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ADC, ACLU to Sue Three Major Airlines for Discrimination Against Passengers

WASHINGTON, DC — Five civil rights lawsuits will be filed tomorrow accusing four major airlines of blatant discrimination against five men — four of them United States citizens and one permanent resident — who were ejected from flights for reasons unrelated to security and simply because of their perceived Middle East appearance or origin.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a co-plaintiff in three of the cases. The lawsuits, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of individual passengers and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will be announced at three simultaneous news conferences taking place tomorrow at 12:00 noon (Eastern) in New York and Washington and 9:00 a.m. (Pacific) in Los Angeles.
The attorneys and their clients will be present at each of the news conferences to provide further details about the cases. The names of the airlines being sued, the identities of the men bringing the complaints and other details are embargoed and will not be released until tomorrow. This information will also be posted online at http://www.aclu.org.
The locations of the news conferences are:
NEW YORK: ACLU National Office, 125 Broad Street, 17th floor.
Media Contacts:
Kini Schoop or Richard Alleyne, ACLU National (212) 549-2594
Hussein Ibish, ADC, (202) 438-7297
WASHINGTON: ACLU Washington National Office, 122 Maryland Ave. NE
Media Contacts: Kelli Lopez, Relman & Associates, (202) 728-1888
Stacy Mink, ACLU of Maryland, (410) 889-8555
Kini Schoop or Richard Alleyne, ACLU National (212) 549-2594
Hussein Ibish, ADC, (202) 438-7297
LOS ANGELES: ACLU of Southern California, 1616 Beverly Boulevard,
Media Contacts: Tenoch Flores, ACLU of Southern California, (213)
977-5252
Hussein Ibish, ADC, (202) 438-7297