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WSRCAT was launched in October 2007. We are a non-partisan, inter-faith organization, also welcoming to people unaffiliated with any faith tradition. We are working to end all U.S. sponsored torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners. Our work is educational as well as political advocacy in those areas that enhance our human rights.

WSRCAT has sponsored workshops and discussions in congregations, universities, and town halls throughout the State of Washington. We continue to convey the urgency of our mission to our political leaders, especially when President Trump has voiced his support of torture, until these atrocities are abolished forever. We welcome your participation and support.

Action Alert!

The Mitchell and Jessen Trial in Spokane:

The Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) is organizing a strong public response to the civil trial of the two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, with whom the CIA contracted to help develop and then carry out its illegal, blacksite torture program during the Bush-Cheney administration. [See the New York Times article linked here: New York Times Link.]

The trial, brought by the ACLU on behalf of the three plaintiffs, is taking place in Spokane, Washington, beginning on September 5, 2017.

This trial is of national and international significance. It is the first time that CIA torture will be examined in a civilian court. There will be extensive media coverage.

WSRCAT has already organized a broad coalition with civic organizations in Spokane and Seattle, and has garnered support from NRCAT and other national human rights organizations. We welcome additional partners.

We are planning three separate events, two in Spokane and one in Seattle (complete details are pending and will be announced.) These events follow a triad of themes: Why Torture is Wrong, Why Accountability for Torture is Crucial, and Resistance to Torture, Post 9/11 and Now.


PRESENTATIONS IN SPOKANE

  • On Tuesday, September 5, the first day of the trial, there will be a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Spokane, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

  • WHY TORTURE IS WRONG
    Location: TBA
    Date and Time: Saturday, September 9, 7:00 PM
    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CURT GOERING, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture.

    Curt Goering will address the consequences of torture on the victims. Mr. Goering is a widely respected and persistent voice opposing torture, having directed operations for Amnesty International before joining the CVT as its Executive Director.

  • WHY ACCOUNTABILITY FOR TORTURE IS CRUCIAL
    Location: Gonzaga University School of Law
    Date and Time: Wednesday, September 6, 5:00 PM

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JUAN MENDEZ (via live video)

    Juan Mendez was UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2010-2016, and is one of the most prominent anti-torture activists in the world.

    Commentators:

    LISA HAJJAR, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Professor Hajjar is a prominent scholar and author who has written extensively about torture.

    A faculty member (TBA) from Gonzaga University School of Law.


    PRESENTATIONS IN SEATTLE

  • RESISTANCE TO TORTURE, POST 9/11 AND NOW
    Location: [To be Announced]
    Date and Time: Tuesday, September 26. [Time is not yet set.]

    A panel of commentators will discuss the need for resistance to torture as a crucial counter-force to the torture state. The history of resistance, its many forms, and the organizations currently at work to raise awareness and educate will be explored.

    Panelists:

    JOHN KIRIAKOU, former CIA whistleblower who first made public the CIA's use of waterboarding, will discuss the role of internal dissenters.

    LISA HAJJAR, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, scholar and author, will discuss the legal resistance to torture.

    RON STIEFF, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), will discuss the importance of resistance from the position of human rights and faith-based organizations.

    ROB CRAWFORD, Co-founder of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) and Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington, Tacoma, will discuss grassroots resistance to torture.

    Please help support these events.
    Contributions can be mailed to our fiscal agent, WWFOR, and mailed to:

    WWFOR
    225 N. 70th St.
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Please make checks payable to "WWFOR" and designate your gift to "WSRCAT" in the memo section of your check. Thank you!




  • Donations to WSRCAT may be made through our fiscal agent, WWFOR, and mailed to:

    WWFOR
    225 N. 70th St.
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Please make checks payable to "WWFOR" and designate your gift to "WSRCAT" in the memo section of your check. Thank you!





    Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture - WSRCAT


    Torture is a crime against humanity.



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