Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM &
the Aref-Hossain Capital Region Chapter of NCPCF
Invite You to a
Rally and March
In Support of
Yassin Aref and
Friday, July 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM
The rally will be held at the Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Avenue, Albany.
At 7:30 PM, the march will step off from the Masjid As-Salam
Yassin Aref - A Victim of Mistaken Identity
The rally and march will focus on a new appeal motion filed in the case of Yassin Aref.
Through a recent FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request, Yassin's defense attorneys learned about secret evidence that misidentified Yassin as an Al-Qaeda agent. This evidence, which led to his conviction, was apparently shown to the trial judge and appeal court, but not to the defense.
The government convicted the wrong man. Yassin is not a terrorist.
To publicize the importance of this motion, and to emphasize to the judge that Albany has not forgotten this case, Lynne Jackson, accompanied by other supporters, will walk 133 miles from Yassin's home city of Albany, New York to hand-deliver the petition to the judge, who is located in Binghamton, New York.
Speakers at the rally, beginning at 6:00 PM:
Shamshad Ahmad will speak about the case and its impacts on the Muslim community.
Honorable Dominick Calsolaro will speak about the Albany Resolution, passed by the Albany City Council in April 2010, asking for a special prosecutor to be apppointed to investigate cases of preemptive prosecution of Muslims.
Kathy Manley, Esq. will address the secret evidence and mistaken identity issues raised in the 2255 motion.
Lynne Jackson will outline the walk to deliver the petitions to the home court of the judge.
March beginning at 7:30 PM:
All people attending the rally are invited to join Lynne Jackson and other walkers for the send-off march beginning at 7:30 PM. Marchers will walk east on Central Avenue to Lake Avenue, then go south on Lake Avenue to Route 20 (Western Avenue). At Western Avenue, walkers will walk west until the Pine Hills Library, where the walk will pause for the evening. The walk will resume at the Pine Hills Library at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 13, when the walkers will begin the trek to Binghamton at the rate of approximately 13 miles per day.
Schedule of Events
• 6:00 P.M. Rally at the Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Avenue, Albany.
• 7:30 P.M. March from Masjid As-Salam to the Pine Hills Library.
Rally and March - Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM, Albany, NY
Journey for Justice - Deliver petition to home court of the judge by walking to Binghamton, NY
Notes on conditions of the walk
Become a sponsor for the Journey for Justice
Walk Route - List of beginning and ending locations for each day, July 12 to July 23
Press packet and supporting documents