View Full Version : Announcement of Jan 11 Rally to Close Guantanamo

12-01-09, 16:54
January 11, 2009, the United States is on the edge of a new political moment in the United States, about to inaugurate a President who said in November, "I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture, and I'm going to make sure that we don't torture."

Witness Against Torture announces the 100 Days to Close Guantanamo and End Torture Campaign (http://www.100dayscampaign.org (http://www.100dayscampaign.org/) ), a new chapter in the campaign to close the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, end torture and indefinite detention, and stop extraordinary rendition by the U.S. Government. The Campaign brings together a coalition of groups and individuals who will take part in demonstrations, educate Congress and the public, and engage in nonviolent direct action.


Join us as we begin on Sunday, January 11, 2009, which marks seven years of Detention and Torture at Guantanamo. We want this to be the last time we come to Washington to demand the closing of the detention camp at Guantanamo and an end to torture!

January 11 Rally and Fast: At DuPont Circle Park at 12:45 pm, human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, The Center for Constitutional Rights, and September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, will call for an end to the Bush policies, justice for the detainees, and accountability for possible U.S. crimes. 150 demonstrators wearing orange jumpsuits and hoods will have a prisoner procession to dramatize the plight of the detainees still at Guantanamo.

January 11 will also mark the beginning of a nine day fast for justice by over 80 people. We will break our fast on Inauguration Day, January 20th.

January 20 - April 30, 2009
100 Days to Close Guantanamo & End Torture

After the fast, the 100 Days to Close Guantánamo campaign will formally begin on January 20, the inauguration of the next President, and continue with a regular schedule of activities for the next 15 weeks. These activities are designed to mobilize people concerned about torture and keep sustained pressure on our elected officials to close Guantanamo with deliberate speed.

For up-to-date details, including the calendar of events, please visit www.100dayscampaign.org (http://www.100dayscampaign.org/). Below are the first events:

January 20: Gathering at McPherson Square to celebrate Obama’s inauguration and break the fast.

January 21: James Yee to speak about Guantanamo. 7 pm. Location to be announced.

Daily vigil at the White House, Monday – Friday from 11 to 1: Groups from around the country will join us in DC for a week at time and we are hoping local organizations will commit to taking part on a regular basis.

Lecture Series: Wednesday evenings

Film Series: Monday evenings

For up-to-date details, please visit www.100dayscampaign.org (http://www.100dayscampaign.org/).


Three years ago Witness Against Torture drew international attention after it walked to Guantanamo to visit the prisoners. Since its return, the group has organized vigils, marches, nonviolent direct actions and educational events to expose and decry the administration's lawlessness, build awareness about torture and indefinite detention, and forge human ties with the prisoners at Guantanamo and their families.

The 100 Days Campaign was initiated by Witness Against Torture in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Pax Christi USA, School of the Americas Watch, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, United for Peace and Justice, and the War Resisters League.

Endorsing groups include the Catholic Peace Fellowship, Code Pink, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Pace e Bene, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and a growing list of others.

www.100DaysCampaign.org (http://www.100dayscampaign.org/)

12-01-09, 20:17
What is the point? Obama's advisors said he will issue an executive order on the first day he takes the office to close the facility. It seems to be a done deal to me.

12-01-09, 21:42
What is the point? Obama's advisors said he will issue an executive order on the first day he takes the office to close the facility. It seems to be a done deal to me.
You push more it will be done faster or will not be just a promise.