ALERT! Fahad Hashmi case goes to trial on 4/28

From Jeanne Theoharis:

Friends,

After Fahad Hashmi has spent nearly three years in solitary confinement, the case will finally go to trial on Wednesday April 28. Over the past two and a half years, we have built a movement to draw attention to the rights violations happening in his case and within the federal system as part of the War on Terror. Just in the past few weeks, two more great pieces have been published calling attention to these domestic rights abuses: Bill Quigley’s “Not Just Guantanamo” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/not-just-guantanamo-us-to_b_524226.html) and William Fisher’s “Feel Safer Now?” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-fisher/feel-safer-now_b_526675.html).

But we need your help more than ever in the coming weeks to help focus public attention as the case goes to trial. Things you can do:

> Attend a community meeting to prepare for the trial: Monday April 19 at 6:30 at the Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, New York, NY.

> Join us for an important vigil on April 26. Two days before the trial begins, we will gather once again outside of MCC where Hashmi is being held to draw attention to the inhumane conditions of his confinement over the past three years. The vigil takes place from 6-7 outside MCC, 150 Park Row, in lower Manhattan.

> Come to the trial. Jury selection in the case begins Wednesday April 28 at 9:00 in Judge Preska’s court at 500 Pearl Street. We expect opening arguments to begin Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and the trial to last 2-3 weeks. Please come for at least one day of trial and join the grassroots effort “500@500” to keep the courtroom full. Please circulate and post the attached flyer.

> Send an email to Attorney General Holder to show him we are watching this case and ask him to uphold Hashmi’s rights: http://www.educatorsforcivilliberties.org/liftthesam.html

Thank you for your continued commitment to these issues.

Jeanne Theoharis
Educators for Civil Liberties

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