May 9: Drones, Dirty Wars, & Guantanamo
When: 4:30 PM, Fri., May 9
Where: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
Around the country, people are speaking out against – and acting to stop – drone wars and surveillance. Over 80 actions have been announced, from Hawaii to Maine, during the Spring Days of Action 2014. Here in Chicago, we will add our voices next Friday, May 9. We will have a model drone (as pictured here) and we will have photos and read the names of some of the thousands of innocent civilians killed in the US war OF terror in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somali. Moazzam Begg, a British citizen held for years without charge or trial at Guantanamo and since released, has noted that Obama seems to prefer assassination over indefinite detention, moving to directly terrorize whole areas of countries with which the US is not officially at war. World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo are joining together to take this message to the public. Drones, indefinite detention, and the dirty wars they are integral to are immoral and illegitimate!
We also have copies of two films about drones that we would be happy to share with you. Get in touch if you are interested.
May 23: Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo & End Indefinite Detention
Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantanamo!
On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo. His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison. One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison, and hunger strikes and forced feeding continue.
JOIN US in Chicago to urge President Obama and Congress to end indefinite detention and close the detention facility at Guantánamo. There will be simultaneous actions across the country, too.
We will gather at 4:30pm at the Water Tower Park (Chicago and N. Michigan Ave.). There will be a performance piece highlighting the poems of the men detained at Guantanamo and the speech Pres. Obama made on this date last year. Then we will march to Tribune Plaza and perform a skit and mic check to give voice to the men at Guantanamo. Lastly we will march to Millenium Park and end our march there with a mic check.
If you are on Facebook, please join our event there and invite friends!