No Separate Justice Vigil at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
No Separate Justice! campaign is a coalition of community groups, academics, family members and human rights and civil liberties organizations including Amnesty International USA, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-New York, and Educators for Civil Liberties. Brooklyn For Peace supports and endorses this campaign. “No Separate Justice” exposes and works to end a pattern of human rights and civil liberties abuses in “War on Terror” cases in the U.S. criminal justice system. Many of these cases are against Muslims or people associated with Muslim groups.
The November vigil will focus on the case of Holy Land Five (HL5)
WHEN: Monday, November 2 (from 6-7 PM)
WHERE: Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan (150 Park Row.). The closest subway to the MCC is the 4, 5, 6, J, Z train to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.
DIRECTIONS TO THE VIGIL: The closest subway to the MCC is the 4, 5, 6, J or Z train to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. After exiting, walk up Centre Street to Foley Square and look for Pearl Street which is in between the two huge federal courthouses on Foley Square. Walk down Pearl Street one black to where it dead ends on Park Row – our vigils take place there on the corner across from the entrance to MCC. See a map
The Holy Land Foundation was a charity founded in 1989 that provided aid to people in Palestine and across the world. Without defining what its claim even meant, the prosecution alleged that the charity commissions in Palestine that the Holy Land 5 (HL5) used to distribute aid through were controlled by Hamas. This enabled the US government to argue the men were guilty of providing material support to a terrorist group, even though the same charity commissions were also used by the UN and the Red Cross to distribute aid. Five former employees of the HL5 are currently serving between 15 and 65 years in prison.
The prosecution and incarceration of the Holy Land Five underlines three pressing issues in how terrorism suspects are tried and convicted in post 9/11 America: