'Islam and Pre-emptive Incarceration'

Kathy Manley, Ikraan Abdurahman and Mariam Abu-Ali to host panel May 3
Human rights lawyer Kathy Manley will join Ikraan Abdurahmān and Mariam Abu-Ali, whose brothers were imprisoned under the auspices of terrorism-related investigations, to discuss their experiences with the U.S. justice system and the Patriot Act in a panel titled "Islam and Pre-emptive Incarceration" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in F.W. Olin Building Room 102 on the Luther campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The event is part of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement's spring series of panels titled "Tough Talk, Calm Voices." The CEPE has collaborated with community member Mel Underbakke, Ph.D., who is the director of education at the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, to make this event possible.

Manley, Abdurahmān and Abu-Ali's discussion will center around the justice system in the United States in the post-9/11 era, and the challenges faced by the American Muslim community under the broad provisions of the Patriot Act.   

Abdurahmān is a student at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, where she is president of the Muslim Student Association. She is a poet and activist and is involved in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Countering Violent Extremism program. Her brother is one of the nine Somalis who were sentenced to 10 years in prison in a recent terrorism trial in Minneapolis. 

Abu-Ali is the director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms Prisoner and Family Committee. A northern Virginia native, she graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in government in 2011. Abu-Ali's brother was sentenced to life in prison for a confession obtained under torture in Saudi Arabia. She has been writing and speaking to raise awareness on her brother's case and on civil-rights and human-rights issues.

A longtime peace and justice advocate, Manley volunteers with many civil rights groups, including the Muslim Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Project SALAM, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, where she serves as the chair of the Legal Committee. She is also the vice president of the Albany chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.


Kathy Manley
Miriam Abu-Ali
Ikraan Abdurahman