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Pelavin: We will stand with Americans from all walks of life – those affiliated with an array of religious denominations, civil liberties groups, and others -- to remind lawmakers of the rights and liberties that have sustained our nation since it’s founding – in times of war and peace alike.
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Washington DC | June 19, 2007 – In advance of the June 26, 2007 ‘Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice,’ Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is proud to partner with advocacy organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for the June 26 Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice.
We will stand with Americans from all walks of life – those affiliated with an array of religious denominations, civil liberties groups, and others – to remind lawmakers of the rights and liberties that have sustained our nation since it’s founding – in times of war and peace alike. The Reform Jewish community will join this Day of Action to reverse the detrimental effects of the Military Commissions Act and uphold the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
The Military Commissions Act, signed into law last year, was an assault on the most valued aspects of our U.S. judicial system, including the writ of habeas corpus. The legislation was also an assault on the Jewish teaching that all humanity is created b’tselem elohim—in the image of God—and thus entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.
The day’s events will include a rally at Upper Senate Park to be followed by lobby visits with Members of Congress to advocate for the restoration of due process rights for detainees being held in military prisons.
We encourage participation in this critical event. For more information, please visit www.juneaction.org