Candidates Cooper and McCrory: Break Your Silence on Torture!

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.

Speakers  include:

  • 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.

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