Monday, February 22, 2010

Week of action to free Tarek Mehanna: Feb 22-26!



It's time for action!

Please join us during the Free Tarek Mehanna Week of Action. You don't have to be local to participate in the first four days of action. You just need a phone and access to a fax machine!

To learn more about Tarek's case, see freetarek.com.

See below for details about the pressure campaign.

Free all political prisoners!

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We ask that you join us and take action to support our brother Tarek Mehanna, who has been arrested by the FBI and is currently being held in solitary confinement.

It is crucially important that we keep up the pressure on the federal prosecutor's office. Tarek’s next hearing date is not currently known, but we can begin our phone-call, letter/fax, and delegation campaign with full force now. Let them know that we are watching the case, and organizing to defend our brother!

**Please forward widely**

THINGS YOU CAN DO

1) On Mon Feb 22nd and Wed Feb 24th, call the office of Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty at 617-748-3658 (phone) to voice your outrage at Tarek’s arrest and demand an end to the proceedings against him (see below for talking points (link in blue) and details).

2) On Tues Feb 23rd and Thurs Feb 25th fax a letter expressing your outrage at the federal harrassment and illegitimate proceedings against Tarek to Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty 617-748-3664 (fax). (See below for details).

3) On Fri Feb 26th, join a regional call for delegations to the prosecutor’s office (see below for details)

REGIONAL CALL FOR PHONE-IN TO PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

On Mon Feb 22nd and Wed Feb 24th, we are calling on all supporters and organizers to call Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty at 617-748-3658 (phone) to voice your concerns and outrage at the federal harrassment and illegitimate proceedings against Tarek Mehanna.

This is your opportunity to take a stand against political targeting of Muslims and stand for freedom of speech. When calling, ask to speak with Mr. Chakravarty and if told that you cannot speak with him, ask to leave a message for him and request that it be read back to you and request a reply. Please see talking points.

REGIONAL CALL FOR FAX-IN TO PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

On Tues Feb 23rd and Thurs Feb 25th we are calling on all supporters and organizers to fax a letter expressing your outrage at the federal harrassment and illegitimate proceedings against Tarek to Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty 617-748-3664 (fax)the prosecutor’s office to voice their outrage at the federal harrassment and illegitimate proceedings against Tarek Mehanna.

* We encourage you to write your own letter if possible, but if you are unable to do so, please see sample letter and talking points below.
* We also urge you to make copies of the sample letter and distribute it at local events for mass faxing.
* Please fax the letter to 617-748-3664 and cc (by e-mail) to Tarek Mehanna’s Defense Committee at freetarek@gmail.com and let us know if we can post your letter.

REGIONAL CALL FOR DELEGATIONS TO PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

On Fri Feb 26th, we are calling on all supporters and organizers to form Tarek Mehanna Defense delegations to voice your concerns and outrage at the federal harrassment and illegitimate proceedings against Tarek Mehanna.

If you plan a delegation, please let us know when you plan to go and the number of supporters you anticipate so we can coordinate activities throughout the day.

If you are unable to coordinate a delegation or go to the Prosecutor’s office yourself on Feb 26th, we encourage you to call the office instead on those dates. Please e-mail the defense committee as to what happens with your delegation.

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS FOR DELEGATIONS , PHONE CAMPAIGN, AND LETTERS

1) Briefly state your concerns regarding the illegitimate arrest of Mr. Mehanna:

* The FBI has targeted Tarek Mehanna for one reason only: because he refused to cooperate with the FBI in targeting other Muslims.
* The FBI threatened Mr. Mehanna with terrorism charges if he refused to \'cooperate.\'
* Reassert your belief that this is a political arrest and an attempt to intimidate the Muslim community.

2) Ask why Tarek was arrested and detained in solitary confinement on new charges in the absence of any new evidence over the past year. He has not violated his parole.

3) How much longer do they intend to waste taxpayer’s money and drag out this illegitimate proceeding?

4) Demand that they end the illegitimate proceedings against Tarek Mehanna.

5) Point out that this month marks the one year anniversary of the legal proceedings against the federal prosecutor and assistant US attorney Suzanne Sullivan for misconduct and it is our sincere hope that Mr. Chakravarty does not plan to follow in her footsteps.