This rally of protest against the NYPD had many speakers with claims of ‘racism’ against the whole police department; all because of one film.
“The rally was called by Majlis Al-Shura and DRUM
DRUM- Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multi-generational, membership led organization of working class South Asian immigrants in New York City. Desi is a common term used by people of South Asian descent to identify as people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and parts of the diaspora including Africa, England, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad. (“No Human is Illegal”)
Other supporters of the protest against the NYPD:
Arab Muslim American FederationCouncil on American Islamic Relations- New York (CAIR-NY)Muslim American Society (MAS)Al-Awda NYThe Mosque of Islamic BrotherhoodSocial Justice Task Force of Muslim Alliance in North AmericICNA New YorkMuslim Peace Coalition-USA, NYPakistan Solidarity NetworkNational Congress for Puerto Rican RightsPAKISTAN USA FREEDOM FORUMThe Justice CommitteeProject SALAMBAYAN USAInternational Socialist OrganizationYemeni American Coalition for ChangeDefending Dissent FoundationMay 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant RightsNYC Coalition to Stop IslamophobiaWorld Can’t WaitAmerican-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)Arab American Action Network (AAAN)Turning Point for Women and FamiliesAsian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF)International Action CenterWESPAC FoundationAd Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian RevolutionCommittee to Stop FBI Repression-NYMuslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
Black UnityCAAAVJews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Jews Against Islamophobia
A long list of supporters, yet they didn’t pull together much of a crowd. There were lots of cameras followed by spare reportage. Yet midst those carefully chosen words of “reconciliation” I was hearing reverse racism and calls for riots and violence in the streets, so I let the camera roll-on.
“This is what Democracy looks like “Rails against mass incarceration. Demands Community Control of the Police. We need to be in control of the police in NYC. SILENCE is CONSENT”
So who hears this stuff? Like this angry, ANGRY woman.
She’s not too happy with Obama. Claims institutional racism is even more blatant under a black President. Points out the Muslims in these country are mostly African-American. Government concerned about recruitment of blacks in prison. THEY have jammed-packed our prisons with young blacks and Latinos….looking to ensnare, to entrap those brothers and sisters in this BOGUS War against terrorism…The REAL TERROR lies in the NYPD. (3:56)
Get ready in 2012. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Mass demonstrations. Your anger being expressed on the street. We have to hit the streets in the millions. That is our history. Our future. And HISTORY will absolve us.
Our kids hear this propaganda every day in their ‘sensitivity’ indoctrination classes and they read in their text-books. High school, college, even the reviled NYPD gets the same ‘sensitivity’.
This guy starts out with….”the NYPD is a subversive, terrorist group. Ray Kelly is Irish Catholic . He slams Irish-Catholics… (but he’s just kidding)… People we call Muslims are 1.5 billion in the world. Not chump-change. 1.5 billion who serve allah. Can’t blame a whole group for actions of a few… Not the people painted as terrorists. They are hard working. Just trying to get by. Not trying to take over. Show some RESPECT, Ray Kelly. (and launches in to this chant)We gotta make Kelly and Brown go out of town”
(Point of fact, the film does not blame all Muslims)
And of course, our churches and synagogues. We had a priest representing the Christian support groups… but also….
ALL people of faith (faith traditions). There is a deep spiritual sickness in this city. All of us HUMANS can do better….bad ideas have infected this great city…the sickness spreads when we LIE about it. Call-out bigotry and intolerance.FEAR will be checked in NYC. We will SET the TONE for this PLANET………AMEN
CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick (a “revert”… in college… from Roman Catholicism)…. and his associate, the smarmy Zead Ramadan, President of Hamas-linked CAIR- NY was seen laughing within the crowd. I think he and Cyrus looked forward to a playful personal shout out to moi while I was filming. (:0027) Whatever I smiled as did he and then he launched in to his woeful tails of NYPD racism…. He asks:
Is this Justice? Is this Good Government? He also intoned, and was parroted by the crowd (3:17)
“When people come between us, what do we do? We LOVE one another. What do we do? We LOVE one another. What do we do…?
He also mocked that wikipedia was a source of info for the NYPD. Could this be the same Mulsim friendly encyclopedia source that rights so glowing of Islam, and slanders anyone who attempts to correct their re-tooled history? NOW, wiki is a joke? hmmmm. And in parting, asks the media to “Keep Shedding Light On The Truth”.
Linda Sarsour is the director of the Arab American Association of New York and works for the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition. Attends the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge.
“She DEMANDS the resignation of Keely and Brown caused the LIED. The NYC Police department actually participated in the production of the Third Jihad. And they demand the re-education of the 1500 police officers who saw the Third Jihad film. The NYPD. Bloomberg’s Army. We demand our civil rights. and Our Civil Liberties.”
In the last five years, the Arab-American Association of New York, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in December, has quintupled its budget to a half-million dollars, drawn from individual donations and foundation support from the likes of the New York Foundation, the Union Square Awards, and the Brooklyn Community Foundation. It is the front line of American acculturation, if not integration, for tens of thousands of ESL-hungry Arab immigrants from Palestine, Morocco, Algeria, and beyond. The organization plays more or less the role that Abraham Cahan’s Forward played for the immigrants of Eastern Europe a century ago.
The executive director of the organization is Linda Sarsour, 31, a Palestinian-American mother of three who wears the hijab and plans to become the first Arab-American on the New York City Council when she runs in 2017, after the local seat opens up. Sarsour, who took over the organization in 2005 and has raised its profile tremendously—she was honored in December as one of 10 Champions of Change by the White House—travels a lot on behalf of the association.
NYC Council Members who spoke against the Mayor, the Commissioner and the NYPD:
Former Blank Panther and Marxist Loving, Israel hating Charles Barron of the Freedom Party Barron a long-list of what he claims to be racist murders of NYC blacks by the NYPD . The film was tacked-on as he also suggested that the Wall Street Ponzi scheme criminals be subjected to the NYPD Stop and Frisk. He also threatened violence (2:44)
“Get your Act Together or THERE’S GOING TO BE AN UPRISE (sic) IN NYC LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE .
Melissa Mark-Viverito, represents East Harlem and parts of the Bronx She called the NYPD “out of control. Her talking-points,
“The A.P. Report. A Grave injustice. Our people profiled for their religion. It’s UN-American. She warns Bloomberg, Kelly and Brown, that we will not remain silent against the INJUSTICE in this City.”
Councilman, Robert Jackson (a “revert”) at a CAIR banquet in 2007, was oh so coy and acted like an”angel unawares” when quizzed about CAIR and it’s ‘un-indicted’ co-conspirator status. More recently, at a Muslim Day Parade, he proclaimed Harlem as the New Mecca. He speaks today, apparently, to correct a misquote:
“Dave Friedlander, a blog, some of what I said was out of context. I viewed the entire film, it has a negative impact on all Muslims. It focuses on extreme Muslims, but you have to watch even those who are not extreme. Brown lied, as Deputy Commissioner, he has to go. mayor must reach-out to build trust“
Marxist-loving, City Council member, Ydanis Rodriquez, District 10 in Northern Manhattan. (At 2:34)
Says “the film did nothing to improve the relationship of the police with our communities. The Muslim, Jewish, Latino, Black, Asian Communities. All they do is to make this a great Nation. (notice anybody missing from that list?) and with a bit of an over-reach, he says, “Whoever made this video should be in jail.”
And there were also a couple of State Senators thrown in for good measure, one who bled on about how difficult is was to be a gay politician….
MAS-NY (Muslim American Society) board member Abdel Hafid Djamil. (He spoke in 2010 at the Community Board meeting on Staten Island during the opposition a selling a Catholic Church and turning it in to a msoque)
“An apology is NOT enough . The training of the 500 officers who were required to watch a prejudicial, inaccurate and vile video starring the police commissioner (requires) the establishment of community control of the NYPD; to over-see the conduct of the NYPD. They calls on Christine Quinn to investigate the illegal actions of the NYPD against New Yorkers“
Brother Shaka Shakur , member of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and founder of the United Muslim Alliance. Shakur reminds of us of where we are standing.
That we must do our research. These people, what we call the police, this is nothing new. They were called “Paddy-rollers” , they were designed to keep the slaves ‘in-line’. (00:53)Today the police are ‘keeping people in line’ by means of ‘murder and mayhem’. Their strength is in ‘dis-unity’. We can’t wait til something happens to get united.”
Paddy (rollers?) Thought ‘ paddy’ was a reference to the Irish…..not to slaves….
Donna Nevel of “Jews Against Islamophobia” is also very, VERY anti-Israel. Does she EVER smile? ( wow…I found a picture…smiling in the background here) Yet, this is a woman so filled with inner -darkness that to be in her ‘space’ is so NOT a positive experience. Amongst her own, at this race-rally, apparently they LOVE her) as she DEMANDED
“Police accountability. Over-sight. Resignation of Kelly and Brown for fomenting and INSTIGATING Islamophobia.”
Center For Constitutional Rights Police Reform Campaign was a young woman looking a lot like a Lamis Deek clone. She addressed racial profiling of blacks and Latinos. Claims the NYPD never seems to answer to anyone. Operates with impunity. Insists we need transparency and independent over sight of the NYPD
Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, a REVERT Southern Baptist to Islam and Imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and is always surrounded by BIG tough thugs. He was the final speaker before their march.
According to Discover the Network Rashid is
- Imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
- Opposes the U.S. War on Terror
- Views America as a nation infested with white racism
And author of a revisionist history book, “Reclaimed Legacy: Muslim Indigenous and Immigrant Peoples and The History of Al-Islam in America.”…Peace be upon you…. (NOT)
In the video he says:
This is the Time of Revealed Truth. The Year of the Protestor. And those who LIE. How do we know? Because people of conscience told the truth. This is the time of revealed truth. And those who are Muslim. Trust in Allah. Over come our fears. And to stand for Justice. Chanting:
What do we have to do? Stand For Justice (etc)
Commissioner Ray Kelly’s apology was necessary, but it is NOT sufficient. They have yet to apologize for the INTENTIONAL misleading of New Yorkers as far as that film was concerned.
They took our money, as taxpayers, and then LIED to us.
As the protest marched to the precinct, I heard repeated a few times, “Kelly’s son is a rapist. Kelly’s son is a rapist” and the even more unpleasant, “How many kids did you shoot today. How many kids did you KILL today” as they walked passed the officers at the edge off the crowd. Nice way to foster “Good Will”
Followed by prayers back at Foley Square:
1. The resignation of Commissioner Kelly and NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne
2. Demand for community control of the NYPD, and a well-funded oversight mechanism with subpoena power
The NYPD has been exposed for participating in the making of, and the showing of the bigoted, Islamophobic film, “The Third Jihad” to 1,500 police officers, and then repeatedly lying about it. The NYPD has been spying on Muslim communities in mosques, schools, businesses, colleges, and community centers in the five boroughs.
The film depicts the majority of American Muslims as supportive of violent extremism, and specifically names several prominent Muslim organizations ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), MAS (Muslim American Society), CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), and others as examples of this. It also accuses the majority of American Muslims of secretly being part of a conspiracy to take over the U.S. government.
Commissioner Ray Kelly willingly participated in the making of the film, and while he has apologized, he has not explained why the NYPD chose to lie, on the record, about his participation for well over a year. In the meantime, Commissioner Kelly has smugly dismissed community concerns by saying he has “excellent relations” with NYC Muslim communities on the basis of only talking and meeting with those hand-picked leaders who continue to support him without regards to the experiences and feelings of people in our communities. We know that the NYPD has operated without transparency or accountability, and often with brute force, with Black, Latino, and other communities of color, and youth for decades.
MUSLIMS MUST OVERCOME THEIR FEAR AND STAND FOR JUSTICE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, AND FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN. ALLAH IS OUR PROTECTOR!
HOW: COME TO FOLEY SQUARE AFTER JUM’A
“After 1,400 years, the Shias are being targeted in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, everywhere,” imam Malik Sakhawat Hussain said after being told that his mosque was in the NYPD document. “If U.S. authorities become suspicious of the Shias, I would say we are a very oppressed community of the world.”