For Immediate Release: March 22, 2012
Contact: Samantha Friedman: office: (202) 265-3000 or email@example.com
TOMORROW: National interfaith coalition against torture to hold briefing
Washington, D.C. — The National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a coalition of 313 religious institutions and organizations, will hold an interfaith briefing Friday, March 23, on two important areas of work: its advocacy against prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and its efforts to combat anti-Muslim sentiment. The briefing is happening in conjunction with the 2012 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, March 23-26 in Washington, D.C., of which NRCAT is a co-sponsor.
The briefing will include a screening of Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard, a film produced by NRCAT featuring several former prisoners who have experienced solitary confinement, including Sarah Shourd, who recounts her experience surviving 14 months of imprisonment in Iran. She is today an outspoken opponent of prolonged solitary confinement.
The briefing will be Friday, March 23, from 4-5:45 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, in Arlington, Virginia.
Leslie Manning, President of the Maine Council of Churches, will share
the story of the “Maine miracle” – how the religious community helped
secure a 70 percent reduction in the number of Maine prisoners housed in
solitary confinement last year.
Christina Warner, Director of
the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign, will discuss the religious
community’s efforts to combat anti-Muslim sentiment and show clips from
the video Hawo’s Dinner Party. The briefing will include time for
The briefing is open to the media, and coverage is encouraged. Details below:
Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Leslie Manning, President of the Maine Council of Churches
Christina Warner, Director of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign
WHAT: A briefing on the work of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
WHEN: 4-5:45 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2012
WHERE: Monroe Room at the Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va.
About the National Religious Campaign Against Torture: The
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a growing
membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January
2006, 313 religious organizations have joined NRCAT, including
representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline
Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish,
Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. Members include
national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and
About NRCAT’s participation in Ecumenical Advocacy Days: NRCAT
is pleased to cosponsor the 2012 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global
Peace with Justice. It will be held March 23-26 in Washington, D.C.
NRCAT-sponsored events can be found at www.nrcat.org/ead. Registration
for the conference is available online, and walk-ins are accepted. All
sessions will be held at the Doubletree. NRCAT is coordinating three
additional conference events:
- A workshop on “Human Rights in an
Era of Economic Uncertainty: Organizing During a Recession” on Saturday,
March 24 at 11 a.m. in the Harrison Room;
- A film screening of
NRCAT’s new educational DVD, Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your
Backyard (20 min.), followed by discussion on Saturday, March 24 at 9
p.m. in Lincoln Hall;
- A skills building workshop on state
advocacy, led by Leslie Manning of the Maine Council of Churches on
Sunday, March 25, in the Monroe Room at 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.