Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Torture Update

Evelyn Hannemann, interim Coordinating Director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, emailed this great message about recent progress in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture here in the U.S.:

“Some terrific news! NRCAT has recently received grants from the Ford Foundation and the JEHT Foundation. That means that we have raised over $300,000 in the last four months.


We are therefore in a position to find office space in Washington, DC and we have hired two senior staff people. Kate Lasso will become the Deputy Director for Administration and will start with NRCAT full-time on June 18. Jeanne Herrick-Stare will leave the Friends Committee on National Legislation  [NB: A Quaker lobby] and join the NRCAT staff as the Deputy Director for Policy Coordination. She will begin August 1 and will work half-time.  We will also hire a Deputy Director for Program Coordination which will also be a half-time position.”  

Now, NRCAT does not have individual memberships at this time. It’s members are religious organizations.  The BPFNA is one of those member groups.  So, Evelyn continues:

“They are seeking to get information out, spotlight issues of torture, and get some media attention for the cause by having 950 churches show the DVD “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” the week of October 21-28. If your church is interested, contact John Humphries at 860-216-7972 or spotlight@nrcat.org. This movie was produced by Rory Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy’s daughter.

It would be great if many BPFNA churches could join in helping to spotlight this horrendous situation!”  Well, I know that I will bring this to the attention of my congregation, Jeff Street Baptist Community @ Liberty. I hope you, whatever your church affiliation, especially if you live in the U.S., will do your part.  As a commenter on this blog noted, too, this is also an issue to keep front and center with members of Congress and the candidates for president.


June 5, 2007 - Posted by | torture

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