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Media Contact for AFSC:

Alexis Moore, Media Director

news@afsc.org
215-241-7060, (cell) 215-514-5862

Media Contact for ADC:

Abed A. Ayoub, Esq., Legal Director

aayoub@adc.org

202-244-2990

For Immediate Release

DEFENDING FREE SPEECH ON BEHALF OF THE DISENFRANCHISED

Arab-American and Quaker groups file suit to challenge restrictions on their rights to advocate.

WASHINGTON, DC and PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 5, 2012) The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s restrictions on their First Amendment rights to engage in “coordinated advocacy” with Muhammad A. Salah. Muhammad Salah, a U.S. citizen living in Chicago, is the only U.S. citizen residing in the United States who is currently labeled a “Specially Designated Terrorist” by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).  Once an individual is so labeled, any person or organization is prohibited from engaging in coordinated speech with him, even if only to express concerns about the government’s conduct.