Take Action: Alaa Yasin still in detention. Please call today! #FreeAlaaYasin #ShutDownStewart


Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is circulating the following action alert in solidarity with the Shut Down Stewart Coalition, Georgia Detention Watch, and Alaa Yassin, a 27-year-old Palestinian student held indefinitely at a United States immigrant detention center in Stewart County, Georgia.  On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Alaa launched a hunger strike, which lasted 26 days, demanding his freedom. Samidoun urges all supporters of Palestinian rights to sign a petition for his release, then take the further steps below.

Alaa Yasin was detained in June 2015 while earning excellent grades at university and helping at his family’s pizza parlor in North Carolina. In April 2016, Alaa went on a 24-day hunger strike at Stewart Detention Center. During the strike, ICE was denied permission to force-feed him. Then, on May 12, Allaa ended the hunger strike only to be punished by being placed in solitary confinement. Now, he is back in general population, but has not been released!

Please help us secure Alaa’s release from Stewart by calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Representative Sanford Bishop’s office! Leave a message if no one answers!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Call John Bretz 229-838-1183

Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office: Call Jonathan Halpern 202-225-3631

Sample script:

“Hi, I’m (your name) from (your city) and I’m calling to tell (ICE or Rep. Bishop) to immediately release Alaa Yasin, A#202-090-024. Alaa has been detained for over 8 months without ICE taking action! In the meantime, Corrections Corporation of America profits off his detention at the expense of US taxpayers! It is time to return him to North Carolina with his friends and family.”

Thank you all for your support to #FreeAlaaYasin and #ShutDownStewart.