The U.K. Guardian newspaper has exposed a Chicago Police Department secret site where people have been held and interrogated without contact with the outside world, without legal counsel, without any rights. “The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black sites.‘”
Now that we know, we must act to demand that this abuse and torture stop. World Can’t Wait Chicago joins many other anti-war and justice organizations in endorsing this emergency protest:
When: 3 PM, Saturday, Feb. 28
Where: 3379 W. Fillmore St. & Homan St.
What: “Protest to Shut Down Homan Square”
If you are on Facebook, please join the event there and invite friends.
If you are on Twitter, the hashtag for this event is #Gitmo2Chicago.
Homan Square represents an institutionalization of practices that go back over 4 decades in Chicago, with direct ties to U.S. torture practices worldwide. Jon Burge, former Chicago police detective, ran a ring of cops who tortured at least 200 people, almost all men, almost all Black, from 1972 to 1999. Burge learned his torture techniques in Vietnam. We learned just recently that another Chicago policeman, Richard Zuley, took his “brutal regime of shackling and confession” from Chicago to Guantanamo, where he led “one of the most shocking acts of torture ever conducted at Guantanamo.”
On January 15, the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, we said, “This year we will continue to stand firm in our demand that Guantanamo be shut down and that the remaining men be freed. We will work with those in the righteous struggle to end police brutality and murder [here in the U.S.] to make it clear to all that the system that brutalizes, tortures, and oppresses people around the globe is the same system that brutalizes, tortures, and oppresses Black and Latino people in its own streets. We will work to make 2015 the Year of Reckoning for the crimes of torture committed in our name.”
The demand for reparations for the men tortured at the hands of the CPD, to shut down Homan Square, and finally close Guantanamo and release the men held in that torture camp are all part of the same struggle. Only our active, independent political resistance will end these crimes committed in our name. Join us!