Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Since the election of Donald Trump, millions of Americans have protested his unconstitutional policies including the ban on Muslim immigration. But while the Islamophobia of this administration has been well documented, many have failed to recognize the plethora of policies and tactics by past administrations designed to disenfranchise the American Muslim community. From the use of “secret evidence” by the Clinton Administration to the PATRIOT Act and expanded surveillance that followed the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government has aggressively pursued American Muslim leaders, activists, and charities in the name of fighting the "war on terror". Since then, hundreds of Muslims have been victims of politically motivated terrorism prosecutions, many of which criminalize constitutionally protected speech. Author Miko Peled will discuss his recent book about the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, who received draconian sentences for charitable work. Mel Underbakke, the executive director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will discuss the case of Professor Sami Al-Arian, who fought against these civil rights abuses until his own unjust prosecution on false terrorism charges in 2003. Mel will also present on ways to stand up to these injustices.