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The growing Anti-FOLCS Coalition needs your support!

Please consider attending our *two planned demonstrations *or *signing our
open letter
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fz8ITgCBt8UHE3neeUtVfmf5X6Zm1t7EHFSi-yA6pCs/>
*if you have not done so already, and *spreading the word!*

This week, NYU Law's Forum on Law, Culture and Society (FOLCS) is hosting:


? Anti-Muslim extremist
<http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/04/11/3425762/brandeis-ayaan-hirsi-ali/>,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

? Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who engaged in warrantless spying of
Muslim students
<http://www.ap.org/Content/AP-In-The-News/2012/NYPD-monitored-Muslim-students-all-over-Northeast>
and communities around the East Coast -- including Muslim students at NYU;
and is responsible for the discriminatory ?Stop & Frisk?
<http://www.nyclu.org/node/1598> program

? Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who defended Bush administration
officials from being held accountable for potential war crimes
<http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html>, namely torture
<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15413635>

? Zero-Dark Thirty, CIA-vetted, film widely interpreted to sell the CIA?s
narrative of justifications for promoting torture
<http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/zero-conscience-in-zero-dark-thirty>

? Submission, a short film alleging that Islam is the root cause of the
suffering of women in Muslim societies.


The Forum was enthusiastically embraced
<http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/center_studying_law_and_culture_moves_to_nyu>
by NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison this summer. Its director and host of
Wednesday?s event, Thane Rosenbaum, opined during Israel?s indiscriminate
bombardment of Gaza last summer that virtually all Palestinian civilians
forfeited their ?right[s] to be called civilians? due to how some voted in
a 2006 election. As a slew of critics noted, Mr. Rosenbaum?s
commentary mimicked
terrorist propaganda
<http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/thane_rosenbaum_s_wall_street_journal_op_ed_this_new_york_university_professor.html>
designed to justify massacring innocent people -- including Americans and
Israelis.

*Our open letter*, voicing our concerns about NYU Law's affiliation with
the forum, is located here
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fz8ITgCBt8UHE3neeUtVfmf5X6Zm1t7EHFSi-yA6pCs/>.
Please
consider signing it, and forwarding it to other students, faculty,
community members, and organizations on and off the NYU campus who may
share our concerns.

We have also planned *protests. Please join us and spread the word!*

*NOT IN OUR NAME: Rally against anti-Muslim bigot Ayaan Hirsi Ali at
NYU-affiliated Forum*
*https://www.facebook.com/events/607870392654917/*
<https://www.facebook.com/events/607870392654917/>

*NOT IN OUR NAME: Rally against ?Stop & Frisk? police commissioner,
pro-torture Bush attorney general at NYU-affiliated film screening of
CIA-vetted torture film *
*https://www.facebook.com/events/555481251251132/*
<https://www.facebook.com/events/555481251251132/>







*Original Announcements:*

*NOT IN OUR NAME: Rally against anti-Muslim bigot Ayaan Hirsi Ali at
NYU-affiliated Forum*

Where: 92nd St & Lexington Avenue

When: 6:30PM, Wednesday, 22 October

NYU Law?s newly acquired Forum on Law, Culture, and Society, is hosting
anti-Muslim
<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/20/ayaan_hirsi_ali_and_the_dangerous_anti_islamic_logic_of_the_war_on_terror/>
speaker
Ayaan Hirsi Ali to screen *Submission*, a short film by Dutch
ultranationalist Theo Van Gogh attributing women?s suffering to the Islamic
faith.

Ali, a Somali-Dutch writer, has written
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/brandeis-cancels-plan-to-give-honorary-degree-to-ayaan-hirsi-ali-a-critic-of-islam.html?_r=0>
extensively
that Islam is a ?nihilistic cult of death,? describes the Islamic faith in
its entirety as ?the new fascism,? and calls for the constitution of the
United States to be amended
<http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-asks-brandeis-university-not-to-honor-islamophobe-ayaan-hirsi-ali-254397281.html>
to
deprive Muslims of the legal right to practice their religion. When asked
if she is for ?defeating radical Islam,? Ali clarifies that she is for
?defeating
Islam, period
<http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/04/11/3425762/brandeis-ayaan-hirsi-ali/>
?.

While other universities have correctly rescinded
<http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2014/april/commencementupdate.html> honors to
Ms. Ali for her bigoted, irresponsible, and academically void
generalizations about Muslims, NYU Law has stamped its approval on the
Forum on Law, Culture, and Society as it brings her to speak.

The Forum was enthusiastically embraced
<http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/center_studying_law_and_culture_moves_to_nyu>
by
NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison this summer. Its director and host
of Wednesday?s event, Thane Rosenbaum, opined during Israel?s
indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza last summer that virtually all
Palestinian civilians forfeited their ?right[s] to be called civilians? due
to how some voted in a 2006 election. As a slew of critics noted, Mr.
Rosenbaum?s commentary mimicked terrorist propaganda
<http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/thane_rosenbaum_s_wall_street_journal_op_ed_this_new_york_university_professor.html>
designed
to justify massacring innocent people -- including Americans and Israelis.

The Forum is also bringing former ?Stop & Frisk? NYPD police commissioner
Ray Kelly, whose department spied on Muslim students at NYU and throughout
the country, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The men will
present the film Zero Dark Thirty, a CIA-vetted film widely interpreted to
justify torture as necessary and justified to capture Osama bin Laden.

A coalition of student and community groups has called for this protest as
part of a growing campaign to get NYU Law to reassess its relationship with
the Forum.

Meet outside the 92Y at 6:30PM on Wednesday, 22 October. You are encouraged
to bring banners and materials. E-mail arg415 at nyu.edu to add your
endorsement. You can also visit us on Facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/antifolcscoalition> and sign our open letter
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fz8ITgCBt8UHE3neeUtVfmf5X6Zm1t7EHFSi-yA6pCs/viewform>
.

Demonstration Endorsers:

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

NYU Law Students for Justice in Palestine

NYU Law National Lawyers Guild

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine

Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition

Jewish Voice for Peace -- New York

Labor for Palestine

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Middle East Crisis Response

Hudson Valley Boycott, Divest, Sanctions

NYU ISO

Middle East North Africa Solidarity Network-US

International Action Center

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid




*-------*









*NOT IN OUR NAME: Rally against ?Stop & Frisk? police commissioner,
pro-torture Bush attorney general at NYU-affiliated film screening of
CIA-vetted torture film *

Where: Outside NYU Law?s Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq. South

When: 6:30PM, Saturday, 25 October


NYU Law?s newly acquired -- and grotesquely named -- Forum on Law, Culture,
and Society, is inviting former NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly and
former attorney General Michael Mukasey to screen CIA-vetted
<http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obtains-4-to-5-inch-stack-of-overlooked-cia-records-detailing-meetings-with-bin-laden-filmmakers/>
film* Zero Dark Thirty*, widely interpreted as promoting torture
<http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/zero-conscience-in-zero-dark-thirty>
.

Ray Kelly spent several years engaging in
warrantless spying of Muslim students
<http://www.ap.org/Content/AP-In-The-News/2012/NYPD-monitored-Muslim-students-all-over-Northeast>
and
communities around the East Coast -- including Muslim students at NYU.

Kelly is also responsible for the ?Stop & Frisk?
<http://www.nyclu.org/node/1598> program, rife with racial discrimination
and widely condemned as means of harassing people of color in New York.

Despite Kelly?s history of mistreating NYU community members, NYU Law is
nonetheless placing its stamp of approval on his visit through its
affiliation with the Forum.

The Forum will also bring former US attorney general Michael Mukasey, who
defended Bush administration officials from being held accountable for
potential war crimes <http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html>, namely torture
<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15413635>.

*Zero Dark Thirty*, produced in close consultation with the CIA
<http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obtains-4-to-5-inch-stack-of-overlooked-cia-records-detailing-meetings-with-bin-laden-filmmakers/>,
presents the audience with a stream of demeaning caricatures of Muslims
while alleging -- falsely
<http://bigstory.ap.org/article/senate-torture-report-examines-hunt-bin-laden>
--
that torture was necessary and justified to capture Osama Bin Laden. It is
difficult to see how having individuals complicit in torture and
warrantless spying that reached NYU itself deserve such a warm welcome as
they screen thinly-veiled government propaganda.

The Forum was enthusiastically embraced
<http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/center_studying_law_and_culture_moves_to_nyu>
by
NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison this summer. Its director and host of
Wednesday?s event, Thane Rosenbaum, opined during Israel?s indiscriminate
bombardment of Gaza last summer that virtually all Palestinian civilians
forfeited their ?right[s] to be called civilians? due to how some voted in
a 2006 election. As a slew of critics noted, Mr. Rosenbaum?s commentary
mimicked terrorist propaganda
<http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/thane_rosenbaum_s_wall_street_journal_op_ed_this_new_york_university_professor.html>
designed
to justify massacring innocent people -- including Americans and Israelis.

The Forum is also separately hosting anti-Muslim bigot Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who
has called Islam a ?nihilistic cult of death? and has called for the US
constitution to be amended to exclude Muslims from legal rights.

A coalition of student and community groups has called for this protest as
part of a growing campaign to get NYU Law to reassess its relationship with
the Forum.

Meet outside NYU Law?s Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq. South, at 6:30PM
on Saturday, 25 October. You are encouraged to bring banners and materials.
E-mail arg415 at nyu.edu to add your endorsement. You can also visit us on
Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/antifolcscoalition> and sign our
open letter
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fz8ITgCBt8UHE3neeUtVfmf5X6Zm1t7EHFSi-yA6pCs/viewform>
.

Protest Endorsers:


NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

NYU Law Students for Justice in Palestine

NYU Law National Lawyers Guild

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine

Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition

Jewish Voice for Peace -- New York

Labor for Palestine

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Middle East Crisis Response

Hudson Valley Boycott, Divest, Sanctions

NYU ISO

Middle East North Africa Solidarity Network-US

International Action Center

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

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