From: "Thom Saffold" <•••@••.•••> Subject: Anyu ideas on civil disobedience on behalf of Muslim detainees? Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 22:53:39 -0500 A group of Ann Arborites are meeting soon to discuss strategies and tactics for nonviolent direct action, and probably civil disobedience, around the issue of the over 1,200 immigrants, mainly of Arab or South Asian (especially Pakistani) origin detained by the INS and FBI. Most are accused only of minor immigration violations, such as overstaying a visa. Despite Attorney General Ashcroft's assurances to the contrary, many are being held without access to legal assistance or proper care. This amounts to the worst kind of racial profiling. My questions are: Has any other group in America done anything like this on behalf of Muslim detainees? Does anybody have any bright ideas on what actions would be most effective? Rev. Thom Saffold Ann Arbor, MI 734-668-1549 Free Palestine Campaign: www.freepalestinecampaign.org "As you come to know the seriousness of our situation--the war, the racism, the poverty in the world--you come to realize it is not going to be changed just by words or demonstrations. It's a question of risking your life. It's a question of living your life in drastically different ways." --Dorothy Day, Seeds of Peace. (p.155) "Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore/ We're already over-crowded from your dirty, little war./ Now, Jesus don't like killin', no matter what the reasons for/ So your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore."--from a Vietnam War era song by John Prine.