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nti-racist protests confront ea Party ......................1Community anger grows over Imam’s assassination.........2Mumia bu-Jamal: t the Crossroas .......................3Clothing workers ght to save their jobs ....................3‘Richie’ Richarson – an eitor & anti-war hero ..............3nti-union Massey mine explosion kills 29 ..................4On the picket line ..........................................4Striking nurses battle emple ospital’s union busting ......5Stuents, cafeteria workers join to ght Soexo.............5Gas explosion eepens opposition to hyraulic fracturing...6diverse communities unite to protest Baptist bigots ........6Stuents protest repression at Berkeley campus ............6ctivists gear up for unite mass outreach on May day......7uto plants close, sol o an estroye..................8esbian’s ght for S prom rights opens national struggle...8
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A community meeting was held March 27to announce the launching of an independentinvestigation into the assassination of ImamLuqman Ameen Abdullah. The event was heldat the Historic New Bethel Baptist Church onDetroit’s West Side, just several blocks east of the location of the Masjid al-Haqq mosque, where Abdullah served as leader for morethan two decades. Abdullah was shot 20 times by FBI agents on Oct. 28,during a series of raids carried out by a multijurisdiction-al task force that included Dearborn, Mich., and Detroitpolice. The Masjid al-Haqq mosque had been inltrated by the FBI for more than two years, during which timeinformants sought unsuccessfully to encourage illegal ac-tivities among the members. Abdullah and several of his members were eventually lured to a warehouse in neighboring Dearborn to assist with the unloading of merchandise. The FBI then sent ina dog that attacked the imam, who was later killed in ahail of bullets.The March 27 rally was attended by several hundredlocal activists and religious leaders from the Muslim andChristian communities. The event was co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michiganand the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, withendorsements from the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice and the Moratorium NOW! Coali-tion to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs.DCAPB spokesperson Ron Scott chaired the meet-ing, and presentations were made by the Nation of Is-lam, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, CAIR, Congressperson John Conyers andMECAWI. Appeals were made for donations for the legaldefense fund for 10 other Masjid al-Haqq members, theDetroit 10, who face felony charges stemming from theraids.Imam Dawud Walid, Michigan CAIR’s executive di-rector, described the delayed release of evidence. At therequest of Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s report was not issueduntil Feb. 1. The release of 75 autopsy photographs wasalso held up by the Dearborn police. A number of local and national organizations have de-manded a Justice Department review of the FBI actions,including the use of informants in religious organiza-tions. Detroit Congressperson John Conyers, chair of theHouse Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter in February to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting such aninvestigation. The requests have gone unanswered.
Corporate media slander as photographs released
The much anticipated release of the autopsy and crimescene photographs took place on April 8. Five photos,made public by CAIR, illustrated the brutal nature of theassassination.However, one day prior to the release, the Detroit Newspublished a front-page story that attempted toundermine the growing community support for Abdullah’s family and the Masjid al-Haqq mem- bers. The article claimed that in 1980, a 22-year-old Abdullah attempted to grab the revolver of a Livonia, Mich., police ofcer during a routinetrafc stop. (April 7)This article asserts: “Livonia police reports de-tail the incident that led to Abdullah’s 1981 con- viction for felonious assault on a police ofcer,for which he served 26 days in jail. They provideanother view of the man some supporters have de-scribed as a peaceful observer of Islam but a crimi-nal complaint describes as a radical separatist intent onkilling police ofcers.”It is unlikely that an African-American youth accusedand convicted of felonious assault against a suburbanDetroit police ofcer in 1980 would have served only 26days in jail. Attorney Nabih Ayad, a Canton Township,Mich., lawyer representing the Abdullah family, told theDetroit News that raising the incident, which is three de-cades old, was “extremely far-fetched and without any credibility” in relation to Abdullah’s death.Mujahid Carswell, Abdullah’s son and a well-knownHip-Hop artist who is also a Detroit 10 defendant, toldthis writer that the claims made against his father in re-gard to the purported Livonia incident were highly un-likely. Carswell, who is known in the recording world as“Mu,” said that the authorities are attempting to take at-tention away from the gross injustice done to his father,his family and his followers.One of the photographs shows the imam handcuffed,lying facedown and riddled with bullets. This photograph was published by the local newspapers; however, moregraphic pictures were not shown in the corporate press. At an April 11 community meeting held by DCAPB atthe downtown St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Walid pre-sented two other photographs that show deep lacerationsto Abdullah’s face, apparently from dog bites.The Detroit Free Press stated in an April 8 editorial:“Efforts to manage community sentiments by withhold-ing information always fail — and often backre. Withmany lingering questions about how Abdullah died, Abdullah has become a national and even internationalgure — and, in some circles, a martyr. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have lost credibility with many of the Muslim-American groups they are trying to build re-lationships with in the post-9/11 era.”Numerous organizations have issued letters andpassed resolutions decrying the assassination and de-manding justice, including the NAACP, the DemocraticParty 14th District Caucus, MECAWI, the Detroit Boardof Police Commissioners, the Congress of Arab-Ameri-can Organizations and the Michigan Coalition for Hu-man Rights.Both Carswell and Abdullah’s other son, Omar Regan,have expressed their appreciation for the work of ME-CAWI in organizing three demonstrations in responseto the assassination, the appearance of Attorney GeneralHolder in Detroit last November and the delayed releaseof the autopsy report on Feb. 1.
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