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Torture Accountability Action Day

June 25, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
CODEPINK LA was fighting for justice again as we protested torture and asked for the impeachment of Judge Jay Bybee on the steps of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, former assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel.

Partnered with other coalitions such as PDA, we had a strong presence and attracted a lot of attention. Us CODEPINK ladies dressed up as Lady Liberty, wearing a blindfold, and holding the scales of justice to push the message “Justice may be blind but she isn’t dumb”. A huge banner that read “Congress Loves Torture” accompanied us. The chant “Bybee Bybee -- he should go, U.S. torture is a no no no,” emphasized our message.

As part of the press conference, Jodie Evans and Mimi Kennedy spoke on the steps of the Pasadena courthouse before the federal complaint was delivered, as well as Dr. Dennis Loo, Professor of Sociology at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and World Can’t Wait National Steering Committee member.

Our final action was physically delivering the complaint to the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. At first they would not allow Evans inside the courtroom because she was wearing a CODEPINK shirt. Apparently, shirts with a message are not allowed inside, though the woman next to her was allowed to enter with a peace sign on her shirt. One nice cameraman offered to take off his shirt and give it to Evans so that she could enter. Luckily, someone offered her a vest to put on over the shirt before he had to resort to filming shirtless. With no insignia, all who wanted to were able to enter and successfully hand delivered the complaint.

We’ll be watching and following up to make sure our complaint gets heard!

Check us out in Pasadena-Star News. Pictures will be up soon!

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