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The United Nations has designated June 26 as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture. This year a coalition of human rights, civil liberties and faith organizations (www.tortureawareness.org/organization_sponsors.html) have declared June "Torture Awareness Month" in an effort to respond to the growing evidence that the United States government is engaging systematically in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the "war on terror." We suggest that you use these occasions as opportunities to engage in the actions listed below.

HOLD MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE

Keep an eye on the alternative and foreign press, watching for stories the U.S. mainstream media doesn't cover accurately. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and mention ActAgainstTorture.org. Organize friends and neighbors to write and call editors and station managers to demand coverage of what's really going on.

SPREAD THE WORD

When you read an article that's not in the mainstream media, make copies and pass them on to friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Write the address of this or related websites on the cover so that they know where to find more information.

DISSEMINATE

Print out information cards (http://www.actagainsttorture.org) and leave them in cafes, schools, your work place, or in the pockets of clothes in the store.

ENCOURAGE TEACHERS

Encourage teachers in your school to use these curricula below, or the theatrical/reading pieces below:
www.teachablemoment.org/high/torturedbq.html
www.forusa.org/programs/iraq/tortureresources.html
www.ccr-ny.org/v2/gac/grp/readings/

GET TOGETHER

Hold a house meeting with your friends and neighbors to plan an action against torture.

HANG A BANNER

Hang a banner over freeways, alter billboards: don't let anyone in your town forget what is happening. Check out the Freeway Blogger (http://www.freewayblogger.com/) for banner-hanging ideas and instructions.

HOLD AN EVENT

Convince your faith group, union, or school to host a speaker or lead a discussion about torture and detention.

ORGANIZE A VIGIL

A group of people standing on a busy street corner at rush hour, with signs, banners, candles, chants, or whatever your friends and neighbors come up with, lets folks know that there's a growing local movement against torture and indefinite detention.

HOLD A TEACH-IN

Hold a teach-in or a series of teach-ins.

PERFORM STREET THEATER or ORGANIZE A PUBLIC READING

Get together with creative friends and do something dramatic in a public place to encourage people to actively confront and oppose torture and indefinite detention. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is encouraging public readings of the play Guantánamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' to "focus attention detentions at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Hold a reading of CCR's play by downloading it for public reading from their website, http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/gac/grp/readings/.

ORGANIZE A DELEGATION

See Witness Against Torture (http://www.witnesstorture.org/) for information about organizing a delegation to Guantanamo. Demand to speak directly to the prisoners and their guards.

TAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Take time to act, but also take time out as needed as this is a concern that is most troubling.

ORGANIZE

Support friends in taking these actions. Become an organizer.

 
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