CAIR-Chicago Hosts Forum on Justice & Reparations with Tea Project


As part of the ongoing Tea Project collaboration CAIR-Chicago hosted 

“A day of Imagining Justice and Reparation for Guantanamo Bay Detainees.”

CAIR-Chicago hosted a day of Imagining Justice and Reparation for Guantanamo Bay Detainees at its downtown Azima Center. The event provided an essential perspective on thinking through what justice and reparations can look like.

Drawing inspiration from the remarkable work of survivors, community members, activists, lawyers and artists working together towards the Joh Burge reparations, the day of Imagining Justice and Reparation for Guantanamo Bay Detainees delved into the voices and needs expressed by detainees. Attendees heard from activists, artists and organizations that already do work to advocate for GTMO detainees and talked imaginatively about what a justice and reparations project might look like. The goal for the day was to bring together organizations and individual with shared interest that might not otherwise be in conversation to create a case for justice and reparations that encompasses the poetic and the practical. The outcome of the day was a document/book entitled A Case for Justice and Reparations.

Imaging Justice and Preparations is part of the Tea Project, a series of exhibitions and performances that offered counter-narratives to disrupt the numbing effects of war and detention.  Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes worked collaboratively to uncover moments of beauty, poetics and shared humanity within little known military histories. Taking as its starting point the curious love story of a Guantanamo Bay guard who fell in love with the drawings on the Styrofoam cups carved by detainees, Ginsburg and Hughes created scenarios that allowed audiences a role in telling the story of our current involvement in war and torture. CAIR-Chicago was proud to be a part of this inspiring project.