[act-ma] Occupy 4 Prisoners, Rally TMRW for Tarek Mehanna

Brian K bdubkwob at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 12:31:19 PST 2012

Hey folks,

Just wanted to send out a link to video from Monday, and info about the
Rally for Tarek Mehanna tomorrow, Feb 25 on the Boston Common from 2-4pm.

Free Tarek!



*Occupy 4 Prisoners National Day of Action

*[image: O4P Boston Occupy 4 Prisoners, Rally for Tarek
On Monday, February 20, members of Occupy Boston, Ocupemos El Barrio, the
Jericho movement, Committe of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners, and
others led a protest against the Prison Industrial Complex in front of the
Nashua Street Jail. A speak-out across the street from the jail included
voices from the Black, Puerto Rican, Muslim, Palestinian, Trans communities
and many of the prisoners inside displayed signs saying “HELP” “Free Us”
and “99%”. It was a moving experience as the 150 or so protestors raised
their fists in solidarity with prisoners, communicating non-verbally with
them throughout the protest.
A video and picture slideshow from the event is available
Livestream Video from the event is available
and also here <http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20587330>.
More info on the Feb 20 National Day of Action is available at Occupy 4
Prisoners <http://occupy4prisoners.org/>.
Rally for Tarek Mehanna: Sat Feb 25 2-4pm [image: TAREK MEHANNA4 Occupy 4
Prisoners, Rally for Tarek
On Saturday, February 25,  from 2-4pm, members of Occupy Boston will join a
rally <https://www.facebook.com/events/141188742666716/> by the Gazebo on
the Boston common for Tarek Mehanna <http://www.freetarek.com/> and against
the Islamophobia and government-sponsored political persecution that his
case demonstrates.

*Imagine being in solitary confinement for 856 days and counting.*

Why was Tarek Mehanna targeted by the government? Tarek has been outspoken
against US foreign policy, specifically in regards to Muslim countries. He
has voiced his beliefs that Muslims should protect their religion and their
brethren from being attacked. He has worked to raise consciousness about
Muslim prisoners like Aafia Siddiqui and to build support for them. He has
encouraged others to fulfill their obligations as Muslims to struggle
against oppression. In doing so he is seen as an obstacle in the
government’s effort to fight Islam by redefining it into a meek, submissive
shadow of itself.

By refusing to submit to the FBI’s coercive demands that he become an
informant, and by speaking out against US policies, Tarek set an example
that the government could not tolerate. The government and top 1%-owned
media is persecuting him and countless others under bogus “terrorism”
charges and insinuations as part of a broader policy of intimidating
and silencing
the Muslim community <http://muslimpeacecoalition.org/>. According to Abdul
Malik Mujahid
<http://socialistworker.org/2012/01/19/united-states-of-islamophobia>of the
Muslim Peace Coalition, Since September 11 2001, and the launching of
long-term US wars and military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, more
than 700,000 Muslims have been interviewed by the FBI, and some 75 percent
of young Muslims report that they’ve been personally discriminated against
or their friends are being harassed and profiled.

It’s time to show the general public that we will not accept political
repression, racist scapegoating, and relentless persecution of the Arab and
Muslim sections of the 99%!

Please come to learn more, show solidarity, and take a stand against
injustice on Saturday Feb 25!
 For more information, please visit
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