Latest Headlines
 
   
 

One Serious Problem Gone (Jewish Journal, February 1, 2012)

More…

The City Council's Shameless Pander (The Wide Angle, October 20, 2011)

More…

Stout Awards Honors Olney, Morrison and Mantle (The Wide Angle, October 20, 2011)

More… Video…

Dance With Who Brung ‘Ya (Jewish Journal, September 28, 2011)

More…

Jury Got It Right in the ‘Irvine 11’ Case (The OC Register, September 23, 2011)

More…

'Irvine 11' Muslim student protesters found guilty on both charges (KPCC’s Airtalk, September 23, 2011)

More… Listen…

Voting Rights Act Outdated in Modern Day LA (The Daily News, August 21, 2011)

More…

What Los Angeles Can Teach the UK (BBC News World, August 15, 2011)

More…

When Did Carrying An ID Become A “White Thing”? (The OC Register, August 15, 2011)

More…

Bill Crafts Disneyland Version of History (The Sacramento Bee, July 14, 2011)

More…

An Education Game Changer (The Wide Angles, July 12 2011)

More…

A Flotilla of Fools (The Wide Angle Blog, July 8, 2011)

More…

Advocacy, the Academy and Mushy Thinking (The Wide Angle Blog, July 1, 2011)

More…

Tragic Fiction comes to Life (The Wide Angle, June 23, 2011)

More…

Coalition Sues to Keep Circumcision Ban Off Ballot (The Jewish Journal, June 22, 2011)

More…

The Circumcision Wars (The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2011)

More…

Male Circumcision Ban Proposed in Santa Monica (The Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2011)

More…

Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

More…

The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

More…

UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

More…

Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

More…

The Uncle Tom Accusation, Again (The Wide Angle Blog, March 18, 2011)

More…

A Forward Looking Decision in Civil Rights (The Wide Angle Blog, March 9, 2011)

More…

A Rising Wave of Anti-Semitism (Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2009)

More…

The Wide Angle, A Community Advocates Blog (July - September, 2009)

July… August… September…

Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar—Mock Peace Summit in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, April 29, 2009)

Listen…

In Battle Between Teachers, LAUSD, It’s the Kids Who Lose (Daily News, March 6, 2009)

More…

L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

More…

Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

More…

Chicago Vs. Los Angeles Their Supe Is Obama’s New Education Man. Our Supe is Nice But… (LA Weekly, January 23, 2009)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar—Millennials Remaking America with KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, January 21, 2009)

Listen…

The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

More…

What Oakland Should be Protesting (Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2009)

More…

Calling All Radical Reformers to LAUSD (Daily News, December 14, 2008)

More…

Attention Politicians: Pandering Won’t Fly (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 12, 2008)

More…

Presentation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Ziegler Prize for Courage of Conviction (Japan American Theatre, October 22, 2008)

View…

The Problems and Potential of South L.A., A Dust-Up Exchange between Joe R. Hicks and Earl Ofari Hutchinson (Los Angeles Times, August 11-15, 2008)

More…

Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

More…

Fast Food Freeze is a Good Choice for South LA by Jan Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

More…

Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

More…

Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

Listen…

Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

More…

A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

More…

“Ziman and Lee” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 16, 2008

More…

We Don’t Need More Gabfests on Diversity (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 2, 2008)

More…

Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

More…

On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

More…

Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

Listen…

LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar on The State of the Black Civil Rights Movement Today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February)

Listen…

Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

More…

Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

More…

Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

More…

The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

More…

Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

More…

Do Los Angeles’ Anti-Gang Programs Work? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 6, 2007)

More…

Sharpton Leads Call for Federal Investigation of Hate Crimes (Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2007)

More…

Race Card Backlash (Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2007)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

Listen...

The Private Lives of Public Officials (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, October 2, 2007)

More…

“Smart Growth” and Los Angeles Planning (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 20, 2007)

More…

Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

Listen...

The Racial/Ethnic Educational Achievement Gap (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 12, 2007)

More…

Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

More…

Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

More…

The Constitution and Sex Offenders (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, August 30, 2007)

More…

‘Profiles in Courage’ ( Jewish Journal, August 24, 2007)

More…

Where’s the Fire? (Washington Post, August 2, 2007)

More…

Race and Politics in a Changing South LA (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 20, 2007)

More…

Gangsta Rap and its Impact (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 13, 2007)

More…

Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

More…

Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

More…

Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

More…

Hollywood and its Impact on Political Discourse (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 16, 2007)

More…

New Times and the NAACP (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 9, 2007)

More…

Downtown Homeless and the LAPD (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 2, 2007)

More…

Immigration and the new Sanctuary Movement (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 25, 2007)

More…

The Teachers’ Union and School Reform, (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 18, 2007)

More…

Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

More…

The Takeover of the Times (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 11, 2007)

More…

The Governor’s Health Care Plan (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 28, 2007)

More…

Racism in the LA Fire Department? (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 14, 2007)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February 26, 2007)

Listen...

“Has the Nanny State Gone Too Far?” (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, February 28, 2007)

More…

“Justice Takes A Beating In Long Beach Racial Hatred Case” ( Jewish Journal, February 16, 2007)

More…

“Gang ‘Marshall Plan’ - Will It Work?” (KCET’s Life & Times’ Kitchen Table Conversation, February 14, 2007)

More…

“Living Wages or Dying Businesses?” (KCET’s Life & Times Kitchen Table Conversation, January 31, 2007)

More…

“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

More…

KCET’s Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “The Future of the Middle Class in Los Angeles” (Life & Times, January 17, 2007)

More…

“Does Abe Foxman Have An Anti-Anti-Semite Problem?”, (New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2007)

More…

KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Military Recruitment on Campus---Right or Wrong?” January 3, 2007

More…

KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Is There An Assault on Christmas?” December 13, 2006

More…

Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

More…

KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “What is Racism Today?” November 29, 2006

More…

"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

Listen…

KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)

More…

“LA’s Jews and Other Minorities---Oh How They Danced” (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, November 11, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Racial Profiling and a National ID Card" (Life & Times, October 18, 2006)

More…

Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 9, 2006)

Listen...

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Drugs in Sports" (Life & Times, October 3, 2006)

More…

Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

Listen...

"Two Faced On Terrorism", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2006

More…

Award to Islamic Leader Hathout Stirs Dispute", KCRW's Which Way LA?, September 14, 2006

Listen...

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "California's High School Exit Exam?", ( Life & Times, August 23, 2006)

More…

"4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy" (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006)

More…

"Muslim Council's Bias All Too Clear" (Los Angeles Daily News, August 1, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "UCLA's Minority Admissions, (Life & Times, July 19, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Celebrity Causes--Ego or Altruism?", ( Life & Times, July 13, 2006)

More…

Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversations regarding Immigration and Employment (Life & Times, June 21,2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of news segment on the South Los Angeles Farm controversy (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kithcen-table Conversation regarding the Mayoral takeover of the Los Angeles Unified School District (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

More…

Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Hybrid Cars and Energy Conservation (Life & Times, May 23, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Teen Sex (Life & Times, May 18, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black Brown Tensions in LA (Life & Times, May 2, 2006)

More…

Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Fatherless Parenting (Life & Times, April 11, 2006)

More…

Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black-Brown tensions (Life & Times, April 4, 2006)

More…

Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

More…

KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Immigration (Life & Times, March 30, 2006)

More…

Differing Views of Race in L.A. Collide in 'Crash' (Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2006)

More…

Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

More…

Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

More…

The Munich Concern Is Us--Not Film (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 20, 2006) with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

More…

NAACP Leader Turned Heads By Backing Tookie (Baltimore Sun, January 15, 2006) Joe Hicks quoted

More…

Munich Portrays Real World Issues (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 23,2005), with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

More…

New Farrakhan Embodies Old Message (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, October 21, 2005)

More…

Levees Let Loose An Ugly Flood of Black Paranoia (Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2005)

More…

Lessons From the Ruins (LA Weekly, August 12, 2005)

More…

Let's Make A Diploma Mean Something (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

More…

Police Beating of Minister Disputed (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

More…

We Only Burned Ourselves, Baby (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2005)

More…

Knee-jerk Activists and Their Tantrum Politics (Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2005)

More…

"Crash" Is No Picture of the Real Los Angeles (Los Angeles Daily News, June 24, 2005)

More…

Hit Film Paints Inaccurate Picture of Diverse LA (89.3 KPCC Perspectives, June 23, 2005)
Joe Hicks, the vice president of Community Advocates, says the hit movie Crash ...
Listen...

Jackson Trial Reaction Shows How Unimportant Race Is in US (Los Angeles Daily News, June 19, 2005)

More…

"Reel Life" (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 10, 2005)

More…

Joe Hicks talks about the election results (89.3 KPCC AirTalk, May 18, 2005)
with KPCC's Larry Mantle and reporter Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Raphe Sonenshein, Bill Rosendahl, Rick Caruso, Antonia Hernandez, , Joel Kotkin and D.J. Waldie.
Listen...

 
 
   
   
 
How To Give?
 
   
   
   
   
 
Contact Us
 
   
 

Community Advocates, Inc.
865 South Figueroa Street
Suite 3339
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.623.6003
www.cai-la.org

 
  David A. Lehrer
Joe R. Hicks
 
Latest Headlines
 

'Irvine 11' Muslim student protesters found guilty on both charges (KPCC’s Airtalk, September 23, 2011)


The defendants in the Irvine 11 case have been found guilty on both counts. Jurors reached verdicts Friday in the trial of 10 of the so-called "Irvine 11," Muslim students charged with disrupting the speech of the Israeli ambassador to the United States when he visited UC Irvine in February of last year.

The judge admonished those in the courtroom to hold back their emotions before the verdict was read, but there were still some gasps and several inside the courtroom crying. It appeared that most of the courtroom observers supported the students. On the way out, some observers whispered "there's no justice."

There were about 150 people sitting in the courtroom when the verdict was read. The names of all 10 students charged were read for the first charge, followed by a guilty verdict, before the same with the second charge.

This case involved the question of First Amendment rights and censorship, with each side arguing that they were practicing their First Amendment rights while the other tried to censor them.

The verdict was read just before 11:30 a.m. this morning.

The students were each charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one misdemeanor count of disturbing a meeting.

Each student could be sentenced to up to six months in jail, probation with community service or fines.

During the speech by Ambassador Michael Oren, 10 students stood up and, one by one, shouted scripted statements while Oren tried to speak. Oren was eventually able to deliver his 25-minute speech.

"It's a sad day for democracy," said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), on KPCC's "AirTalk." "This is just a travesty of justice that students cannot protest within their campuses."

Al-Marayati said the protests should have been handled by the school, not the courts, but that "the politicized nature" of the conflict between Israel and Muslims over the issue of Palestine led to the prosecution. Al-Marayati said that prosecutors were "using whatever technicality they were able to use, in terms of disruption of the peace."

"I think this does not bode well for students who want to speak out," Al-Marayati said, "and we want more students to speak out, even if it defies the authorities of our country and the authorities of the world."

Al-Marayati said that it doesn't make sense that protests of UC tuition hikes were not prosecuted while this was. He said that he thinks the line should be drawn at violence or destruction of property, but that this protest did not cross that line.

Al-Marayati said that you can go and heckle the president of the United States and be escorted out, and that it would probably be OK to heckle other ambassadors, but that these students were prosecuted because they were protesting the Israeli Ambassador.

"There was a conspiracy to disrupt the event. It wasn't a spontaneous shriek or disruption," said David A. Lehrer, president of Community Advocates and former head of the Anti-Defamation League. Lehrer argued that the prosecution was justified. "There was a concerted effort to try and cover up afterwards, and lie about it."

According to Lehrer, there were emails that said "We won't get punished because the UCI police never do anything about this kind of thing, so don't worry about it." Lehrer said that the students say they're exercising their rights to free speech, but that they were blocking the rights of those in the audience listening and of the person speaking.

Lehrer said he suspects that the students won't have to go to jail, but will be sentenced to community service.

Lehrer encouraged listeners to watch video of the protesters' interruptions on YouTube. One version of the video is below:

Lehrer said that the host pleaded with the audience to engage in dialogue with Oren via question and answer after the speech. "These kids weren't interested. They wanted to interrupt."

Mustafa, a caller on KPCC's "AirTalk" who knows the Irvine 11, said that the verdict won't thwart efforts by UC Irvine Muslim students to protest any events that seem unjust.

"If Michael Oren came to UC Irvine again, I personally would do the exact same thing again," Mustafa said, "because it's not about the laws of America that say, 'Oh, you can't protest this, because it's disturbing the peace.' It's about achieving world peace and Michael Oren is not there to do something like that." Mustafa also said he would protest others who shared the same views as Oren.

"[The verdict is] not going to thwart our efforts to seek justice in Palestine and seek justice all over the world," Mustafa said. He said that, if not for these protesters, "no one would be talking about this case today."

"We need to show the world what we think about what's going on," Mustafa said.

The six-man, six-woman jury received the case about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday when attorneys finished two days of closing arguments. Attorneys made their opening statements to jurors Sept. 7.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner told jurors that the actions of the students, many of whom belong to the Muslim Student Union on campus, amounted to a "heckler's veto" of Michael Oren's Feb. 8, 2010, speech on the UCI campus.

Defense attorneys countered with free-speech arguments, claiming the students did not violate misdemeanor laws governing public meetings as prosecutors have alleged.

The students planned a protest mirroring one done at the University of Chicago in which students disrupted an appearance from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The students stood up, minutes apart from each other, and bellowed slogans at Oren such as "Michael Oren, you're a war criminal," followed by cheers from supporters. They capped it off with a loud, mass walkout of students.

Wagner argued that the rules of the meeting were spelled out when the students were admonished after the first couple of interruptions by UCI professor Mark Petracca and UCI Chancellor Michael Drake.

Wagner had to prove to jurors that the students were aware of the rules, conspired to break them and had no other outlet to carry out their protest.

Thirty-five minutes into the event, Oren was 2 minutes and 21 seconds into his speech due to all the interruptions, he said.

"I submit to you that is substantial interference with a meeting," he said. "The show could not go on."

Defense attorney Dan Mayfield argued that the protests altogether took about 4 minutes and 35 seconds, but added, "Let's call it five minutes."

The event was supposed to run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., but a private gathering with Oren and campus supporters went long, Mayfield said. He also argued that the students readily and without incident surrendered to campus police, and the walkout of all of the students' supporters happened just after 6:30 p.m., before the event was supposed to end, so Oren had time to finish his "canned speech."

Defense attorney Reem Salahi argued that the students were warned before the event that no disruptions would be tolerated, meaning they were effectively denied an outlet for their free-speech rights, which should lead to an acquittal.

Seven of the defendants are UC Irvine students - Mohamad Mohy-Eldeen Abdelgany, 23; Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, 23; Joseph Tamim Haider, 23; Mohammad Uns Qureashi, 19; Ali Mohammad Sayeed, 23; Osama Ahmen Shabaik, 22; and Asaad Mohamedidris Traina, 19.

Three defendants are UC Riverside students - Khalid Gahgat Akari, 19; Taher Mutaz Herzallah, 21; and Shaheen Waleed Nassar, 21.

An 11th defendant, UC Irvine student Hakim Nasreddine Kebir, will have his case dismissed if he completes 40 hours of community service by Friday.

 

 
   
 
 
   

© 2003 Community Advocates, Inc. All rights reserved.