Witness Against Torture: A Call to Action

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Administration officials think that they will probably not secure the funding and legal authority from Congress to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer any remaining detainees to the United States…one official said, “Gitmo is going to remain open for…the foreseeable future.”

– Washington Post, November 14th, 2010


This January 11, the prison at Guantanamo will enter its 10th year of operation. The prison is both a site and symbol of a legacy that includes rendition, extralegal detention, and torture. This legacy endures, despite the promise of President Obama to close Guantanamo and break with Bush-era policies. With President Obama’s continued betrayal of his promise and with the Republican gains in Congress, the nightmare draws closer: that the prison at Guantanamo will become permanent. We can’t let this happen! We demand that Guantanamo be closed immediately and that those who designed and carried out torture policies be held to account.

On January 11, 2011 we will gather at the White House for an 11am press conference with a coalition of human rights and grassroots groups and then proceed in a “prisoner procession” to the Department of Justice, where we will engage in nonviolent direct action. There are 174 men still imprisoned at Guantanamo, and we hope to have at least that many people as part of our procession. From January 11-22, we will remain in DC and fast,  holding daily vigils and demonstrations throughout Washington, haunting the sites of power with the specter of Guantanamo and the stories of the men who remain there.

January 11 – January 22, 2010
Daily Vigil and Fast for Justice

Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks at http://www.witnesstorture.org/. You can also direct questions to fast@witnesstorture.org.

Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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