Emergency Action in case of indictments or resubpoenas

Sign the PLEDGE to resist FBI & Grand Jury repression

In case activists get re-subpoenaed or indicted by the Grand Jury:
Be ready for EMERGENCY ACTION: 4:30 pm, Federal Building, 4th St & 4th Ave, Downtown Mpls.
Text “follow mnstopfbi” to 40404 to get updates by text messages
You may also check stopfbi.net or call 612-837-5364 (WAMM) or 612-379-3585 (CSFR)

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May 31 – 7-9pm – Houseparty for Rasmea!

Houseparty for Rasmea Odeh!

20140531_Houseparty_for_RasmeaSaturday, May 31st from 7-9 pm at the home of Sarah Martin, 622 8th Ave. S.E.  Mpls 55414

RSVP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/1450530898518705/

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On June 10th Chicago community leader Rasmea Odeh’s trial is scheduled to begin in Detroit and we want to be there to stand in solidarity with her to protest this injustice!

Despite months of Rasmea Defense Committee organizing in Chicago and across the nation, the U.S. government refuses to drop its case against Rasmea, who they are alleging lied on an immigration application she filled out 20 years ago.  If found guilty, she could face up to ten years in federal prison, an immediate revocation of her citizenship, and then deportation from the United States.

The charge against Rasmea is nothing but another political attack by the U.S. government, meant to defame and criminalize another Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim leader who has dedicated her life to the empowerment of her people, as well as to intimidate and repress entire communities that are organizing for justice and liberation.  She was brutally tortured into a confession by the Israelis 45 years ago, and now the U.S. is trying to brutalize her once again.

After giving so much of her life to others, Rasmea now needs our support.  We have already received statements of support from over 100 organizations, and more than 3,000 people have signed the online petition for Rasmea.

The attack on Rasmea is an extension of the attack on local anti-war and international solidarity activists. We have seen this before, two years ago when the government targeted Chicano community leader Carlos Montes. Through dedicated organizing we were able to keep Carlos out of jail and instead doing the important community work he still does today.

The MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression is organizing for folks attend her trial and to do community organizing.  Please come to our houseparty to learn more about Rasmea’s case and what you can do to help.  There will be a cash bar and a pitch for donations. All donations will go to fund Minnesotans travel to Detriot and Rasmea’s legal defense.

Organized by the MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
For more information about her case go to stopfbi.net.

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Dec. 12 – 6pm – Community Dinner to Benefit Rasmea Odeh

Community Dinner to Benefit Rasmea Odeh 
Thursday, December 12th @ 6pm @ 4200 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis 
Palestinian community activist Rasmea Odeh was arrested Tuesday, October 22nd, at her Chicago home on politically-motivated immigration charges. The case against her is part of an ongoing campaign against Palestinians and those who work in solidarity with them. Barry Jonas, the same prosecutor pursuing 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists, including nine from Minneapolis, is helping build the case against Rasmea. Her case is also part of a broader effort to target Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities across the U.S. Join us for a community dinner to talk about Rasmea Odeh’s case, the broader context of political repression, and the ongoing case against the Anti War 23. Organized by the MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Twitter tag- #justice4rasmea
 
Sign the petition to demand the charges against her be dropped at http://www.stopfbi.net/sign-petition-rasmea-odeh.  
 
 
BACKGROUND INFO 
Palestinian community activist Rasmea Odeh was arrested Tuesday, October 22nd, at her Chicago home by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and ICE. She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago and tried in an Israeli military court that does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process. Now the U.S. government is carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and Rasmea faces being stripped of U.S. citizenship, a prison term of ten years and probably, after prison, deportation. The charges against her are a political attack on her as an individual, and on Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities across the U.S. as a whole. The charges against her are part of an ongoing campaign against Palestinians and those who work in solidarity with them. Barry Jonas, the same prosecutor pursuing 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists, including nine from Minneapolis, is helping build the case against Rasmea. Rasmea is the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), one of the oldest institutions in Chicago’s Arab community. She leads a women’s committee with 600 Arab and Muslim women and she is also a leader in the immigrant rights movement in Chicago. Join us November 13 for a national day of action to support for Rasmea on her court date, demanding the charges against her be dropped.
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MIRAc says: Drop Immigration Charges Against Rasmea Odeh!

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) condemns the politically-motivated arrest and indictment of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, Associate Director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network (AAAN), on an immigration-related charge. The sixty-five year old was arrested at her home in late October by agents from the Department of Homeland Security, alleging an immigration violation on a 20-year-old application. Immigration law should not be used as a weapon of political repression!

Rasmea, who has made it her life’s work to serve and help empower Palestinian and Arab families, is the victim of a witch-hunt by our federal law enforcement agencies, which continue to violate the civil rights of Arabs and Muslims with impunity. Rasmea is a leading member of Chicago’s Arab and Muslim communities, and her decade of service has changed the lives of thousands of people, particularly disenfranchised Arab women and their families.

As the Associate Director of the AAAN, Rasmea is responsible for coordinating an Arab Women’s Committee, which is active in defending civil liberties and immigrant rights.  She is a mentor to hundreds of immigrant women, and is a well-known and respected organizer throughout Chicago, the U.S., and the world.

Earlier this year, Rasmea received the Outstanding Community Leader Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, which described her as a woman who has “dedicated over 40 years of her life to the empowerment of Arab women, first in her homes of Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon…and then the past 10 years in Chicago.” Rasmea is a community icon who recently completed a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Governors State University.  She was tortured by Israeli authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 1970s, and is a proud reminder of the millions of Palestinians who have not given up organizing for their rights of liberation, equality, and return.

It is appalling that our government is now attempting to imprison her once again. We condemn this attack on Rasmea, as well as the broader pattern of persecuting Arabs, Muslims and other immigrant communities.

We ask all of our supporters to sign the petition at http://www.iacenter.org/rasmeaodehpetition/ to demand that they Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh Now!

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Informational Flyer: Rasmea Odeh

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UMN SDS statement in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh

Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota condemns the charges brought against Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh of Chicago. Her October 22nd arrest by agents of the Department of Homeland Security can be seen as nothing less than an attempt to silence her voice decrying the oppression of and demanding justice for the people of Palestine. The charges brought against her claim that she failed to properly document an arrest 45 years ago by Israeli military authorities, which routinely deny Palestinians due process, legal rights, human rights and justice daily. This outrageous charge seeks to imprison her for up to ten years, strip her of American citizenship and ultimately deport her upon her release from prison.

This is undoubtedly a vicious political attack related to her longstanding activism on behalf of the cause of justice for the Palestinian people. This case is certainly related to those of fellow activists of the Anti-War 23. The Anti-War 23 were targeted in the wake of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota and included a focus on activists who had traveled to and supported Palestine. Similarly activist Carlos Montes, once a member of the East LA 13, was raided and charged on the basis of similarly outrageous offenses related to supposed incidents dating back over 30 years. This attempt to silence these outspoken activists fighting for justice at home and abroad have all failed.  

This case like that of the Anti-War 23 and the case of Carlos Montes is not about the charges brought forth, but is directly related to the politics of those indicted. Students for a Democratic Society at the U of M recognizes that the same office of Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas attacked the humanitarian non-profit aid group of the Holy Land Foundation which resulted in the political imprisonment of the Holy Land 5. It is also from this same office that the political attack on the Anti-War 23 emerged. It is from this office that the repressive legal apparatus of the United States has reached out across the Midwest to attack people for their politics. And now the same office that has attacked the Holy Land 5 and the Anti-War 23 is attempting to silence Odeh for her longstanding support for her homeland, Palestine. SDS at the U of M stands in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh and will support her throughout her fight for justice. We demand that the U.S. Attorneys Office drop all the charges against Rasmea Odeh. We demand an end to all political repression and we demand an end to the occupation of Palestine.

Source: http://umnsds.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/umn-sds-solidarity-with-rasmea-odeh-drop-the-charges-now/

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11/13 – 4:30pm – Rally to Drop the Charges Against Rasmea Odeh

Rally to Drop the Charges Against Rasmea Odeh
Wednesday, November 13th @ 4:30 pm @ the  Federal Building, 4th Ave &  4th St, Minneapolis
Palestinian community activist Rasmea Odeh was arrested Tuesday, October 22nd, at her Chicago home by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and ICE. She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago and tried in an Israeli military court that does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process.
Now the U.S. government is carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and Rasmea faces being stripped of U.S. citizenship, a prison term of ten years and probably, after prison, deportation. The charges against her are a political attack on her as an individual, and on Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities across the U.S. as a whole. The charges against her are part of an ongoing campaign against Palestinians and those who work in solidarity with them. Barry Jonas, the same prosecutor pursuing 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists, including nine from Minneapolis, is helping build the case against Rasmea.
Rasmea is the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), one of the oldest institutions in Chicago’s Arab community. She leads a women’s committee with 600 Arab and Muslim women and she is also a leader in the immigrant rights movement in Chicago. Join us November 13 for a national day of action to support for Rasmea on her court date, demanding the charges against her be dropped.   Organized by the MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
Sign the petition to demand charges be dropped athttp://www.stopfbi.net/sign-petition-rasmea-odeh

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/512340255528000/

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WAMM Action Alert: Rasmea Odeh

Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) challenges the surprising arrest of Rasmea Odeh, a leader in Chicago’s Palestinian community. She was arrested on October 22 by agents of the Department of Homeland Security for alleged immigration fraud. This 65-year-old woman has dedicated her life to the struggle of the Palestinian people, survived torture and a decade of imprisonment by Israeli authorities, before migrating to the U.S. in 1995.

Rasmea Odeh is the assistant director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations and the coordination of their Arab Women’s Committee, with a membership of 600, leading work in the areas of civil liberties and immigrant rights. 

It appears that the case against Odeh is not about immigration, but an attempt to silence her and subdue her good work in the community on behalf of justice for Palestinian people living under ever-increasing oppression by Israeli military rule in the West Bank and Gaza. She has said, “War and occupation in our home countries leads to political and legislative attacks on us here. So we must advocate and organize within our community to affect change and make our voices heard.”

Odeh’s work is aligned with WAMM’s vision for a world with peace and justice. It seems that Odeh’s arrest may be linked to the 2010 FBI raids and ongoing grand jury investigation of Midwest anti-war activists, including members of WAMM – another sign of continued government intimidation and attempted silencing of those who are effective advocates for Arab-American communities, and who speak out for the rights of people in Palestine. 

WAMM members are encouraged to call on US Attorney Barbara McQuade to drop charges against Rasmea Odeh! Telephone: (313) 226-9100 or Fax (313) 226-2311 and to sign the Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s petition at http://www.iacenter.org/rasmeaodehpetition/.

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