photo gallery
People on their way to SF's fireworks checking out AAT's Guantanamo cage
Act Against Torture once again descended on the route to San Francisco's Independence Day celebration, on 4 July 2008 to urge people out to see the fireworks to encourage locals and visitors alike to "Celebrate July 4 today; tomorrow, take a stand for peace, decency, and human rights." We set up our Guantanamo cage, passed out flyers, and impersonated indifferent government officials as crowds streamed along The Embarcadero. More photos...
Celebrants walk past protesters on their way to the Greek Theatre
With signs and banners reading "Shame on Yoo," "War Criminal," "Torture is Terrorism," and "Fire, Disbar, and Prosecute Yoo," nearly 100 demonstrators - many dressed in eye-catching Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits - lined the entrances to the Greek Theatre as this year's Boalt graduates, their guests, and the faculty filed in for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony at the Greek Theatre. More photos...
arrest of AAT blockader on Market Street, SF
March 19, 2008: five years since the George W. Bush's war on Iraq began. Act Against Torture joined a revived Direct Action Against the War (DASW) for a day of loosely coordinated street actions throughout downtown. More photos...
at the entrance to the Westfield Mall
January 11, 2008: six years since the first detainees were transported to the American Gulag at Guantanamo Bay, six years of injustice. Chanting "Not another year, not another day, shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay," over a hundred Bay Area activists from at least seven organizations hit downtown San Francisco for a spirited candlelight march from the Federal Courthouse at 7th and Market to the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. More photos...
skaters from the South Bay
AAT joined South Bay Mobilization in the second annual New Years Day "skate-in" against corporate sponsorship of San Jose's Holiday Ice Rink by Jeppesen, torture travel-agents for CIA "extraordinary rendition" flights. Skaters from the South and East Bay converged on the city-sponsored rink across the street from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, and helped our South Bay friends and Raging Grannies make clear that helping the U.S. government to commit torture is not an acceptable way to turn a profit. More photos...
Cage/alter with candles, flyers
On Nov 2, 2007, Dia di los Muertos - Day of the Dead, joining in an annual San Francisco Mission District procession, Act Against Torture turned its infamous Guantanamo Cage into an alter in memory of detainees who died in custody, far from home, brutalized by the United States government, and without even the small comfort of the Geneva Conventions (let alone the rule of law). More photos...
tableau: psychologist, soldier, bound and hooded prisoner
The American Psychological Association (APA) held its annual convention in San Francisco in mid-August 2007. AAT showed up on Saturday the 18th at mid-day to register outrage and opposition that this organization of 'helping professionals' sanctions its members' design of and participation in torture programs executed by the U.S. government. We gave convention-goers something to think about at the corner of 4th and Howard on their way to and from Moscone Center. More photos & a video link...
flyering the Fourth of July crowd
Act Against Torture descended on the route to San Francisco's Independence Day celebration 4 July 2007 to encourage locals and visitors alike to celebrate July 4th by taking a stand for human rights: to shut the prison at Guantanamo, to restore habeas corpus rights, and to repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006 More photos...
cage moved to Geary and Stockton stairs
On the afternoon of Jan 13th, 2007, to mark the 5th year that "war on terror" detainees have been imprisoned with only ten people charged and noone tried, a group of activists gathered on Union Square to engage people in San Francisco's shopping district on the question of what to do about persistent U.S. torture and indefinite detention, at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Act Against Torture, Amnesty International, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Presente! affinity group co-sponsored the participatory-protest. More photos and a video link...
Skating Against Torture in San Jose
New Years Day skate-in against torture in San Jose... South Bay Mobilization called out all activists for a New Years Day "skate-in" against corporate sponsorship of San Jose's Holiday Ice Rink by an outfit called Jeppesen, coordinators of CIA "extraordinary rendition" flights. Resisting the negligable temptation to watch boring Bowl games on TV, contingents from the East and West Bay converged on a city-organized rink across the street from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, and helped our South Bay friends and Raging Grannies make clear that helping the U.S. government to commit torture is not acceptable in San Jose or anywhere else. More photos and a video link...
Waiting for Justice at the Oakland airport
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is reportedly the busiest day of the year at U.S. airports. AAT decided to head down to Oakland International on 26 Nov 2006, despite the nasty weather and an unresponsive free-speech-permitting bureaucracy, to see whether orange t-shirts and signs telling who we were waiting for - Habeas Corpus, D. E. Mocracy, Bill O'Rights, Justice - might produce some results. Alas, other than a few friendly smiles and a few muttered dismissals, the port bureaucrats with the OPD in tow were the parties most interested in our presence. With the usual (heretofore empty) assurances that they'd look into why the airport has refused to respond honestly and in a reasonable time to attempts to obtain the "required" permit, AAT was shown the sliding glass door within an hour of our arrival. More photos...
San Jose action at Jeppesen International Trip Planning office
On November 17, 2006, AAT joined South Bay Mobilization and the local Amnesty International chapter for a San Jose protest in front of the Jeppesen corporation's International Trip and Flight Planning office. Jeppesen plans "extraordinary rendition" flights for the CIA, kidnapping for purposes of torture interrogations, accordinging to a New Yorker article by Jane Mayer, in the magazine's edition of Oct 30, 2006.
AAT on its way to visit Sen. Dianne Feinstein
On Sept 28, 2006, the culminating day of the Week of Action called by the organization Declaration of Peace, Act Against Torture and friends dressed in orange jumpsuits and T-shirts, and attempted to deliver a near-life-sized Guantanamo cage to California Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and to San Francisco's Representative Pelosi, to dramatize and demand an end to the reprehensible torture and indefinite detention that our legislators have enabled or failed to prevent over the past five years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Bagram AFB in Afghanistan, and in secret prisons and other torture-sites all over the world. Click for more photos from AAT's September 28th action.
Collecting signatures for the Declaration of Peace
Act Against Torture visited Independence Day celebrations in Redwood City, Berkeley, and San Francisco on 4 July 2006 to remind Americans that holding thousands of prisoners without charges, torturing them, and transferring them to countries who will torture them even more horribly is neither patriotism nor democracy. Click for more 4th of July photos.
Passing out factsheets at the Oakland Airport
On May 28th and 30th, 2006 (Memorial Day weekend), Act Against Torture brought its message to a place where control exercised by fear is most visible - the Oakland International Airport. IndyBay has video footage; and blogged narratives of the surprisingly different experiences of the official reception offered AAT activists in the course of a single weekend are available for May 28th and May 30th.
Marching down Market Street
Act Against Torture along with thousands of others turned out for the April 23rd, 2006 march for immigrant justice. Check out additional photos...
Visual Takeover, Mongomery and Market, San Francisco
Visual Takeover of Montgomery and Market intersection (San Francisco), in front of Dianne Feinstein's office, 20 March 2006 ( more photos... )
Demonstration at Hillary Clinton fundraiser, Masonic Auditorium, 28 Jan 2006
Protesting at a rainy Hillary Clinton fundraiser, Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, 28 Jan 2006
photo of Guantanamo protest
Vigil, Berkeley, December 2005
Man with "Human Rights for All" sign
Vigil, Berkeley, December 2005
photo of banner drop Banner Drop, 2005