[act-ma] 3/8 RALLY for JUSTICE for DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI 3/4 Organizers Meeting

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Mar 4 10:45:11 PST 2016

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MIT 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
FRIDAY MARCH 4 6:30 PM Organizers Meeting
Action Center in Brewery Complex - 284 Amory St JP (near Stonybrook on
Orange Line)

AAFIA - A national call for an innocent Muslim woman -


March 2016 will mark 13 YEARS that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been a
political prisoner.

Support Rallies will be held in:

Boston, Massachusetts – March 8th @ 4 PM

At: MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

New York City – March 11th @ 4 PM

Federal Building @ 320 Broadway

Washington, DC – March 19th @ 12 Noon

U.S. Department of Justice @ 950 Penn Ave NW

Fort Worth, Texas – March 30th @ 6 PM

Quotes from

Mauri Saalakhan of the Aafia Movement: “Four demonstrations during
March, Women’s History Month, are calling for an independent medical
team, including Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, a medical doctor who is Aafia’s
sister, be permitted to visit her to evaluate her health. The
demonstrations will also demand the repatriation of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
to her home in Pakistan.”

Aafia Siddiqui’s life is on the line. She has not had a prison visit
with any family member or her lawyer in over a year. Aafia is a victim
of the U.S. torture program in Afghanistan and of continuing prison
abuse in Federal prison in Ft Worth Texas.

>From 2003-2008 there were numerous reports that Aafia was being held
at a secret prison at the U.S. Airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan. In 2008
Aafia was brought to NYC, barely clinging to life, and charged with
attempting to shoot her way out of captivity.

Sara Flounders of International Action Center explained: I attended
Aafia Siddiqui’s trial in Federal Court here in NYC.

During her trial, Aafia called out many times her innocence and that she
had been tortured and horribly abused. She pleaded for an end to the
violent strip searches that preceded every day in court. She was
continuously ruled disruptive and out of order.

On March 30, 2003, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, an honors graduate of Brandeis
University and MIT and her three young children (ages 6, 4, and six
months) were kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, in a rendition operation
ordered by the U.S. government - based on faulty “intelligence.”

During this time thousands of Muslims ‘disappeared’ into U.S. secret
prisons and into Guantanamo Prison as part of the U.S. war on terror.
Well documented U.S. tactics included: targeted assassinations, drone
attacks, secret rendition, disappearances and routine torture. This
horrendous violation of human rights must end. The secret prisons must
end. Guantanamo Prison must be closed and Aafia Siddiqui must be
returned to Pakistan.

Shahid Comrade of the Pakistan USA Freedom Forum explained that an
enormous movement of mass support for Aafia’s repatriation to Pakistan
has swept Pakistan. Aafia has become a symbol of the thousands of
disappeared prisoners. Millions of Pakistanis and all political parties
from left to right, religious to secular, have demanded her return to

Although Aafia was kidnapped in Pakistan, is a Pakistani citizen and was
shot in Afghanistan, she was brought to NYC for a sensational show
trial. Despite her serious injuries she was held in solitary
confinement. While no one was injured except her, and while the forensic
and testimonial evidence pointed to her innocence, Dr. Siddiqui was
found guilty in 2010 and sentenced of 86 years in prison.

Support for the rally includes:

International Action Center, Islamic Leadership Council of New York,
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Jericho-National, Masjid At-Taqwa,
Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, National Coalition to Protect Civil
Freedoms, New Abolitionist Movement, NY4Palestine,Pakistan USA Freedom
Forum, Project Salam, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network,
South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training, United
National Antiwar Coalition, Women's Fightback
network, Team Solidarity, USW Local 8751 Boston SchoolBus Drivers Union,
The Committee for Peace and Human Rights, Bishop Filipe C Teixeira,
OFSJC, Coalition for Equal Quality Education (CEQE).

For additional information on the mobilizations:

(301) 441-2300 or (202) 246-9608 - peacethrujustice at aol.com

Or in Boston:

International Action Center - IACenter.org

212-633-6646 - IACenter at IACenter.org

617-522-6626 - iacboston at iacboston.org

For info on the case: AafiaMovement.com


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