Against all odds, your dedication has helped us wrestle the possibility of victory from the jaws of defeat. We can’t stop, we won’t stop, and we need you to stay with us. Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian community leader, is in Chicago today, continuing her important organizing work there. And she’s home because of you!
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating the following statement from the Rasmea Defense Committee:
For Immediate Release - December 21, 2016
Rasmea retrial set for May 16, 2017; Support the defense now!
This morning, Rasmea Odeh and her defense attorney Michael Deutsch called into Judge Gershwin Drain's courtroom in Detroit, where the judge and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel were in attendance. The parties all agreed on May 16, 2017, as the new starting date for Rasmea's retrial.
Rasmea Odeh, a survivor of vicious torture at the hands of the Israeli military, will be compelled to undergo hours of psychological evaluation by a government forensic examiner, according to a ruling by Federal Judge Gershwin Drain. Drain cancelled a September 22 hearing on the matter in Detroit, where supporters from across the Midwest had planned to join Rasmea.
Yesterday’s ruling from the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals represents a great victory in the case of Rasmea Odeh, the legendary Palestinian American icon who was convicted of a politically motivated immigration violation in 2014, and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation last year.
The Committee to Stop FBI Respression is circulating the following Oct. 2 statement from the Rasmea Defense Committee
As Rasmea Odeh sat surrounded by her lawyers in a Detroit federal court, listening to an Arabic language interpreter, her supporters filled the courtroom for a short status hearing on the politically-motivated case alleging that she answered questions untruthfully on her citizenship application 10 years ago. The courtroom filled to capacity, while some 30 supporters were left waiting outside to learn the outcome of today’s hearing.
We have received reports, that this morning, July 10 2012, the Seattle Police Department raided an apartment - targeting well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective. A statement from the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network), notes “This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August – to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.”