Update: 9:12 pm MST - Read it and weep.
But despite the naysayers, federal law enforcement and metro Detroit Arab Americans say they're committed to sustaining a dialogue that has grown in scope and intensity over the past year.
Two high-profile incidents in recent weeks -- the Ft. Hood, Texas, shootings and the death of Abdullah -- have highlighted the importance of coming to the table to discuss everything from racial profiling to raids of Muslim institutions, say advocates and federal officials.
"... several Muslim and civil rights groups want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the shooting.
Ron Scott is with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, one of the groups calling for the investigation. Scott says he plans to bring up the shooting when Holder is in Detroit for the banquet:
"We expect him to comment on it. Otherwise it becomes sort of an exercise in a nice evening without the substance in people's lives." Scott received verbal confirmation from the U.S. Attorney's Office that Holder will meet with Scott and a few other community leaders before the banquet.
And didn't I tell you that Luqman was destined to become the new Mumia? Beware the moonbat-muslim axis of evil, possums.
From the Workers World:
The press conference and protest expressed open solidarity with victims of the state’s Cointelpro-like campaign that has targeted over 400 Muslims and recently resulted in FBI agents gunning down Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Detroit on Oct. 31.
Several family members and supporters of the Fort Dix Five from N.J. attended the events. Lejla Duka, the 11-year-old daughter and niece of three of these Muslim political prisoners, spoke to the media. Two family members of another Muslim prisoner, Shifa, came from Atlanta to take part, and organizers with Project Salam, an organization that works to draw attention to these and other cases, attended from Albany, N.Y.
In an important act of solidarity, plans for a separate protest at the Justice Dept. on Nov. 21 to demand that Holder investigate the growing human rights violations against Muslims in the U.S. were changed in order to join forces on Nov 12.