[Pnews] Call to say, "Drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh!"

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Wed Oct 23 20:41:22 EDT 2013

    * Call-in Day to Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh *
      Call U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan*

      Barbara McQuade
      313-226-9501 or 313-226-9100

        Friday, October 25th

        8 a.m. to 4 pm CDT

*Demand of U.S. Atty McQuade:
Drop the Charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh!*

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating this

Statement from the Arab American Action Network **
October 23, 2013
The Arab American Action Network (AAAN) condemns the 
politically-motivated arrest 
indictment of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, our beloved Associate Director. The 
sixty-five year old was arrested at her home yesterday by agents from 
the Department of Homeland Security, alleging an immigration violation 
on a 20-year-old application. Rasmea, who has made it her life's work to 
serve and help empower Palestinian and Arab families, is the victim of 
another witch-hunt by our federal law enforcement agencies, which 
continue to violate the civil rights of Arabs and Muslims with impunity, 
particularly those who are critical of U.S. support for Israel's crimes 
against the Palestinian people.

Rasmea is a leading member of Chicago's Arab and Muslim communities, and 
her decade of service here has changed the lives of thousands of people, 
particularly disenfranchised Arab women and their families. She has been 
with the AAAN since 2004, and as Associate Director, is responsible for 
the management of day-to-day operations and the coordination of our Arab 
Women's Committee, which has a membership of close to 600 and leads our 
work in the areas of defending civil liberties and immigrant rights. She 
is a mentor to hundreds of immigrant women, as well as many members of 
our staff and board, and is a well-known and respected organizer 
throughout Chicagoland, the U.S., and the world.

Earlier this year, Rasmea received the "Outstanding Community Leader 
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, where she 
was an activist and practicing attorney, and then the past 10 years in 

Rasmea is a community icon who recently completed a Master's degree in 
Criminal Justice from Governors State University. She overcame vicious 
torture by Israeli authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 70s, 
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 our friend and colleague Rasmea, 
as well as the broader pattern of persecuting Arabs and Muslims who are 
outstanding and outspoken leaders in their communities in the U.S.

We ask all of our supporters to call Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for 
the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, at 313.226.9501 or 
313.226.9100, on Friday, October 25th, from 8 AM to 4 PM CST, to demand 
that she Drop the Charges Now!

We will also be mobilizing to support Rasmea at her next hearing in 
Detroit on November 1st. Details coming soon.

And for more information, email the Coalition to Protect People's Rights 
at cppr at aaan.org

Send photos of support for Rasmea!

        Support Rasmea!
        Send us your pictures

Right now we want to get Rasmea's story out there! We are calling on 
everyone to send us their picture holding up the following message:

        'I am ________ and I support Rasmea!'

You can fill in the blank with any self-identifier: your name, your 
occupation, or any other description. Some examples may be:

"I am a stay-at-home dad and I support Rasmea!"

"I am a youth organizer and I support Rasmea!"

"I am a supporter of Palestinian human rights and I support Rasmea!"

Hold the sign up and snap a selfie, then send it to cppr at aaan.org.
Put it up as your Facebook/Twitter profile pic, Google Account image, or 
anything else!
Just remember we may use your image in future publications and 
informational pamphlets that get published online or distributed as hard 

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