Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Link to NRCAT's Agenda for 2009 and list of accomplishments (received via email 11/30/09)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your efforts over the past few years. You've helped us halt the use of torture in detainee interrogations and close secret prisons - see (http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=285&Itemid=202) NRCAT's agenda for 2009 and our accomplishments during the year. Now we need to make sure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again.

Together we need to:

Establish a Commission of Inquiry on U.S.-sponsored torture since 9/11, so that we understand what we did, learn what safeguards are needed and develop a moral consensus to never let it happen again. A statement calling for a Commission of Inquiry has been signed by thousands of people of faith and almost sixty religious organizations including the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the Islamic Society of North America and the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

Build among people of faith a large majority who believe torture is always wrong, without exception. Polls show that too many people of faith believe torture is acceptable. We need to change that through education and outreach. NRCAT is currently working on the "300 in 30" project in which 300 congregations will view and discuss our video "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever."

Put into law the key elements of the Executive Order ending U.S.-sponsored torture. An executive order is not permanent law; a new President can repeal it. We need to put into law the provisions of the Executive Order.

You can help us do this important work by donating just $25. If each person receiving this email donates just $25 to NRCAT, we can carry out our program; your $25 gift to NRCAT is tax-deductible. Please take a minute now to contribute online. You may also send a check to the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 502, Washington, DC 20002.

We look forward to working with all of you as we take these critical next steps.

Thank you.

Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director

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