Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Blueprint for Accountability" Event in Washington, D.C.

Update, April 16:The organizers of this event have informed me that it is being postponed until June, and being moved to New York City, due to scheduling conflicts for some of the participants. I'll have more news on that when it is available.

Last July, the Culture Project screened The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court as part of its Blueprint for Accountability series. Now, the Culture Project’s second installment of its “Blueprint for Accountability” series, will be taking place at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, on April 22nd at 7:30PM. [Changed! See update]

The following is from their press release for the event. While the fight against torture, state secrecy and surveillance, due process and the rule of law, and against U.S. militarism is not solely about the past administration, I believe those in attendance at this conference are well aware of this. It should be an exciting event.
Igniting an unprecedented sense of hope and possibility, the election of Barack Obama served to position American resolve and commitment as never before. Echoing the sentiments of those both home and abroad, this opportunity presented a vital call to action: a call for America to regain its footing and once again raise its standard as the great pillar for the rule of law.

The Culture Project has assembled some of the most important and influential voices of our time to help us understand the unprecedented events, policies, and circumventions of the past administration. The “Blueprint for Accountability” series fuses theater, film, debate, and discussion to call attention to these crimes, urging policy makers, elected officials, and world citizens to craft a decisive moral response, capable of restoring both America’s dignity and standing throughout the international community.

Watch a clip from last year's “Blueprint For Accountability” launch at The Times Center.

Culture Project will feature several calls-to-action from prominent human rights organizations as part of the evening.

Latest guest additions:

* Author, Chief Prosecuting Attorney of Hudson Riverkeeper, and President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
* Poet, Photographer, Human Rights Activist Rose Styron
* Academy Award-nominated actor Matt Dillon
* Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Mariska Hargitay

The discussion panel on April 22nd [see update] will also include former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson; Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Vince Warren; journalist Jeremy Scahill; Director of the Bellvue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture Dr. Allen Keller, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind. The event is being directed by recent Oscar winner for best documentary, Fisher Stevens (The Cove).

To order Regular ($35) and Premium ($75) tickets online:
visit OVATION and enter discount code blprt1 to receive 20% off.

To order Regular ($35) and Premium ($75) tickets by phone:
call 1-866-811-4111 and provide discount code blprt1 to call center agent to receive 20% off.

To order VIP Patron tickets ($250):
call Julianne Hoffenberg @ 212-925-1806 or e-mail rsvp@cultureproject.org

$15 student tickets available with valid ID.

The evening will be streamed live by FORA.tv with video available on demand following the presentation.

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