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Global Days of Action to Shut Down Guantanamo
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What: Global Days of Action to support Guantánamo Hunger Strikers (May 17-19)
Here in Chicago we will meet at Federal Plaza on Friday, May 17 at 4 P.M. for a brief rally and then we will have a procession of people in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, which have come to symbolize the crime that is Guantánamo and to symbolize our solidarity with those being held there. We will have posters of those who have been cleared for release as we process up State Street to Daley Plaza, where we will read poems from Guantánamo prisoners and place the photos at the Eternal Flame. The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantánamo includes Chicago World Can’t Wait, Witness Against Torture, White Rose, Voices for Creative Non Violence, Illinois Coalition Against Torture and individuals.
Now is the time for everyone who can to join us on May 17 to send a message to Obama that we will not allow Guantánamo to become a death camp and that he must close Guantánamo now! Contrary to his recent statements, Obama doesn’t need Congress to close Guantánamo. The truth is that Obama could close Guantánamo today. Section 1028 of the awful National Defense Authorization Act includes waiver provisions that give the Obama Administration the legal authority and ability to transfer detainees from Guantánamo. Obama justified force feeding of the prisoners by saying he didn’t want any of them to die, but force feeding is a violation of the conventions against torture. It is a brutally invasive procedure in which a tube is shoved into the nose and liquids are pumped down the throat while prisoners are strapped down in a chair. The United Nations Human Rights Commission, The World Medical Association, and the American Medical Association denounce force feeding as torture and/or unethical.
One thing is clear to people of conscience about this crisis: Obama must close Guantánamo now! We must do what we can to create a political situation where Obama releases the cleared prisoners and closes Guantánamo. Not because it will “restore America’s reputation,” but because it was always wrong and no government should be able to do such things. You can find out more here:
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=718 http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.com/ http://witnesstorture.org/events/
Right now, we need the collective voices of artists, intellectuals, politicians, religious and cultural figures who are respected and beloved for being voices of conscience, speaking as one to demand that the torture of Guantanamo be ended. It’s time and past time, as we reach 100 days of the prisoners’ hunger strike, that we provide a way for them to speak out together, and for that message to be seen.
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