Torture Awareness Month - Get Involved!

 Ideas for Your Torture Awareness Month Activities

  • Use NRCAT’s Torture Awareness Month customizable poster to promote your activities or display our general poster. Download a Word document of the poster that you can customize. A Pages document of the poster to customize will be available for Mac users soon.
  • Urge your congregation to use worship resources addressing torture during worship services in June. Visit our worship resources page for a variety of resources.
  • The NRCAT bulletin insert (with an interfaith prayer and background information) is an easy and convenient way to lift up these issues within your congregation. You are welcome to customize it for your community.
  • Collect names on the NRCAT petition, “Let Our Torture Report Go,” within your congregation or community. A hardcopy version of the petition is available for download at www.nrcat.org/June2014Petition.
  • Promote this Action Alert on the Torture Report to friends and others in your congregation. We will update the action alert as necessary, including throughout June.
  • Organize an educational event with a screening of NRCAT's 11-minute film “No Doubt, It Was Torture” in your congregation or community. A discussion guide for the film is available. Preview the film and download the discussion guide at www.nrcat.org/NoDoubtFilm. This film is available at no cost for anyone doing an event, please contact T.C. Morrow at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a free DVD.
  • Order, display and distribute banners or bumper stickers. Take a look at what we have available in our Online Store.
  • Organize a vigil or other public event on June 26 to mark UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims, or on another day in June to mark Torture Awareness Month.
  • Host a table with literature and information from NRCAT at your place of worship or another venue. Possible materials include our background fact sheet on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture.
  • Lift up other issues such as Guantanamo, torture in U.S. prisons, and anti-Muslim bias during Torture Awareness Month. 
  • Use social media to promote anti-torture messages during June. Check out these samples and be sure to tag us when you Tweet or write a Facebook status update.

The focus for this year’s Torture Awareness Month is the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture Report and ensuring that it is made public.  However, we invite you to also explore some interconnecting issues such as indefinite detention and force feeding at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the torture of solitary confinement that happens every day in our prisons and immigration detention centers.


Closing Guantanamo

January 11, 2014 marked the 12th anniversary of the arrival of the 1st detainees at Guantanamo. January also marked 5 years since President Obama pledged to close the detention facility.   Visit the Close Guantanamo section of our website for ideas for your community this June.

Ending Torture in U.S. Prisons

During Torture Awareness Month this June, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the American Friends Service Committee and California Families Against Solitary Confinement invite people of faith to mark the one year anniversary of the historic California prisoner hunger strike.

We invite you to submit a prayer for California prisoners who remain in isolation one year after their hunger strike. We encourage you to submit a prayer from your faith tradition, in Spanish or English or the sacred language of your religious tradition. The prayers will be printed on cards with the intent of delivering them to men in SHU in California. Please email your prayer to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , subject line: Prayer One Year Later.

Additional ways for people of faith throughout the U.S. to take action this June marking the One Year Anniversary of the historic prisoner hunger strike and call for unity, coming soon! To learn more visit us here.

**Please take a few minutes to tell us about your local plans.**

 
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