Pat Davis

Pat Davis
Great Falls, Virginia,
February 25
I am a writer, activist, mother, and occasional blogger. My articles have appeared in The Nation, Hispanic, Counterpunch, and Foreign Policy in Focus, and my poems and translations have been published in Poet Lore, Smartish Pace, Tar River Poetry, New Laurel Review, Potomac Review, Salt Hill, Puerto del Sol, and Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology. My poetry chapbook, The Water that Broke You, was published by Finishing Line Press in March 2014. With torture survivor Sister Dianna Ortiz, I co-authored The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth (Orbis, 2002). For many years, I worked at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA as communications director and eventually as interim executive director. "Alternative Methods," my first full-length play, deals with the ethical struggles a psychologist faces while working on an interrogation team in Iraq. It was produced in the Capital Fringe and the New York International Fringe festivals in 2010. (For more info, see My fifteen-minute play, "Cleared," was presented at the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage festival in September 2013. My website is

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Nabil Al-Ra’ee, artistic director of The Freedom Theatre in Palestine’s occupied territories, has been arrested and interrogated by both the Israeli army and the Palestinian Authority and faces the constant threat of reprisals for his work. The danger is unequivocal. The Freedom/… Read full post »

My collection of poems, The Water that Broke You, has been printed and shipped!

For those interested, these poems are not political, for the most part. My first poetry teacher, the wonderful Laura Fargas, describes the collection this way: Patricia Davis celebrates both the natural and the superRead full post »

stress positions and sensory deprivation torture at Guantanamo BayThe confiscation of photos and letters, searches of their Korans, and brutal treatment at the hands of their guards—all of those are reasons why dozens of men at Guantanamo have decided to starve, some for 43 days now.  But the International Committee of the Red Cross, which visitedRead full post »


by Patricia Davis

When fascism comes
it will come with two

children, a dog,
tell warm, personal stories,
call us Ladies and

Gentlemen, have a
catch in its throat.

When fascism comes
it will raid
the houses of sleeping

children, use stun
grenades, tasers.

When fascism comes
it will seize filmma/… Read full post »

Kurt Hackbarth’s new play, El Ostrakon: A Tragedy in Three Acts, which launched Oaxaca’s recent theater festival, examines quotidian forms of oppression: the education system, organized religion, government, and the financial and medical industries.  Gabriel, an innocent who falls in… Read full post »

Yesterday, only a week after Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molina received an award from the Clinton Foundation, army and police forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing seven and wounding thirty-eight.

Perez Molina was a military commander during Guatemala's genocide and led the country's not… Read full post »

Yesterday, only a week after Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molinareceived a award from the Clinton Foundation, army and police forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing seven and wounding at least eighteen.

Perez Molina was a military commander during Guatemala's genocide and led the county's n… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2011 11:33PM

"Ruined" is a tour de force

Those of you who have seen this play already know that "Ruined," by Lynn Nottage, is a tour de force.  I almost missed the play--I almost didn't go.  Missing it would have meant missing a pivotal experience, one that has changed my understanding of what contemporary, politically informed th… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2011 9:58PM

Check under the Hood

For the first time on Tuesday I engaged in civil disobedience, standing outside the Justice Department with a group of 60 others who were willing to risk arrest.   We wore orange jumpsuits and black hoods.  We were doing our best to make visible the 173 detainees still at Guantanamo, t… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2009 1:51AM

More Dead in Honduras

Roger Abrahim Vallejo has died.   Shot in the head by Honduran police on Thursday, he was a high school teacher who recently had married and become a father.   He slipped into a coma and died on Saturday morning.


On Sunday, as he was returning home from Vallejo'… Read full post »

It's been all over the news in the last two days.  The police shot a protester in the head in Honduras, injured 26 more, made mass arrests, beat journalists.  What?  Did you miss the four-sentence blurb in the New York Times? 

A fuller report, published on Friday by thRead full post »

JULY 8, 2009 7:34PM

So Who Cares About Zelaya?

An op-ed in the"> New York Times on Monday, written by Honduran journalist Roger Marin Neda, suggests that nobody in Honduras does or should care whether ousted president Manuel Zelaya returns to finish out his term. &n… Read full post »

To all who have suffered illegal detention, inhumane treatment, and torture at the hands of our government: We, as US citizens, are deeply sorry for the suffering our government caused you and your loved ones.  You were treated unjustly, in violation of international law.  Our apology will/… Read full post »

A few other, um, mistakes.    

500 huddled inside Gaza hospital after Israeli strike: Red Cross

Doctors and paramedics evacuate patients from al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza City late on January 16, 2009. Hundreds of people, including sick and wounded patients on stretchers and w… Read full post »
JANUARY 3, 2009 5:33PM

My relationship to the dead in Gaza

In recent days Israel has intentionally bombed government ministries in Gaza, a television station, university buildings, and a number of mosques.  The UN estimates that one out of four of the dead in Gaza are civilians.  Are they collateral damage or deliberate targets?  In a DecemberRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 16, 2008 6:56PM

The Insidious Plot of the Talking Dolls

 A new doll that coos and gurgles and says Mama is "spouting hate," as Fox news puts it.  The hateful words people have heard in the baby doll's gurglings: "Islam is the light."  People believe she is saying "Satan is King," as well, which Fox reports but does not try to… Read full post »

A man arrested in Afghanistan when he was 16 or 17 is facing a life sentence at the hands of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.  Two days ago, one of the prosecutors in the case resigned, saying his superiors were withholding evidence that could prove the man's innocence. Read full post »