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Stop taking away basic human rights based on racial profiling

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"Dear friends and community members,

On Tuesday June 5th, 2012, I was prohibited from boarding my plane in Costa Rica bound for San Diego, CA, USA. I learned that I had been placed on a "no fly list". I am a recent graduate from the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. My lifelong dream has been to effect a positive change in this world by placing myself at the epicenter of the struggle for human rights, thus I chose to study International Law at UPEACE.

I endured a two hour interrogation by FBI agents and a six hour wait at the United States Embassy in Costa Rica, all to finally be told that I was on a, "no fly list" and that I would have to cross by boat or car back into the US. I am stranded in Costa Rica with little money, just the clothes on my back, and my laptop. My plan is to fly from Costa Rica to Tijuana, Mexico, and then drive into San Diego; however, I fear for my safety at the US-Mexico border.

I am being persecuted because I am an American-Iranian-Muslim-Activist. The "no fly list" is an assault on our American Civil Liberties, and is a tool to discriminate against people based on ethnicity, religion, and political views.

I am asking for your help! My plan is to arrive to the States on Thursday, June 7th at which time I am ready to pursue a legal case based on profiling and discrimination. My goal is to highlight not the personal, but the larger injustice faced by people of conscious faith due to certain beliefs. I need your help to distribute the press release letter, and to help with your expertise in law, grass roots mobilization, and letter writing to political officials.

I am being persecuted because I am an American-Iranian-Muslim-Activist, but the message of freedom and the struggle for human rights will never cease. It will only grow stronger. I appreciate your support, and I hope to hear back from you soon.

In solidarity,
Kevin Iraniha"

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