[pjw] EVENT REMINDER: "Shut Down Guantanamo-- Stop Inspiring Terrorism" Monday Jan 11, 3:30-5:30 PM
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sun Jan 10 20:01:41 EST 2016
Greetings once more---
Before we get to the final reminder (below) for tomorrow's "Shut Down
Guantanamo" visibility action on the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge,
here is today's tidbit in the 25 year history of the US war on Iraq.
It's the promotional flyer for PJW's event marking then-five years of the
war in 1996, recalling the time of the first bombing (3:35 PM) to ask for
a moment of silence, and focusing on ending the sanctions.
In the announcement below, you may notice that we now have two additional
cosponsors for the Guantanamo event-- Oregon PSR and Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom. We do have three lovely banners strung up on
the tower that say "Close Gitmo Now-- Stop Inspiring Terror."
Hope to see you Monday afternoon (and Friday)!
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
iraq at pjw.info
For immediate Release January 10, 2016
"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,
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, the Portland Close Guantanamo
Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland, Oregon Physicians for Social
Responsibility, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
For more information contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065.
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