CAIR-SFBA Joins Rally in Support of SF Resolution Against NDAA

This afternoon, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will join civil rights organizations and city leaders at a rally and press conference in anticipation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introducing a resolution refusing city participation in enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The resolution will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting later this afternoon by President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, and co-sponsored by Supervisors Jane Kim, David Campos, Eric Mar, and John Avalos.

(Feb 12, 2013 - San Francisco, CA) 

WHAT: A community rally against the NDAA followed by a press conference, featuring civil rights leaders and elected officials

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12; rally against NDAA at 12:15PM, press conference at 12:30PM

WHERE: Polk Street Steps, San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., San Francisco)                           

WHO: Speakers at the press conference will include Karen Korematsu, the daughter of Fred Korematsu and the co-founder of the Korematsu Institute, along with Rachel Roberts of CAIR-SFBA, Joe Nicholson of the 99% Coalition, and Supervisor David Chiu. BORDC’s NLG Legal Fellow Nadia Kayyali will introduce the speakers

Today, San Francisco will join a growing national movement, as the 18th city to pass a resolution opposing the NDAA of 2012, sections of which allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens and non-citizens accused of but not charged with terrorism-related crimes.

The date of introduction of this resolution against NDAA was chosen to honor 2/19, the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This legislation authorized the U.S. military to remove Japanese-Americans from areas on the West Coast considered to be “military areas.”  Over 120,000 Japanese-Americans, as well as some Italian and German-Americans, were forcibly moved to concentration camps.

“Today marks an important victory for civil rights in America. Our local leaders know how important due process protections are to keeping us safe and free in an era of fear and prejudice,” said Rachel Roberts, CAIR-SFBA civil rights coordinator.

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Rachel Roberts
Civil Rights Coordinator, CAIR-SFBA
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