Amazing - solitary confinement ended in Canada. Can the US be next?
It's great to see Colorado's corrections director supporting the 15-day limit in the Mandela rules. This is the kind of person who would never commission an architect to design a torture chamber. If on ly all "justice" architecture clients were as enlightened!
A statement from ADPSR on President Trump's travel ban.
Since last Friday members of architecture firms large and small -- and muc...h of our country -- have been thrown into distress by President Trump's travel ban. The travel ban has made talented architects and employees, clients, and colleagues from the countries that Mr. Trump has chosen to discriminate against question whether they and their families will be able to come and go freely from the United States, and indeed if they (or the rest of us) even are living in a free country. This is unacceptable.
Professional associations play an essential role in maintaining civil society by speaking for members collectively, especially when member individuals and firms have reason to fear a threat of retaliation (as is a clear tendency of Mr. Trump). It has come to our attention that the American Association of Universities President has already issued a statement calling for an immediate end to the travel ban in order to protect American leadership in their field and civil society in general -- an action other associations like AIA must follow:
Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman.
We recognize the importance of a strong visa process to our nation’s security. However, the administration’s new order barring the entry or return of individuals from certain countries is already causing damage and should end as quickly as possible. The order is stranding students who have been approved to study here and are trying to get back to campus, and threatens to disrupt the education and research of many others.
We also urge the Administration, as soon as possible, to make clear to the world that the United States continues to welcome the most talented individuals from all countries to study, teach, and carry out research and scholarship at our universities. It is vital to our economy and the national interest that we continue to attract the best students, scientists, engineers, and scholars. That is why we have worked closely with previous administrations, especially in the wake of 9/11, to ensure our visa system prevents entry by those who wish to harm us, while maintaining the inflow of talent that has contributed so much to our nation.
Other countries have set the goal of surpassing the United States as the global leader in higher education, research, and innovation. Allowing them to replace this country as the prime destination for the most talented students and researchers would cause irreparable damage, and help them to achieve their goal of global leadership.
ADPSR wrote to you in December urging AIA to prepare materials to support member firms likely to face discrimination and harrassment (see attached letter): now the time has come to take action. AIA must not sit idly by while the basic fabric of American society and American leadership in the architectural profession are assaulted from the White House.
Raphael Sperry, Architect, LEED AP
President, Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
I spoke to two reporters today who wanted to know ADPSR - Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (USA)'s view of Trump's border wall: Peopl...e have a human right to ask for refuge and asylum in the Untied States, and the wall will increase the number of people who die trying to reach the country. The professional ethics of architects, designers, planners, and designers are unequivocal about first protecting public health safety and welfare. "Public" includes all people affected bya proejct, not just within your client's property lines. Designing the border wall is unethical.
This is the latest step for our petition -- in the wake of the Trump election, with the promise of waterboarding and assaults on women, LGBT people, Muslims, people of color, people with disabilities, and many others, we must renew our demand for AIA to stand up for human rights. Please sign this new petition!
Nice to see people talking about us at the London School of Economics
Here's another connection between architecture, human rights, and prisons: architects worked with victims of human rights abuse in Syria to create a model of one of the prisons that Syria has never let human rights abusers inside. Horrifying, but important. https://saydnaya.amnesty.org/?kind=explore
Good news - if private prisons can be stopped, maybe human rights abusing prisons can too!
What a great development! A major blow to the fundamentally evil system of private prisons. There is plenty more to undo about our system of mass incarceration (and even private prisons in the states and immigration detention) but three cheers for this piece of progress!
Thanks John Kiriakou for covering our campaign!
Check out the coverage of this campaign today: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/…/architects-ethics-panel-…/
On Friday, April 29, the National Ethics Council of the American Institute of Architects will formally consider ADPSR’s proposal to ban the design of execution chambers and spaces for human rights violations like prolonged solitary confinement. This would be a great time to share this open letter with your family, friends, and colleagues to help AIA remember how much support there is for them to take a strong stance for human rights.
We at ADPSR have presented AIA with powerf...ul arguments in favor of human rights. We have laid out a detailed plan they can use to strengthen the architectural profession in this area. We have shared our research, and identified the holes in the counter-arguments that have ranged from potential anti-trust issues to how to interpret human rights language and beyond. We very much hope that the National Ethics Council, after a thorough deliberation, will agree with us – and with you – that defending human rights is an essential part of architects’ commitment to designing and environment that protects public health, safety, and welfare as a first principle.
There’s just one more thing to do: get even more people to sign this letter so that AIA has even more support and hears us even better. AIA is discussing this on Friday – please SHARE THIS LETTER TODAY.
Over 5,000 signatures!! Whatever you all supporters are doing, keep doing it, and thank you! This human rights message to The American Institute of Architects is so important, and AIA has a great opportunity to make real progress for our profession!
Amazing!! We have generated over 1,000 signatures thanking AIA for reconsidering our proposal and urging them to support human rights in less than a week! If you haven't signed yet, please do:
Thanks to Common Edge for running this piece to accompany our new open letter. Please read, share, and sign the open letter at www.tinyurl.com/aiahumanrights!
An important victory for this campaign: AIA has agreed to reconsider our proposal!! Please take a moment to sign our letter thanking AIA and encouraging them to stand up for human rights!
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