Ayyub, a local brother of Amherst and Springfield, has been targeted by the FBI to become an informant, framed by police to force him into the deal, and is facing 15 years for keeping his dignity. Read more from Ayyub’s words below.
“In December of 2011, I was targeted and arrested on a fabricated weapons charge less than five minutes after closing my store, “Natures Garden,” by the Springfield Police Department in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). I have been incarcerated against my will at the Hampden House of Corrections for approximately two years pending trial – despite the fact that I have police recordings revealing I was searched and cleared of any weapons and then forcibly strip searched and probed sexually in view of the public. Most importantly, I have been offered exoneration of the aforementioned fabricated charges, prior to being arraigned in Springfield Court, at the Springfield police station (by the FBI and Springfield police) – only if I agreed to become an informant against my will to spy on the Muslim community.”–END OF EXCERPT
Justice for the Pioneer Valley, Justice for Ayyub, Arise for Social Justice, & TRGGR Media Collective invite you to join us on:
October 22, in solidarity with the 18th National Day Against Police Brutality, for:
An Art Show Fundraiser to strengthen the movement to free Ayyub Abdul-Alim!
Headline Speaker Rosa Clemente & Emcee Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell
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Will be attending the event with art and ideas to support Ayyub!