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Lored members, owns and administers a importance to the American public, and 10 mosque and an Islamic school.

empowering Muslims in the United States

through social and political activism. CAIR Americzo-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com- has chapters nationwide. waittet (Washington, DC) – a national civil kannts organization committed to defending Second, the ACLU is actively urging Congress to sa ngents of people of Arab descent. ADC, repeal or amend Section 215. Bills to repeal or at which was founded in 1980 by former U.S. Icast limit Section 215 have been introduced in Sunor James Abourczk, is the largest Arab- both the House and Scnale. Other proposed lcgAroncan grassroots organization in the islation would provide for increased public and i Staus.

Congressional oversight or PATRIOT Act pow

ers. (See www.aclu.org/SafeandFree.) Arab Community Center for Economic w Skial Services (Dearborn, Michigan) – Finally, as part of a growing grassroots movea kurnar services organization committed to ment, the ACLU is supporting coalitions around k development of the Arab-American com- the country that are working to pass community

sy in all aspects of its economic and cul- resolutions opposing the PATRIOT Act. As this d. ACCESS provides a wide range of report gocs to press, 142 communities in 27 slatcs mud. mental hсalth, cducalional, artistic, have passed resolutions opposing the USA umpluvymeni, Icgal and medical services. PATRIOT Act, and dozens more arc preparing lo

do so. Communities that have adoplcd resolutions Bridge Refugee and Sponsorship Services range from the small, such as the North Pole, (Knoxville, Tennessee) - an ecumenical, Alaska and Carrboro, North Carolina, to the very wa maprofit organization dedicated to helping large, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detriot betuyees navigate the road to United States and San Francisco. (For more on community res

itsenship. Bridge recruits and trains church olutions, see www.aclu.org/resolutions.) sponsors to help relugees create new lives in East Tunnosscc; and manages resugees' cases The strength of our democracy depends on our until the refugees are cligible to apply for commitment to individual privacy, cquality, and United States citizenship.

freedom of expression. The ACLU is fundamen

Lally commilled to protecting those rights. We Council on American-Islamic Relations will not forget the surveillance abuses of the (Washington, DC) – a non-profit, grassroots past, or allow a return to the mistakes of that era. membership organization dedicated to pre- We urge you to join us in this important battle seating an Islamic perspective on issues of for liberty.

An ACLU Report


Civil Liberties After 9-11: The ACLU Defends
Freedom (September 2002)

Insatiable Appetite: The Government's
Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers
After September 11 (October 2002)

Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth
of an American Surveillance Society
(January 2003)

Freedom Under Fire: Dissent in Post-9/11
America (May 2003)

Independence Day 2003: Main Street America
Fights the Federal Government's insatiable
Appetite for New Powers in the Post 9/11 Era
(July 2003)

Seeking Truth From Justice: PATRIOT
Propaganda - The Justice Department's
Campaign to Mislead The Public About the
USA PATRIOT Act (July 2003)

Edgar Hoover Tactics in the 21st Century: History gives African Americans reason for alarm over new federal police powers Iforthcoming September 2003)



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