NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
1.85
Timeslot: 
Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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Description: 
Since the election of Donald Trump, millions of Americans have protested his unconstitutional policies including the ban on Muslim immigration. But while the Islamophobia of this administration has been well documented, many have failed to recognize the plethora of policies and tactics by past administrations designed to disenfranchise the American Muslim community. From the use of “secret evidence” by the Clinton Administration to the PATRIOT Act and expanded surveillance that followed the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government has aggressively pursued American Muslim leaders, activists, and charities in the name of fighting the "war on terror". Since then, hundreds of Muslims have been victims of politically motivated terrorism prosecutions, many of which criminalize constitutionally protected speech. Author Miko Peled will discuss his recent book about the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, who received draconian sentences for charitable work. Mel Underbakke, the executive director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will discuss the case of Professor Sami Al-Arian, who fought against these civil rights abuses until his own unjust prosecution on false terrorism charges in 2003. Mel will also present on ways to stand up to these injustices.

Participants

Leena Al-Arian is a Palestinian American mother and activist living in Boston, MA. She is the co-director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, an organization co-founded by her father, Sami Al-Arian, a former political prisoner in the U.S. who was deported in 2015. Leena has worked at a number of... Read more
Leena Al-Arian is a Palestinian American mother and activist living in Boston, MA. She is the co-director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, an organization co-founded by her father, Sami Al-Arian, a former political prisoner in the U.S. who was deported in 2015. Leena has worked at a number of... Read more
Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is author of the new book Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five and The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, which highlights his transformation from a Zionist to a Palestine solidarity activist. Mr... Read more
Mel Underbakke is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms. She holds a doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Education, and is an educator and researcher, formerly at the University of South Florida. She also founded Friends of Human Rights shortly after the... Read more