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Next Coalition Meeting: August 18, 3 p.m. Islamic Center of Berlin

Click the words below for a link to a printable flyer:

CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention Meeting

How can we organize to resist government and corporate surveillance?

How can we create movements that can win social change in the face of increasing repression?

How can we show solidarity for the communities most affected by surveillance, indefinite detention, mass incarceration, and police brutality?

Meet. Discuss. Take Action.

August 18, 3 p.m.

Islamic Center of Berlin
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin

The CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention came together last year to organize a response to the codification in law of the government’s “right” to detain and imprison without trial or due process.  Since then we have responded to other attacks on civil liberties and repression aimed at many communities and movements for social change with educational activity, a large conference, and protests.

For more information, contact Mongi at 860-514-8038 or Chris at 860-478-5300 or visit


Call to Action Against NSA Spying

“This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens” –  Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director.

Our civil liberties are under attack! We recently learned that the National Security Agency collects information about every phone call placed in the United States and has direct access to our emails and Internet activities.  We, the people, whose rights are at serious risk, must become the most important voice in this debate! Let’s show the government and the spy industry that we intend to fight by assembling in public! Let’s show the communication companies that we will not tolerate their compliance with government surveillance! Let’s show the courts that we will protest unjust treatment of whistleblowers! Let’s show the ACLU and others filing suit to challenge these programs that we will support them! Most importantly, let’s show those who are uncertain how to defend themselves that there is a vibrant movement to join and build!

Come protest these programs on July 18 at the Old State House, 800 Main Street in Hartford, beginning at 4 p.m. and to be followed by a rally in defiance of domestic spying.  We say:  NSA! Stop Spying on Us!

4 p.m. Assembly and picket at Old State House begins

5 p.m. Sidewalk March to Federal Building & other sites

6 p.m. Rally at Old State House




American Civil Liberties Union of CT

National Lawyers Guild, Connecticut Chapter

Council on American Islamic Relations, Connecticut Chapter

CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention

Activate CT


Endorser List in Formation:

Working Families Party

Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice

People of Faith

Unitarian Society of Hartford Advocacy Sub-Council

CT Coalition for Peace and Justice

CT United for Peace

Promoting Enduring Peace

Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice

Capitalism vs. The Climate

Digital Fourth (Belmont MA)

Queers without Borders

Colombia Action/CT

Greater Hartford Cuba Coalition

Socialist Action

International Socialist Organization


Please send your group’s name to


For More Information Call:

Chris at 860 478 5300

Save the Date: July 18 picket and rally beginning at the Old State House at 4pm to say NSA! NO Spying on Us!

July 6, 2013:  Join us at Riverfest to table, distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 8 & 15:  Join us at the Hartford Monday Night Jazz Concerts to table, to distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 18:  Broadly sponsored picket and rally beginning at the Old State House at 4pm to say NSA! NO Spying on Us!

Medea Benjamin Speaking in Hartford and New Haven!

Details: Medea will speaking on Saturday July 13 at Real Art Ways in Hartford after the showning of Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars”. The movie will begin at 2 and the speaking program around 3:45. NOTE The speaking portion of the event is FREE. You can come to the discussion without going to the movie. BONUS Rick Rawley, the director of “Dirty Wars” will be coming to CT and will also speak at the forum. Should be exciting.

Medea will be speaking on Sunday. July 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center Church on the Green just opposite the New Haven Green. It’s the main “Meeting House” of the church on 250 Temple St.

Check out a recent interview with Benjamin at

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Is NSA Spying Just Facebook Gone Wild? NO!

NSA spying is a serious threat to democracy, whistle-blowing, the unions, the climate justice movement, the movement against mass incarceration, the fight for immigrant rights, and every other struggle for social change.

Bring your neighbors, friends, and coworkers so they can learn exactly what the government and the surveillance industry are doing and how to fight it.

Join us to prepare to win the battle for public opinion regarding the Snowden revelations.

Emergency Forum and Discussion.

Panelists include:
–Peter Goselin of the National Lawyers Guild on how spying is used against the movements for social change
–ACLU of CT attorney explaining the facts and their legal response.
–Anthony Sorge of Capitalism vs. Climate on spying & the environmental movement
–Mongi Dhaouadi from the Council on American Islamic Relations on spying & Muslim community

Presentations followed by an open discussion about how best to build a movement that is capable of defending our democratic rights.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3 pm., Islamic Center of Berlin
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin Connecticut

Sponsored by the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention
For more info: Mongi at 860-514-8038 or Chris at 860-478-5300

December 8th: An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention


Glenn Greenwald
 – Author and Guardian Columnist

Sahar F. Aziz
 – Civil Rights Legal Scholar

Shahid Buttar
 – Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Steve Downs
 – Executive Director, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

Nancy Murray
 – Director of Education, ACLU of Massachusetts

Ruth Wilson Glimore 
– Scholar, Activist and Prison Abolitionist

John Woodruff – International Representative of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)

And many others!

Saturday December 8, 2012
Semesters Hall, Student Center
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT

Dear Friends,

Our movements and our communities are under assault.  Rarely a week goes by without the passage of a new repressive law, grand jury subpoena, raid, sentencing, or court ruling targeting our movements.  No minute goes by without new deportations, arrests, illegal frisks, frame-ups and prison sentences that divide and repress immigrant, African American, Latino, Muslim, Arab, South Asian and other communities targeted by our government.  The repressive apparatus is strengthened daily. “Secure Communities” or S-Comm, which connects local police forces to federal immigration authorities, has been implemented in nearly every state and will be universal by 2013.  The right of the president to detain anyone (including U.S. citizens) without trial has been codified into law, and is now being defended in the courts.  The NSA’s right to spy on our e-mails and phone-calls without even suspicion of wrong-doing was just approved once again by the House.

Deportations have grown to roughly 400,000 a year – between 1.5 and 2 times the rate during 2001-2008.  1 out of every 8 people in prison on planet earth is African American. (about one in four is American)  In the last four years double the number of whistle-blowers have been prosecuted under the WWI Espionage act than in all previous years combined.

The last few months alone are stunning:

  • In April, 2012 Tarek Mehanna began serving a 17 and one half year sentence for writings he placed online and a trip to Yemen.
  • Between August and October, 2012 federal courts jailed three young Pacific Northwest anarchists for refusing to testify in grand-jury fishing operations.  All three have spent significant time in solitary confinement.  One of them – Leah Plante – was told she would be in solitary for her entire sentence of 18 months.
    • On August 28, 2012 Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who spoke out against the invasion of Iraq, began serving a three year sentence for sending money to his family in Iraq, which they needed for food and medicine, during the U.S. sanctions regime.
  • On Monday, October 29, 2012 the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the Holy Land Five – five leaders of what had been the largest Muslim charitable organization in the U.S. – who are serving sentences ranging between 15 and 65 years for giving charity to Palestinians.
But on December 8th residents and activists from Connecticut and the region will meet in New Britain to learn about each others struggles and make connections necessary to mount a serious response to this many-sided offensive.  December 8th can be a critical step in building a movement capable of defending our brothers and sisters when they are targeted for their speech, their political activity, race, religion, or nation of origin; that can prevent deportations; that can expose and challenge racial profiling and the mass-incarceration of generations; that can defend workers organizing in their work-places; that can overturn reactionary laws that restrict our basic civil freedoms.


To endorse, contribute, help out, or for more information contact Dan at 860-985-4576 or

Registration: $10 regular, $25 solidarity
Tabling: $25
9:00am   – registration
10:00am – Welcoming remarks
10:15am – Panel: The Scope of the New Attacks on Our Democratic Rights
11:30am – Workshop Session 1
1:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm  – Keynote Addresses
3:30pm  – Panel: Mounting Campaigns to Defend Ourselves
4:30pm  – Workshop Session 2
6:00pm  – Closing Remarks Followed by reception with Keynote Speakers
For a map of the campus see the link below.  The conference will be in the Student Center. 
For more information see:
or organizations (in formation):

Bill of Rights Defense Committee; National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms; American Civil Liberties Union, CT; Project SALAM; New England United; Committee to Stop FBI Repression; United National Anti-war Coalition; Islamic Circle of North America, New London CT; United Action; National Lawyers Guild, CT; Connecticut Green Party; American Friends Service Committee, Western MA; New Haven Peace Council; Muslim Student Association of CCSU; Stop the Raids, Trinity College; We Refuse to Be Enemies; West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice; CT United for Peace; Hartford Catholic Workers; Latin American Students Organization of CCSU; Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice-Hartford; Middle East Crisis Committee; Central Connecticut Chapter of Veterans for Peace; Occupy Hartford; ANSWER Coalition, CT; Manchester Peace Coalition; Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

UPDATE: Civil Liberties Conference at CCSU Moved to December 8th. Featuring Glen Greenwald and many more!

An Injury to One is An Injury to All:

A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention


Saturday December 8, 2012

Central CT State University, New Britain, CT

Featuring: Glen Greenwald, Sahar Aziz, Shahid Buttar, and Steve Downs!

Save the Date!

Call for Panelists, Sponsors and Endorsers!

As 2012 draws to a close the battle over civil liberties in the U.S. is escalating to ever higher levels.  The permanent injunction issued against indefinite detention reminds us that we can push back the assault on our rights.  The Obama administration’s appeal of this injunction only raises the stakes as the case nears the Supreme Court.  Meanwhile Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants are enduring government surveillance, entrapment, pre-emptive prosecution, and conviction under Orwellian laws.  War-induced Islamophobia spawns horrendous hate crimes.  Racial profiling and biometric databases are being used to deport 700,000 mostly Latino immigrants a year.  Twenty four hour surveillance, “stop and frisk,” and a pitiful public defender system that pushes plea bargains rather than trial has put over 2 million people in prison and is rightfully dubbed a “new Jim Crow.”  All these new tools of repression are now being tested out on antiwar activists like the NATO five and the 23 Midwestern antiwar activists facing Grand Jury indictment.  Join us in a one-day conference to explore how best to mount our response.
Speakers to include leading figures from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the ACLU.
To Sponsor, Endorse, Propose Speakers and Workshops, or for more information Contact Dan at 860-985-4576 or
For More See:

Join the Campaign, Sign the Petition!

Currently the Coalition is working to pass a resolution in the New Britain, CT Common Council demanding that Congress and President Obama restore our rights by repealing sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Follow the link to sign the petition:

BORDC Honors Coalition Member

Denisa Jashari

Every month, BORDC honors an individual who has done outstanding work in support of civil liberties and the rule of law in his or her community. This month, the Patriot Award goes to Denisa Jashari for her invaluable service to the movement for civil liberties and human rights in the state of Connecticut.Denisa has been involved in grassroots organizing in Connecticut since 2007, after she began studying at Trinity College in 2006. Co-founder of the college Anti-War Coalition, she believed that at a time when students in the US are overwhelmed with debt, funds for war should instead be used to address domestic needs. As a member of Stop the Raids, a student run group whose mission was to support immigrants on a local and national level, she stood in solidarity with undocumented immigrants to combat anti-immigrant bias and profiling.Most recently, Denisa helped start the Connecticut Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention in late 2011. Along with fellow Connecticut activists Mongi Dhaouadi (from CAIR-CT) and Chris Gauvreau (from the United National Antiwar Coalition), Denisa aimed to mobilize outrage at the indefinite domestic military detention powers of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).Their first call to create a coalition yielded tremendous results: In February, more than 100 people from 30 different organizations convened to discuss how to mobilize in response to this most recent attack on civil liberties. The organizations included civil rights, anti-war, and interfaith organizations, Occupy, and others from throughout Connecticut. The coalition is mobilizing statewide resistance to the NDAA’s detention powers, while also standing in solidarity with allied groups, such as those confronting racial profiling by the NYPD and its abusive stop & frisk program.

As an organizer, Denisa has seen how vulnerable a community can become as its rights dissolve. In response, she has helped lead the coalition to take an educational tone. The coalition has sponsored events featuring speakers, such as former US Army Chaplain James Yee, whose service at Guantanamo Bay led him to grow disillusioned with the war on terror.

The coalition is also working to create grassroots support for a resolution opposing the NDAA in New Britain, CT to express the community’s condemnation of its potentially draconian detention provisions. Its current emphases are on engaging further allies, conducting public education events like its forum on November 17, in Hartford.

The coalition has also mobilized, marching on August 8, to show solidarity with activists raided by the FBI, as well as Sikhs and other South Asians targeted by hate crimes.

Denisa notes that we live in a “time period facing huge attacks on our civil liberties. We understood that.” While she recently moved to Indiana to pursue a PHD in Latin American Studies at the University of Indiana-Bloomington, she plans to continue organizing in her new community.

BORDC thanks Denisa for the remarkable contribution she has made to the struggle for civil liberties in Hartford and across Connecticut. She is truly a model citizen. BORDC is proud to honor her with the August 2012 Patriot Award.

October 7, No War on Syria and Iran! Defend Civil Liberties from Repression at Home!

Join the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention on October 7 as we march in NYC.  Below is the call put out by the United National Antiwar Coalition:


The news is filled with alarming new threats of attacks on Syria and Iran.  Secretary of State Clinton says the U.S. and Turkey are discussing details for a “No-Fly Zone” over Syria.  We know from the Libyan experience that a “No-Fly Zone” would require massive NATO bombing of Syrian air defenses and huge civilian casualties.  At the same time, State Department spokespeople are targeting Iran and Hezbollah for alleged military support to the Assad government and unsubstantiated terrorist actions.  These claims and increased sanctions are designed to justify increased U.S. intervention.  Israel says Iran is on the verge of developing nuclear weapons.  Israel, whose belligerence was recently rewarded by the U.S. gift of a $680M missile shield (added to the $3.1 billion for military aid this year), has again gone to the airwaves threatening pre-emptive military action against Iran in the near future.

All of this sounds eerily familiar as lead-ups to new wars, when the old ones have not ended.  This is how the public was whipped up and the basis was laid before attacking Iraq and Libya.  Going after Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya, causing massive loss of life and destruction, could be small potatoes compared to the conflagration we might see following military intervention in Syria, Iran and Lebanon.  This would also prevent achievement of the promise we witnessed with the Arab Spring uprisings.  All of this stemming from a rapacious drive for imperialist domination of resources and power.

At the same time, we see increased repression and poverty at home.  Islamophobia and scapegoating of Muslims leads to manufactured frame-ups and violence against the Muslim community, and by extension brutal attacks on Sikhs as well.  Immigrants are targeted.  Increased militarization of our society leads to an expansion of surveillance and stop-and-frisk operations, military weapons in the hands of police, and an explosion of the prison industry with mass incarceration of Black and Latino youth.  Civil liberties and the right to dissent are under siege with indefinite detention and extra-judicial assassinations now the law of the land.

To pay for wars and to maximize the profits of the haves, they take more and more from the have-nots.  We see cuts to the social safety nets, attacks on labor, privatization of government programs, huge unemployment, neglect of infrastructure, rapid climate change and poisoning of the environment.

When we need a strong and unified movement to mobilize against these horrors, much of the left is confused by the misinformation and distracted by the elections.  We can’t be falsely assured that elections will save us when the wars and repressions have been bi-partisan.  We are not powerless.  We must do everything we can to counter these threats.

What should we do?

Counter the media propaganda and educate people about the realities on the ground with teach-ins, forums, protests, letters to the editor, op-eds, phone calls to Congress, petitions, resolutions and referendums.  Be creative.

Reach out to new constituencies and form alliances based on our connected interests – students, Occupy activists, workers, immigrant groups, Muslims, community groups, civil liberties organizations, antiwar committees, international solidarity groups, communities of color.

If there is direct military intervention or a “No Fly Zone”, we must pour into the streets with day-after mobilizations.

Stand in solidarity with victims of police, state, and racial violence and repression and build links to people under attack – Sikhs, Muslims, undocumented workers, death row prisoners, African-American and Latino youth, social justice activists are all targets in an atmosphere of escalating racism and repression.

Build regional and local actions all over the country focused on the dual wars abroad and at home-on Sunday, October 7, the anniversary of the attack on Afghanistan and the initiation of the global War of Terror on the 99% in the interests of the 1%.