June 26: Call-in Day for Rasmea Odeh: “Drop the charges now!”

Call Jonathan Tukel in Detroit at 313-226-9749
Chief of National Security Unit, U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Michigan

Call Barbara McQuade at 313-226-9100 or
313-226-9501 (voicemail)

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

When you call say, “Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling from _________ to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh.”

Make the call!
Thursday, June 26, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time

Rasmea Odeh goes on trial in Detroit on September 8, 2014.

Our first call-in day two weeks ago had the U.S. Attorney’s office answering its phones non-stop all day, proof that Rasmea has massive community support.  Let’s keep the pressure on the prosecution!

Rasmea Odeh is a beloved leader and works tirelessly to serve and empower Palestinian, Arab American, and Muslim families in Chicago and across the country.

Rasmea is a community icon and recently won an “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance for her 40+ years of dedication and service.

Rasmea was tortured by the Israeli Military and convicted by an Israeli military kangaroo court 45 years ago. Her confession was forced by vicious physical and sexual torture. She never committed any crime, so the charges against her today are false and unjust.  These charges are a political attack on her, on her community, and on all anti-war and Palestine support activists.Call in today and support Rasmea Odeh. Demand the charges be dropped!

Also stay tuned to the United States Palestinian Community Network (uspcn.org) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (stopfbi.net) for regular updates.

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

IAC Statement on IRAQ: U.S. Caused Iraq’s present war and chaos

http://tinyurl.com/om4lyfr

With the outbreak of fighting from Mosul to Tikrit putting Iraq back onto the front burner of world media coverage and with the Obama administration threatening air strikes in Iraq once again, anti-war organizations and activists in the United States must take a clear position against further U.S. intervention of any type. Broad opposition must again be mobilized to demand:

No bombing, no military aid, no advisors and no troops to Iraq!

March 19, 2010 Detroit.

March 19, 2010 Detroit.

Cancel the Men’s Rights Conference in Detroit!

To demand Doubletree Hotel cease catering to bigots who threaten violence against women and cancel the June 27-29 conference, call Atiya Frederick, international public relations manager of Hilton Hotels, at 703-883-6599 and/or email atiya.frederick@hilton.com.

SIGN PETITION: tinyurl.com/mxvsgqn

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) declared Men’s Rights Advocates to be a hate group back in 2012. So how is it that, in 2014, the Doubletree Hotel in Detroit, MI, is going to host the first international conference for Men’s Rights?

MRAs are linked to the recent mass shooting in UCSB, wherein a young man declared that he would exact revenge on all the women who had rejected him. MRAs are linked to false rape statistics, further perpetuating the dangerous myth that women “make it up for attention.” MRAs are linked to threats of rape and murder against women who dare to speak out against them. Simply search the phrase “MRA” and you’ll see the violence, hatred, bigotry, and misogyny that MRAs support.

It is the responsibility of all people to stop the violence, and the first step is to stop the support of that violence. Tell the Doubletree Hotel that sponsoring A Voice for Men and hosting the Men’s Rights conference puts them in bed with domestic terrorism. Tell them to stop. Tell them that this is unacceptable.

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Make The Call To Close The School of Assassians!

http://www.soaw.org/

SOA/ WHINSEC graduates have included some of the worst and most notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history, and for much of the world, the school, under any name, is synonymous with torture and impunity. SOA graduates have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people.

Among the SOA’s more than 60,000 alumni are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador and Hugo Banzar Suarez of Bolivia. SOA graduates were responsible for the Uraba massacre in Colombia, the El Mozote massacre of 900 civilians in El Salvador, the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the massacre of 14-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos and six Jesuit priests in El Salvador and hundreds of other human rights abuses. Closing the school would send a strong human rights message to Latin America and the world.

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Call U.S. Atty. Drop the charges against Rasmea!

Today! Call-in Day to Say “Drop the Charges Now!”

Call Barbara McQuade,
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
313-226-9100 or 313-226-9501 (voicemail)

Tuesday, June 10
9 am to 5 pm EDT

Demand of U.S. Atty McQuade:
“Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh!”

When you call, you could say,
“Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling from _________ to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the immigration charges against Rasmea Odeh. She is a beloved leader in the community and has worked tirelessly to serve and help empower Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families throughout the Chicagoland area.

Rasmea is a community icon and was recently awarded an “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance for her over 40 years of dedication and service to people across the Arab World and the U.S.

Rasmea was convicted 45 years ago by an Israeli military kangaroo court, the result of a confession forced by vicious physical and sexual torture. She never committed any crimes, so the charges against her now ring hollow. These charges are a political attack on her as an individual, and on the collective Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities across the U.S.

I stand in unequivocal support of Rasmea and demand that these charges be dropped immediately!”

Also stay tuned to the United States Palestinian Community Network (uspcn.org) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (stopfbi.net) for regular updates.

— Rasmea Defense Committee

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

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Judge Paul Borman sets
September 2 as the new trial date

Michael Deutsch, attorney for Rasmea Odeh, informed the Rasmea Defense Committee that he and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit were summoned to a conference call by Judge Paul Borman this morning.  Borman informed the attorneys that he is moving Odeh’s trial date from October 21st, which was previously agreed upon only 9 days ago, to September 2nd, 2014. 

“This gives us six less weeks to organize to support Rasmea, but we’ll be ready nonetheless,” said Zena Ozeir, one of the coordinators of the defense work in Detroit. “With mobilization from Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and all parts Midwest, we will fill the courtroom every day of the trial.”

The defense committee wants to also remind everyone to call U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade Tuesday, June 10th, and demand that she “Drop the Charges Now!”