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ICUJP Friday Forum
June 23rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

Photo Credit: Robert Corsini/Videocratic Media

Freedom From Torture Is a Human Right

Event Description:

In all but the most extreme and distorted views, people of faith and conscience have spoken with one voice: Torture is a moral issue, and it degrades both the victim and the perpetrator. It takes many forms in our society, from force-feeding detainees in Guantanamo to subjecting people to solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails and immigrant detention centers.

For 12 years, ICUJP has held a "Close Guantanamo" event at the Los Angeles Federal Building to mark the 21st anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned. At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

Filmmaker Robert Corsini has directed a documentary on the human rights abuses at Guantanamo, the former prisoners speaking out against their torture, and the involvement of political figures in initiating these abuses and covering up their involvement. Please join us as we screen segments of the documentary and talk about how we can prevent these inhuman atrocities from happening in our name.

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) mobilizes people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice, and culture. A nationally recognized interfaith membership organization based in Washington, DC, NRCAT is comprised of more than 300 religious organizations and more than 75,000 individuals have participated in our programs and activities. Our diverse partners share a common commitment to advancing the values of human dignity, human rights and an end to torture, without exception. To achieve its mission, NRCAT engages in grassroots organizing, public education, and state and national policy advocacy.

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Robert Corsini is the owner of Videocratic Media Inc. and has 30 years of experience producing and directing documentary content for features, specials, and a wide range of entertainment projects. Since its inception in 2014, Videocratic Media has embarked on a wide range of Documentary and Entertainment projects including feature documentaries on genocide and Anti-Semitism, disability rights, and grassroots peacemakers in Israel and Palestine.

Rev. Ron Stief, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interfaith organization of more than 325 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture. He is a national leader and faith strategist on ending CIA torture and ending the torture of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
Reflector: Rick Banales

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

Here's how to join the online meeting:

To join by video conference, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. Click on the link to join the meeting and then enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You'll be able to see slides and video, as well as speakers and other attendees.

If you prefer to join by phone, you'll be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You won't be able to see the visuals or attendees, but you can view them on the meeting video recording afterward. 

If you're new to Zoom and would like to use the video option, we recommend you download the app well ahead of time.

ICUJP Friday Forum 06/23/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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