August 4, 2017 | 5:30 PM
MARCH, RALLY, AND PANEL DISCUSSION ON AUGUST 4 WILL MARK THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF ARRESTS OF ALBANY POLITICAL PRISONERS AREF AND HOSSAIN
It has been thirteen long years since the FBI framed and arrested Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, two Albany Muslims, on August 4, 2004 in a phony sting operation. Despite the lack of evidence, the men were tried, convicted, and sent hundreds of miles away from home to serve 15-year prison sentences. This year on Friday, August 4, as for the past eleven years since their convictions in 2006, a coalition of activist groups will commemorate their arrests so our community will not forget how the government entrapped these two men.
The events on August 4 will begin with a rally at 5:30 p.m. at the Masjid As-Salam, 280 Central Ave., Albany. At 6 p.m., attendees will march to the First Unitarian Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., where dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Following dinner, at 7 p.m. a panel discussion titled “Telling the Story of Two of Our Albany Political Prisoners” will feature four speakers who have been involved over the years with the case and with the men. The public is invited to attend all events, which are free.
Carl Strock, former columnist for the Daily Gazette, will speak about the Aref-Hossain case from a journalist’s point of view.
More information can be found HERE.