Sign Petition to Make Chicago a Torture-Free Zone

Posted on October 24, 2011

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October 24 - 2, 2011
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The Illinois Coalition Against Torture is trying to amass 2,000 signatures in support of a city resolution to make Chicago a torture free zone. Check out more information at ICAT, or below:

ICAT is working with Alderman Joe Moore on getting a resolution introduced in the Chicago City Council at their October meeting with the following provisions, of which #4 is the most concrete and timely.

(1) I support the Chicago City Council Resolution against torture.
(2) I want to live in a city that opposes torture.
(3) I want to reaffirm the importance of everyone’s civil and human rights.
(4) I don’t want to have to spend one penny for the defense of torturers, as the City of Chicago has done in the multi-million dollar law suits involving Burge and other police officers.

We have two pieces of good news to share. First, 659 people have signed the online petition and 520 have signed hard copies of it. That means that 1,179 people have signed the petition. That has happened because many of you have spread the word, asked people to sign it, and gotten the petitions around. Thanks to each and everyone of you, together we have surpassed the 1,000 mark. Now we need to aim for the 2,000 mark.

And the second piece of good news is that we now have a final copy of the resolution, which is posted below. Members of the Illinois Coalition against Torture (ICAT) have been meeting with Alderman Joe Moore to make sure we have the correct wording and demands in the resolution. In the process, we have worked with Alderman Moore to come up with a resolution that retains our demands and can pass the City Council.

He will introduce the resolution in City Council on November 2nd, so we have our work cut out for us during this month. We need to redouble our efforts to get signatures and garner support to ensure its passage. Realistically, it will not be easy to get the City Council to pass the resolution. We need to make sure the aldermen know that a large number of people in Chicago, throughout the United States, and around the world support the resolution. So, please keep getting people to sign the petition.