International Day of Action to Shut Down
CALL TO ACTION
January 11th, 2007
Guantánamo…itwill be looked back on with condescension and
bemusement. How could webe so foolish, misguided, cruel?
How we will respond is a legal questionand a political question.
But it is most of all a moral question. Willwe respond with
courage or cowardice? This is our choice.”
- Joseph Margulies, a lawyer challenging the detention
of the prisoners at Guantánamo*
On January 11th, 2002, twenty hooded and shackled men shuffled off a
plane from Afghanistan, arriving at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. In an
attempt to sidestep the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of
war, the Bush administration created a new category of “enemy combatant”
for these men captured in the “war on terror.”
Since that time, more than one thousand men and boys have been
imprisoned at Guantánamo. Accounts of cruel, inhuman, and degrading
treatment have been condemned by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch
and other reputable bodies. The prisoners have resorted to hunger
strikes as a way of protesting their treatment. Many have attempted
suicide; three men killed themselves on June 10th 2006. Desperation,
fear and frustration mark their confinement.
Five years later, not a single prisoner has been charged, tried or
convicted of any crime. Many have been released because no evidence has
been found against them, but more than 430 men remain in indefinite
detention without hope of release. The United States has abandoned law
January 11th, 2007 marks five years of unjust imprisonment, isolation,
beatings, interrogation and abuse for these men. We must say: no more.
We must say: no longer. For our nation of laws, for our democracy, for
our humanity and theirs, we demand small but essential steps to help
return our nation to the best of our own traditions.
We call on the United States government to:
• Charge and try or release all detainees.
• Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new
military courts at Guantánamo.
• Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel,
inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison
guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else.
• Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families for
violations of their human rights.
• Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S.
overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities.
We mark January 11, 2007 as a day of national shame. But we can also
mark it as a day of citizen action. How? By acting on behalf of our
fellow human beings in Guantánamo, their bereaved families and all
victims of the “war on terrorism.”
We declare January 11, 2007 an International Day of Action to Shut Down
Guantánamo. In Washington, DC we will march from the Supreme Court to
the U.S. Federal Court. At the Supreme Court, Guantánamo Lawyers and
others will address the press. Individuals will then proceed to Federal
Court, taking on the names and identities of the men in Guantánamo and
submitting Habeas petitions on their behalf. With our action and our
bodies, we will forge the path that the Center for Constitutional Rights
and other legal advocates demand on behalf of their clients. Outside the
Federal Court on Constitution Avenue, people will read testimonies and
names of prisoners, perform street theater and hand out information.
There will be solidarity demonstrations from Amsterdam to Boise, Idaho
and a National Call-In Day to Congress.
We invite you to come to Washington and participate, either as an
individual or as part of an affinity group. If travel is not an option,
join or plan an action in your own community. Around the country, groups
are planning vigils and actions at courthouses, federal building and
public squares. In other countries, the focus will be on U.S. Embassies
and military facilities. For a full list of both National and
International actions, visit www.witnesstorture.org
If you plan on coming to DC, we encourage you to form affinity groups
and be in touch with organizers ahead of time for details on the
scenario. Contact Matt Daloisio ([email protected]) or Frida
Berrigan ([email protected]).
Cedar Rapids Event
Jan 11 2007 - 7:00pm
1103 3RD St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52501
include a film screening
and signing a petition.
Wear something orange
in sympathy for those
held without due