We need your help in fighting a situation right here in our own backyard, where Boeing Company has its world headquarters.
The Coalition to Ground Boeing Torture Flights began in order to bring light to corporate complicity with the U.S. Government’s use of extraordinary rendition to torture prisoners into confessions or revealing information. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing Company. The lawsuit alleges that Jeppeson knowingly provided direct flight services to the CIA that enabled the clandestine transportation of five persons of Arab or Persian descent to secret overseas locations where they were subjected to torture. These services included flight plans, fueling arrangements, even hotel bookings for those delivering victims into the hands of torturers. (See Stephen Grey’s book, Ghost Plane.)
Although a federal judge in February dismissed the the lawsuit in deference to the CIA’s claim of “state secrets,” ACLU is appealing; and we want to continue to challenge Boeing to state publicly that they will never be involved in such activities again, that never again will they profit from torture. With the lawsuit dismissed, our action is the only one remaining to call Boeing to account publicly for its complicity in torture.
On Saturday, March 29, 2008 there will be a meeting to plan a yearlong campaign to end Boeing’s involvement in extraordinary rendition. The meeting will be held at the Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Parking available.
This will be a one-time only intensive planning session to:
-agree on the goals of the campaign
-determine the steps of our action plan
-set a time line
-ask participants to take on components of the action plan, depending on their expertise.
We plan to launch the yearlong campaign with a public action at Boeing’s April 28 annual shareholders’ meeting to be held at the Field Museum.
To be successful, we need to broaden our membership. Those involved so far have been Christina Abraham from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations/Illinois), Sr. Dorothy Pagosa from 8th Day Center, Bob Clarke and Anna Perlberg from Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Brad Thomson from Kick Boeing to the Curb. We have been working with the advice and support of Dick Simpson of the University of Illinois.
If you have any questions, please contact Dorothy Pagosa at 773-203-4746 or Bob Clarke at 312-939-0675. Please RSVP to Shango1@aol.com