Rasmea Defense Committee
February 25th, 2016
This morning, a ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals represents a partial victory in the case of Rasmea Odeh, the legendary Palestinian American icon who was convicted of a politically motivated immigration charge in 2014, and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation last year.
Organizers with the Rasmea Defense Committee, which represents over 50 institutions across the country, have been waiting for a decision in the appeal since last October, and are pleased with the result.
“This isn’t a full victory yet, of course,” said Nesreen Hasan of the committee’s headquarters in Chicago, “but it really is what we were hoping for and anticipating at this stage. The conviction wasn’t overturned altogether, but at least Judge Drain will be forced to rethink his decision on the torture evidence.”
The appeals court determined that Gershwin Drain, the trial judge who sentenced Rasmea, wrongfully barred expert torture witness, Dr. Mary Fabri, from testifying at the trial. According to lead attorney Michael Deutsch, “The case will be remanded [back to Drain] for a determination as to the admissibility of the expert testimony. The appellate court has essentially ruled that it was an error for Drain to have precluded that testimony.”
We are hopeful that Rasmea’s full story will be told, and that she will ultimately be exonerated of all charges. A more full press release will follow shortly, but contact spokesperson Hatem Abudayyeh for comment or for access to Deutsch.
We want to keep the momentum going and invite you all to the next Mass Meeting and DOJ Listening session for Youth (see photo below).
At our next mass meeting March 3, we will be discussing youth event, Dontre Day April 30 at Red Arrow Park, and our next steps forward. Please see information/details regarding the mass meeting and the youth event.
If you’re connected to youth organizations we hope you invite them and bring them to the upcoming events. They are a POWERFUL voice in this movement and we need to hear from them and so do the so called leaders in this community.
Please see the details below and share the event page link below.
Coalition for Justice Mass Meeting
Thursday, March 3, 2016
All Peoples Church, 5975 N. 40th Street, Milwaukee
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
We will also continue the conversations and movements around awakening, strategizing, and mobilizing those around us.
For Immediate Release
Free and Open to the Public
Event: African American History Month Annual Public Meeting
Date: Saturday, February 27, 5:00-8:00pm
Topic: Black Power/White Backlash–150 Years of Struggle for National Liberation and Socialism,
Keynote Address: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire and Contributing Editor for Workers World
Guest Speaker: Clarence Thomas ILWU Local 10
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinettee, Detroit, MI
Video: Black Power/White Backlash: CBS News Report From September 27, 1966
Dinner Served: African American Cuisine
Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch
Contact: (313) 671-3715
Please attend this year’s Annual African American History Month public meeting on Sat. Feb. 27 to assist us in celebrating and reflecting upon the galliant history of the African people in the United States who have fought against slavery, Jim Crow, national oppression, economic exploitation and other forms of discrimination and state repression. This is an annual event sponsored by Workers World Party and Workers World newspaper which is distributed in the city of Detroit.
Our keynote speaker will be Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and a Contributing Editor for Workers World newspaper published in New York City. Azikwe will give an historical overview of the African American movement for national liberation, full equality and socialism.
Special Guest Speaker: Clarence Thomas, leader of ILWU Local 10, the militant longshore workers union in Oakland, CA, which has led numerous political strikes against police brutality, in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and against the importation of goods from apartheid South African and zionist Israel.
Some aspects of the post Civil War period and the passage of a series of Civil Rights measures such as General Sherman’s Order No. 15; the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the 14th and 15th Amendments; will be placed in their social and political context. The African American struggle against institutional racism has continued through the 20th Century with the anti-segregation and women’s movements of the 1950s through the 1970s up until the anti-racist struggles today against police terrorism and for self-determination in public service, education and cultural affairs.
We are honored to have a special guest speaker in the personage of progressive trade unionist Clarence Thomas of the ILWU Local 10. The ILWU, and in particular Local 10, has been in the vanguard of many important struggles from the fight against apartheid in the 1980s, to demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1990s, as well as other issues.
We will also feature a classic CBS News documentary from September 27, 1966 aired nationally on the African American struggle for self-determination, full equality and housing rights. The video features lumnaries of the period inlcuding SNCC Chairman Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leader of SCLC, the-then Congressional representative from Harlem Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and others.
The struggle for African American liberation has different dimensions today but harbors many similarities to the movement five decades ago extending back to the period after the Civil War. Join us in this discussion and analysis.
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