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PROTEST UC COMPLICITY IN TORTURE

Date:
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
Curt Wechsler
Email:
Phone:
818 480 1860
Location Details:
8:00am UC Berkeley Greek Theater (commencement) and
11:00am Clark Kerr Courtyard (gala reception)

The organization WORLD CAN'T WAIT has announced it will bring a large anti-torture protest demonstration to the 2009 graduation ceremonies at UC's Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), denouncing the continuing presence of former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo on UC's tenured faculty.

We call for John Yoo to be prosecuted for torture, as a war crime and a crime against humanity. For details and a video of the powerful protest at last year's graduation go to http://www.FireJohnYoo.org .

Torture isnt just a war crime. Torture is an abomination. And it's a crystallization of what John Yoo stands for. It's disgusting and it's disgusting people have stood for it for this long. It's time to stand up.

This year, we will emphasize the shameless role of Boalt's Dean, Christopher Edley, who continues to protect John Yoo against investigation and prosecution, while he allows Yoo to teach and influence the future generation of lawyers and judges.

Protesters plan to be outside the Greek Theater as the graduation processional approaches. They say their focus is to expose the refusal of those in power to take responsibility for repudiating torture, and for bringing the torturers to justice. Organizers anticipate that many graduates and faculty members will express support for this message.
Added to the calendar on Tue, May 12, 2009 11:09AM
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