PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 8, 2012) The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) are celebrating with Muhammad Salah and his family after the U.S. this week removed him from the “Specially Designated Terrorist” list after 17 years of persecution.
Over nine decades of working for peace, the American Friends Service Committee has seen what can happen when a government is allowed to use fear to justify denying basic rights to some vulnerable group—Japanese-Americans, Native Americans, Jews, civil rights advocates, or political dissidents. In 1942, who could defend someone of “foreign enemy ancestry?” In the 1950’s, who dared defend someone accused of being a “communist?” And today, who would speak up for someone labeled a “terrorist?”
Advocating for civil rights and liberties has been part of AFSC’s work since the beginning, even when standing up for basic rights meant taking an unpopular stance or supporting a scapegoated group that was invisible to the American public.
Here’s a look back through the decades at eight crucial moments in U.S. history when AFSC advocated on matters of conscience:
WASHINGTON, DC and PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 5, 2012) The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Friends Service Committee have joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s restrictions on their First Amendment rights to engage in “coordinated advocacy” with Muhammad A. Salah.
AFSC and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee are celebrating a victory for free speech on behalf of the disenfranchised, in this case Muhammad Salah, after the U.S. removed him from the “Specially Designated Terrorist” list after 17 years of persecution.
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