The National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, more than 300 religious organizations have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. Members include national denominations and faith groups, regional organizations and local congregations.
Host Margot Patterson talks with Reverend Ron Stief, executive director of the Religious Campaign Against Torture about US torture programs, the new Director of the CIA and much more.
Every June, human rights and faith organizations join together to mark Torture Awareness Month when the United Nations declared June 26th the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, because the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT for short) went into force on that date in 1987.
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites you, and your local church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or faith community, to join people of faith throughout the world in commemorating June as Torture Awareness Month. Let them know how you might be involved this June: contact Kristin Schol at 202-853-9012
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 502
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone – 202.547.1920
Website – http://www.nrcat.org
Risk Factors That Lead To Gun Violence
*With another school shooting just last week JoJR felt this interview from December 2015 might help in the ongoing discussion on gun control.
Does hunger as a child contribute to violent tendencies later in life? Are the mentally ill more likely to commit violent attacks? Do video games, movies and other media desensitise people to violence? Can collaborative community programs change the culture of violence in our community. At this fall’s conference on Gun violence at the Kaufman Foundation, Dr Jean McCabe spoke about how poverty, hunger and prevailing gender roles can lead to violent behavior.
Host Melvin Merritt talks with Dr Jean McCabe about some of the myths and facts of what contributes to gun violence and suicide.
Jean M. McCabe, Ph.D
Dr. Jean McCabe is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Dr. McCabe was on faculty with UMKC for ten years, where she developed and directed the Community Counseling Center. Previous to that, she was Associate Director of Psychological Counseling Services at Catholic Charities. She has also been employed in federal law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was a Federal Probation & Parole officer. For the past 20 years, Dr. McCabe has been engaged in full time private practice with Wilson & McCabe, Psychological Counseling & Consulting.
Wilson & McCabe, Inc.
6220 Blue Ridge Cutoff, #206
Kansas City, MO 64133
JoJR Calendar for the week of May 21st
On Saturday, May 12th, prisoners at Crossroads Correctional Center attempted to peacefully negotiate improved conditions however the situation escalated and they ended up hot wiring forklifts, tearing down gates, and destroying parts of the prison. It is unclear exactly everything that happened as the Missouri Department of Corrections has not said much about the incident. According to one guard interviewed by the media the administration was made aware this action was coming and did nothing to prevent it, putting guards and prisoners at risk.
The Kansas City Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW is asking that those who are concerned to call MODOC officials today, May 21st to express your concern for the rights of prisoners to safe conditions and to be treated humanely.
They ask that you call and/or email The following officials.
Warden of CRCC Rhonda Pash – 816-632-2727 email [email protected]
Director Anne L. Precythe – 573-751-2389 email [email protected]
Deputy Director Matt Sturm – 573-526-6607 email [email protected]
Director of Facilities – Alana Boyles email [email protected]
You can find email addresses for these officals and more by going to the Kansas City Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/GKCIWOC/