[act-ma] June 6, 6:45 First Thursday film Dr. Sami Al-Arian
amyh at texnology.com
Thu May 29 21:37:23 PDT 2008
FIRST THURSDAY FILM SERIES
USA vs AL-ARIAN
THE CASE OF DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN
THIS IS A CLOSE PORTRAIT OF AN ARAB-AMERICAN FAMILY FACING TERRORISM CHARGES LEVELLED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
6:45 THURSDAY, June 6, 2008
Central Square Public Library
45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Sami Al-Arian immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue higher education. Now in his 50's he was a tenured professor of computer science at the University of South Florida until after 9/11 when the school's administration attempted to fire him for his outspoken views, work for Palestine and activism for civil liberties. On February 20, 2003 Dr. Al-Arian was arrested in a conspiracy case. After his arrest, Dr. Al-Arian spent two -and-a-half years in prison in solitary confinement under conditions condemned by Amnesty International as "gratuitously punitive" before he was given his day in court. The jury acquitted Dr. Al-Arian on almost all charges and entered into a plea agreement for the few charges left. The plea agreement has not been honored. Dr. Al-Arian is still in jail on a prolonged hunger strike. For more information please visit http://www.freesaminow.com. Literature on this case will be available at the film showing
Extended informal discussion after the film. Refreshments will be served.
There is an inexpensive parking garage next to the library and some parking on the street. Pearl Street is just off Mass. Ave in Central Square.
Presented jointly by the Women's lnternational League for Peace and Freedom and the Cambridge Peace Commission.
For further information call 617-244-8054 Admission is free.
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