|Dear NRCAT Supporters:|
We have some exciting news. NRCAT is organizing a major religious public witness at the White House at Noon on Thursday, June 11 to help launch Torture Awareness Month and bring a strong message to the President about the need for a Commission of Inquiry.
There are already five heads of faith groups and other senior religious leaders who have agreed to join us at the . They are the Rev. Dr. John Thomas (General Minister and President of the ), Archbishop Vicken Aykazian (Armenian Church in America), Rabbi Steve Gutow (Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs), Dr. (President of the Islamic Society of North America), and the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon (General Secretary of the ). These leaders are helping us to reach out to other senior religious leaders.
We are also actively recruiting heads of regional religious bodies (e.g. and directors of regional Jewish councils) to stand with us on June 11. And the best news is that we have received grant funding to help cover travel costs for these senior regional leaders.
Many of the details remain to be decided (check this webpage for updated info and resources), but we want to get this initial announcement to you right away so that you can build it into your local action plans for Torture Awareness Month. We need your help to make this a powerful event with the potential to change the course of the debate on investigating U.S.-sponsored torture. Now is the time.
NRCAT is the sole sponsor of this event so that we have full control of the tone and message to ensure that it is an explicitly religious event with religious ritual and a high degree of gravitas. We hope to have 1000 people of faith, including large numbers of clergy in clerical garb, joining these senior leaders at the White House.
What you can do:
We look forward to working with you to make this a powerful part of our overall June witness.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has just announced an event they will be sponsoring at the White House on Thursday, June 11 to begin their Torture Awareness Month and to press the President on the need for a Commission of Inquiry. This is great news and I encourage everyone to visit their website.
Here is the email I received from this group today: