[pjw] EVENT REMINDER: "15 Years of Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo-- Shut It Down!" Jan 11, 4 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Jan 5 14:28:20 EST 2017

Hi again Peace and Justice Works supporters and allies
Below is the announcement for our visibility action next Wednesday to send 
messages to outgoing and incoming Presidents that it's (way past) time to 
shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo!

On Monday, KBOO's Prison Pipeline show featured a great interview with 
three members of Amnesty International about Guantanamo and the action, 
you can listen to it here:

(It's possible they didn't have a copy of our flyer
in the studio as it was said a few times this is 14 years since the prison 
opened, but it opened in 2002 so it is in fact, 15 years.)

Anyway, if your group wants to be listed as an endorser or cosponsor let 
us know, the least we ask is that you help spread the word. We can also 
use donations to help cover the costs of making up fact sheets we'll be 
handing out.

We are listed on the Portland Mercury's "Resistances & Rallies" blog, 
which I believe marks the first time in their 13 years as a publication 
that they acknowledged a PJW event!

OK, hope to see you next Wednesday...
dan handelman
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

      "15 Years of Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo-- Shut It Down!"
                              Visibility Action
                      Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM
              SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)
                         Featuring the "Tower of Peace" to mark
                        15 years since the prison camp opened.

Portlanders are once again planning to mark the sordid anniversary of the 
opening of Guantanamo Bay prison with a visibility action at the east end 
of the Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand) on Wednesday, January 11, 
2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. The message of the organizers is "15 Years of 
Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo-- Shut It Down!" The event will include 
the 12-foot-tall "Tower of Peace" strung with banners reading "CLOSE GITMO 
NOW-Stop Inspiring Terror."

This will be both a last-ditch effort to ask President Obama to fulfill 
his promise to close the prison camp-- it's down to just 60 prisoners 
now-- and a plea to incoming President Trump and congress as well. Amnesty 
International is currently working on a campaign to get President Obama to 
close the prison before he leaves office:

The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity 
Group, Amnesty International Group 48 and the Portland Close Guantanamo 
Coalition, along with Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX, Americans United for 
Palestinian Human Rights, and others. Groups who would like to join as a 
cosponsor (at no cost, though donations are gladly accepted!), or for more 
information, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or 
iraq at pjw.info . Watch for updates on this event at 

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