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Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture

BARCAT welcomes all people of faith in the San Francisco-Berkeley area to join us.  We are working to raise awareness about US-sponsored torture and provide individuals and congregations with ways to participate in ending torture forever.  We have a speakers bureau, and we work closely with the NRCAT agenda, as well as on anti-torture projects chosen by our members.

Contact: Louise Specht
louisespecht {at} gmail.com

Website: http://barcat.org/

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Speakers Bureau

  • BARCAT's speakers bureau members are available to speak on "Torture, Popular Culture, and the Truth".  It includes showing the 14-minute DVD by Human Rights First, "Primetime Torture" and refutes the "utility" argument for torture.  If you would like to arrange a presentation for your congregation, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If you are interested in putting together a presentation like this yourself, Louise will send complete information.

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Previous Events

  • During the summer of 2009, BARCAT sent delegations to all 12 Congressional offices in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House.  We asked them to support formation of a House Select Committee to investigate the torture program.  This organizing work extended the reach of BARCAT all around the Bay, producing a huge leap of membership and potential activism.
  • June 26-27, 2009: “Torture is a Moral Issue” conference organized by the Santa Clara County Council of Churches and co-sponsored by BARCAT and NRCAT.  Several of the presentations are now available as videos that can be downloaded or viewed on YouTube here.  A DVD growing out of the conference will soon be available here

  Los Angeles Region Religious Campaign Against Torture

LARRCAT is a network in the greater Los Angeles, CA, area that educates individuals and communities of faith and conscience about the work of NRCAT and mobilize support for its agenda.  Contact us to request a speaker, to learn more about actions individuals can take, or to become more actively involved in the work of LARRCAT.

Contact: Virginia Classick
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818-225-0410

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Previous Events
  • A Faithful Witness Against Torture, February 17, 2013. One week before the Academy Awards, speakers, a procession and silent witness occurred in response to the film Zero Dark Thirty. This public witness was to remind the country that torture is always wrong and the film was inaccurate in its claim that torture led to the capture of bin Laden. For more information check out the Facebook event.
  • January 11, 2013: Close Guantanamo Now! A silent vigil, rally and press conference at the downtown LA Federal Building to mark the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo.
  • LARRCAT summer 2009 congressional office visits featured in Muslim Public Affairs Council newsletter.
 
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