The Crescent Report

May 19, 2010

Muslim Organization fights Racial Profiling in Arizona

Introduction:

We are serious about racial profiling, the dignity of immigrants who reside in our country and any attempt to promote racism under the guise of “protecting the nation.” Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day:

“And facing the rising Sun, for our new day has begun, let us march on to victory is won.”

Muslim Organization fights Racial Profiling in Arizona

On Monday May 17th, 2010, MAS Freedom became a plaintiff in a law suit filed in the Arizona Us Federal Court. We are proud to be a litigant in this historical fight for immigration rights, and we are confident that the law will be ruled unconstitutional in a court of law.

“Although we are the only Muslim organization to file as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, we feel that the need to challenge legalized racial profiling is a moral and civic imperative stated Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom.”Clearly Arizona’s SB-1070 is unconstitutional and opens the doors for racist practices in addressing immigration issues.”  Bray further stated, “With the legal assistance of the Partnership for Civil Justice, a Washington DC law firm who specializes in civil rights protection, MAS Freedom is launching a nationwide “No More Arizona Campaign”.

MAS Freedom’s “No More Arizona” campaign involves working with a broad national grassroots coalition. This coalition both challenges the Arizona law (SB 1070) and pushes for fair and comprehensive national immigration reform, through direct action campaigns, town hall meetings and educational materials that assist citizens and immigrants in challenging discriminatory immigration practices.

If your organization would like to receive a “No More Arizona” immigration kit that contains issue talking point and poster, please contact MAS Freedom Office, 1325 G Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005, email:  info@masfreedom.org or call us at 1-(888)-627-8471.

Click here to view actual law suit complaint.

May 19th! Happy 85th Birthday, Brother

It seems like only yesterday that I was a 10th grade student in Norfolk, Virginia, listening on the radio to the chilling news that El Hajj Malik El Shabazz-better known as Malcolm X-had been murdered at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.  For many young African-Americans of my generation, he was not only the defining figure in the Black Liberation movement of the 1960’s, but in fact, our first, and most enduring, personal gateway into the world of Islam.

Malcolm X’s martyrdom happened some 45 years ago, but his legacy and impact live on today in new generations of Muslims, and activists of all descriptions everywhere.  His evolution from the Nation of Islam to the universal Ummah based on the true teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the life of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), personifies the connection between deep faith and the committed struggle for social justice in this nation, and this world.

We at MAS Freedom take this opportunity, on the anniversary of Malcolm’s birth, to remember and commemorate his great legacy, and to re-dedicate ourselves to the struggle for truth and justice for which he dedicated his life.

May Allah be pleased with Brother Malcolm, and grant him continued life in the Jannah.

Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey

Release of video in imam’s death denied

Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

Detroit — The state Attorney General’s Office has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request by a Muslim civil rights group for access to video footage from the fatal shooting of Detroit imam.

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was shot by FBI agents in October during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse. Federal authorities have said that Abdullah shot an FBI dog and fired at agents during the raid.

The Michigan office of the Council on Islamic American-Islamic Relations received a letter from the Attorney General’s Office this week denying them the video.

“The information you seek relates to a matter under investigation by the department,” read the letter dated May 13 by Christine Dingee, the FOIA coordinator for the office.

The information is exempt from public disclosure, she wrote. “Disclosure of these records, while the matter is under investigation, would result in an adverse impact on the department’s ability to undertake an accurate and thorough investigation,” the letter said. “Furthermore, the public disclosure of preliminary information and related investigative materials could expose the jury pool to inadmissible evidence.”

FBI agents have said the shooting of Abdullah was justified because he opened fire during the raid on a stolen-goods operation.

CAIR-Michigan has a right, according to the Attorney General’s Office, to appeal the decision.

CAIR has joined a coalition of religious leaders in asking President Barack Obama to direct U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a civil rights investigation into the cleric’s death.

The Dearborn Police Department and U.S. Department of Justice are investigating the shooting, but have not completed their probes.

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