AfterDowningStreet.org, June 18, 2009
The good news this week, other than the strength of the fight we put up against war funding (we got 32 of the 39 votes we needed!) was contained in a beautiful 42-page order by a judge (PDF). It says that leading torture lawyer John Yoo can be sued in court by one of his victims. Read about it:
A Rally Near You Next Thursday
A coalition of human rights organizations too lengthy to list here but available on the website has planned a day of action: Torture Accountability Action Day, June 25th, 2009. That’s next Thursday.
In Washington, D.C., we will gather for a rally at 11 a.m. in John Marshall Park (501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) and march at noon to the Department of Justice. If the DOJ does not agree to appoint a special prosecutor or to meet with us and discuss it, those who are so inclined will engage in nonviolent protest led by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.
Also on June 25th, there will be rallies in San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; and Anchorage, AK. Details here: http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/eventsacrossus.htm
In Washington, D.C., more actions will follow, organized by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International. There's a congressional hearing following the rally and protest, and then an evening speaker on the 25th, an all-day conference on the 26th, and a 24-hour vigil at the White House on Saturday the 27th. Details here: http://tassc.org/index.php?sn=309
Check the websites of the ACLU, Amnesty International, and other groups in the coalition for other actions in Washington and around the country this week.