Join us Wednesday, March 9 at two vigils and a press conference in Raleigh, calling on the likely Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor to investigate NC’s torture taxi program, demand accountability, and provide redress to those harmed.
Sponsors: Movement to End Racism & Islamophobia, NC Council of Churches, NC Stop Torture Now.
9:00 a.m. The Department of Justice (Attorney General Cooper’s office), 114 W. Edenton, at the corner of Edenton and Salisbury Sts.
10:00 a.m. Governor McCrory’s mansion, 200 N. Blount St., at the corner of Blount and Jones Sts.
10:30 a.m. Press conference, Governor’s mansion.
- Allyson Caison, NC Stop Torture Now
- Manzoor Cheema, Movement to End Racism & Islamophobia
- Rev. Jennifer Copeland, NC Council of Churches
- Prof. Deborah Weissman, UNC School of Law
We urge candidates McCrory and Cooper to:
- Call upon the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), to release the complete Senate torture report to shed light on North Carolina’s involvement in rendition and torture of U.S. detainees;
- Seek an investigation of Aero Contractors and other NC-based torture-related infrastructure, calling on federal and county agencies to assist;
- State publicly that torture is wrong and un-American, and damages and endangers U.S. personnel abroad as well as those who must participate in rendition and torture;
- Seek a full accounting of the victims and survivors of CIA-sponsored torture, whether they are listed in the Senate report or not; explore how to provide acknowledgement, apologies, and redress to those whose transport was conducted or facilitated by NC-based planes, pilots, and/or paid mercenaries.