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Fire, Disbar, Prosecute John Yoo: Protest at Boalt Law School Graduation

John Yoo's legal brief of March 14, 2003, advising the White House how it could get away with torture, was released to the public in April 2008. Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU's national security project, said Yoo's legal reasoning puts "literally no limit at all to the kinds of interrogation methods that the president can authorize. [...] The memo was meant to allow torture, and that's exactly what it did." In the wake of the memo's release, the National Lawyer's Guild called for Yoo's dismissal from his position at UC Berkeley, his disbarment, and his prosecution for war crimes. The Center for Constitutional Rights released a letter in support of this call. By employing Yoo, UC Berkeley has allowed a key architect of the regular commission by U.S. military and other government personnel of torture-with-impunity to slip quietly back into a legitimate role, as if he had never committed his war crimes. To protest this grave dereliction of a public university's duty, Act Against Torture called for a demonstration at the Boalt law school's graduation on the morning of May 17, 2008 to demand he be fired, disbarred, and prosecuted for his criminal lawyering as a Bush administration official. AAT was joined by World Can't Wait, Code Pink, and Veterans for Peace, among others.

Iraq: Direct Action to Stop the War at 5 Year Mark

Act Against Torture joined dozens of groups and hundreds of individuals in the Bay Area in direct action demanding an end to the war in Iraq.

Six Years of Injustice at Guantanamo 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," a hundred fifty Bay Area activists from at least seven organizations - Act Against Torture, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Presente affinity group (Marin), Amnesty International USA - SF, CodePink, Global Exchange, and World Can't Wait - 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. Also see AAT's photo gallery page.

Skate-in Protesting CIA Torture Flights: Jan 1, 2008

AAT joined South Bay Mobilization for the second annual New Years Day Skate-in, a lively protest against Jeppesen International's sponsorship of San Jose's "Downtown Ice, the city's winter skating rink.. Jeppesen's International Trip and Flight Planning office 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.

APA Convention in San Francisco

The American Psychological Association (APA) held its annual convention in San Francisco, August 16-20, 2007. AAT participated in a protest organized by Coalition for an Ethical APA on Friday afternoon, then 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.

4th of July '07: Repeal MCA - 2006

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.

Iraq: 4 Years = 650,000 Dead

Act Against Torture joined dozens of groups and hundreds of individuals in the Bay Area to mourn the deaths of 650,000 Iraqi civilians, 3,190 U.S. soldiers, $400 billion wasted on the manufacture of killing and destruction, and uncounted lives forever damaged on March 19, 2007 - the fourth anniversary of the U.S. government's war in Iraq.

Guantanamo Five Years On: Still No Charges, Still No Trials

Act Against Torture, Amnesty International, the American Friends Service Committee, and Marin County's Presente! affinity group turned out in San Francisco's Union Square on 13 Jan 2007 to mark the fifth year that the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been holding detainees - almost four hundred at present - without trial and, except for ten, without even bringing charges. Also see AAT's photos on this site and video via IndyBay & YouTube. The San Francisco action was one of over 100 international responses to a call by Witness Against Torture for solidarity actions to coincide with their January 11th action in Washington, D.C., vividly described by Frida Berrigan in her article Protesting Gitmo (Counterpunch, 01/25/07).

Protesting CIA Torture Flights Planned by San Jose Company: Nov 17, 2006

AAT joined South Bay Mobilization and the local Amnesty International chapter on 17 Nov 2006 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. Several weeks later, AAT joined a December 5th protest at the San Jose City Council meeting, demanding that the council remove Jeppesen's banner from "Downtown Ice," the city's winter skating rink. Weekly protests outside the Jeppesen offices are planned through the month of December and beyond.

Holloween Carnival of Horrors to impeach Bush & Cheney: Oct 31, 2006

12,000 Bay Area residents signed petitions demanding the impeachment of President Bush and VP Cheney, and their signatures were delivered to the office of Nancy Pelosi in an event organized by Impeach Bush-Cheney and endorsed by Act Against Torture.

Declaration of Peace Week: Sept 28, 2006

Antiwar street theatre in Redwood City, San Francisco, and Berkeley made for "the best time I ever had on the Fourth of July," said one AAT activist. Signatures were collected for the Declaration of Peace, and AAT's Orange Ribbon Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo was given its first major boost.

Fourth of July, 2006

Antiwar street theatre in Redwood City, San Francisco, and Berkeley made for "the best time I ever had on the Fourth of July," said one AAT activist. Signatures were collected for the Declaration of Peace, and AAT's Orange Ribbon Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo was given its first major boost.

Oakland Airport - Memorial Day Weekend, 2006

I stood still, or tried to, for an hour and a half today, a black nylon sheath covering my body and a black plastic bag over my head (donít worry, there were some small airholes). Rebecca stood next to me, in an orange jump suit, a blindfold covering her eyes and duct tape binding her wrists. We could hear travelers, hurrying by us pulling their carry-on luggage, stop short. "Itís not real," some reassured their children while others asked each other "Is it real?" Carwil would respond, ď15,000 Iraqis are held in prison without trial. Help us stop torture in Iraq and Guantanamo."

"Visual Takeover" of Mongomery & Market intersection (SF), 20 Mar 2006

"We know that the people of this city are against torture and against indefinite detention and that as a democratic society we need to recognize that freedom and democracy aren't just words. We have to make them reality," said Berkeley resident Kate Raphael, an organizer with Act Against Torture. (-KCBS, San Francisco)

Protest at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser, Masonic Auditorium (SF), 28 Jan 2006


Press Releases

Demonstrators headed for UC Berkeley law school, Saturday May 16 2008. Press release of 16 May 2008, re: Boalt Law School graduation protest to demand ouster of torture-memo author and Boalt professor John Yoo.

Candlelit march in downtown San Francisco Friday, Jan. 11 - 4-6 p.m.. Press release of 07 January 2008, re: International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantanamo, marking six years of injustice at the U.S.-run prison.

Bay Area Activists to Celebrate July 4 By Taking a Stand for Human Rights. Press release of 02 July 2007, re: Act Against Torture and South Bay Coalition to Stop Torture actions asking "Bay Area crowds celebrating the July 4 holiday to stand up for America's true ideals of justice and freedom by demanding an end to U.S. government policies of 'extraordinary rendition,' torture and indefinite detention."

Bay Area Residents Deliver Life-Size Guantanamo Cage to Legislators; Call for Filibuster Against Torture "Compromise". Press release of 28 Sept 2006, re: action coordinated with the Week of Action called by Declaration of Peace, and coinciding with Senate debate on S.3930, the "Military Commissions Act of 2006."

Bay Area Residents Deliver Life-Size Guantanamo Cage to Legislators. Media release of 25 Sept 2006, in advance of action coordinated with the Week of Action called by Declaration of Peace, Sept 21-28, 2006.

End three years of terror! Press release of 17 March 2006, re: Visual Takeover at Mongomery and Market, San Francisco, on Monday 20 March 2006.