What would you do if you were imprisoned for more than ten years, without ever being charged with a crime? If you were tortured and abused. You could not see your family. Your only visitors were interrogators and lawyers. And then you were cleared for release — deemed by your captors to be no threat — and told that the prison would close. But you remained locked up, with no end in sight. Who would hear your cries? What resistance could you mount?
This is the situation for more than 80 men at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo – locked up there with no prospect of release despite being cleared by the US government! Fed up with their treatment and spurred by a new wave of abuses, dozens of them launched a hunger strike in February that is just now gaining attention in the U.S. press.
Chicago attorney Candace Gorman, who has largely devoted her practice to defending Guantanamo prisoners, writes that the US government is preventing US attorneys and reporters from flying to Guantanamo to meet with their clients. To prevent word of the hunger strike from spreading? “Or maybe Obama has given up on closing the base and hopes that if we attorneys (and reporters) have enough trouble getting there, maybe the coverage of Guantanamo will disappear. IT WON’T!”
To find out what YOU can do to support this action, click here. People will be fasting, holding vigils, and urging others to join in supporting these brave and desparate men. This is Passover and Easter season, giving us lots of opportunities to talk about morality, write letters to the editor, and engage others.
Many actions are planned here in Chicago, thanks to our friends at White Rose and Christian Peacemaker Teams:
Sunday, March 24 3:00pm at Spruce Park located at S.Blackstone and East 54th St. in Hyde Park: We will be gathering in orange jumpsuits and black hoods and process to East 51st and South University to hold a vigil in front of Obama’s home and distribute leaflets on the Hunger Strick in Guantanamo.
Tuesday, March 26 at 8am: A Vigil with 8th Day Center for Justice at LaSalle and Jackson, in the Loop.
Friday, March 29 at noon: Presence in orange jumpsuits at the 33rd Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice– Gather at Congress and Michigan
Friday, March 29, 3 pm: Don’t miss “The Predator,” a play about drone warfare followed by audience talkback, which will have its Chicago premiere at 3 pm, immediately following the Good Friday Walk, Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago.
Saturday, March 30: Rally at Federal Building : Details to come soon.
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