Jan 11th - 11 Years of Guantanamo! Shut it Down Now!
Jan 11, 2013 marks 11 years since US detention center at Guantanamo was opened. Over 700 men have been released while some still remain detained despite being cleared for release. This year we want to bring the stories of these men to the people of this country. We want to challenge the government's efforts to get the people of conscience to forget this crime and to relinquish their humanity. We cannot let stand the travesty that Guantanamo was and continues to be and we cannot let stand the conscious actions of this government to get good people to go along with their crimes.
We will show whom these men are, who are held without charge or trial and have suffered abuse at the hands of our government. We will expose the government's efforts to normalize its policy of indefinite detention across the globe - from Afghanistan, where we know there is Bagram Detention Center, to secret black sites, and here in the U.S., with the National Defense Authorization Act.
Meet in Federal Plaza at 12 p.m. for a rally and press conference. From Federal Plaza we will have a march to AMC East Theater to protest the message of the film Zero Dark Thirty which falsely claims that torture is necessary to keep us safe. We say that torture is wrong period!
Each participating organization will have a photo and the story of men still being held at Guantanamo. Please join us on January 11th to say, "Guantanamo! Shut it down!"
End U.S. indefinite detention and torture everywhere! Participating groups include Chicago chapter of World Can't Wait, Illinois Coalition against Torture, 8th Day Center for Justice, Amnesty International, and more.
Please contact us at Chicago at www.worldcantwait.org to join this effort!