[pjw] NEWS (UPDATED): Visibility Action: "Guantanamo: Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years" Thurs 1/11/18 3:30 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Jan 11 15:09:44 EST 2018

I'm experiencing limited access to internet so wasn't able to send this 
out yesterday-- the event starts in 3.5 hours. Wanted to be sure there's 
no confusion-- our event is still on at 3:30 at SE Hawthorne and Grand. 
Some other folks are doing something downtown in the evening.

Below is the news release that went out today which, as noted at the top, 
includes Amnesty's local chapter as a new cosponsor.

Finally, I also realized I didn't update this list that I was able to find 
transportation and assistance for the tower, so, all is good. See you this 
afternoon/early eve?

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Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:52:35
From: Peace and Justice Works <pjw at pjw.info>
To: News Media <newsmedia at pjw.info>
Subject: NEWS (UPDATED): Visibility Action:
     "Guantanamo: Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years" Thurs 1/11/18 3:30 PM

(adds Amnesty International Group 48 as cosponsor)

Peace and Justice Works
      Iraq Affinity Group
      PO Box 42456
      Portland, OR   97242
      (503) 236-3065  (Office)
      iraq at pjw.info

News Item

For immediate release                            January 11, 2018

                        Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years"
                                  Visibility Action
                          TODAY Thursday, January 11, 2018
                                    3:30-5:30 PM
                 SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)
                           Featuring the "Tower of Peace"

To mark another year of the now-nearly empty prison camp at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, Portlanders will hold a visibility action at the east end of
the Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand) today-- Thursday, January 18,
2018, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The event is titled "Guantanamo: Serving
Injustice for 16 Long Years" and will feature the 12-foot-tall "Tower
of Peace" strung with banners reading "CLOSE GITMO NOW-Stop Inspiring

The prison now holds just 41 people (from a height of nearly 800 at
one point), and is widely considered to be a stain on the United
States' claimed support for due process, human rights and the rule of
law. Congress blocked President Obama from closing the prison, while
President Trump has promised to fill it up with "bad guys." Trump
called for the man who ran over pedestrians in New York in November to
be sent to Guantanamo (even though it is far-fetched to call him an
"enemy combatant").

Last year this action was held despite the massive snowstorm that hit
Portland on January 11. Our commitment to shutting down Guantanamo
continues undeterred.

The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity
Group, Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland Close Guantanamo
Coalition, Amnesty International Group 48, and others. For more information, 
contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or iraq at pjw.info.

A flyer and other information on this event can be found at
http://www.pjw.info/guantanamo_16yl.html .
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/181616252583410/ .

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