Why Is Obama Prosecuting this Torture Victim?
Last November, we asked you to write U.S. District Attorney Barbara McQuade calling on her to drop charges against Rasmea Odeh, the 67-year-old Palestinian-American Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago.
In 1969, Israel brutally tortured Rasmea, her father, and her fiancé, eventually extracting from her a “confession” to a crime which she did not commit. Last year, the Obama administration dusted off her ten-year-old application to become a U.S. citizen and charged her with “unlawful procurement of naturalization” for allegedly omitting mention of her time in Israeli prison, despite the fact that Rasmea publicly testified at the UN about the torture she suffered while imprisoned.
Rather than prosecute this torture victim and well-respected community organizer—honored by the Chicago Cultural Alliance last year with its “Outstanding Community Leader Award” in recognition of her devoting “over 40 years of her life to the empowerment of Arab women”—President Obama should make good on his pledge to take “concrete actions against torture and to address the needs of its victims” by dropping the spurious charges against Rasmea.
Even though thousands of people have contacted the U.S. District Attorney, the Obama administration is still pushing for a trial—currently set to begin on September 2—which could result in Rasmea being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported.
We need to step up the pressure, which is why we’re joining today with our friends at the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for a national call-in to Drop the Charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh!
Here’s what you can do to take action and spread the word:
Get talking points here or below, and then call the U.S. District Attorney Barbara McQuade at 313-226-9100 or 313-226-9501 (voicemail) and ask her to drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh. You can also send her an email by clicking here.
Read, comment and share this article I wrote about Rasmea’s case which was published today in The Hill.
Visit USPCN’s website for additional ways you can express solidarity with Rasmea and stay updated about her case.
Thank you for taking action in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh.