MEDIA ADVISORY

Broader Community Plans Press Conference in Response to New Documentation that Reveals Government Surveillance Program Expanded Far Past Muslim Communities


Press Contacts:

DRUM, Executive Director, Monami Maulik. Email: monami@drumnyc.org, ph: 347.385.9113

Who:     Community activists, organizations, religious leaders, elected officials, Muslim community organizations, and legal and community advocates.

What:    Press Conference in front of One Police Plaza

When:   Wednesday, March 28th at 11:30 am EST

Why:

The most recent set of documents revealed by the Associated Press on Friday, March 23rd uncovers that the scope of the NYPD’s Intelligence Divisions surveillance program far exceeded what was previously known in regards to the local New York Muslim community. The now well-documented program also ensnared dozens of other local community organizations that have simply questioned or publicly opposed government policies over the past decade, including several groups specifically working on NYPD accountability. It was also revealed that the program’s geographic scope went far past Muslim student organizations across the Eastern seaboard, going as far away as public events and demonstrations down in New Orleans.

These new revelations continue to heighten and significantly broaden the very serious questions that have yet to be answered by the NYPD and elected officials surrounding this program. For weeks the local Muslim community has stood together with other leaders from around this city and decried that blanket surveillance of a community based on religion and race goes in the face of constitutional rights and to the core of what American values in this great city stand for. This cry has grown louder with these new revelations and confirms that the program was not developed as a response to security threats, but as a way of keeping track of those who have actively opposed government policies.

Representatives from surveilled organizations will be holding a press conference this Wednesday at 1p.m. EST to join the ever-growing call for greater NYPD oversight, transparency and accountability.

Organizing Groups: DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, War Resisters League, The International Action Center, Al Awda NY, The Ruckus Society, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Justice Committee, Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability, CAAAV, The New York May 1st Coalition, Domestic Workers United, and Critical Resistance.

Endorsers: National Lawyers Guild NYC Muslim Defense Committee, Majlis ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York, CUNY CLEAR, VAMOS Unidos, Center for Constitutional Rights, SAALT, Arab American Action Network, Pakistan Solidarity Network, South Asian Solidarity Initiative, Southwest Workers Union, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Dignity Campaign for Real Immigration Reform, Muslim Legal Fund of America, Masjid as-Salam, Defending Dissent Foundation, Turning Point for Women and Families, International Socialist Organization, Judson Memorial Church, Occupy Faith NYC, Trinity Lutheran Church, Project Salam, Jews Against Islamophobia, BAYAN USA, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, New York City Labor Against War, Labor for Palestine, Socialist Action, Solidarity, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (Episcopal), Jordan Flaherty, Professor Chip Pitts (Standford Law School & Oxford University), Shamshad Ahmad, Professor Vijay Prashad (Trinity College), Aysha Ghani (list in formation)

 

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