[pjw] EVENT: "Shut Down Guantanamo-- Stop Inspiring Terrorism" Monday Jan 11, 3:30-5:30 PM
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Mon Dec 14 19:16:19 EST 2015
Yes, the Iraq Affinity Group is going to keep everyone busy in early
January, between the Friday Jan 15 event we just sent you info about, the
below Monday January 11 event, and our next meeting (which is on January
This same info is posted at http://www.pjw.info/guantanamo_14yl.html ; we
will likely be updating that site as plans get more solid. If your group
wants to be listed as an endorser of the event let us know.
Spread the word!
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
iraq at pjw.info
For immediate Release December 14, 2015
"Shut Down Guantanamo-- Stop Inspiring Terrorism"
Monday, January 11, 2016
SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)
Join Portlanders calling to close down the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
exactly 14 years to the day after it opened, with a visibility action at the
east end of the Hawthorne bridge, SE Hawthorne and Grand on Monday, January 11
from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will use its
12-foot-tall "tower of peace" to call attention to the notorious prison where
over 100 people still languish in a facility that undermines the supposed rule
of law that separates our country from chaos.
Despite a strong signing statement indicating he still desires to close
Guantanamo and vetoing the first version of the legislation, President Obama
signed the 2016 defense authorization bill which continues to restrict his
ability to transfer prisoners out of the facility. While the prison population
has been reduced from 775 to 107, Obama has not been successful in closing down
the prison in seven years in office, despite campaign pledges to do so.
Most held at the facility have been denied access to legal help; many have been
exposed to harsh conditions that have been described as torture. In 2014,
dozens of prisoners participated in a hunger strike which drew international
attention. The US responded in part by force-feeding the protesting prisoners,
then deciding to stop reporting on the prisoners' actions. Forty-eight of the
detainees have been cleared for release. Only three who are there were
convicted of crimes (Human Rights First, 11/16/15).
Guantanamo has been referred to as "the most expensive prison on earth," with
the Miami Herald reporting in 2011 that it then cost $800,000 per year per
inmate, climbing to an estimated $2.6 million per person in 2014 (Politifact,
12/21/14). Overall, the costs from 2002 to today are well over $3 billion.
Organizers of the event believe that continuing to hold people in an off-shore
prison without prosecution is an unacceptable violation of human rights, which
is inspiring people to take action against the United States in acts of
so-called "terrorism." It is time to shut it down.
Local groups organizing the action include the Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group, Amnesty International Group 48 and the Portland Close
Guantanamo Coalition. For more information, to get involved or to
cosponsor/endorse the event contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065.
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