Peace Action News 

September 18, 2017

Support I-940: De-Escalate Violence in Washington

The De-Escalate Washington coalition, known as Initiative 940 to the legislature, is working to create a safer and more inclusive state.  

 I-940 gives us the opportunity to improve Washington’s regressive police accountability laws to reflect our values as a state. It would improve public safety in the following ways:

  • I-940 requires law enforcement training for violence de-escalation, mental health and first aid.
  • I-940 mandates that law enforcement should provide first aid at the scene of a crime.
  • I-940 updates the use of deadly force laws and removes the “malice” provision that provides near-immunity for law enforcement.
  • I-940 requires truly independent investigations of use of force when there is injury or death.
  • I-940 includes tribal governments in the investigations when a tribal member is injured or killed.

We must have the moral courage to build a new path forward that closes lethal legal loopholes and rebuilds trust in law enforcement. I-940 is endorsed by Faith Action Network (FAN), the Washington State League of Women Voters and both King County Sheriff candidates. Further information and petitions available in Plymouth Lounge to sign through September. –Adele Reynolds for Plymouth’s Peace Action Group

The Moral and Political Obligation to Resist Torture

Join Plymouth Peace Action Group and others for a free public event 7 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday, September 26, at the University of Washington Law School, Room 133, 4293 Memorial Way NE, Seattle WA. 

Hosted by Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT), this is one event of a series related to the trial (canceled due to an out-of-court settlement) of “torture psychologists” James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, CIA contractors who developed and then helped carry out its illegal, blacksite torture program during the Bush-Cheney administration. ACLU sued the psychologists on behalf of two torture victims and survivors of a third torture victim who was killed in CIA custody. 

WSRCAT believes the Mitchell and Jessen case has national and international significance. Since court proceedings took place in Washington State, they felt responsible to provide a message that in all circumstances torture is wrong and that perpetrators must held accountable for violations of national and international laws. They also believe criminal charges should be brought against Mitchell and Jessen as well as CIA officials who hired them and authorized their torture techniques.

Without resistance, there is no counter-force to the torturing state. In post-9/11 era, resistance has taken many forms. Event presenters include:

·       John Kiriakou, former CIA whistleblower who first made public the CIA used waterboarding. 

·       Lisa Hajjar, professor at University of California, Santa Barbara and prominent scholar who has written extensively about torture, will discuss legal resistance to torture. 

·       Ron Stief, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture discusses the importance of resistance from national human rights and faith-based organizations. 

·      Rob Crawford, co-founder and facilitator of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture, and professor emeritus from University of Washington, Tacoma, discussess grassroots resistance to torture. -Plymouth Peace Action Group

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