and will be followed by a vigil. 

Media Inquiries Contact: Lamis Deek, 917-607-0072, 212-226-3999; Fahd Ahmed 917-744-5526 and Gideon Oliver 1646-263-3495, Dima Abi Saab 646-920-7114

November 23, 2015

4pm Today at the UN: #UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:32 AM
Subject: 4pm Today at the UN: #UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S

#UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S
Monday, November 23
4:00 PM
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

United Nations agencies hold contracts worth over $22 million annually with G4S, a British-Danish company that is both the world’s largest security firm and its second-biggest private employer.

G4S also equips and maintains Israeli detention centers and jails where Palestinians are held and tortured, as well as training facilities that prepare occupation forces for their attacks on Palestinians.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement recently issued an unprecedented appeal for escalated boycotts ofG4S over its participation in Israel’s colonial policies off occupation and repression.

As the UN marks its official International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, join us as we answer the prisoners’ call by launching a global wave of action demanding the UN end its contracts withG4S.

Organized by:

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Endorsed by:

Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
BMCC Students Without Borders
CCNY Students Without Borders
International Action Center
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
Neturei Karta International
NYC Students for Justice in Palestine
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College
Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine at Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College
Students for Justice in Palestine at Pace University NYC
Students for Justice in Palestine at St. Joseph’s College

Background information:

“UN faces pressure over contracts with G4S”

“Over 220 Palestinian and international organizations demand United Nations cancel G4S contracts”

“Palestinian Boycott National Committee calls for action, responds to prisoners’ movement call”

“Stop G4S: A call to the global boycott movement from Palestinian political prisoners”

“Why does UN hire G4S, accomplice to Israeli torture?”

“Why is the United Nations doing business with G4S, notorious prison supplier?”

October 23, 2015

7pm Tomorrow (Sat.) in Brooklyn: Black & Palestinian Struggle for Liberation: What Does Solidarity Look Like?

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 11:08 AM
Subject: 7pm Tomorrow (Sat.) in Brooklyn: Black & Palestinian Struggle for Liberation: What Does Solidarity Look Like?

Apologies for cross-postings – please share widely via social media and email.

A lawyer wearing his official robes kicks a tear gas canister back toward Israeli soldiers during a demonstration by scores of Palestinian lawyers called for by the Palestinian Bar Association in solidarity with protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, near Ramallah, West Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Black & Palestinian Struggle for Liberation: What Does Solidarity Look Like?
With the current uprising in Palestine, the continued growth of Black resistance to white supremacy and state oppression in this country, and on the heels of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine Statement, the “When I see Them I See Us” video from Black-Palestine Solidarity, and the recent BDS call for an immediate “International Wave of Action in Solidarity with Palestine,” we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 24, 7-10p, at The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY to explore how to build on our marches, boycotts, and statements.

We know action is necessary. We know we need to escalate. Let’s think together how our actions can match the moment and its challenges.

The evening will open with remarks from Johanna Fernandez (coordinator, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home), Amin Husain (founder, NYC Solidarity with Palestine/Direct Action Front for Palestine), David Letwin (co-founder, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return), and Khury Petersen-Smith (co-organizer, 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement). The space will then be opened up for collective engagement. Refreshments will be served.

Come help forge these important links of solidarity and struggle!

“The past year has been one of high-profile growth for Black-Palestinian solidarity. Out of the terror directed against us—from numerous attacks on Black life to Israel’s brutal war on Gaza and chokehold on the West Bank—strengthened resilience and joint-struggle have emerged between our movements.” — 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement

“We understand your moral outrage, we empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity. And we stand with you.” — 2014 Palestinian statement of support to the Black community in Ferguson, Missouri

June 10, 2014

2014.06.10: Today: Call U.S. Atty. Drop the charges against Rasmea

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:11 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today: Call U.S. Atty. Drop the charges against Rasmea
June 10 – Call-in Day to drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh
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June 10: Call-in Day to Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh

Call U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

Barbara McQuade
313-226-9100 or 313-226-9501 (voicemail)

Tuesday, June 10

9 am to 5 pm EDT
Demand of U.S. Atty McQuade:
“Drop the Charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh!”

When you call, you could say,
“Hello, my name is ________ and I am calling from _________. I am calling to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the immigration charges against Rasmea Odeh. She is a beloved leader in the community and has worked tirelessly to serve and help empower Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families throughout the Chicagoland area.

Rasmea is a community icon and was recently awarded an “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance for her over 40 years of dedication and service to people across the Arab World and the U.S.

Rasmea was convicted 45 years ago by an Israeli military kangaroo court, the result of a confession forced by vicious physical and sexual torture. She never committed any crimes, so the charges against her now ring hollow. These charges are a political attack on her as an individual, and on the collective Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities across the U.S.

I stand in unequivocal support of Rasmea and demand that these charges be dropped immediately!”

The June 10 Call-in Day is jointly sponsored by
the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and
the US Palestinian Community Network.

Judge Paul Borman sets September 2nd as the new trial date

Michael Deutsch, attorney for Rasmea Odeh, informed the Rasmea Defense Committee that he and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit were summoned to a conference call by Judge Paul Borman this morning.  Borman informed the attorneys that he is moving Odeh’s trial date from October 21st, which was previously agreed upon only 9 days ago, to September 2nd, 2014.

“This gives us six less weeks to organize to support Rasmea, but we’ll be ready nonetheless,” said Zena Ozeir, one of the coordinators of the defense work in Detroit. “With mobilization from Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and all parts Midwest, we will fill the courtroom every day of the trial.”

The defense committee wants to also remind everyone to call U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade next Tuesday, June 10th, and demand that she “Drop the Charges Now!”

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

 5 more actions to take

1) All out for Detroit to defend Rasmea Odeh!

Mobilize to support Rasmea at her next hearing in Detroit on October 21st, 2014 (stay tuned to and for updates).

2) Sign the petition to drop the charges against Rasmea:

3) Call and send photos of support for Rasmea!

Send us a picture holding up the following message:
‘I am ________ and I support Rasmea!’

You can fill in the blank with any self-identifier: your name, your occupation, or any other description. Some examples may be: “I am a stay-at-home dad and I support Rasmea!” “I am a youth organizer and I support Rasmea!” or “I am a supporter of Palestinian human rights and I support Rasmea!”

Hold the sign up and snap a selfie, then send it to Put it up as your Facebook/Twitter profile pic, Google Account image, or anything else! Just remember we may use your image in future publications and informational pamphlets that get published online or distributed as hard copies.

4) Join the Facebook page & Tweet:

Facebook page at Drop The Charges Against Rasmea Now! and
Tweet using #Justice4Rasmea

5) Solidarity Statements

Have your organization sign or write a solidarity statement (email to:

Rasmea Defense Committee Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New date of October 21st set for trial of Rasmea Odeh

Palestinian American organizer from Chicago, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan, on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, with a new attorney, Michael Deutsch of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.

Last week, Odeh decided not to accept a plea agreement that would have revoked her U.S. citizenship and forced her deportation, and instead dismissed her previous attorney. This morning, Deutsch filed an official appearance as Odeh’s representative, and was granted a continuance on her trial until October 21st, 2014. Judge Paul Borman also ruled that the deadline for pre-trial motions had passed, and seemed reluctant to budge on this issue, but Deutsch stated afterward that “as the case develops, hopefully, he’ll be more flexible.”

Odeh is being charged with Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, but is strongly asserting her innocence. Deutsch, who has represented political activists and victims of police and government civil rights violations since 1970, was one of the lawyers for the Attica prisoners following the 1971 uprising and state massacre of 29 inmates, and in 2006, successfully defended Muhammad Salah and Abdelhaleem Ashqar, two Palestinians accused of running a terrorist-recruiting and financing cell in the U.S. They were both acquitted of racketeering and criminal conspiracy charges, and Deutsch was lauded for essentially making the case a referendum on Palestine liberation.

Deutsch stated that he is pleased with the judge’s ruling on the Odeh case, and has begun working on a strategy for the defense.

Ever since Odeh’s arrest and release on bond last October, the Rasmea Defense Committee has been demanding that the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade, drop the charges immediately. Rania Shkairat, a member of this committee in Chicago, said, “We are extremely happy that such a prominent attorney as Michael Deutsch is on the case, and that we now have more time to continue our organizing to pressure the government to drop the charge. Rasmea is a wonderful role model for women like me who have dedicated their lives to social justice, and we will do everything in our power to clear her name.”

Hundreds of supporters of Rasmea were mobilizing to pack the courtroom in Detroit onJune 10th, the original trial start date. Even though there is now a continuance, the defense committee is still raising the calls, “All Out for Detroit!” and “Drop the Charges Now!”

Stay tuned to the United States Palestinian Community Network ( and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression ( for updates and action steps.

– End –

More Background!

PSLS, CCR and 64 other rights groups sign statement opposing indictment of Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh

October 23, 2013

The below-signed organizations are deeply disturbed by and stand opposed to the indictment yesterday of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a Palestinian-American community activist who has dedicated 10 years to the Chicago Arab-American community, working with women on issues ranging from promoting literacy and political education to addressing domestic violence and anti-Arab and Muslim sentiment.

Rasmea’s indictment for alleged immigration fraud comes at a time when advocates forPalestinian rights and immigration rights activists have been facing increasing pressure all over the country. Exactly three years ago, 23 anti-war and Palestinian rights activists were subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury, and several of their homes were raided by the FBI.There have been no indictments against the 23 activists subpoenaed in 2010, presumably because of a lack of evidence. It is no coincidence that federal prosecutors are now targeting Rasmea, who is a pillar in the same community.

The 2010 raids, the Grand Jury subpoenas that accompanied them, and this indictment against a 65 year old woman who suffered for a decade in Israeli prisons before coming to the U.S. in 1995, are a clear signal that federal authorities, along with Israel and its supporters in the U.S., are continuing to search for ways to intimidate and silence those who are effective advocates forArab American communities, and who speak out for Palestinian rights.

In the last year alone, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, in partnership with the Center forConstitutional Rights, and in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations, has documented over 75 cases of intimidation and legal bullying. These include perceived surveillance, FBI contacts, and discriminatory enforcement of laws against advocatesfor Palestinian rights. Rasmea’s arrest and indictment must be viewed within this wider context of widespread attempts to intimidate people into silence on one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. Rasmea’s indictment is also an illustration of increasingly draconian enforcement of immigration laws, which have left immigrant communities devastated at the hands of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security.

Rasmea is an exemplary citizen who recently finished a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and has a law degree from Jordan. She has overcome amazing odds after being convicted by the Israeli military court system in 1969 for her alleged association with a leftist Palestinian nationalist group that the U.S. designated a terrorist organization. The military courts operate exclusively to subjugate occupied Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. They routinely bypass all but a modicum of due process, and justify holding individuals without charge or trial formonths and years, often in abusive conditions and subject to torture. Rasmea’s activism against the Israeli occupation in the 1960s resulted in her imprisonment in Israeli prisons for 10 years, and it is surely her community activism in the U.S. that has made her, and by extension, the community that relies on her, the target of this indictment.

We call for solidarity with Rasmea!


Al-Awda New York, Palestine right to Return Coalition
American Friends Service Committee
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression (BACSPR)
Bay Area Women in Black
Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver
Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine
Canada Palestine Association
Center for Constitutional Rights
Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights
College and University Workers United
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism
Council on American-Islamic Relations – Chicago
CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Hampshire College Students for Justice in Palestine
International League of People’s Struggles
INCITE! Women and Trans* People of Color Against Violence
Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver
Interdenominational Advocates for Peace (IDAP)
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area
Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago
Jewish Voice for Peace – Detroit
Jewish Voice for Peace — Philadelphia
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA
Labor for Palestine
Legalease Collective, CKUT, Montreal
Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign
Muslim Defense Project of the National Lawyers Guild – New York Chapter
National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee
National Lawyers Guild Chicago
National Students for Justice in Palestine
New York City Labor Against the War
NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
PAWA: Palestinian American Women’s Association
Palestine Aid Society
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP)
Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago
Palestine Solidarity Legal Support
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto)
Red Sparks Union – Vancouver
San Francisco Women in Black
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Socialist Action
Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization
Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change
The Dream Defenders
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Palestinian Community Network
WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign
Women of Colour Collective at the McGill Faculty of Law
Voice of Palestine

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June 6, 2014

2014.06.06: 7pm Tonight in Brooklyn: Celebrating Rasmea Odeh – A Night of Poetry, Music and Performance

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2014 9:56 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 7pm Tonight in Brooklyn: Celebrating Rasmea Odeh – A Night of Poetry, Music and Performance

Join Friends of Rasmea – NYC on June 6 for an evening of art and cultural performance to celebrate the struggle of Rasmea Odeh and raise money for her legal defense.
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Celebrating Rasmea Odeh: A Night of Poetry, Music and Performance
Friday, June 6 7:00pm 
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Facebook event:

Our event will celebrate the remarkable life and work of Rasmea Odeh, a Chicago-based, Palestinian American feminist, educator, and community leader, who just marked her 66th birthday. Her groundbreaking, lifelong efforts to empower Arab and immigrant women have inspired generations of Arab feminist activists.

Currently, Rasmea Odeh is facing criminal charges for alleged failure to disclose, during immigration proceedings, that she had been tortured and imprisoned in an Israeli jail. Though she has lived in the US for 19 years and been a US citizen since 2004, she faces a 10 prison sentence and revocation of citizenship, should she be convicted.

Our event seeks to support fundraising efforts for her legal team and broad community of supporters. We will include performances from poets, musicians, and artists; we will also provide light snacks.

For more about Rasmea’s case:,-psls,-33-groups-sign-statement-opposing-indictment-palestinian-american-activist-rasmea-o

– DIALA SHAMAS: attorney working with the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility project at CUNY Law
– MEZNA QATO: Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University; National Coordinating Committee of the US Palestinian Community Network
– CHE GOSSETT: genderqueer writer and activist; participant in librarians and archivists delegation to Palestine
– THENJIWE MCHARRIS: organizer, Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability; Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
– REMI KANAZI: Palestinian spoken word poet and BDS activist
– RED TIRONA: organizer, Anakbayan-NY
– DINA OMAR: Palestinian poet, activist, and graduate student
– DARO BEHROOZI TRIO: New Orleans/Arabic jazz, featuring Daro Behroozi onsaxophone, Harry Ruben-Falcone on bass, and Jesse Chevan on drums

Sliding scale: $10-20; no one turned away for lack of funds

If you cannot attend but still would like to donate:
* Go to and forward your automated receipt to noting the amount and its designation to Rasmea.
* If you want your donation to be tax-deductible, you must write a check in the amount of $100 or more and make it payable to the NLG Foundation (with Rasmea Defense Fund written in the memo) and mail the check to: Arab American Action Network ATTN: Rasmea Defense Fund 3148 W. 63rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago IL 60629).
**If you cannot attend, please help us spread the word! Please share/tweet/forward the event! Thanks.

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