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CAIR-SFBA, Asian Law Caucus, Secure Justice, and the Yemeni Alliance Committee to Offer Comment Before Oakland Vote on FBI Terrorism Task Force Participation

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 10/20/2020) – Later today, representatives from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (Asian Law Caucus), the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area office (CAIR-SFBA), Secure Justice, and the Yemeni Alliance Committee will offer public comment before the Oakland City Council votes on whether to end ties with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  

Since 2007, OPD officers participating in the JTTF have had the same powers as FBI agents, allowing them to surveil and harass community members without cause, and entrap people with mental health, identity, and family issues into terror plots. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is also a prominent member of the JTTF. 

In 2017, Oakland passed a transparency ordinance requiring OPD to follow local and state laws when participating in the JTTF and to submit annual reports to the city council on their JTTF activities. However, OPD has consistently violated the transparency ordinance and failed to submit reports to the city council for oversight on their activities.  

What: JTTF Hearing Public Comment at Oakland City Council 

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 1:30pm

Where: Oakland City Council Virtual Meeting

Who: Representatives from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (“Asian Law Caucus”); the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area office (“CAIR-SFBA”); Secure Justice; and the Yemeni Alliance Committee will be speaking.

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: Communications Coordinator Zoha Raza, 408.418.6902, zraza@cair.com

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