Monday, March 2, 2015

Part of the Week of Action to support Rasmea Odeh. More info: More event information here:

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thursday, February 12
Informational Protest for Rasmea Odeh
12:00 – 1:00 pm
University of New Mexico Bookstore
2301 Central NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

February 9th-21st is the national week of solidarity with Rasmea Odeh!

On October 22, 2013, Rasmea Yousef Odeh was arrested by agents of the Department of Homeland Security.
She was indicted in federal court, charged with “Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization” based on immigration document answers she filed 20 years ago.

Rasmea is the Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and has made it her life’s work to empower Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families. We believe this is yet another politically-motivated arrest by the federal government of those who are critical of U.S. support for Israel’s crimes against Palestinian people.

Part of the Week of Action to support Rasmea Odeh. More info: More event information here:

Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh

Friday, February 13
6:00pm – 9:00pm in CST
Marquette University
Lalumiere Hall Rm 288
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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PSC is hosting another Palestine Solidarity Social!

6:30pm Rasmea talk followed by Potluck and social.

With so many in the Milwaukee area working on various Palestine related efforts, we hope to come together for a night of food and conversation. Let’s share ideas and strengthen our movement!

At 6:30pm Rasmea Odeh will make a skype appearance to update us on her legal battle. She is currently awaiting sentencing in March, and there will be upcoming actions to defend her from the politically motivated witch hunt.

Please bring either a dish to pass, or a donation for the Rasmea Defence Committee if you are able.

Love Yourself, Love Your Freedom: Welcome Home Celebration for Sekou Odinga
Sunday, 15 February
12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Malcolm X and Dr Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway, New York
More info:

Existence is Resistance, The Sekou Odinga Defense Committee and The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home present this all day celebration and fundraiser for recently released political prisoner of 34 years, Sekou Odinga.

Sekou Odinga was a U.S. held political prisoner imprisoned 34 years for fighting for the freedom of Black people and the building of the Republic of New Afrika. He was released November 25, 2014 into the arms of family, comrades and friends.


Universal Zulu Nation
Harlem Copwatch
Brotherhood SisterSol
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective
NY Black Panthers
Party for Socialism and Liberation

These organizations will be in attendance with various tables including activities such as letter writing to political prisoners and information on knowing your rights.

We will be showing two amazing documentaries:

12:30 pm The Mike Brown Rebellion by Rebel Diaz

2:30 pm Afraid of Dark by Mya B

Key Note Address at 4 pm by Sekou Odinga

Special Guest DJ Lumumba aka Revolution

Hosted by Hakim Green

Live Performances by:

Divine RBG
The Peace Poets
Lah Tere & Mommas HipHop Kitchen
DK Dyson
Mahina Movement

Flier Designed by; Intifada Street
Original Photographic Image Credit: Solwazi, Ancestral Beauty Photography


rockrasmThe national week of action February 9-13 to defend Rasmea Odeh is shaping up with events across the United States to defend Rasmea! (See below for complete list.) There is also a new website focused just on the campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh:

The Campaign to Stop FBI Repression is organizing Livestream events, in which Rasmea can join local events over an internet connection:

Friday, Feb. 13. 6:30 pm CST
Sunday, Feb. 15. 2:00 pm CST
Thursday, Feb. 19. 8:00 pm CST

Rasmea will give a prepared talk and take questions that are submitted via chat or email. The proposal is that her talk would be part of a program that includes at least one local speaker on the next steps in defense work, but it will also work within a program on political repression, Palestine, etc.

Your event location will need an active internet connection and a computer with speakers for viewing the stream. If you expect a lot of people and have access to a digital projector and screen that can be a nice addition.

If you wish to ask questions from your location it may be more convenient to have a second device with chat or email capability, like a smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.

The live stream will be broadcast on the You Tube Channel. Confirm the broadcast link and other day-of-event information by emailing the organizers at, RE: Rasmea live stream

Students for Justice in Palestine – Chicago hold successful fundraiser for Rasmea

Fight Back! News reported that a successful fundraiser, Sumoud, was organized for Rasmea in Chicago on February 3 despite Zionist opposition. – Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at DePaul University held a fundraiser for Rasmea Odeh here, Feb. 3, with over 200 in attendance. Speaker after speaker rose to declare their support for Chicago’s legendary Palestinian woman activist. Odeh, who survived brutal torture and rape at the hands of Israeli prison guards, was put on trial by the U.S. Attorney in Detroit. She faces 10 years of prison and deportation at her March 12 sentencing hearing, for failing to reveal her 1969 conviction in an illegal, Israeli military court, when she applied for citizenship in the U.S.

The SJP event became the center of a media storm and a controversy with DePaul’s administration when the Zionist Organization of America vilified Odeh and her student supporters. Performing at the dinner, Amir Zahr, a well-known Palestinian comic, drew laughs and applause when he scoffed at the small group of racist Zionists outside with signs against Odeh, stating “Remember when we were the counter-protesters and nobody would listen to us. How things have changed!”

Week of Action to Defend Rasmea

Seattle, Washington
Monday, Feb. 9th
Protest for Rasmea
4:30 to 5:30pm
Western District Federal Court House
700 Stewart Street

Tampa, Florida
Monday, February 9
Sign Waving for Rasmea
5:00 to 6:00 pm
56th St. and Fowler Ave.
Tampa, NC 33617

Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, February 12
Protest for Rasmea
7:00pm in MST
Wallace Bennett Federal Building
125 S State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thursday, February 12
Informational Protest for Rasmea Odeh
12:00 – 1:00 pm
University of New Mexico Bookstore
2301 Central NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday, February 13
Rasmea Speaks! Livestream
6:00pm in CST
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Friday, February 13
Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh: Panel and Livestream
7:00 to 8:00 pm
Institute for Global Education
1118 Wealthy Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI

New York, NY
Friday, February 13
Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh Event in NYC
The Riverside Church in the City of New York, Room 240
Featuring: Muhammad Sankari from the Rasmea Defense Committee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Friday, February 13
Social and Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh
6:00pm – 9:00pm in CST
Marquette University
Lalumiere Hall Rm 288
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Facebook Event:

Tucson, Arizona
Sunday, February 15
Rasmea Odeh – Live Stream Solidarity
12:30 pm
Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee
606 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

San Francisco, California
Thursday, February 19th
Live Stream with Rasmea Odeh
6:00 pm
518 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA

Miami, Florida
Thursday, February 19
South Florida Speaks with Rasmea Odeh
6:00 pm
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St,
Miami, FL 33199
Facebook Event:

Dallas, Texas
Thursday, February 19
Live Stream with Rasmea Odeh
7:15 pm
Pan African Connection
828 4th Ave.
Dallas, TX

Tampa, Florida
Saturday, February 21
Panel: State Repression and War on Terror
4:00 to 5:00 pm
First United Church of Tampa
7308 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saturday, February 21
Rock for Rasmea!
6:30 PM – Midnight
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
RSVP on Facebook:
More info:

Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh Event in NYC
Friday, February 13 at 6:45pm
The Riverside Church in the City of New York, Room 240
Featuring: Muhammad Sankari from the Rasmea Defense Committee

Facebook Event:

Muhammad Sankari is an organizer at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. We plan to live stream with Rasmea Odeh in order to watch her speak to us and answer questions from the audience.

Rasmea Defense Committee, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, are part of the national week of action to defend Rasmea Odeh from Feb 9th-15th! and


Solidarity with Georges Ibrahim Abdallah
Sunday, 1 February
12:00 PM
French Embassy – Beirut, Lebanon
Facebook Event:

On 5 November, 2014, the Paris parole court dismissed Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s application for parole, on the grounds that it was “inadmissible” because he was not subject to an existing deportation order. This once again proved that the imprisonment of Abdallah, now in his 31st year of detention, is a political decision of the French state. In 2012, Manuel Valls, then interior minister, refused to sign a deportation order following approval of Abdallah’s last parole application, which would have allowed him to return immediately to his home country, Lebanon.

Georges Abdallah immediately appealed the parole decision, and the appeal will be considered in a non-public hearing on 29 January 2015. This Beirut solidarity rally comes to support the appeal hearing of this Lebanese Communist activist, a struggler for the Palestinian cause.

Thursday, 29 January
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Esplanade of Saint-Michel Fountain (Metro: L4 Saint-Michel)
Facebook Event:

Last November 5, the tribunal reviewing Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s parole application in Paris rejected his application for release, made in March 2014. His application was deemed inadmissible because Abdallah is not subject to an existing order of deportation which would allow him to be paroled to Lebanon, his home country of citizenship.

This travesty of justice indicates once more that Georges Ibrahim Abdallah is imprisoned under an exceptional regime, now in its 31st year, as a political decision of the French state.

In 2012, Manuel Valls, then interior minister, refused to sign the deportation order referred to by the tribunal after a previous positive parole decision that would have allowed Abdallah to return immediately to Lebanon.

Abdallah immediately appealed the November decision, which was scheduled bo be considered December 18 but was then postponed. The new date of the non-public appeal hearing is Thursay, 29 January 2015. There will be a public solidarity rally outside the hearing.

Please share your actions plans by emailing

The campaign to defend long-time Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh has reached a critical stage. We urge everyone to join us in organizing an event or protest on your campus or in the community during the week of February 9 – 15.

All of us need to shine a light on the real injustice that is taking place in Detroit. Rasmea, a Palestinian American woman who has done so much for so many, is facing deportation and up to ten years in jail on a trumped-up immigration charge.

We need to go all out in focusing attention on her case before her March 12 sentencing. After the sentencing, it is anticipated that the appeals process will start. This fight will not be over until we have justice.

Rasmea has made great contributions to the community and the cause of Palestinian freedom. We need to stand with her.

The following call to action is being circulated by the campaign to support the Hares Boys:

This year, Sunday 15th March will mark 2 years since 5 teenage boys from the village of Hares, Palestine, were kidnapped from their homes, abused and violently interrogated, and locked in an Israeli prison. All for something they didn’t do.

It began on 14th March 2013, after a car accident resulting in some serious injuries for its passengers was allegedly caused by Palestinian youths throwing stones at the vehicle; except that there is no evidence to suggest that stone-throwing took place at all.

That same night, Israeli army stormed the villages of Hares and Kifl Hares and detained 19 Palestinian youths. Obtaining their “confessions” through interrogation and ill-treatment, some of these youths were eventually released. Five of them, however, are still incarcerated to this day. These are the Hares Boys.

Should the Israeli military courts get their way, the Hares Boys will face long years in prison for a “crime” that carries no evidence of their supposed guilt and which all the boys deny.

To mark the 2 years since the boys’ incarceration, we are calling on campaigners around the world to devise local actions aimed at raising the profile of the case of the Hares Boys and by doing so, put pressure on the Israeli occupation to respect the principles of justice and release these kids from prison.

We invite you to organise leafleting, vigils and protests, boycott actions, petitioning and letter-writing, talks and film screenings.

The on-going fight against Israeli military aggression and occupation is getting stronger with every new atrocity the apartheid state commits; it matters to vocalise opposition to the continuing injustices the Hares Boys – and, by extension, all Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons – face daily, in order to prevent these dangerous precedents from taking place at all.

Join the fight against oppression. Stand on the side of justice.

For more information, see:
Facebook: Free the Hares Boys
Twitter: @HaresBoys

Wednesday, January 21
Mulberry Place, East India Dock – Town Hall
Tower Hamlets

Facebook Event:

G4S is complicit in human rights abuse throughout the world!

G4S provides security systems for major Israeli prisons and detention centres, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel. Human rights organizations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners, detained within Israel.

The transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier contravenes Articles 49 and 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier contravenes Articles 49 and 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In the Occupied West Bank, G4S provides equipment for a prison, police headquarters, businesses within illegal settlements, a settlement industrial zone and check points along the Illegal Apartheid Wall.

Reports include:

June 2012 Amnesty International ‘Starved of Justice: Palestinaians detained without trial by Israel’.

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded report ‘Children in Millitary Custody';

G4S lost the contract to deport people from the UK after Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan asylum seeker died, following restraint by G4S employees. A Parliamentary report confirmed that ‘inappropriate physical and possibly dangerous restraint techniques’ were used.

Until G4S can prove to the satisfaction of the Council that all such abuse has ended, and the company has withdrawn from any involvement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or Israeli prisons, Tower Hamlets PSC will be presenting a petition to the Council to ask them to disqualify G4S from holding contracts in the Borough.

There will be a lobby of the full council meeting 21st January where this petition will be presented:

If 2000 people sign, this will force a whole council debate.

Sign and share this petition and join us in solidarity at the lobby outside this meeting!