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« on: May 04, 2010 02:50 PM »

MLFA Update: May 03, 2010  | Forward to a Friend

As salaam alaykum,

    * Breaking News
          o HLF Defendants Moved to CMUs, New Addresses
          o Survey: What Issues Concern You the Most?
          o Lend MLFA a Helping Hand
    * Upcoming Events
          o MLFA Coming to Columbia, MO
          o George Galloway Coming to Dallas
    * Need to Know
          o Arizona...
    * Closing Comments
          o The Case of Fahad Hashmi

The Muslim Legal Fund of America is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charitable organization that provides funds and support for Muslims facing legal challenges in America.

Donations to MLFA are tax-exempt and may be considered your zakat.

HLF Defendants Moved to CMUs, New Addresses

The Muslim Legal Fund of America confirmed through the Bureau of Prisons that Shukri Abubaker, Mohammed Elmezain, Ghassan Elashi and Mufid Abdulqader were moved to Communication Management Units.
These units are designed to tightly monitor and control prisoner communications and are the subject of criticism by civil rights organizations. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit on March 30 to challenge the legality of CMUs.
We urge everyone to write. Here are their new addresses:

Shukri Abubaker  - 32589-177
P.O. BOX 33
Mohammed Elmezain - 92412-198
P.O. BOX 33
Ghassan Elashi - 29687-177
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL  62959
Mufid Abdulqader - 32590-177
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL  62959
Abdulrahman Odeh - 26548-050
PO BOX 5300

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Survey: What Issues Concern You the Most? 

The Muslim Legal Fund of America is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps Muslims face legal challenges. As part of our ongoing efforts to serve the community, we would like to better understand how you feel about different issues. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey.

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Lend MLFA a Helping Hand 
The Hands of Liberty volunteer program is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help spread awareness of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Here's how it works:

    * More people need to learn about MLFA.
    * We receive shipments of new brochures each month.
    * We need your help getting them into the hands of community members.

Can you help us?   

    * Do you attend Friday prayers at your local mosque?
    * Can you stand outside after the prayer and hand out brochures once a month?
    * Can you apply a sticker to each brochure prior to handing them out?

If you answered "yes" to all the above, then please email usand we will send you more information about this exciting program.

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MLFA is Coming to Columbia

Got freedom? It's a question on everyone's mind during these troubling times. Fortunately, there is one organization supporting fairness and justice in the courts.

Friday, May 7, 2010

After Maghrib

Islamic Center of Central Missouri
201 S. 5th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Khalil Meek is the President of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. He travels all over the nation informing the public about MLFA's mission and importance to the American Muslim community. He is coming to Columbia to share the organization's history, why it's needed and how it benefits you directly. Learn about high-profile cases and the struggles for justice facing Muslims in America.

The Muslim Legal Fund of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps Muslims face legal challenges by: 

   1. Securing top legal talent for selected cases that impact the American Muslim community;
   2. Negotiating legal fees to maximize your donations, and therefore our collective impact;
   3. Managing the logistics of selected cases with the legal team and our beneficiaries;
   4. Informing the public about cases and legal issues that impact the American Muslim community.

 Donations to MLFA are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.
An Event with George Galloway

Monday, May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day)

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hyatt Regency North Dallas
701 East Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75081

George Galloway is a British politician, author, broadcaster and Member of Parliament. He is the founder of the Respect Party and is a peace advocate. He is most known for his outspoken pro-Palestinian views. MR. Galloway is an avid supporter of MLFA .

For more information call (972) 331-9021

Our event director is currently working hard to schedule additional exciting events, so stay tuned for coming announcements. MLFA representatives are also visiting communities in different states to talk about the important work the organization is doing for the community.
If you would like for an MLFA representative to visit your community, please call 866-MLFA-USA and ask to speak with Tariq or Mohammed.

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"I have a foreign accent and live in (or plan to visit) Arizona. I'm worried that I will be arrested simply for having a foreign accent."
Arizona's new immigration law "orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally." (CNN) Since its signing, the law has been amended to prohibit the use of race solely as the basis for which a police officer can demand papers. (LA Times)
Unfortunately, there appears to be no clear guidelines for police officers to determine what qualifies as reasons to suspect an individual is in the US illegally. As such, it is reasonable to assume that a foreign accent in addition to race could trigger an immigration inquiry.

If you or someone you know is detained due to Arizona's new immigration law, please call the Muslim Legal Fund of America at 866-MLFA-USA (866-653-2872).
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The Case of Fahad Hashmi
After three years of solitary confinement and one day after Judge Preska approved the government's request for an anonymous jury with extra security measures, Fahad Hashmi agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy for allowing an acquaintance to store waterproof socks, ponchos and raincoats in his apartment.

As part of the plea, the government dropped the remaining three charges against Hashmi. Sentencing is June 7 and he faces up to 15 years in prison, with four years already served. He was facing up to 70 years in prison, and supporters of Hashmi are taking note of the fact that the government shaved 55 years off the potential sentence on the eve of this trial. (Justice4Fahad.org)

On April 21, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued a denouncement of the government's "attempt to frighten" the jury in Fahad Hashmi's trial, in which they stated:

The case against Fahad Hashmi in itself raises many red flags related to the violation of his rights, prosecutorial overreach under the material support statute, and the unduly punitive and restrictive special administrative measures under which he has been kept without trial for nearly three years. The government's call for the jurors at his trial, which is set to begin next week, to be anonymous and kept under extra security because of the attention and political activism these issues have drawn to the case is a clear attempt to influence the jury by creating a sense of fear for their safety and to paint Mr. Hashmi as already guilty. (CCR)

This case demonstrates the challenges Muslims face in America. Law enforcement overreaching, court manipulation and discriminatory prosecution are placing everyone's liberties in danger. The Muslim Legal Fund of America is dedicated to helping Muslims face these challenges and we call on your to support our efforts with a tax-exempt contribution today.

Thank you for your support.

Khalil Meek, President
Muslim Legal Fund of America
How we face these challenges will shape the future of our community.You can help by making a donation today. Every donation makes a difference. Every dollar is a step towards freedom and justice for Muslims in America. So, please remember the valuable work MLFA is doing for you and support our efforts with a gift today.

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