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Stone-Walled by Obama Justice Department, Anti-Torture Activists Demand to be Heard

Demonstrate at Justice Department on Friday, October 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After meeting with the Justice Department’s Office of
Intergovernmental and Public Liaison on June, 15 2010 to discuss the
Obama administration’s controversial record on detention issues, a
coalition of human rights advocates were promised further dialogue with
the Department. That commitment has not been honored.

Coalition members will rally at the Justice Department on Friday,
October 1 at 2:30 pm to demand that the Obama administration answer to
public outrage at its continuation of Bush-era policies, such as
indefinite detention and the use of the states-secrets defense to
dismiss lawsuits of men kidnapped by the United States and tortured.

“After a fruitful meeting in June, during which we were promised
meaningful follow up by Office of Public Liaison Director Portia
Roberson, we have written many letters and made many phone calls, to no
response,” says Richard Sroczynski, a New Jersey-based member of Witness
Against Torture.

“President Obama came into office promising that government would be
transparent, accountable and receptive to the citizen voice,” says
Jeremy Varon, a New School University history professor who works with
Witness Against Torture. “Yet the Department of Justice won’t even honor
its promise to meet with us again. This isn’t show for us. We are
addressing the commission of gravely serious crimes-- the failure of the
Justice Department to hold anyone to account.”

The demonstration will take place from 2:30 to 3:30pm on Friday, October
1, 2010 at the Department of Justice headquarters (950 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW between Ninth and Tenth streets). Advocates from all over the
country will also be calling Director Roberson
( to demand that the promised meeting be

The anti-torture coalition includes representatives from Witness Against
Torture, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Torture Abolition and
Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC), No More Guantanamos and other groups.

Witness Against Torture formed in December 2005 when twenty-five
activists walked to Guantanamo to protest the detention camp. Since
then, it has engaged in public education, lobbying, community outreach,
and non-violent civil disobedience. For more on the group, visit



Friday, October 1st

Afternoon: Demonstration at the Department of Justice. 2:30-3:30pm


TASSC International Invites You to Commemorate the Life & Legacy of
Patrick Rice (1945 - 2010), Human Rights Activist and Survivor of Torture

WHEN: Friday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: St. Aloysius Catholic Church
North Capitol & “Eye” Street (lower church)
(Four blocks from Union Station on the Red Line)
For more Information call: (202) 529-2991 or (202) 841-4032


Dorothy Day House Friday Night Meeting
w/ Bruce Gagnon

503 Rock Creek Church Road NW
For More information, call Art @ 202.360.6416


Saturday, October 2nd


8:30 am: We'll leave St Stephens at 9 am for the One Nation Rally.

10:00am: Gather at the south east corner of 15th street and Constitution
(catty corner from the elipse).

We will be with the War Resisters League and the Socialist Party USA and
then join the Peace Feeder March one block over to the One Nation.

This location is nearest the Federal Triangle stop on the orange and
blue lines.


6-8:30 pm: Witness Against Torture planning meeting.

Join us to plan for January 11-22, 2011 in Washington, DC.

The Dignity Center (offices of Dignity Washington).

721 8th Street, SE

Washington, DC

Take the Orange and Blue Metro subway lines to Eastern Market Metro Station.

Exit the subway station and walk through the Eastern Market little park
towards 8th Street, take a right down 8th Street. Walk about three and a
half blocks to the Dignity Center on the right side of the street.
Dignity is next to The Ugly Mug. hmmmm...
Email if you plan on attending.


Speaking Events



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.


September 22-24: No War 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C.


October 28: Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

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