Join us for a discussion of “Guantanamo Diary”
Thursday, June 25
Noon to 1:30 PM
8th Day Center for Justice, 205 W. Monroe, Suite 500, Chicago
With the publication of this book, we are able to read for the first time a diary written by a man who is still held in Guantanamo. It has been called an “unprecedented international publishing event,” only possible after years of legal battles to gain its release from U.S. government censors. Beyond the record of unspeakable abuse and torment, it is also a very personal story of the author’s humanity, grace and even humor.
H. Candace Gorman will bring her experiences fighting for Guantanamo detainees into our discussion. She is the principal in the law office of H. Candace Gorman. The firm concentrates in civil rights and human rights. Since 2005, Candace has represented three Guantanamo detainees, one still remains at the Guantanamo prison. She also maintains a blog about Guantanamo litigation at gtmoblog.blogspot.com.
This event is part of the Lunch & Learn monthly series hosted by 8th Day Center for Justice and it is being held as part of honoring survivors of torture. June 26 is the International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture, established by the United Nations in 1998. June 26 is the date the U.N. Charter was signed in 1945. See below for details about the upcoming action in Chicago to mark this date.
Join us, whether you’ve had a chance to read the book in its entirety or not. If you have read the book, please consider sharing a passage with us that is particularly meaningful to you. We will also have a few copies available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo, of which World Can’t Wait – Chicago is a founding member.
“Anyone who reads Guantanamo Diary – and every American with a shred of conscience should do so, now – will be ashamed and appalled. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s demand for simple justice should be our call to action.”
Glenn Greenwald, Author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
International Day of Support for Survivors of Torture
Friday, June 26 12pm to 2pm
Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams, Chicago
This year Amnesty International, World Can’t Wait Chicago, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo, and other organizations are coming together to celebrate victories in winning reparations for those who survived torture by Chicago PD under Jon Burge. But torture has not ended, in Chicago, around the country or around the world. Through the voices of survivors, we will draw the parallels and connections between torture that is practiced in U.S. prisons and exported to places like Guantanamo, Baghram Detention Center, and CIA black sites. We will demand accountability for local and federal officials directly involved in torture or authorizing it and we will demand an end to torture here and everywhere! Please join us for this powerful and urgent event.