This Thursday (April 10th) the University of Maryland at College Park Muslim Students Association is hosting a free screening of USA vs. Al-Arian in the Hoff Theatre, Stamp Student Union @ 6 PM.
If you have not already seen the documentary then you should make a point to see this thought-provoking film. When I saw the film, one of Dr. Al-Arian’s sons was at the panel discussion afterward and today one his daughters will be speaking afterward so even though I have class at that time, I will try to go again.
In December 2005, a Tampa jury acquitted Dr. Sami Al-Arian of “terrorism” charges. Two years later he is still in prison because the Bush administration refuses to honor a May 2006 promise to release and deport him. Dr. Al-Arian was due to be released in weeks, but is now on a hunger strike to protest the government’s refusal to honor a plea agreement.
Come find out why.
“USA vs Al-Arian” Screening at University of Maryland
Featuring Guest Speaker: Laila Al-Arian, Journalist and daughter of Dr. Al-Arian.
Please join us on Thursday April 10, 2008
From 6:00pm – 10:00pm in the evening.
The event will take place the Hoff Theater, located within the University of Maryland Stamp Student Union
College Park, MD
Sponsored by: The Muslim Students Association, International Socialist Organization, Feminism Without Borders, Organization of Arab Students, Students for a Democratic Society, and Peace Forum
In light of all the invitations that I have received lately to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, I thought it would be a good time to reprise the I Don’t Get Mawlid & Hadra series of posts. I don’t participate in these sort of events but I’m not going to knock those who do, there is a difference of opinion, and Allah knows best. I’ve always liked the quote by Maya Angelou that we are more alike than unlike, indeed.
And just so I’m not asked for the third time to delete this video, this mawlid celebration has nothing to do with the RIS Convention. It was a completely private affair between the individuals that took part.
I was a Richardson supporter until he dropped out of the race. Then I was an ardent Hillary supporter after I listened to a rally for Hillary in California with Maxine Waters and a lot of other enthusiastic Clinton supporters and the debate between Clinton and Obama at the Kodak Theatre. Now, after listening to Obama’s speech on race, he’s got my vote in sha Allah.
The way our government has treated Sami al-Arian, a fellow American citizen is an absolute disgrace. No doubt that we will look back at this period in our history with shame just as we do when remembering the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Not much hope from the cast of characters in the current administration but hoping the next administration will apologize to and pardon Dr. Al Arian.
I had the opportunity to watch the documentary film USA vs. Al-Arian in Washington DC last year and highly recommend it to everyone. It’s the sort of film that exposes unpalatable truths about the injustice regularly perpetrated by the government in this pseudo-war-on-terror on innocent individuals and families that no one wants you to see, which is one reason that the film can’t seem to find a distributor in the US.