MLFA Joins Over 50 Groups to Oppose Controversial and Ineffective CVE Program

DALLAS (August 7, 2017) – Muslim Legal Fund of America joined Brennan Center for Justice and more than 50 other organizations in a letter urging U.S. congressional leadership to reject proposals to expand Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs that the groups argue do not make America safer and undermine constitutional rights.

CVE programs target constitutionally protected political and religious speech and beliefs as a basis for suspicion of criminal activity. Representatives from MLFA say that such a government-sponsored encroachment on civil liberties serves only to chill speech.

“CVE programs hurt America by attempting to criminalize free speech in the minds of program participants,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA. “Such a program threatens to erode our most basic freedoms, and we are asking Congress to safeguard these freedoms.”

About Muslim Legal Fund of America

Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national nonprofit charity that funds projects to defend constitutional rights in America. Established in 2001, MLFA has defending freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, right to an attorney, due process of law and other constitutional rights.

Groups that signed the letter are:

    • Advocates for Youth
    • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
    • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • American Friends Service Committee
    • Arab American Institute
    • ARTICLE 19
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
    • Bend the Arc Jewish Action
    • Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
    • Campaign for Liberty
    • Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
    • Center for Media Justice
    • Center for New Community
    • Church World Service
    • CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) Project at CUNY Law
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • Defending Rights & Dissent
    • Fight for the Future
    • Franciscan Action Network
    • Free Press Action Fund
    • Friends Committee on National Legislation
    • Government Accountability Project
    • Hip Hop Caucus
    • Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
    • Just Foreign Policy
    • Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee -Sisters of St. Francis
    • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Liberty Coalition
    • MPower Change
    • Muslim Advocates
    • Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
    • Muslim Justice League
    • Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
    • NAACP
    • National Center for Lesbian Rights
    • National Center for Transgender Equality
    • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
    • National Network for Arab American Communities
    • National Religious Campaign Against Torture
    • NIAC (National Iranian American Council) Action
    • Pesticide Action Network
    • PolicyLink
    • Project South
    • Restore the Fourth
    • The Rutherford Institute
    • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
    • STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
    • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
    • X-Lab

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