The Meaning and Reality of Torture
On May 6, 2015, the City of Chicago passed a legislation authorizing reparations for torture victims. To mark this historic moment and to underscore the pervasiveness of this crime around the world, Human Rights & Islam class will host a torture survivor, Darrell Cannon, who will share his experience and insight at the University of Iowa during two events:
EVENT 1: CLASS TEACH-IN PRESENTATION
THURSDAY MAY 5, 2:00
ROOM 40, SH
EVENT 2: PUBLIC PRESENTATION
TIME/PLACE: 5 pm C131 PC
DARRELL CANNON is an activist, inspirational speaker, leader in the movement for reparations for the Chicago Police Torture survivors, and advisory board member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.
Darrell was tortured on November 2, 1983 by white detectives working under the supervision of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. After being electrically shocked on his genitals with a cattle prod, subjected to mock execution with a shotgun, hung by his handcuffs and tormented with racist slurs and epithets, he confessed to being an accomplice to a murder. The confession led to his wrongful conviction for murder and twenty-four years of incarceration, ten of which he spent in Tamms Correctional Center, a super-max prison that he worked with scores of others to close in 2013. He has testified before Chicago’s City Council in support of the reparations ordinance. He also has spoken to countless numbers of people, in small, intimate audiences to wide lectures halls, at high schools, universities, churches including Operation Rainbow Push, as well as national gatherings convened by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Darrell has appeared on numerous television shows including Democracy Now and Al Jazeera, and his work and story have been covered in multiple print media outlets including Mother Jones and the Chicago Reader, and he has been quoted at length in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Reporter, DNAinfo, Final Call and other news outlets.
For information about Chicago Police Torture cases, please visit: Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) @ http://chicagotorture.org