Intersections Between the 'War on Crime' & the 'War on Terror'


Add to My Calendar Thursday, April 18, 2013


The U.S. 'War on Drugs' and 'War on Terror' have produced a parallel system of state violence and social control, manifested through unjust prosecutions and the mass incarceration of people of color. CCR is proud to co-sponsor this examination of the intersections between the wars on crime, terror and beyond.

Join us on Thursday, April 18th at 6:30pm for a town hall discussion as we hear first-hand stories from people who are former prisoners, family members, lawyers, intellectuals, historians and activists as they talk about excessive sentences, discriminatory policing, suppression of political dissent and mass incarceration.

What: Panel Discussion of the Intersections Between the 'War on Crime' & the 'War on Terror'*
Where: Riverside Church Assembly Hall (take 1 train to 116th street; full directions here)
When: Thursday, April 18th at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook here and spread the word to your networks!

Watch a livestream of the event here.


  • Faisal Hashmi, Co-founder of the Muslim Justice Initiative. Faisal's brother, Fahad Hashmi, is a CCR client who pled to one count of material support after being held in pre-trial solitary confinement and under Special Administrative Measures for three years. He is currently imprisoned at the Administrative Maximum prison in Florence, Colorado, where he continues to be held in solitary confinement.
  • Fahd Ahmed, Legal & Policy Director of Desis Rising Up and Moving, NYC
  • Ramzi Kassem, Lawyer representing multiple detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram Airforce Base, & other US “Black Sites” & a supervisor of Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility project at CUNY.
  • Constance Malcom, Mother of the late Ramarley Graham. In February 2012, Graham was slain by NYPD officers while unarmed in his grandmother’s Bronx home.
  • Jazz Hayden, Community activist & founding member of the Campaign to End The New Jim Crow
  • Yusef Salaam, Wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case.
  • Shaheena Parveen, Mother of Matin Siraj, who was entrapped & charged as a terrorist in a fabricated NYPD plot to destroy NYC landmarks.
  • Amir Varick, Community Activist sentenced to 25 years to life for a non violent drug offense under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Co-founder of People Assisting Positive Actions
  • Sohail Daulatzai, Author of “Black Star, Crescent Moon” & Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies & African American Studies at the UC - Irvine.
  • Noor Elashi, Writer, activist & daughter of Holy Land Five political prisoner, Ghassan Elashi.
  • Andy Stepanian, Convicted as a terrorist for his animal rights activism & served the last 6 months of a 36-month prison sentence in a Federal Communications Management Unit.
  • Alicia McWilliams, Activist & Aunt of Newburgh 4 defendant, David Williams.
  • Steve Downs, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and lawyer in the ‘US vs. Yassin Aref’ case.

*This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow in partnership with  Desis Rising Up and Moving, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Council on American Islam Relations, Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Justice By the Pen.

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April 18, 2013