“May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. ...”
Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI, August 17, 1790.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at The King Center’s Freedom Hall
American Friends Service Committee's 4th Annual program had an exciting change of venue this year, the King Center. The evening opened with a reception and social justice marketplace, which featured the work of AFSC and our partners. The social justice marketplace is an opportunity for those attending the program to learn about the diversity of organizations working for peace and justice, and offers an opportunity for them to get involved.
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, UN human rights expert in Afghanistan, & author of "The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration" (2010), refute George Bush's claim in his memoir that the torture committed with his approval was legal because his lawyers told him so. H. Candace Gorman, attorney for a Guantanamo prisoner, describe the torture detainees there endure and the ongoing imprisonment of 173 men at Guantanamo, despite President Obama's pledge to close it.
Tuesday, January 25th, 4:30 pm Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn
In December, nine more peace activists were subpoenaed by the FBI to appear before the grand jury. They are activists and ordinary people critical of war and concerned about Palestinian rights. To date 23 people have received subpoenas. Patrick Fitzgerald's office is ordering the nine to appear at a grand jury in Chicago on January 25th.
WHEN? January 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm WHERE? Millennium Park, on the heated and enclosed for the winter Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage TICKETS? $10, available online: http://www.srtp.org or via box office at: 312-742-8947
Michael Pleger, longtime pastor of Chicago’s St. Sabina parish, has consistently used the power of his pulpit to battle social inequity, engaging in high profile campaigns to end drug-dealing, prostitution and exploitation of liquor and tobacco companies. This award-winning film captures the charisma of the crusading priest and his controversial ‘gospel of the streets’. We are pleased to have Father Pfleger; the film’s Producer/Director, Bob Hercules, and Bob McClory, author of the book “Radical Disciple,” join us for a discussion following the film.
Join us at the Federal Plaza on January 14th to serve a subpoena to Attorney General Patrick Fitzgerald for his violations of our civil liberties. Fitzgerald is heading the current political witch hunt against antiwar activists, international solidarity activists, and the Arab and Muslim community. So far, over 23 people have been targeted, including members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). These raids and subpoenas are an attack on the movements that speak out against war, occupation, and injustice.
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