Wednesday, January 11, 2012 will mark the decade long anniversary of the first detainees being jailed at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The terrible conditions imposed upon detainees at Guantanamo has indelibly enshrined torture as a facet of US policy in violation of international law and universal moral ethics. A broad coalition of groups have called for a national day of action against torture. There are plans to rally and form human chains in Washington DC, as well as San Francisco to pressure President Obama as well as Congress to return to the rule of law and to shut down the detention facility. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture,Amnesty International, Center for Constitutional Rights and Witness Against Torture are organizing the DC rally, which begins at noon in Lafayette Park; the San Francisco rally at noon at the Federal Building at on 7th & Mission is being spearheaded by Cynthia Papermaster ofCodepink with co-sponsoring organizations including Berkeley No More Guantanamos, Witness Against Torture , National Accountability Action Network,War Resister’s League-West, World Can’t Wait, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, and the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Director for Program Coordination, John Humphries gives an overview of the national and DC campaigns to end torture. He has more than ten years’ experience as a community organizer in rural Appalachia and in Connecticut. A member of the Hartford Friends Meeting, John has also traveled to Iraq in June 2002 with a Quaker/AFSC delegation, and he has helped organize a statewide interfaith network acting to oppose torture and the war in Iraq.
Cynthia Papermaster, is a 40-year resident of Berkeley, with a BA in Political Science and Master of Library Science degrees from UC Berkeley. She has been very involved as a parent with with PTA, and working on educational issues, as well as a champion of impeachment during the Bush reign; she continues to organize against torture and for accountability with Codepink.
John and Cynthia also mentioned these resources:
Website with listings of many solidarity actions taking place nationwide -2012.witnesstorture.org
No More Gitmos - nogitmos.org
Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability & Indefinite Detention: We Are All At Risk Friday, January 6 – 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar St. Film Screening “Ending U.S. Sponsored Torture Forever,” followed by a discussion led by members of Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture about what actions we can take.
Reception and Interfaith Service at 3 pm at New York Ave Presbyterian Church following the January 11th DC rally and actions, hosted by the