Dear civil rights supporters,
On February 18th, 2012 in Berlin, CT, 100 of us met in order to chart a campaign to repeal the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The meeting was co-sponsored broadly by 31 different organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), ACLU-CT, National Lawyers Guild-CT, The Greater New Haven Peace Council, West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice, Occupy, and many student groups.
Speakers such as Steve Downs from project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms discussed the historical context of the current wave of attacks. Cyrus McGoldrick (CAIR-NY) and Linda Sarsour (Arab American Association) spoke about the NYPD spying on Muslim communities in NY. Shahid Buttar from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Robert McCaw from CAIR discussed recent local and state initiatives in repealing indefinite detention. Farzana Rahman from the Muslim Peace Coalition represented her coalition’s outreach campaign. Hartford City Councilman Luis Cotto and Sandra Staub from the ACLU discussed local campaigns against racial profiling in CT.
Our first meeting to launch a campaign against such a repressive measure and attack on all our civil rights was a success!
Those of us at the meeting outlined key areas of work for our coalition, which include:
Educational Outreach (teach-ins, radio interviews, forums, etc)
Legislative Work: Ordinances, City Council Resolutions
Petitions Committee (specific outreach to clergy, bar associations, professors, follows Muslim Peace Coalition Campaign)
Individual Case Advocacy (Rapid Response or pickets/rallies)
Please join us on April 14th at 1:00 pm at the Berlin Mosque, in Berlin CT (1781 Wilbur Cross Highway Berlin, CT 06037)
Hope to see you there!