President-Elect Donald Trump’s blatantly Islamophobic campaign has stoked fears of an era of a particularly egregious of religious discrimination and abuse of civil and human rights, but the repression of Muslims in the U.S. is not new.
Join CCR, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), and the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition for an important conversation the evening before Supreme Court oral argument in Ziglar v. Abbasi (formerly Turkmen v. Ashcroft). CCR filed the case in 2002 on behalf of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab men swept up post-9/11 and detained as “terrorism suspects.” They were detained based solely on their race, religion, ethnicity, and immigration status, and abused in brutal detention conditions before being deported. CCR is seeking to hold high-level officials accountable for the profiling and abuse of non-citizens—an issue of great importance even 15 years after the case was filed.
CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy will talk about the Abbasi case and other legal challenges that CCR and allies have brought in response to post-9/11 laws, and discuss the policies targeting Muslims that have brought us to this point. Dr. Maha Hilal, NCPCF executive director, will speak to the manifestations of institutionalized Islamophobia and state violence in the so-called "War on Terror" in addition to sharing more about the newly formed DC Justice for Muslims Coalition. CCR Bertha Justice Institute Fellow Noor Zafar will moderate the conversation.
Join us to learn more about advocacy moving forward and the different strategies that our organizations and many others will be utilizing to challenge institutionalized Islamophobia, in the face of potentially new obstacles.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP as space is limited. Vegetarian food will be served.