Monday, October 6, 2014
Breaking news from StopFBI.Net:
Bizarre DOJ accusations against Hatem Abudayyeh attempt to criminalize opponents of political repression
In a bizarre and desperate move, prosecutors in the case of Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 3, which characterized the efforts of an important leader of the Rasmea Odeh defense campaign, Hatem Abudayyeh, as “jury tampering” and “almost certainly criminal.” The prosecution then asks Judge Gershwin Drain for an “Anonymous Jury,” which means that the names of the jurors are kept secret from the defense attorneys, and that an array of security measures are put it place during the trial that make it seem like 67-year-old Rasmea Odeh is a dangerous person.
There is no evidence at all for the baseless accusations against the movement in support of Rasmea. The prosecutor’s motion is a clumsy attempt at intimidation and should be condemned by everyone who is concerned about civil liberties.
Here are the facts. Rasmea Odeh is a beloved leader of the Palestinian community in Chicago who is facing trumped up immigration charges. Imprisoned by the Israelis in the late 1960s, due to her work to free Palestine, Rasmea was tortured and sexually abused. She is well-known and respected across the world. The federal government is threatening her with jail and deportation. As a result, a powerful and effective movement organized protests around the country, demanding “Justice for Rasmea.”
Now the prosecutors are waging an attack on everyone involved in this movement to support and defend Rasmea.
They talk about ‘jury tampering.’ Until there is a trial, there is no jury, so how could a jury possibly be tampered with? In any event, at no time have we ever tried to improperly influence a jury. Not once. What we are doing is organizing protests, having people sign petitions and holding educational events. We are encouraging people to attend Rasmea’s court appearances. We are shining a light on the unjust prosecution of Rasmea. We want the government to drop the charges.
In the prosecutor’s motion we are told, “Hatem Abudayyeh has orchestrated a concerted effort to influence the criminal proceedings against defendant, which has resulted, at each proceeding, in a large group outside the Courthouse protesting and parading, carrying signs demanding dismissal of charges and 'Justice for Rasmea' and displaying the Palestinian flag.” Imagine that. Palestinians, Arabs and progressive people responding to an injustice by holding a protest and engaging in activity that is protected by the First Amendment. In the world that the Detroit U.S. Attorney wants, speaking out as we have is, “almost certainly criminal.” On the contrary - it is criminal for the prosecutors to attempt to restrict our constitutional rights.
It is worth noting that there is a distinctly racist, anti-Arab undertone to the prosecutor’s motion, where spirited and dignified protests, with a majority of Palestinian American participants, are described as “hordes” and “mobs.” Again, the federal government is trying to sow fear among people in the U.S. by criminalizing and stereotyping Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. As one of Rasmea's lawyers said when he was informed of the motion, it, " is only intended to play the 'terrorism' card and is unacceptable."
The prosecutors also have a problem with people who want to petition the government for a redress of grievances, so they complain in their motion that those who want the charges against Rasmea dropped “have previously attempted to flood Department of Justice telephone lines in an attempt to influence these proceedings.”
We will continue to hold call-in days and we will organize even more people to participate in them.
We take the threats of the prosecution seriously. We urge all of our supporters to keep their eyes on Detroit and to be ready to respond to any attacks on leaders of the Rasmea defense campaign.
We see these threats as a sign that our campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh is working. We were successful in getting Zionist Judge Borman off the case. There are now thousands of people across the country engaged in organizing for Rasmea. We will not allow the government to intimidate us. This attack will bring more supporters and strengthen our work further. We will redouble our efforts to make sure the charges against Rasmea are dropped!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Stand With Salaita! Posters in support of Prof. Steven Salaita's speaking tour in Chicago, Oct. 6th - 9th, 2014
Anti-War Committee - Chicago will be selling prints of these at all the events on the speaking tour. All proceeds will go toward the honorarium for Prof. Salaita. For information on the events, days and times: https://www.facebook.com/events/714970348587355/
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Video of the forum on September 25, 2014 including MCs Kait McIntyre of Anti-War Committee - Chicago and Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Nesreen Hasan of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. This segment includes remarks by Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada, with responses by Manar Daghash, youth member of USPCN, and Mirjana Abu-Khalil, president of Students for Justice in Palestine - UIC.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 25
Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
A member of U.S. Palestinian Community Network
Holly Kent-Payne, Anti-War Committee – Chicago
Larry Redmond, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Mirjana Abu-Khalil, Students for Justice in Palestine - UIC
Israel’s murderous Operation Protective Edge has ended, with the worst death toll of Palestinians ever. And yet, Israeli cabinet members, and even Zbigniew Brzezinski, are seeing this as a defeat for Israel.
What is the sum-up of the Gaza assault? What will be the consequences of this?
- For the Two State solution?
- For the Palestinian leadership?
- For the BDS (boycott/divestment/sanctions) movement?
- For the movement of the Palestinian diaspora?
Come to a discussion to understand the lessons of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Palestinian resistance, and how to build the anti-war and solidarity movement here.
Sponsors so far: Anti-War Committee – Chicago; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Area Peace Action, SDS at College of DuPage.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
No Drones Illinois has done an amazing job laying out Boeing's role in the next generation Drone warfare.
Within days of antiwar protesters making a lot of noise at the 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show -- with a strong emphasis on the role of Boeing in the killing in Gaza and in next-generation killer drone technology -- the U.S. Navy quietly conducted tests that may change the way the Navy goes to war.Check out the article here.
Friday, August 15, 2014
NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release | Anti-War Committee (AWC)-Chicago
Peace activists: Chicago, Drop Boeing as sponsor of Air and Water Show
Press conference, Die-in planned for Saturday at North Avenue Beach
Saturday, August 16, 12:00 noon press conference
North Avenue Beach, west side of North Avenue Bridge (park side)
Followed by die-in
Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza, tens of thousands of Palestinians and anti-war activists have repeatedly marched in Chicago. Since the start, the protests have raised the demand that the Boeing Company stop providing Israel with the F15 fighter jets, Apache helicopters and smart bombs that have terrorized the people in Gaza.
The coalition of groups brings their campaign against Boeing to the Air and Water Show this weekend. Boeing is a major sponsor. Joe Iosbaker of the Anti-War Committee – Chicago, which initiated the action against Boeing, said, “We demand that the City of Chicago drop the company from the sponsors of the Air and Water Show. No company that makes profit from the slaughter of civilians should be part of city events.”
Iosbaker added, “We oppose U.S. aid to Israel. Our government has provided the weapons, many from Boeing, with which Israel has killed 2000 Palestinians, 80 percent of whom are civilians, including 463 children; and seriously wounded nearly 10,000 more.”
Hatem Abudayyeh of the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, which convened the mass marches for Palestine here, said, “We endorse this protest. The murderous assault on Gaza over the past month will result in a growing movement to boycott, divest and sanction the government in Tel Aviv. This is the first of many such efforts to come.” Joining the protest on Saturday, he explained, “Boeing has become the poster child for the crimes that U.S. companies commit in the world.”
The groups targeting Boeing will join the press conference by the Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo at noon.
Endorsing organizations: Anti-War Committee – Chicago; Coalition for Justice in Palestine (American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, and United States Palestinian Community Network), Jews for Justice in Palestine, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, 8th Day Center for Justice, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Group, ANSWER - Chicago, Chicago Area Peace Action, Evanston Neighbors for Peace, Chicago Light Brigade