Guantánamo is still open.
Witness Against Torture activists, who are standing in solidarity with the prisoners at the U.S. Detention Center at Guantánamo. WAT kicked off their action earlier today with the beginning of a Fast for Justice and 11 days of action.
Witness Against Torture (WAT) activsists, including many WRL members, began today with a “prisoner march” of activists dressed in orange jumpsuits in reference to the remaining prisoners at Guantánamo and the broken promises of the Obama administration to close the prison and end the United States’ use of torture.
Activists will engage in nonviolent civil disobediance and demand a meeting with Department of Justice officials.
Sign the petition against the Guantánamo detention center and all other U.S.-run detention sites, which continue to uphold systems of indefinite detention without charge or trial and block attempts at accountability for torture.
Close to 50 people, with over 100 people signed up in support around the country, will fast for 11 days and undertake a variety of other activities to draw government and public attention to the cases of the prisoners at Guantánamo. Upcoming activities include:
- Holding daily vigils at the Justice Department,
- Lobbying the White House and members of Congress, and
- Marking Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with a vigil for Pfc. Bradley Manning in Quantico, VA.
In 2005, WAT drew international attention after its members walked to Guantánamo to visit the prisoners. Since its return, the group has organized vigils, marches, nonviolent direct actions, and educational events to expose and decry the administration’s lawlessness, build awareness about torture and indefinite detention, and forge human ties with the prisoners at Guantánamo and their families.
On January 15th, WAT and WRL activists will also be joining with a number of other anti-war organizations, including Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Gold Star Families Speak Out, and United for Peace and Justice to mark the beginning of the 21st year after the first U.S. bombing of Iraq, drawing on Dr. Martin Luther King’s words on ending the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism on the day honoring his life and work.
For those living in the D.C. regional area, check out the action details:
10:30am Assemble at 16th & Park Road NW (bring signs, banners, puppets)
11am “March to Stop the War”- March down 16th street to the White House
12-1pm Vigil outside the White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
2-6pm Teach-in at Foundry United Methodist 1500 16th St. NW with live music, films, and guest speakers and activists including; Bishop Thomas Gumbleton – Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative
Non-Violence – Medea Benjamin co-founder of Code Pink & Global Exchange – Celeste Zappala of Gold Star Families Speak Out and Military Families Speak Out – Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American artist, and propietor of Bus Boys & Poets- Camilo Mejia, GI Resister, Conscientious Objector & Iraq War Veteran – David Swanson of Warisacrime.org and many more!
7pm Candlelight Vigil outside the White House marking the time the Tomahawk Missiles exploded in Baghdad (bring your own light)
To find out more about organizing with WRL, contact WRL Organizing Coordinator Kimber Heinz at firstname.lastname@example.org.