NORTH CAROLINA STOP TORTURE NOWPO Box 12707
Raleigh, NC 27605
(eveings and weekends, or messages during business hours)
2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014
Gather Signatures on a Petition to North Carolina's U.S. Senator Richard Burr Urging the Prompt Release of the Senate Select Committe on Intelligence (SSCI) Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program
Ask the Leader of your Faith Community to Sign a Letter to Sen. Burr and to Spread the Word to Colleagues via Pastoral Associations
In written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, torture survivor and U.S. Senator John McCain, noted that " … this report has the potential to set the record straight once and for all …" and that " … the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners is not only wrong in principle and a stain on our country’s conscience, but also an ineffective and unreliable means of gathering intelligence." Join Sen. McCain in urging the release of the SSCI by gathering signatures from your friends, family and faith community on this petition and then mail completed copies to NCSTN at the address shown on our Contact page or at the top of this page.
Support Hunger Strikers at Guantánamo by Joining a Rolling Fast,
Witness Against Torture is coordinating a "rolling fast" in support of the men on hunger strike at the US Prison Camp at Guantánamo Bay.
The vast majority of the 166 men still trapped at Guantánamo have been held for more than 11 years without charge or fair trial. The Obama administration must take swift measures to humanely address the immediate causes of the hunger strike and fulfill its promise to close the Guantánamo detention facility.
In an editorial by Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel published by The New York Times on April 15, he pledges:
"I will not eat until they restore my dignity."
(1) Fast from midnight to midnight; (2) Write to one prisoner at Guantánamoby downloading and sending this letter to a man detained in Guantánamo. Or, send the Arabic version; and (3) Make three phone calls:
(a) Call the White House and insist that President Obama fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo: 202-456-1111, 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online; (b) Call the U.S. Southern Command to decry the conditions at Guantanamo: 305-437-1213; and (c) Call the Department of Defense: 703-571-3343
Talking points: “I am concerned about the expanding hunger strike and I appreciate General Kelly’s (Southcom Commander) recent acknowledgment before Congress of the “devastating” situation at Guantanamo. We are concerned over the costs associated, both financially and what it does to America’s image, and concerned about the repercussions for our troops and what it means to ask young kids to force feed people we admit are innocent. I ask that, in the face of the failure of our elected officials to close Guantanamo, our Military will refuse to participate in force feedings.”
NCSTN is an entirely grassroots effort.
We have no office and no paid staff.
Volunteers coordinate our efforts, maintain this Web site, develop and maintain contacts with allies, answer phone calls and e-mail inquiries.
Accordingly, donations in support of NCSTN's work are most welcome, make your check payable to:
2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
Endorse the Call for a North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture
Organizational and Individual Endorsements Sought
The next steps in seeking accountability for our state's role in extraordinary rendition have begun and your support is needed. Four members of North Carolina Stop Torture Now represent the group on the Organizing Committee for a North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture. For Details. Please get in touch if your organization recognizes the need for formal examination of North Carolina's role in extraordinary rendition and is ready to commit the time and energy of identified individuals to:
The task of building a broad coalition of organizations and opinion-leaders from around the state and among a diverstiy of political viewpoints, communities of faith, ethnic identity, and socio-economic strata will require sustained effort. We are convinced, though, that working to achieve accountability is essential. Our safety, our national ideals, and the integrity of the men and women who risk their lives to defend them depend on it.