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June is Torture Awareness Month!

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June is Torture Awareness Month!

by Coleen Rowley on June 21, 2010

There are only 10 days left of June but it’s not too late to learn about these serious issues and get involved! The following main events featuring nationally known speakers are all free and open to the public next weekend June 26-27:  

Honoring Victims of Torture  
Saturday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 717 East River Parkway, Minneapolis. The Center for Victims of Torture honors torture survivors on UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sponsored by: the Center for Victims of Torture. Endorsed by: the WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee. FFI: Email tacklingtorture@gmail.com.

Film Screening: “Torturing Democracy”      
Saturday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.  Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis. “The documentary ‘Torturing Democracy’ tells the story of how the United States government circumvented tradition and law to adopt torture as official policy. The film, produced by award-winning filmmaker Sherry Jones, draws on interviews, archival footage, and recently declassified documents to piece together the development and dissemination of torture tactics from Bagram in Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib-and the document trail leads right to the top of the chain of command.”

Educational Panel Discussion  Sunday, June 27, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Attend an educational forum around the question, “Do the Geneva Conventions on cruelty still apply?” and others. Participants include: Marjorie Cohn, immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild; Captain James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain at the prison at Guantanamo, Cuba; Ellen Kennedy, PhD, Interim Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota; and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Assistant Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Co-sponsored or endorsed by Amnesty International, Center for Victims of Torture, Veterans for Peace, MN Chapter of National Lawyers Guild and MN ACLU.  

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