Happy New Year!
Instead of the regular Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Clarification of Thought talk that is usually held on the first Friday of the month, we are inviting people to participate in the Witness Against Torture (WAT) events that are being held in Washington, D.C. January 6-13 as part of the “Fast for Justice.” On Day 1 of the Fast WAT sent out the following message:
January 11, 2014 marks the twelfth anniversary of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the eighth anniversary of Witness Against Torture’s January 11 presence in D.C., and our sixth liquids fast.
For the next 8 days, we are fasting in Washington, DC for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We wish to frame this act thusly:
This is not about us. This is NOT about the United States cutting itself out of the patchwork of the family quilt of humanity. This is about 155 men who have been stuck in prison cells in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for up to 12 years, who continue to count the days, weeks, months and years they must wait to go home.
Who are these men? Where did they come from? How and why were they captured so many years ago to be held prisoners in Cuba by the U.S. military? And when will they regain their freedom?
Through our actions this week– fasting and vigiling– we reach out to them to connect. We will connect you too through a daily update, which will include a report of what we did here in DC, reflections from fasters, and links to news articles. (Let us know if you would like to receive daily updates from the fast by sending an e-mail with “fast updates” in the subject to email@example.com)
Finally, each day we will share a profile of one GTMO detainee and one WAT member. We invite you to discover your connections to the prisoners as we explore our own by introducing ourselves beside them.
In Peace, Witness Against Torture
*let us know if you will join us for a day, or days of fasting
We especially encourage people to attend the January 11 march and rally (see below) to mark the 12th anniversary of the first detainees going to Guantanamo (see below info). For more info see the Witness Against Torture web site: www.witnesstorture.org.
JANUARY 11 DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GUANTANAMO
JOIN THE MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC
Rally and procession to mark the 12th anniversary of Guantánamo, and to demand its closure.
• Noon – Gather for rally and witness at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)
• 1 p.m. – Procession leaves from White House, ends at 2:30 p.m.
• Speakers: TBA
Sponsoring Organizations: Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the World Can’t Wait. Blue Lantern Project, & CloseGitmo.net .
This January 11, 2014 marks the unacceptable 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo. Join us in Washington, D.C. to witness this anniversary together, and to call on President Obama to finally fulfill his broken promise to shut it down. Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2014) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so. 155 men remain detained at Guantánamo; most should never have been detained in the first place and are entering their 13th year of being deprived of their liberty without any charge or trial. They must be tried in a fair court or released; Guantánamo must be shut down.