Save the Date: ISNA Announces Torture Awareness Month in June
(April 2, 2013) Each June, the Islamic Society of North America joins the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) in commemorating Torture Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Healing the Culture of Torture,” encompassing the need to reflect, pray, and act in light of the deep physical and spiritual harm done by torture, and the need to create opportunities for torture victims and society to begin to heal the wounds that torture inflicts.
Many of us were shocked when the movie Zero Dark Thirty led many to believe that torture works. We know that torture is not only ineffective, it’s immoral, and we asked many of you to participate in our Fact, not Fiction campaign.
Healing can take place when the truth about torture is known. Pre-register today to be e-mailed a free toolkit for Torture Awareness month that will include materials like sample prayers and a downloadable poster, beginning on April 22.
During Torture Awareness Month, NRCAT will highlight the need to:
- Urge the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its 6,000 page report on CIA torture.
- Share the report of the Task Force on Detainee Treatment of the Constitution Project, a high level bi-partisan report on U.S.-sponsored torture.
- Learn the facts about and end prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, including the placement of youth in solitary.
We will provide you with further details in the coming weeks. It’s not too soon to start planning!