Monday, May 02, 2005
Vigils For Two Detained 16-Year-Old Girls
(This appeal was posted by Saurav Sarkar on Saturday at Detainment, a blog we started as a "response to the detention of two 16-year-old girls in late March, 2005 [who] were taken from their families, had their possessions searched, jailed, and smeared in the media as "terrorist" threats by some U.S. government officials." I made some slight editorial changes to it so that it makes sense here.)
If you're in Pennsylvania or New York, you may be interested in the action below (contact info below). There's also likely to be something in the Bay Area (contact info: email@example.com). If you can't make it and you're planning on organizing something similar in your town, please drop us a line (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & please put "vigil" in the subject header). You can use the announcement below, but the message has a little more nuance since this preliminary announcement was put together.
Specifically, we're trying to say more on which government officials are being focused upon at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice (each of which had jurisdiction over different aspects of the investigation / detention / trial / possible deportation) and what we'll specifically be asking them. I'll post press releases, letters to circulate etc., as they're made public. Also, please remember that we're still raising funds for these two women and their families; we need to raise thousands.
You can donate by Paypal here or mail a check to: Emergency Families Fund / CAIR c/o 9-11 relief program / Adem Carroll 166-26 89th Avenue Jamaica, NY, 11432 Donations are tax exempt.
Demand the Release of Bangladeshi & Guinean 16 Yr Old Young Women Detained by Department of Homeland Security
GET ON THE BUS! from NYC to York Courthouse in Pennsylvania: *Wednesday, May 11th* For a VIGIL at the BOND HEARING of the Bangladeshi Young Woman from Queens
You MUST RESERVE your bus seat NOW: Email email@example.com to RSVP Your Seat(s) Or Call Dulani at DRUM at (718) 205-3036
Pickup Time: 8:00am, Location in Manhattan to be announced.
At the end of March, two young Muslim women were arrested, detained, and accused of plotting to be suicide bombers. They are currently detained in Pennsylvania under UNJUST conditions and are being deprived of their due process rights as:
*The hearings have been CLOSED, with immigration law being manipulated to detain the teenagers;
*They are being held under secret evidence that some FBI and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) officials have admitted are baseless;
*They continue to be detained at a facility deemed unfit for youth by Amnesty International, are limited to one call per week to their parents, have been questioned by the FBI without lawyers present and subjected to threats to deport their parents and put their siblings in foster care if they do not admit to the allegations, & more.
Read Also: link.
Show the Judge that WE ARE WATCHING & WE DEMAND:DHS should release the youth to their families! DHS should open the hearings! Stop targeting immigrants!
Organized by DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving (718) 205-3036 Drumnation.org