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Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

Zone de texte:  June Is Torture Awareness Month

Guantanamo Bay Detention Center has sadly emerged as our national symbol of torture. Although President Obama has declared his desire to close the center, opposition from Congress has thwarted him. The National Religious Coalition Against Torture has also identified the overuse of solitary confinement within our jails and prisons as an example of torture.

Guantanamo by the Numbers

(as of February 4, 2016)

780 – Total number of detainees who have been held at the Guantanamo Bay facility.

600 – Of the 780 detainees, over 600 have been released, most without having ever been charged, many after being detained for years.

30 – Over 30 of the prisoners in Guantanamo continue to be held there despite having been cleared by our government.

26 – Minimum number of prisoners who were tortured in CIA-run facilities before being transferred to Guantanamo.

21 – Number of children who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo.

9 – Number of Guantanamo detainees who died while in custody, 7 by suspected suicide.

About $5 million – Cost to house one detainee for a year in Guantanamo.

On June 23 - Screen a NRCAT Educational Film

You might screen Breaking Down the Box and have a discussion about what it teaches you. Add a prayer for decision makers in our penal systems that they may realize how destructive solitary confinement may be for those who are its victims and those who abuse its use. 

Sixth Month Anniversary of Laudato Si – Test Your Climate IQ

RI IPL Board Member Marty Davey challenges us to test our "Climate IQ" with an online quiz from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to answer ten multiple-choice questions and get your score right away. Some of the answers are counter-intuitive!

Sallie McFague, in "A New Climate for Theology" names the necessity of repentance when faced with Climate Change. The first step in behaving differently is admitting that we have not really and truly been asking God for a better world, not asking with our whole heart. Do we have the willingness to turn around, to change, to see ourselves and our world differently? Barry Lopez suggests something of this turning. "We cannot, of course, save the world, because we do not have authority over its parts. We can serve the world, though. That is everyone's calling, to lead a life that helps."

Women in the Senate Campaign

Thanks to those who made calls, sent emails and signed the petition. This was a concerted effort on a national scale and an opportunity to take communal action on one of our oldest corporate Stands.


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