May 1, 2008
ACTION WEEK FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN
Thanks to your swift action, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail has taken Dr. Al-Arian out of segregation and has started treating him properly. This is an important victory which has brought much relief to Dr. Al-Arian and his family. This is again proof that your calls and emails DO make a difference.
At the same time, we must not lose sight of the greater battle at hand: Dr. Al-Arian is still being illegally held in prison, while rogue US Attorneys are working feverishly to indict Dr. Al-Arian on criminal contempt to keep him imprisoned for at least five more years, and very possibly an entire decade.*
If you have not done so already, please do these 3 SIMPLE BUT POWERFUL ACTS:
1. Call Vincent Archibeque, Assistant Field Office Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): (703) 285-6221.
Stress that Dr. Al-Arian’s prison term ended on April 11th and that his imprisonment since then has been completely illegal. Ask Mr. Archibeque to do everything he can to ensure that Dr. Al-Arian is released and deported as soon as possible in accordance with the terms of his plea agreement.
2. Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Department of Homeland Security): (866)-644-8360 (press 1 for English and then press 5 to leave a message).
Stress that Dr. Al-Arian’s prison term ended on April 11th and that his imprisonment since then has been completely illegal. Ask that Dr. Al-Arian be released and deported as soon as possible in accordance with the terms of his plea agreement.
Again, always be polite but firm.
If you don’t speak to a live person:
simply leave a message on the answering machine; and
call back later that day or the next day to try to get through.
3. Email Attorney General Michael Mukasey: ASKDOJ[at]usdoj.gov
Ask Mr. Mukasey to ensure that Dr. Al-Arian is deported as soon as possible in accordance with the plea agreement. (For a letter template, please go to http://www.freesamialarian.com/letters/sample1.doc)
Before sending the email, make sure to BCC samialarianactioncommittee[at]gmail.com
NOTE: In any given civil rights campaign, there are always more people willing to make a phone call than write an email. Your emails are very important. Just use our letter template and take five minutes to write out your message. Precisely because so few people ever write their own letter, yours will be exponentially more powerful for that.
If you have not signed our petition, please do so by visiting petition.freesaminow.com
To learn how you can help EVEN MORE, please visit: http://www.freesamialarian.com/help.html
Lastly, don’t forget to PRAY for Dr. Al-Arian and his family.