The deportation trial of the LA 8, for their advocacy for Palestine, starts next week, July 13, in Los Angeles.
The government seeks to deport these two [Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh] long-time permanent resident aliens under the Patriot Act for having distributed magazines and raised humanitarian aid in the 1980s in Los Angeles. It seeks to punish these men – neither of whom has ever even been charged, let alone convicted, of a crime – under a law enacted in 2001 for conduct engaged in fifteen years earlier, at a time when the conduct was perfectly legal. And it seeks to deport them for classic First Amendment activity – the distribution of a magazine.
After learning that at the sixth day of his solitary confinement, Leonard Peltier is being denied phone privileges, religious rights, visitation privileges, cannot write out, cannot even breathe fresh air, and is running out of medication, his Defense Committee has launched a national and international campaign asking human rights bodies and advocates to intervene on his behalf.
And don't forget to support perhaps the most recently jailed political activists.