About The Close Guantanamo NOW Campus/Community Speaking Tour Jan 9-17:
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If, as Obama says, "the war on terror" is winding down, why will this government not close Guantanamo? Five years after Obama's first promise to close Guantanamo, it remains open. Now the prisoners are so desperate, they would rather starve themselves on a hunger strike than "live" in the torture of indefinite detention. What is our responsibility to see that this immoral prison closes once and for all?
With expert testimony from UK journalist Andy Worthington and challenging analysis from Debra Sweet, director of World Can't Wait, the tour will begin in New York City and go to Washington DC to join in protests at the White House demanding the immediate closure of Guantanamo. From there it will go on to the San Francisco Bay Area and southern California. The tour will hit key college campuses, reaching law students and a whole generation of young people who have never heard the stories of the Guantanamo prisoners.
If you are outraged at the fact that Guantanamo IS still open and want to help get the truth out to many more people, please DONATE now to get this tour on the road.
More on Guantanamo
As Guantanamo Bay enters its 13th year, 78 prisoners who were cleared for release years ago are still unjustly imprisoned. Prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest their conditions, drawing international attention to the outrage of Guantanamo. The U.S. military has now declared that it will not release any information to the media or the public about the prisoners on hunger strike.
It is on people living in this country to make sure that the voices of the prisoners are heard and that we shut down Guantanamo Now. When you donate to this tour, you are amplifying the voices of these courageous hunger strikers!
What Is Needed:
$2,500 will cover travel expenses and enable us to show "Doctors of the Darkside" as part of this tour. We have co-sponsoring organizations covering the cost of venue rental and student organizations excitedly promoting the events.
This ambitious tour will not be a success without YOUR contribution. The “new normals” of our world are not acceptable. It is up to the people to stand up for principle and morality when their institutions and public officials refuse to do so. Your donation will go to work right away helping show that there are people in this country who value the lives of people in other countries and reject as illegitimate the crimes being done in our name here and around the world.
More on the Speakers:
Andy Worthington, a journalist based in the U.K., has covered the prison intensely since 2006. In hundreds of articles, he's uncovered the lives of the men held without charge, and the stories the US created about them. Author of The Guantanamo Files; Stories of the 774 Men Held at Guantanamo, and co- director of the film Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo, he further developed our knowledge of the treatment of the prisoners by studying the Guantanamo Detainee Briefs released by WikiLeaks in 2011, courtesy of Private Manning. Follow him @GuantanamoAndy.
Debra Sweet is the director of The World Can't Wait, and a leader of years of protest of indefinite detention and torture by the United States, including a full-page ad in The New York Times in May 2013 picturing Guantanamo prisoners for the first time in those pages, and bringing together prisoners' attorneys, academics, artists, and voices of conscience to declare “Close Guantanamo NOW.” Follow Debra on twitter @DSweetWCW
Thursday January 9: New York City 7:00 pm: Film screening of Doctors of the Darkside All Souls Church 1157 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan Co-sponsored by All Souls Church, No More Guantanamos, Psychologists for Social Responsibility & Revolution Books. Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet, with Todd Pierce, former U.S. military defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoners.
Saturday January 11: Washington, DC 12 noon Close Guantanamo Now Protest at the White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Procession begins 1:00 pm; ends 2:30 pm World Can't Wait, Witness Against Torture, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, and National Religious Coalition Against Torture.
Monday January 13: Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 5:30 pm: Old Union 520 Lasuen Mall, 3rd Floor Common Room with Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet with Jeffrey Kaye & Michael Kearns
Tuesday January 14: San Francisco 12:00 pm: Hastings College of The Law School with Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet. 200 MacAllister Street, San Francisco. Sponsored by National Lawyers Guild Chapter, Hastings School of The Law.
Tuesday January 14: Berkeley 7:00 pm Screening of Doctors of the Darkside at with Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet. Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way @ Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA
Wednesday January 15: Los Angeles 11:30am: MLK Luncheon with Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace Holman United Methodist Church 3320 W. Adams Keynote Speaker: Andy Worthington
Wednesday January 15: Los Angeles 7:00pm: Screening of Doctors of the Darkside at Revolution Books 5726 Hollywood Boulevard with Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet and Jason Leopold
Thursday January 16: Orange County Peace Coalition Location TBA
January 17: Cal Poly Pomona 7:00 pm Bronco Student Center, Orion Room, 3801 W. Temple Avenue with Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet and Dennis Loo
Todd Pierce is a former U.S. military defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoners.
Jeffrey Kaye @jeff_kaye. A psychologist living in Northern California, Kaye writes regularly for Truthout, The Public Record. His personal blog is Invictus on FireDogLake.
Michael Kearns is a retired Air Force Captain, and a former instructor on the SERE program, which teaches US military personnel to resist torture if captured by enemy forces. He is a former colleague of Bruce Jessen, who, with James Mitchell, reverse-engineered SERE techniques for use in the Bush administration's "war on terror," to Capt. Kearns' horror.
Jason Leopold @jasonleopold is an investigative reporter covering Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government and civil liberties issues. He's been called a "FOIA Terrorist" by federal employees for his aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act, which included suing the FBI and forcing the agency to changes its policies.
Dennis Loo, Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona, is on the Steering Committee of World Can't Wait and writes at dennisloo.com
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The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison by Andy Worthington. Pluto Press. 352 pages 1 map. Signed by the author.
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Humanity and The Planet Come First tote Bag and World Can’t Wait internship for a day! Learn the machinations of rabble-rousing and civil disobedience in the name of Peace and Justice! See what it takes to do the work of organizing resistance to stop the crimes of this government. Engage in street theatre, protests, leafleting, phone-banking, etc.
For donors at this level, Debra Sweet will send you personal letters with reports, photos, reflections, and regular updates on the road.
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