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Rasmea’s supporters to mobilize for another status hearing in Detroit

On Monday, June 13, 2016, Rasmea Odeh will appear with her attorneys before Judge Gershwin Drain for a status conference at the federal courthouse in Detroit, Michigan. Supporters will travel to Detroit as well, as they have done for all the previous court dates, to urge for a new trial for this Palestinian American icon who was convicted of a politically-motivated immigration charge in 2014, and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation last year.

Rasmea Odeh to speak at her sentencing March 12

200 supporters to join her in Detroit courthouse

Support rally Thursday, March 12th, at 10 AM Eastern, at 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Michigan.  Sentencing hearing begins at 11 AM Eastern.

Today, Rasmea Odeh, Chicago’s 67-year-old Palestinian community leader, will speak directly to Judge Gershwin Drain in a Detroit federal court, to describe her extraordinary life story and explain why he should not sentence her to imprisonment following her conviction in November 2014 on a single charge of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. 

Defense attorneys file "sentencing memorandum" calling for judge NOT to imprison Rasmea Odeh

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Contact: Hatem Abudayyeh, National Spokesperson, Rasmea Defense Committee, 773.301.4108,

Supporters mobilize for March 12 sentencing in Detroit

Oakland Activists Lockdown U.S. Fed Court to #FreeRasmeaNow

For Immediate Release – November 12, 2014


Oakland Rallies Against Conviction of Palestinian Organizer

Press Contact: Lara Kiswani: 530.220.2842 (Oakland), Hatem Abudayyeh 773.301.4108 (Detroit)

Where: Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building

When: 7am – Wednesday, Nov 12

Judge Borman steps down from the case of Rasmea Odeh

PRESS STATEMENT: For Immediate Release | Rasmea Defense Committee

Press contact: Hatem Abudayyeh, 773.301.4108,

Replace pro-Israeli judge, say Odeh lawyers

In a major development, attorneys for Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion July 14th, calling for Judge Paul D. Borman to step down from the case. The supporting brief argues that Borman, as a life-long and dedicated supporter of Israel, cannot play the “neutral and detached” role that the law requires.

Rasmea Odeh NOT pleading guilty

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hatem Abudayyeh
(773) 301-4108

Contrary to erroneous press reports, Rasmea Odeh is not pleading guilty. Today in the U.S.District Court in Detroit, MI, she requested a change of counsel and reported to Judge Paul Borman that she is going to trial.

Press Release: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Holy Land Five case

The U.S. Supreme Court entered an order declining the appeal of the Holy Land Five, Oct. 29. This rejection comes with no explanation. The judicial appeal process ends here, but the struggle to free the Holy Land Five continues.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, there was a Holy Land Five national day of action on Oct. 25. Solidarity protests involving hundreds raised awareness in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Tampa, Gainesville, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Albany and Dallas. New York City saw 75 people picket and conduct a successful press conference.

Press Release: National Day of Action in Solidarity with the Holy Land Five


Press Statement For Immediate Release: 

National Day of Action in Solidarity with the Holy Land Five

Leaders of the anti-war and Palestine solidarity movements, joined by civil liberties advocates, are planning a Free the Holy Land Five national day of action on October 25, 2012

Stop FBI Repression benefit album

Stop FBI Repression benefit album
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