Making Contact

Making Contact – “Presumed Guilty: American Muslims and Arabs”

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American Arabs and Muslims are under the microscope, from capital hill, to your local shopping mall.  Almost every week, there’s more news about the bust of another terrorist cell.  The effect on those communities-living in fear of demonization, or arrest– has been devastating.  On this edition: 10 years of America’s homeland war on Muslims and Arabs.  Racial profiling has happened in times of war before—how will it end this time around?

Featuring: Veena Dubal, Asian Law Caucus National Security and Civil Rights Program Staff Attorney: Lejla Duka, family member of the Fort Dix Five: Dominick Calsolaro, Albany Common Council Member: Noor Elashi, Daughter of Ghassan Elashi of the Holy Land 5: Shaheena Parveen, mother of Siraj Matin: Marlene Jenkins, mother of Tarik Shaw: Sharmin Sadequee, sister of Shifa Sadequee: Tamer Mehanna, brother of Tariq Mehanna: Fred Korematsu, formerly interned Japanese American, John Frank, Clerk to Associate Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black; Tsuyako Kitashima, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress spokesperson; Donald Tamaki, lawyer for Fred Korematsu, Peter Irons, UC San Diego Constitutional Law Professor


Producer/Host: Andrew Stelzer

Producer: Kyung Jin Lee

Producer/Online Editor: Pauline Bartolone

Contributing Producer: Jaisal Noor

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham

Production Interns:  Shaunnah Ray and Courtney Supple
Organizational Volunteers: Judy Huang, Dan Turner, Ron Rucker, Alfonso Hooker & Alton Byrd


For More Information:


Project Salam


Asian Law Caucus


Coalition For a Safe San Francisco


Manufacturing the Muslim Menace: A report by Political Research Associates


Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story


Council on American Islamic Relations


San Francisco Human Rights Commission


Korematsu Institute


Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress


Free the Fort Dix 5


Information on the Newburgh 4


New York University School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice


Articles, Blogs, Reports and Videos:


San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hearing: US Law Enforcement Profiling & Surveillance of Muslims-Arabs-South Asians


Muslims Reject SFPD Surveillance Program