When Rasmea Odeh, a survivor of vicious torture at the hands of the Israeli military, was compelled to undergo hours of psychological evaluation by a government forensic examiner, the Alliance stood with Rasmea throughout this whole entire ordeal. The 69-year-old Rasmea is a legend in the Palestine national movement. To learn more about Rasmea, please go here: http://justice4rasmea.org/
Rasmea was targeted by Homeland Security because of her courageous and outstanding work supporting Palestinian women victimized by Israeli military aggression and deprived of their homeland rights. For standing with her people she was prosecuted and deported. The Rasmea Odeh case is clearly the government’s declaration of war against peace movements in solidarity with national liberation struggles against imperialism. We were attacked but FRSO, in unity with the Chicago Alliance, the USPCN and others, stood up and fought back. We kept Rasmea out of prison by putting the U.S. government on trial and building a mass movement in her defense.
As we continue to build a mass movement in defense of our democratic rights we see the attacks against the immigrant community with the federal and local police being the forefront of mass deportations. So, we must raise the question what does it mean to have a sanctuary city, with rogue, racist cops who kill and trample on the rights of the people with impunity? It means you have what Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing, namely, a sanctuary city in form but still a city of police tyranny in content. The immigrant community must become united with the Black community in their demand for community control of the police. Together we can stop the ICE raids and the police tyranny in our communities.
We can do this, and the proof is the recent exoneration of some 19 victims of police crimes and torture and a dozen who have been recently set free. The States Attorney, Kim Foxx, is not just another States Attorney caught in the noose of corruption and dancing to the tune of the FOP. No, she’s not! She has publicly endorsed CPAC and she has called Chicago the torture capital of the United States. Our movement must take full responsibility for this because we are responsible for it. These are clear indications that we can make victory inevitable by keeping on the path we are on.
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