[pjw] ACTION: "18 Years and 8 Convictions: Time to Shut Guantanamo" Fri 1/10/20 4:30 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Mon Dec 2 17:05:43 EST 2019

Iraq Affinity Group supporters:
Once again the Iraq Affinity Group is working with our partners in Amensty 
International Group 48 and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition to demand 
the closure of America's notorious prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The action next month will be on Friday, January 10 at 4:30 PM as part of 
an extended PPRC Friday Rally.

We plan to have the "Tower of Peace" down at the Square again. If you can 
help at all with set-up or tear-down, if your group wants to cosponsor, or 
for other issues please contact us.

The below info is also available online at 

and as mentioned in the calendar listing, a flyer is up at
http://www.pjw.info/gitmo18yl_flyer.pdf .

Please spread the word widely!

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


For immediate release                    December 2, 2019

             18 Years and 8 Convictions: Time to Shut Guantanamo
                        Visibility action, rally and march
                 Expanded PPRC Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
                             Friday, January 10, 2020
                                 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

January 11, 2020 marks 18 years since the opening of the US prison camp 
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Once again, local human rights, peace and justice 
organizations are planning a visibility action, rally and march on Friday, 
January 10 to mark the occasion with the theme "18 Years and 8 
Convictions: Time to Shut Guantanamo. The action is an expanded Portland 
Peaceful Response Friday Rally for peace and justice, taking place from 
4:30 PM* to 6:00 PM at the corner of SW Yamhill and Broadway, Pioneer 
Courthouse Square. Cosponsoring the event are the Peace and Justice Works 
Iraq Affinity Group and Amnesty International Group 48.

The prison now holds just 40 people (from a height of nearly 800 at one 
point), and stands as a symbol of the United States' deteriorating respect 
for due process, human rights and the rule of law. Out of the hundreds of 
people imprisoned, only eight have ever been convicted. Others have grown 
old while being indefinitely detained, prompting the installation of 
wheelchair ramps rather than freeing the prisoners. In early 2018, 
President Trump reversed President Obama's policy directive that called to 
find a way to shut down Guantanamo.Local Portland groups join worldwide 
voices calling to Close Guantanamo Now!

A flyer for the event is available at 
http://www.pjw.info/gitmo18yl_flyer.pdf .

For more information contact Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065 
(call or text) or iraq at pjw.info.

*- PPRC rallies usually start at 5 PM but this event will begin at 4:30.

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