– William Ayers will do a book talk & signing on Thurs., Feb. 10 from 6
– The University of Baltimore is producing The Trial of the Catonsville Nine on Thurs., Feb. 10, Fri., Feb. 11 and Sat., Feb. 12 at 7 PM in the Student Center Performing Arts Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave, on the 5th floor. Spotlight UB presents Daniel Berrigan's social protest play directed by Raine Bode, featuring a mix of local and campus actors. Tickets are available online at www.etix.com and are $15 general, $10 seniors and staff, $5 students and alumni.
Max will have a table outside the theater on each evening at 6 PM to make available literature, books, buttons and stickers. Prior to the last performance at 5 PM, Max will be part of a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Fred Guy of UB’s Hoffberger Institute of Ethics. Kimberley Lynne, theater events coordinator, can be reached at 443-869-0522.
– The Northern Virginia Peace Meeting is on for Thurs., Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at 5550 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA (
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March 1 is the deadline set by Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco to determine if he will prosecute the “Bush Six” – the group of Bush-era government lawyers including former White House Counsel and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, for violating international law by creating a “legal” justification for torture. It was a court in
The Obama administration declared last year that it would not pursue prosecutions, ignoring the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Recent documents released by WikiLeaks demonstrate that the Obama government has been heavily pressuring Spanish authorities not to pursue prosecution.
“The Obama administration has been pressuring
On Valentine’s Day, representatives from groups will deliver copies of an open letter to the Spanish public, to the embassy of
This action comes just days after former President George W. Bush cancelled plans to travel to Switzerland after he learned the Center for Constitutional Rights and Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights sought indictment of him there for torture. George Bush has openly admitted authorizing waterboarding on national television, explaining that “the lawyer” said it was legal.
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Partner organizations behind this effort include CodePink Women for Peace, High Road for Human Rights, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Accountability Action Network, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Pax Christi USA, Progressive Democrats of America, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Robert Jackson Steering Committee, RootsAction.org, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of Women Against Military Madness, Veterans for Peace, Voters for Peace, War Criminals Watch, WarIsACrime.org, WeThePeopleNow.org, and World Can't Wait.
Additional signers include
To the people of
From the people of the United States of America
We are writing to thank you and to ask for your support as your courts consider cases to bring American officials to justice for the crime of torture. A Spanish judge, acting under international law, will soon decide whether to investigate US officials' roles in authorizing torture. We hope you agree that such cases must go forward, despite pressure from the Obama administration to drop them.
The organizations signing this letter represent hundreds of thousands in the American public who believe the
It will take a public show of support for the case to withstand pressures from
Despite earlier assertions by President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that waterboarding is torture, former President George W. Bush publicly stated three times last year that he authorized waterboarding and added proudly that he would do it again. In a TV interview aired on November 8, Bush said he considered waterboarding legal "because the lawyer said it was legal." Waterboarding and other forms of torture were banned by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified by the
If international law is to serve any useful purpose, other countries must condemn violations "by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment," in the words of the chief prosecutor at
We sincerely hope that the citizens of
Code Pink Women for Peace, High Road for Human Rights, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Accountability Action Network, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Pax Christi USA, Progressive Democrats of America, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Robert Jackson Steering Committee, RootsAction.org, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of Women Against Military Madness, Veterans for Peace, Voters for Peace, War Criminals Watch, WarIsACrime.org, WeThePeopleNow.org, and World Can't Wait.
Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Council for the National Interest, Democrats.com, Fellowship on Reconciliation, United for Peace and Justice, Velvet Revolution, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, War Resisters League, and Witness Against Torture.
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Coleen Rowley of Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of Women Against Military Madness firstname.lastname@example.org 952-456-0186
Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity email@example.com 703-994-1459
Stephen Soldz of Psychologists for Social Responsibility firstname.lastname@example.org 619-663-5840
Andrea LeBlanc of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows email@example.com
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink Women for Peace firstname.lastname@example.org 415-235-6517
Kevin Zeese of Voters for Peace email@example.com 301-996-6582
Debra Sweet of War Criminals Watch firstname.lastname@example.org 718-809-3803
Susan Harman of Progressive Democrats of America, email@example.com 510-866-6743
Marie Dennis of Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Dianna Ortiz, Pax Christi USA (U.S.-Guatemala torture survivor) email@example.com (202) 276-8118