April 11th, 2013 12pm @ the White House
Over 30 people gathered at Noon on Thursday in front of the White House on behalf of the Guantanamo prisoners on a hunger strike. I think we were able to make a strong and visually powerful statement to the powers that be and to numerous people who stopped to take notice of our witness. Below is the program we offered.
Thanks to all who participated in the White House witness and for all those who acted around the country to demand justice for the hunger strikers, the closing of Guantanamo and an end to the crime of indefinite detention.
The struggle continues!!!
Program Opening: Purpose of Action–Malachy Kilbride
Speaker: Pat Davis, Representing TASSC International
Reading About Guantanamo Hunger Strike Taken from Statement by Clive Stafford Smith’s Phone Conversation With Prisoner and Hunger-Striker, Shaker Aamer: Marie Dennis and Art Laffin (Excellent Chronology of the Hunger Strike)
Reading: 55 Names of Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release (Helen Schietinger)
Speaker: Pratap Chatterjee from Amnesty International
Reading: Statement of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights citing Guantanamo as a “Clear Breach of International Law,” and Calling for the Prison to be Closed. (Deb VanPoolen)
Reading: Poem from Guantanamo prisoner Usama Abu Kabir, “Is It True.” (Frank Cordaro)
Reading: “Jesus, Our Tortured Brother Today,” written by Sr. Dianna Ortiz (MJ Park)
Links for further reading
From Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer Tells His Lawyer Disturbing Truths About the Hunger Strike: Andy Worthington
Déjà vu: Defense Officials Downplay Growing Guantanamo Hunger Strike With Bush-Era Talking Points: Jason Leopold, Truthout
The Guantanamo Effect: Miriam Ghani
Deprived of justice, the Guantanamo detainees’ last resort is to hunger strike: Jonathan Hafetz, The Guardian
Get serious about closing Guantanamo: Tom Wilner, Washington Post