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    Civil Liberties Update  Date: 2/17/2004 12:33:54 PM Pacific Standard Time From: ssivaprasad@immigrationforum.org This e-mail contains the following
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 18, 2004
      Civil Liberties Update 
      Date: 2/17/2004 12:33:54 PM Pacific Standard Time
      From: ssivaprasad@...

      This e-mail contains the following information:

      1) Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA)       
      2) National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants
      February 20, 2004
      3) Resources and Articles


      1) Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA)

      When Will CLRA Be Introduced? We continue to work on getting confirmations
      from our co-sponsors on the CLRA. As you know, the CLRA will be first introduced
      in the Senate.  Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) has agreed to co-sponsor the
      CLRA. We are also reaching out to Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russell
      Feingold (D-WI) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) to serve as original co-sponsors. We expect
      the House version of the CLRA to be introduced by Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA)
      and Bill Delahunt (D-MA). We will keep you posted on our progress. 

      Putting CLRA on the Agenda! Hats off to allies across the country who are
      putting CLRA on their agenda! Most recently, CLRA has received support by:

      Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Coalition (www.iwfr.org) 
      American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC)-Michigan    
      Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) (www.bordc.org)
      National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) (www.ncapaonline.org)
      Hate Free Zone Campaign: (http://www.hatefreezone.org)  

      CLRA Advocacy: CLRA is a cutting edge bill that was produced by a broad array
      of sectors (immigrant rights, civil rights, human rights, security, etc). In
      addition, CLRA serves as an organizing tool for local advocates across the
      country. To effectively build advocacy around CLRA that is both broad (across
      sectors) and deep (building local power), there are separate contacts. If you are
      a national group interested in advocacy around the CLRA, please contact
      Katherine Newell Bierman of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
      (NAPALC) at knewell@.... If you are a local group interested in advocacy
      around the CLRA, please contact Shoba Sivaprasad of the National Immigration
      Forum at ssivaprasad@.... 

      CLRA Materials: Check out the Forum's website for materials on the CLRA:
      http://www.immigrationforum.org/index.htm. In the coming weeks, we will post
      advocacy materials on CLRA, including a model action alert, quotes page, and
      stories page. If you have local stories (written or oral) about individuals who
      would be protected under the CLRA, please contact me! 

      ________________________________________________________________
      2) National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants
      February 20, 2004

      On Friday, February 20, 2004 at 6:30 PM, the Blue Triangle Network will host
      a National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants at
      ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), 6451 Schaefer
      Rd., in Dearborn.  Highlights of the evening will include:

      Nabih Ayad (ADC Michigan Advisory Board Chairman), courageous local attorney
      and leader in the struggle for justice Noel Saleh, President ACCESS Board of
      Directors and Post 9/11 Staff Attorney ACLU MI Leroy Soles, Federal Defender
      Office, attorney for Karim Koubriti, one of the four accused in the Detroit “
      terror” show trial.

      Motoko Huthwaite, Japanese American who suffered from the WWII era security
      hysteria
      The Raging Grannies Without Borders
      The Blue Triangle Network – update on current concerns and activities For
      more information, call (248) 808-1782 or email: NationalOffice@...

      _____________________________________________________________
      3) Resources and Articles:

      Special Registration: Iranian American Bar Association Report on NSEERS
      Special Registration Program: The Iranian American Bar Association issued a
      comprehensive report titled, “A Review of the Treatment of Iranian Nationals by the
      INS in Connection with the Implementation of NSEERS Special Registration
      Program.”  http://www.iaba.us/Documents/Final%20Docs/NSEERSReport.pdf

      Summary of Recent Court Rulings on Terrorism-Related Matters with Civil
      Liberties Implications: Nancy Chang, Senior Litigation Attorney for the Center for
      Constitutional Rights, and Alan Kabat, an associate for the firm of Bernabei &
      Katz issued an updated summary of terrorism-related cases that impact civil
      rights and civil liberties.
      http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/reports/report.asp?ObjID=n7yKoAObvc&Content=324

      Inspector General’s Semi-Annual Report on Patriot Act Abuses- Common Dreams,
      What the Justice Department Inspector General's Report Doesn't Tell Us, By
      Nancy Talanian, February 4, 2004 Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)
      Director Nancy Talanian responds to the recent finding by the Justice Department that
      none of the charges of misconduct were related to its employees' use of the
      Patriot Act.  http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0204-11.htm


      Shoba Sivaprasad, Esq.
      Senior Policy Associate
      National Immigration Forum
      50 F. Street, NW
      Suite 300
      Washington, D.C. 20001
      main phone: (202)-347-0047
      direct line: (202)-383-5991
      ssivaprasad@...



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