rn: Ideas for Civil Disobedience on behalf of Muslim detainees?


Jan Slakov

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

Free Palestine Campaign:  www.freepalestinecampaign.org

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