On January 19, 2010, a team of Americans for Peace and Tolerance activists blocked a plan to have a Guantanamo jihadist detainee settle in Newton, MA.
We are all in debt to the dozens of activists who braved a freezing rainy night to come out to city hall and face down clueless Newton aldermen who proposed to have as our neighbor a man who belonged to “the charity wing” of Lashkar-e-Taibah – the organization that committed mass murder in Mumbai.
Below are links to news coverage of the controversy and and protest.
Newton aldermen kill proposal to welcome Guantanamo detainee. Residents demand apology, threaten recall
This story is about people-power and grassroots democracy in action.
Stay tuned as we are pressing the offending aldermen to apologize and undergo sensitivity training or face a campaign to recall them.