Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sat, 1/21, "No to Islamophobia! Rally in Solidarity with Tarek Mehanna!"

This event is a rally marking an important milestone in our support of Tarek, and is to be held at the Gazebo on the Boston Common near Park Street on Saturday, January 21st, 2012, beginning at 2:00pm and terminating at 3:00pm. Please join us for the following events:

Event Process:

1. Public rally
2. Statement from Tarek
3. The FREE TAREK Campaign Roadmap, 2012-'13: Next Steps
4. A number of special announcements
5. Petition signature collecting

Press Packets will be available.

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*IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, YOU CAN STILL PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SUPPORTING TAREK BY WRITING TO HIM.

LETTERS ARE EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO TAREK.
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Tarek Mehanna's verdict was an outrage and a travesty. In spite of the legal setback of the jury's irrational verdict, the FREE TAREK Campaign entered 2012 with stronger community support than ever before. This rally is an opportunity to come together and declare that what happened to Tarek is NOT okay, it will never be okay, and Muslim or non-Muslim, we will never, ever accept it!

The verdict has not dampened Tarek's resolve, nor that of his family or supporters. Rather, the verdict was so shocking and unqualified that it has only activated more controversy in the public spectrum, particularly among LEADING SCHOLARS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW and First Amendment Rights, whose responses range from simply anticipating the appeal to progress to a Supreme Court decision, to those who flatly rejected the inexplicable jury decision.

On Thursday, April 12th, 2012, a sentencing hearing will be held at the Federal Courthouse. Following this hearing, TAREK WILL BE MOVED to a prison outside of Massachusetts.

IT IS OVERWHELMINGLY LIKELY that he will be transferred to the ADX SUPERMAX prison in Florence, Colorado. The Supermax is the most NOTORIOUS prison on U.S. soil.

And now, it is where we put people for translating things from Arabic to English. Please note, it is highly likely that his ability to communicate with the world will be EVEN MORE RESTRICTED AT THE SUPERMAX than it has been at Plymouth.

With the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA")--the most notorious attack on civil liberties and constitutional rights in recent memory--it is imperative now more than ever before to take a stand.

Sincerely,
The FREE TAREK Campaign

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Also see this article for more information - http://socialistworker.org/2012/01/03/feds-put-islam-on-trial