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2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days

NRCAT Strategy Session
On Friday, April 5, 2013 from 2-4pm, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you to an interfaith strategy session before the start of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. This session gives those who are supportive of NRCAT an opportunity to offer their suggestions about next steps on the program and policy efforts of NRCAT.  Everyone who has participated in NRCAT’s work in any way is encouraged to attend. All are invited to this free briefing (Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference registration is not required). Please RSVP for this session.

The NRCAT strategy session will be from 2-4pm on Friday, April 5 at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.  Van Buren room (change in room). Click here for directions.

Participants will be split into two groups, one group on the issue of prolonged solitary confinement and another group for U.S.-sponsored torture of post-9/11 detainees and other torture issues.  Participants will address questions like:

  • How should NRCAT follow-up on both the 6,000 page report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA torture and the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment report?
  • How should NRCAT work for the codification of key elements of President Obama’s Executive Order halting torture?
  • How do we recruit local congregations to participate in the Fact Not Fiction Campaign?
  • How should NRCAT involve congregations in its work to end prolonged solitary confinement?
  • In what ways can NRCAT deepen partnerships with people of faith who are working with the broader movement to end mass incarceration to join NRCAT’s efforts to end prolonged solitary confinement?
  • How can NRCAT work to increase the likelihood of the U.S. becoming a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture or to advocate for the creation of oversight mechanisms similar to those prescribed by the treaty?
  • Are there additional ways NRCAT can work to help the U.S. end torture in other countries?
  • How can NRCAT enable congregations work for an end to anti-Muslim sentiment in their communities?

Please join us for this strategy session and help shape our program and policy efforts in 2013 and beyond. There is no cost to attend the strategy session, but we ask that you please RSVP.


The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is pleased to co-sponsor the 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. It will be held April 5-8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA just across from Washington, DC. There will be a lobby day on Monday, April 8 in Washington, DC.  For more information and to register for the Conference, go to http://advocacydays.org.

NRCAT is coordinating these events:

  • An interfaith strategy session on Friday afternoon from 2-4pm (Pre-Conference free meeting);
  • Film Showing: NRCAT’s Solitary Confinement: Torture in your Backyard on Friday at 4 pm in the Van Buren room;
  • Film Showing: Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever, the film of NRCAT’s Fact Not Fiction campaign on Friday at 4:30 pm in the Van Buren room;
  • A workshop on “Workshop: Breaking News on the Torture Issue and Addressing Anti-Muslim Sentiment” on Sunday at 1:30pm in the Madison Room;
  • A skills building workshop on effective advocacy with state government, led by Leslie Manning of the Maine Council of Churches on Sunday in the Van Buren Room at 3:15pm and 4:15pm (repeated).

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Film Showing: NRCAT’s Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard
Friday, April 5, 4:00pm -Van Buren room  (change in room)
The faith community has a calling to bring light and transparency to prisons. NRCAT created the 20-minute film Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard to give a voice to the thousands of prisoners held in solitary confinement cells across the country. You will hear from survivors of solitary confinement, including Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers arrested in Iran, who was held in solitary confinement for 14 months. You will also hear how the religious community in Maine helped secure a seventy percent reduction in the number of Maine prisoners held in solitary confinement.

Film Showing: Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever
Friday, April 5, 4:30pm - Van Buren room  (change in room)
Join us for a viewing of NRCAT's 20-minute film, Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever.  The film, a centerpiece of our Fact Not Fiction campaign, describes the use of torture by the U.S. government since 9/11, portrays the lasting effects on the survivors of torture around the world, offers perspectives from a variety of faiths, and addresses how positive depictions of torture in popular entertainment are misleading at best.

Workshop: Breaking News on the Torture Issue and Addressing Anti-Muslim Sentiment
Sunday, April 7, 1:30-3:00 pm – Madison room
During the last four months, there have been critical developments in the work to end U.S.-sponsored torture.  This workshop will offer practical ways to engage your church in these efforts as well as the work to diminish anti-Muslim sentiment in your community. Topics will include the film Zero Dark Thirty, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, hate crimes against Muslims, countering efforts to stop the building of mosques, and how to build relationships with Muslims in your community.
Speakers:  Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Director of Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America; Christina Warner, Campaign Director, Shoulder-to-Shoulder.

Skills Workshop: Effective Advocacy with State Government
Sunday, April 7, 3:15-4:00 pm & 4:15-5:00 pm – Van Buren room
State-based legislative victories can fuel momentum for national change. Learn how to make an impact on public policy in your state.  It will be facilitated by Leslie Manning of the Maine Council of Churches. The Maine Council of Churches had a major success in enabling a reduction of the solitary confinement population by 70%.


NRCAT is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, an ecumenical Christian conference. This year's theme is At God’s Table: Food Justice for a Healthy World." It will be held April 5-8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA just across from Washington, DC and a lobby day in Washington, DC on Monday, April 8. For more information and to register for the Conference, go to http://advocacydays.org.

While this is a conference aimed at the Christian community, everyone is welcome. For more information and to register for the Conference, go to http://advocacydays.org

 
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