Free Rev. Pinkney!

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Mark Your Calendars! Our Next Protest for Rev. Pinkney!

When: Friday, March 4th, noon to 1pm

Where: MDOC, 206 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

Detroit Carpool: Gather at 9:30am at the Moratorium NOW! office, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. Departing at 10am for MDOC in Lansing.

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Milwaukee, March 13: “Living Activism Benefit Concert” at the CoffeeHouse, 1905 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, showcasing rising Latino & Afro-Latin musicians

Come see & hear some extremely talented up and coming young musicians, including the outstanding vocals of Rebelión Ixchel, Proyecto Bembe (a south/north project joining Latino and African-American youth performing Afro-Latin percussion), award winning poet Carmen Murguia, and Tony Baez who has performed through out Latin America and the U.S. and is an outstanding musicologist of songs of love and struggle from the Hispanic world. Admission is by donation, to support Wisconsin’s two young women studying at Havana’s Latin American School of Medicine, and Pastors for Peace/IFCO, the U.S. coordinator for this program. For more information, visit www.wicuba.org or call the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba at 414-273-1040, ext. 12. Click Here For Event Flyer

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Madison, March 5: Celebration of Life: Community Dinner Memorial of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr.

Join close family, lifelong friends, passionate community leaders, local artists, poets, truthsayers and storytellers, to lift up the life of Tony Robinson. We will honor who we was before he was taken too soon, what he means to those who love him still and to remind us as a community who we can become even after he is gone. If interested in speaking or performing for a brief slot during this event, please contact Lature Carter. Featuring good food, live music, your generous support and a gathering for support and change. #TONYROBINSON
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Madison, March 6: Gone but Never Forgotten: Candlelight Vigil in Memorial of Tony Robinson

It’s time to come together to speak up for peace for the people, and to restore justice in this community. #WeAreTR means our safety and freedom are tied to one another, that we must stand up to power structures that threaten and take lives daily and become the change that Tony Terrell compels us to be. Please join us for this important time to lift up a beloved community member gone too soon. To volunteer vigil items, volunteer support or financial donations, please visit and join #WeAreTR on Facebook. #TONYROBINSON #JUSTICEFORTONY

March 6, Madison: JUSTICEFORTONY Awareness March #JUSTICEFORTONY

It is one year later and there is still No Justice and No Peace. If we allow MPD to take Tony Terrell’s life without accountability, change, and a stop to state violence, it will continue to occur. Please bring your families, friends and coworkers and raise your voice so that Tony’s death at the hands of the City and State will not be forgotten. He -and we- are now part of the national conversation about lives taken by police every 24 hours, about how #BlackLivesMatter and that Terrell’s life matters on March 6th and every day. What’s His Name? #TONYROBINSON #WeAreTR

Decision in Rasmea Odeh appeal a partial victory

Rasmea Defense Committee

February 25th, 2016

Media contact:

Hatem Abudayyeh, hatem85@yahoo.com, 773.301.4108

Decision in Rasmea Odeh appeal a partial victory

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.

 

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