Rule of Law:“What I did not understand was how the defense has to fight for every single principle that we assume is part of a fair and open trial for someone whose life is at stake. One of the fundamentals of our nation is that people accused of felonies are entitled to the best defense possible. What I also did not realize was the extent of the control of the government and the military over this process.”Phyllis Rodriguez, 2/1/2013
Photo on left: PT member, Phyllis Rodriguez, at Guantanamo with Escort Sola. Photo on right: PT members Rita Lasar (left) and Valerie Lucznikowska (right) attending the pretrial hearings at Fort Hamilton, NY, with Tim Brown (middle), assistant to Karen Loftus, Director of the Victim Witness and VFM CCTV Programs, Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions.
Please click HERE to read about the extensive press coverage PT member, Phyllis Rodriguez, received while attending the pretrial motions held at Guantanamo Bay from January 28 to February 1, 2013.
PT member, Gloria Williams, is speaking at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in NYC on March 10, a date marking the second anniversary for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims.
New Committee Formed: The Steering Committee has created the Islamophobia and Intolerance Committee. Robyn Bernstein and Gloria Williams will serve as interim co-chairs for the first two years. At that time, the committee’s work will be re-evaluated to assess its need for continuation. The committee’s goal is to enhance peaceful coexistence with all people: Muslim, Black, White, Asian and Atheist. The work will be a continuation of community outreach that has been started by others, reaching out to groups that counter Islamophobia, intolerance and hatred. This is just the beginning. As we go forward, we hope you will join us and follow our lead.
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The yearly season for SC renewal is here. We wish to invite PT members to express interest or nominate other members for service on the SC. Although revision of our Organizational Guidelines (OG) is still in progress, we invite interested members to contact us. Please note that nominees and candidates will be asked to forward why you would like to serve on the committee, areas of interest, any special skills and how many hours a week you have available, to share with the membership. Please keep in mind that a term is a three year commitment. Help be a part in PT’s future!
The PT publication “Turning Our Grief into Action for Peace” by one of PT’s founding members, David Potorti, is now available on kindle.