Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SEND A BOOK TO GITMO (deadline 3/20/09)

Sorry, I just am not that good at posting these things so you will have to do without the pictures.... but if you send a book to el Gharani many of the other men will get a chance to read it too.

Send a book to Mohammed el Gharani

We would be delighted if you could send one of your favourite books to our client Mohammed el Gharani, in Guantánamo Bay.

Mohammed el Gharani was just 14 years old when he was wrongfully imprisoned in Guantánamo.

Despite being ordered to be released by a federal judge, he is still there seven years later - the youngest remaining prisoner taken as a juvenile.

Although Mohammed has spent his school years in a notoriously brutal prison, he loves books - particularly history. He recently told Reprieve attorneys that he is keen to read as much as possible to prepare for his release.

Show your support for Mohammed by sending him your favourite book. We hope that sending many books all at once will:

- support Mohammed at this very difficult time
- remind the officials at Guantánamo of his youth, his innocence and their legal obligation to release him.

How to send a book

1) Choose a book - one of your own, second-hand or new is fine (Mohammed has learned to speak and read English in Guantánamo; he also speaks Arabic)
2) Write one sentence on why you have chosen it
3) Call or email Reprieve to let us know – we will deliver it to Mohammed in Guantánamo Bay.

4) Post your book to us at:

‘A Book for Mohammed el Gharani’

ATTN: Samuel Rowley
Bingham McCutchen LLP
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110-1726

We need all books to arrive by Friday March 20, in time for our next Guantánamo visit.

If you can help or need further information, please email laura@reprieve.org.uk or give us a call at +44 20 7353 4640. We will be publishing a list of the books that we take over, as well as who has sent them in and the reasons the specific books have been chosen.

Many thanks, as ever, for your support.

The Convoy

I do not like to go off message (Guantanamo) but sometimes events in the world force you to. This important event really did not get covered in the corporate media so if you are not aware of the convoy to Gaza led by British MP George Galloway then please make yourself aware. Over 200 vehicles traveled from Great Britian, through 9 countries and over 10000 kilometers to bring supplies to the people of Gaza. They arrived yesterday. Click on the title for more.