Actions January 8-15 Call for Immediate Guantanamo Closure

Press Advisory | January 6, 2015

On 13th Anniversary of Torture Camp
Actions January 8-15 Call for Immediate Guantanamo Closure

As the Senate's Torture Report has revealed torture in U.S. “black sites” and particularly in its off-shore prison in Guatanamo Bay, advocates for peoples' rights from the legal, religious, medical and campus communities are speaking out this month.

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Andy Worthington, a journalist based in the U.K. will be a key participant. Author of The Guantanamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison, he has reported extensively on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay seized in what he calls the “brutal and fundamentally lawless 'war on terror' that the Bush administration declared.” Worthington will be representing the Close Guantánamo campaign and the We Stand With Shaker campaign. On the eve of the thirteenth anniversary, he says “Everything about Guantánamo is fundamentally unjust, and has been since the day the prison opened.”

Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait, has led protests to close Guantanamo since 2002. “The Bush regime opened the torture camp at Guantanamo Bay not just to imprison captives but to send a message to the world that the U.S. could operate with impunity outside the norms of international law. The Obama administration has had six years to close it, punish those who ordered the torture, and forever repudiate indefinite detention and secret rendition as national policy, but to its great discredit, has not. We who care about justice demand the closure of Guantanamo immediately."

January Events:

Witness Against Torture's Annual Fast, Rally, and Direct Action to Close Guantánamo and End Torture is happening January 5-13 Washington DC, or you can join the fast from anywhere.

Thursday January 8: New York City
Stand with Shaker Aamer, Fahd Ghazy & all the Prisoners Unjustly Held
Featuring British journalist Andy Worthington; Ramzi Kassem of CUNY Law School & attorney for Shaker Aamer; Omar Farah of the Center for Constitutional Rights & attorney for Fahd Ghazy; and Debra Sweet.
6:30 pm Rutgers Presbyterian Church
236 West 73rd Street @ Broadway, NYC
Facebook Event

Saturday January 10: Langley, VA
Protest of US drone war, targeted killing, and indefinite detention
Outside the homes of Dick Cheney & John Brennan, CIA director Herndon
8:00 am -11:30 am at and near CIA Headquarters
Facebook Event

Saturday January 10: Washington, DC
From Ferguson to Guantánamo: Institutionalized Brutality & Torture
A panel discussion with activists and attorneys involved in the struggles against police violence, racial profiling, and US detention policies
8:00 pm First Trinity Lutheran Church 4th & E Street NW Washington DC
Facebook Event

Saturday, January 10: Boston MA
Protest Guantanamo
1:00 pm Park Street Station on the Bostom Common

Sunday, January 11: Washington DC
Vigil & Rally to Close Guantanamo
1:00 pm: Interfaith Prayer Vigil (Sponsored by NRCAT and Interfaith Action for Human Rights)
1:30 pm Rally to close Guantánamo at the White House followed by a march to the Department of Justice. 
In front of the White House
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Sunday, January 11: Miami, FL
Protest to Shut Down Guantanamo at US Southern Command
2:00 pm NW 36th St & NW 87th Ave
Doral,  FL
Facebook Event

Sunday, January 11: Los Angeles, CA
Protests to Close Guantanamo
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Vigil & Rally at Santa Monica Pallisades Park Ocean & Pico
3 - 6 pm Vigil outside Golden Globes Ceremony TBA

Sunday, January 11: London, UK
Protest at US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square Mayfair, London
Facebook Event

Monday, January 12: Washington, DC
Witness Against Torture’s Nonviolent Direct Action
Morning — TBD

Monday, January 12: Washington, DC
Leaving the Dark Side? Empyting Guantanamo and the CIA Torture Report with Andy Worthington, Tom Wilmer, Col Morris Davis & Peter Bergen. 
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm New America Foundation, 1889 L Street NW
Washington, DC

Monday, January 12: Boston, MA
Closing Guantanamo and Seeking Accountability for Torture with Andy Worthington
6:30 pm Old South Church 645 Boyston Street
Boston

Tuesday, January 13: UC Berkeley, CA
Protests at the opening day of UC Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School, where torture lawyer John Yoo teaches.

Tuesday, January 13: Harvard Cambridge MA
Closing Guantanamo and Seeking Accountability for Torture with Andy Worthington
12:30 pm Harvard Law School 1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge

Wednesday, January 14: Springfield, MA
Closing Guantánamo and Seeking Accountability for Torture, with Andy Worthington
12:00 pm The Commons, Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road

Wednesday January 14: Northampton, MA
Closing Guantanamo and Seeking Accountability for Torture, with Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet
7:00 pm Friends Meeting House, 43 Center Street, 2nd floor

Thursday January 15: Chicago, IL
Rally to Protest 14th Year of Guantanamo, Torture & Indefinite Detention 4:30 - 6:00 pm In front of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan
Facebook Event

Thursday January 15: Chicago, IL
Guantanamo 13 Years Later: Not One More Year of Torture and Indefinite Detention!
Evening Discussion with Andy Worthington, Guantanamo attorney Candace Gorman, and Debra Sweet.
7:00 pm Grace Place, 637 South Dearborn.
Facebook Event