Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Guantanamo Week of Action January 7-12.....

Plans for panel, concert, and rally during
Guantanamo Week of Action in DC January 7-12:
18 years too many! 

Dear Friends,
Our plans continue to evolve as we prepare for the WAT Fast for Justice and Week of Action in Washington, DC January 7 - 12 to mark 18 outrageous years of Guantanamo Prison.

Click here to see our full schedule for the week. Please RSVP at this link to let us know you're coming.   In order to sustain this work we invite you to make a donation.

We'll gather on Tuesday to begin working together to plan our street actions and advocacy, and we'll wrap up on Sunday with a day of reflection, analysis, and planning for 2020.   Below are details for several major events during the week. 

January 9: Exhibit and Panel

Guantanamo 18 Years Later: Witnessing and Resisting Our Carceral Society

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Exhibit: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Panel: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights, Justice for Muslims Collective, and Witness Against Torture as we mark the 18th anniversary of Guantánamo’s opening and bring the offshore “War on Terror” prison into a larger conversation on resistance within and to the U.S.’ carceral society.
Reflecting on Japanese-American incarceration during WWII, mass incarceration, migrant detention, and the prison at Guantánamo Bay, panelists will explore the criminalization of communities and the state’s use of confinement as a tool of social control. The discussion will center the ways in which prisoners and detainees have resisted their captivity, and how advocates have organized against those systems.
The event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP.

The Justice for Muslims Collective poster exhibition, Shattering Justice & Re-Making the Muslim Threat, will be on display beginning at 5:00 pm and throughout the evening.  The artwork and words provide a visual timeline of the ways Muslims have been marginalized, criminalized and dehumanized from 9/11 until now.  

Facebook event page with speaker list.

January 10: Music, Poetry and Political Comedy
Until Justice, We Resist

January 11: Rally at Lafayette Park, 1 pm
Justice Now: Close Guantanamo and End Torture

RSVP at Facebook event page.


Recent news on Guantanamo

CCR press release on Ali v. Trump
Attorneys Urge Court to Change Ground Rules for Guantánamo Cases.
Without Due Process, Detainees Face Detention for Life, Lawyers Warn

AlterNet | Alex Henderson
‘Guantanamo on domestic soil’: The Trump administration is using an obscure provision of the Patriot Act to indefinitely detain a Palestinian man

Military.com on NDAA:
New Law Will Keep Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Open at Least Another Year

Andy Worthington on NDAA:
As $738 Billion Defense Bill Is Passed, Guantánamo Prisoners Are Ignored by Congress

Fasting during our week of action

Many activists who come to DC for our week of action will choose to participate in a liquids only fast.  Participation is completely voluntary.  This document explains our fasting rationale and gives fasting tips.  If you would like to join us at home to fast in solidarity, we invite you to let us know at witnesstorture@gmail.com so that we may stay in touch during the week.

We are grateful for your solidarity this month.  Together let's draw attention to the continuing travesty that is Guantanamo.  Justice Now: Close Guantanamo and End Torture!