Members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Witness Against Torture, Pax Christi and TASSC held a noontime hour-long vigil at the White House calling for justice for the Guantanamo hunger strikers, an end to torture and indefinite detention and for the closing of GITMO. After Art gave some opening remarks (see below), Helen read the April 14 NY Times op-ed piece, “Gitmo Is Killing Me,” by hunger striker Samir Najial Hasan Moqbel. Then Col. Morris Davis, former chief military prosecutor of the GITMO Military Commissions from 2005-2007, and Tara T.C. Morrow, representing the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), both offered compelling statements about why Guantanamo must be closed. (See T.C.’s Statement below) T.C. also offered a prayer that will be used during Torture Awareness Month in June- the prayer is on the NRCAT web site. This was followed by Amber reading the names of Yemeni prisoners who have been cleared for release–after each prisoners name was read we said together: “We Remember You.” Also Mary Harding from TASSC offered remarks as did Gizachew Emiru, the new TASSC executive director. The vigil concluded with Pat reading a prayer written by Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Jesus, Our Tortured Brother Today” and a closing circle.
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(For more info about the campaign to Close Guantanamo and Torture and indefinite Detention see www.witnesstorture.org.)
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