American Friends Service Committee
Pat Farren, Founding Editor
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Peacework has been published monthly since 1972, intended to serve as a source of dependable information to those who strive for peace and justice and are committed to furthering the nonviolent social change necessary to achieve them. Rooted in Quaker values and informed by AFSC experience and initiatives, Peacework offers a forum for organizers, fostering coalition-building and teaching the methods and strategies that work in the global and local community. Peacework seeks to serve as an incubator for social transformation, introducing a younger generation to a deeper analysis of problems and issues, reminding and re-inspiring long-term activists, encouraging the generations to listen to each other, and creating space for the voices of the disenfranchised.
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Call For Justice Weekend
We invite you to endorse and attend a "Call for Justice Weekend," including a Mock Trial of Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Tenet, and Mr. Gonzales. After the grim revelations about US torture and abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, there can be little doubt that our nation faces an extraordinary moral crisis. We must speak out with one voice. The event is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and its Interfaith Steering Committee (www.uusc.org).
We hope to receive delegations from across the country, from all faiths, cultures, races and political affiliations. Prior to the national event, we invite local organizations to hold indictment ceremonies in order to draw attention to the imperative of ending torture.
Planned activities include:
Saturday September 24: Educational workshops and panel discussions on the history, legal considerations, and security consequences of US involvement in torture. Also discussions of appropriate reform measures, and inter-faith presentations on the moral and spiritual issues. We will schedule these workshops to accommodate those attending the United For Peace and Justice march that day.
Sunday September 25: Citizens' Trial of Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Tenet for violations of international and US laws prohibiting torture. The trial will be based on actual laws, use real lawyers, and feature real testimonies of Iraqi, Afghani, Latin American, and other survivors.
Monday September 26: After an inter-faith presentation, we will visit Congress and other government offices to insist that all forms of this practice be abolished.
To register for the "Call for Justice
Weekend" please visit <www.uusc.org/programs/stop/trial.html>.
Contact: Jennifer Harbury or Nadya Khalife at the UUSC office,
617/868-6600, or 800/388-3920, email@example.com.