June Is Torture Awareness Month!!!
Participate in Torture Awareness Month:
Torture Is a Moral Issue: Panel & Conference
Fri.-Sat., June 26-27 in Palo Alto, CA
for more information and to register.
Sponsored by the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, NRCAT, No2Torture,
Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture, Network for Spiritual Progressives,
California Council of Churches, Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco & MicahsCall.org,
with numerous co-sponsors.
For Immediate Action
Some ways for individuals, congregations and communities to act on this issue:
Support the Executive Order Project
hundreds of religious leaders, national-security and military experts, politicians
from across party lines and thousands of faithful people in calling for the next President
to do what is necessary to end torture, prevent it in the future and restore justice.
To start working on the issue...
This is not an easy conversation to start. The issue of torture is intrinsically difficult,
yet it is a foundational moral issue. To help you find the best way for your congregation
or community to approach the topic, No2Torture makes some resources available – free,
thanks to volunteer efforts and generous contributions:
Other resources are available through the
Presbyerian Peacemaking Program
Put a banner on your steeple
Churches have prime “real estate” to make this simple message prominent in the community.
The Banners Across America project is generating thought and conversation.
Embark on a fast from TV violence
Since 9/11, images of torture have become common on TV; see, for example, Jane Mayer's article,
Whatever It Takes.
Congregations can hold conversations about violence, especially torture, as entertainment – then turn it off! For more ideas, see
Media Violence Fast.
our servicemen and women, and their families.
Try some of our other suggestions...
for local grass-roots action
No2Torture is a faith-based, grassroots movement, launched from within the Presbyterian Church (USA), but
open to all who wish to end torture. Motivated by love of God and country, we are deeply saddened and
morally outraged at the treatment of detainees by the United States and our allies. We are concerned
for our troops, our nation and our world. Thus, we eagerly embrace the initiatives outlined
in A Call to Say No! to Torture
to pray, study, dialogue, speak out and come together. We urge others to join our cause.
our work is possible because of key partnerships, including:
No2Torture's Yahoo group
is one place to discuss and share information on the torture issue.
Click to join No2Torture
Our work is done by volunteers. While we do not actively solicit funds, we do accept donations to help offset
expenses such as printing, mailing and covering travel costs and scholarships to conferences.
To make a contribution: contact us at