Protests to demand: Drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh now!
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. We urge all our readers to support this effort. U.S. Attorney sets arraignment date for Rasmea Odeh, Nov. 13 Demand: Drop the charges on Rasmea Odeh now! Local protests across the country at Federal Buildings. Join us in Detroit
Palestinian community activist Rasmea Yousef Odeh will be arraigned in the U.S. District Court, 231 W Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m. We will gather at the court building at 12:30.
Rasmea was arrested Tuesday, October 22nd, at her home in Chicago by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and ICE. She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago and tried in an Israeli military court that does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process. She is now facing being stripped of U.S. citizenship, a prison term of ten years and probably, after prison, deportation.
Rasmea is the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), one of the oldest institutions in the Arab community in Chicago. She leads a women’s committee with 600 Arab and Muslim women and she is also a leader in the immigrant rights movement in Chicago.
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression calls for supporters of Rasmea to pack the courtroom in Detroit. The charges against her are a political attack on her as an individual and on Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities across the U.S. as a whole. The U.S. government is now carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They are attacking Rasmieh as they attacked the Holy Land Foundation, as they attacked the 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists in 2010 and as they attacked Carlos Montes.
If you can be in Detroit, join us there.
If you can’t be in Detroit, hold local protests, vigils, banner drops, or other actions on November 13 to show support for Rasmea as she faces this persecution.