Monday, May 7 - #BlockHaspel for CIA / CPD Police Torture Event / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Urge Senators to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA

When you promote a torturer,  you promote torture. Gina Haspel personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison during the Bush administration. She then made sure the video evidence was destroyed.

Gina Haspel was in charge of a secret “black site” prison in Thailand during the Bush administration that held men who were kidnapped, secretly detained, interrogated and tortured. Beyond waterboarding, detainees were sexually assaulted, beaten, isolated, and starved. They faced mock executions, threats to their families, and psychological experimentation. Haspel was the only person with the authority to stop interrogations at the Thailand site. She never exercised that authority. 

The Senate torture report (an executive summary was released in 2014) tells us that the CIA committed crimes that went beyond what they were authorized to do, lied to Congress, the public and the Administration both about the brutality and the effectiveness—and they were never held accountable. Alberto Mora, former chief counsel of the Navy in the Bush administration, argues that there’s nothing else senators need to know about Haspel to make their decision. She is a torturer and is therefore unfit to lead the CIA.

It’s up to the Senate to decide whether to confirm or reject Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. We can #BlockHaspel if Democrats vote together. We may be getting close to success, with reports over the weekend that Haspel sought to withdraw her nomination--but it’s not over yet.

Senator Duckworth has spoken out against this nomination. Senator Durbin has not made a public statement against Haspel.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Senator Duckworth: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want to thank Senator Duckworth for opposing this nomination. Haspel is an unacceptable choice and it’s important for the senator not just to oppose her, but to continue use her platform to increase pressure for other senators. I’ll be looking forward to her statements.

Senator Durbin: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want Senator Durbin to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence. She is completely unqualified to lead the CIA.  I am very concerned about this nomination and will be checking back to see if the senator has made a public statement.

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Action 2: CPD Police Torture: From Jon Burge to Homan Square on 5/10

Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge tortured over 100 Black and Latino men and boys between 1972 and 1991. Through over two decades of tireless work by survivors, their families and supporters, the full extent of the horror inflicted has been made public and admitted by the City of Chicago, resulting in the release of some and the passage of a revolutionary Reparations Ordinance.

Homan Square is an off-the-books interrogation warehouse or "black site" where Chicago police have disappeared over 7,000 people. Only 68 of the thousands held at Homan Square were allowed access to an attorney or allowed notice to the public between 2004 and 2015.

Join Black Lives Matter Chicago on Thursday, May 10 with survivors and co-fighters to examine the efforts to bring each of these fights to light, review the transformative Reparations Ordinance that was passed for the survivors of Jon Burge torture (the first of such an ordinance in the country for survivors of police torture), celebrate the pending three year anniversary of the Reparations win, and examine each of the remaining fights today.

Over 20 people remain incarcerated who were forced into illegal false confessions through the torture administered by Jon Burge and his henchmen. The speakers will discuss the fight to free those still incarcerated as well as the current efforts to close Homan Square and end Chicago police torture as a whole.

When: Thursday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 906 S Homan Ave.
Food and refreshments will be provided
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Black Lives Matter Chicago


Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city. 

This week, the Indivisible Chicago Podcast explores the coming blue wave with Adrienne Lever from Swing Left and Catherine Vaughan from Flippable. Also, Jack McNeil, outgoing president of the College Democrats of Illinois, talks to host Tom Moss about political engagement on campus.  

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.