August 21: ICUJP Chair Steven Rohde on KPFK's World Focus

This Sunday on World Focus, Blase Bonpane's guest will be Steve Rohde. Steve is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer, and Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. He is author of AMERICAN WORDS OF FREEDOM and FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY. Steve and Blase will talk about the ten years of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace challenging US war-making.

The Urgency of 9/11/11: Challenging U.S. War Making

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 7 PM, All Saints Church 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, California, 91101 Sponsorship information/tickets to pre-event cocktails with the panelists, HERE.

FOX News 11: TEN YEARS LATER : Lessons from 9/11

Sunday, August 14, at 9:00 a.m., FOX 11's Tony Valdez will host on his show, Midday Sunday, Shakeel Syed of Islamic Shura Council, Manjusha Lulkarni of South Asian Network, and Stephen Rohde of Interfaith Communities United for  Justice and Peace in a discussion about the decade that has passed since the events of September 11, 2001.

FOX  11 News Midday Sunday is a weekly public affairs program which  spotlights local and national issues with current headline news and news  makers.

Is Obama Creating 'Floating Guantanamos?

Is Obama Creating 'Floating Guantanamos'?
by Stephen F. Rohde
Originally published in Los Angeles Daily Journal July 12, 2011

While the Obama administration is receiving well-deserved praise for charging Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali citizen, before a federal court rather than a military tribunal, too little attention is being paid to the serious questions surrounding the administration's capturing and interrogating Warsame incommunicado for more than two months on a U.S. naval ship. Under our domestic and international law, he should have been treated like a civilian criminal suspect and brought to the United States for trial immediately.

The military captured Warsame on April 19, and then put him aboard a Navy warship, where he was interrogated at sea by intelligence officials. Under interrogation, it is reported that Warsame gave up what officials called important intelligence about al-Qaida in Yemen and its relationship with al-Shabab militants in Somalia.

Steve Rohde Interviewed on KPFK, "Reckoning with Torture"

Tune in to Henry Walton's "Labor Review" on 90.7 KPFK at 8:30 a.m. PDT this Sunday, June 26, to hear an interview with ICUJP President and Constitutional Attorney and Scholar Steven Rohde speak about the "Reckoning with Torture" event to be held later that same day.

Sunday, June 26: Reckoning With Torture

Reckoning With Torture Memos and Testimonies from "The War on Terror" Sunday, June 26, 3:00 PM, St. Michael & All Angels Church, Studio City, CA Please join us as communities of faith and conscience come together to continue to work toward a full investigation and accountability for the U.S. torture program after Sept. 11th , and to bring a permanent end to all U.S.-sponsored torture. A number of area organizations are collaborating in co-sponsoring Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from "The War on Terror". A group of accomplished actors will present this dramatic reading, based on a script developed by the ACLU, which uses documents that demonstrate the abuse and torture at Guantanamo. Interspersed between the readings will be videos of interviews with former Guantanamo detainees. The event will be held on Sunday, June 26, 3:00 PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City. There is no cost for this event. The dramatic reading will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Stephen Rohde, Chair, ACLU Foundation of Southern California. The panel will include Julie Gutman, Director, Program for Torture Victims, and Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Professor at American Jewish University and member of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. A reception will follow. Parking is available just south of the church off of Avenieda del Sol Download pdf flier!

Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from "The War on Terror"

Sunday, June 26, 3:00 PM, St. Michael & All Angels Church, Studio City, CA Please join us as communities of faith and conscience come together to continue to work toward a full investigation and accountability for the U.S. torture program after Sept. 11th , and to bring a permanent end to all U.S.-sponsored torture. A number of area organizations are collaborating in co-sponsoring Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from "The War on Terror". A group of accomplished actors will present this dramatic reading, based on a script developed by the ACLU, which uses documents that demonstrate the abuse and torture at Guantanamo. Interspersed between the readings will be videos of interviews with former Guantanamo detainees. The event will be held on Sunday, June 26, 3:00 PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City. There is no cost for this event. The dramatic reading will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Stephen Rohde, Chair, ACLU Foundation of Southern California. The panel will include Julie Gutman, Director, Program for Torture Victims, and Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Professor at American Jewish University and member of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. A reception will follow. Parking is available just south of the church off of Avenieda del Sol Co-sponsors:
  • Los Angeles Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, a Regional Partner of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
  • ACLU-Southern California
  • American Friends Service Committee, Pacific-Southwest Region
  • Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
  • Progressive Christians Uniting
  • Program for Torture Victims
  • Rabbis for Human Rights-North America
  • St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Further information: Email vclassick@aol.com or phone 818-225-0410

Updated Video from Exciting April 30 and May 1 Events!

Videos of several recent events are available on youtube, thanks to the efforts of David Swanson: ICUJP is grateful to all of the speakers in these videos, and to David Swanson for culling these separate segments from their longer source materials.

If the Government Lied in WWII, Should We Expect the Truth in a "War on Terror"?

Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal reports on World War II era Solicitor General's hiding of key evidence in cases authorizing internment Japanese Americans. It is a powerful reminder of the practical importance of governmental transparency and accountability.
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