As the two month old hunger strike gains more attention from the mainstream media the situation for those still held grows more dire by the day. On Thursday Evening MSNBC’s Chris Hayes suggested that those cleared for release should be released, given restitution, and given residency with in the United States. You can watch the video here and the New York Times Lead Editorial on Saturday called for Guantanamo prisoners to be released and called the hunger strike “a collective act of despair” The attention the hunger strike is now being paid because of this very courageous action taken by the hunger strikers themselves creates an important and urgent opportunity for the people of conscience. We know that Guantanamo is a crime and completely illegitimate and we need to act now to demand that these courageous men be released and that Guantanamo be shut down. We cannot allow Guantanamo to become the tomb of these men! We owe it to these men to be their voice and demand justice for them. This crime begun under Bush which is now Obama’s must not result in the death of these men, but must be stopped by us, the people of this country in whose name this crime is being carried out by our government. For this reason World Can’t Wait, Witness Against Torture, and the Center for Constitutional Rights have called for a national day of protest against Guantanamo. Here in Chicago World Can’t Wait, Witness Against Torture, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, and 8th Day Center for Peace and Justice are Co-Sponsoring a protest on Thursday April 11th to coincide with the protests across the country. Please join us in being the voice of those still held at Guantanamo by committing to protest on Thursday on Facebook and share the event and invite others to join.
* Meet at Federal Plaza at 4:30 PM
We will have a short speak out
* Have nine people in orange jumpsuits to represent the 9 men who have died waiting for justice.
* We encourage people to bring signs and banners and especially posters with the twitter hashtag #GitmoFreedomStrike or #GitmoHungerStrike for passerby with cellphones to find out what this is all about
* We will process up State St, starting at Jackson and going up to Lake
* We will close up by Lake & State with a poem and singing. There will be orange ribbons to represent the 166 men still held at Guantanamo.