On June 26, 2007, join us in Washington, D.C. as we call on Congress to restore habeas corpus, fix the Military Commissions Act, and restore our constitutional rights. Rally with us outside the Capitol, then help deliver our urgent message in person to your Members of Congress. This is your chance to make your voice heard!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Day of Action Activities 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Executive Branch Demonstration for those already in DC (exact location tbd)
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Lobby Training (close to Upper Senate Park) NOTE: Lobbying will be done in groups. All attendees are encouraged to participate!
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. RALLY at Upper Senate Park.
For a Mapqest map of Upper Senate Park, click here.
For Mapquest driving directions to Upper Senate Park, click here.
NOTE: Paid parking in the area is limited. Be sure to
leave extra time to look for available garages if you plan on driving in to D.C. for the rally.
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Storm the Hill: Lobby Meetings with Senators and Representatives
Buses depart Union station for cities around the nation.
Note: This event is free and open to the public. However, it is important that you RSVP so we can keep you updated on the event. Even if you’re not yet completely certain you can attend, it can’t hurt to sign up.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Greg Proops of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus
Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Reverend Rich Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious
Campaign Against Torture
Sister Diana Ortiz, Executive Director, Torture Abolition and Survivors
Support Coalition International and torture survivor
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Gutenson, Associate Professor of
Philosophical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Ingrid Matson, Islamic Society of North America
Rabbi Gerrald Serotta, Temple Shalom
Bishop Walter Sullivan, Catholic Diocese of Richmond (Ret.)
Transportation & Logistics
For more information on getting to Washington, D.C., please visit Getting There.
About the Military Commissions Act (MCA) and Habeas Corpus
Habeas corpus is not a fancy legal term. It's the freedom from being thrown in prison illegally, with no help and no end in sight.
From England's Magna Carta through recent Supreme Court decisions protecting Guantánamo detainees, the prohibition against unlawful imprisonment has remained fundamental to our system of laws and our basic values. No government should ever be given the power to call someone an enemy and lock them away indefinitely.
Today we face a new and unprecedented assault on habeas corpus, due process and our most basic American values: The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which eliminates habeas rights for some people gives the president absolute power to designate enemy combatants, and weakens the rules preventing evidence gained through torture.
We all know the difference between fairness and persecution, and it is up to each of us to tell Congress to correct its mistake and restore habeas, and all of our Constitutional rights.
If we don’t act immediately to fix the Military Commissions Act, basic protections like habeas corpus could be lost forever, and our country will become unrecognizable.
We can restore habeas and get our rights back - if we act together, our voices will reach Congress and they will stand up for the values we elected them to defend.
Join us on June 26, in Washington, D.C., as we gather together at the Capitol and across the nation, meet with lawmakers, and rally to demand the restoration of our constiutional rights!
Learn more about the Military Commissions Act (MCA) at http://www.aclu.org/mca.