[Ppnews] May 17 & 18 actions against torture & Guantanamo - NY, Chicago, London

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu May 16 13:28:02 EDT 2013


    *MAY 17 in NYC & CHICAGO*

* New York City: May 17 and 18*

Join us on Friday, May 17^ at *5pm *at the Military Recruiting Center at 
Times Square to do a mass sing along of the Hunger Strike Song.  We may 
do the song again on May 18 in Union Square and Times Square. Stay 
tuned!  For details, contact Luke Nephew <mailto:despierto11 at gmail.com> 
or Jeremy Varon <mailto:jvaron at aol.com>.

*Chicago: May 17 in Federal Plaza*

Chicago folks will meet at Federal Plaza on May 17 at 4 P.M. 
<https://www.facebook.com/events/592988150711229/> for a brief rally and 
then hold a procession of people in orange jumpsuits and black hoods up 
State Street to Daley Plaza where they will read poems from Guantanamo 
prisoners and place the photos at the Eternal Flame.

For more information on vigils (or to let us know about a vigil you are 
planning), contact witnesstorture at gmail.com 
<mailto:witnesstorture at gmail.com>

*London Guantanamo Campaign*

On Saturday 18 May, at 2-4pm, we will hold a solidarity demonstration 
outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London W1A.

The Justice Campaign is holding a peaceful vigil at the American 
Consulate in Sydney, Level 59, MLC Centre19-29 Martin Place. We are 
meeting on Friday at 2pm at the entrance to the MLC building.



*Give up food for a day* as part of Witness Against Torture's ROLLING 
Over 200 people have participated by fasting for some period of time 
since the Guantanamo Hunger Strike began.  Sign up for one day, or more.



We have generated over 500 calls since the Hunger Strike began.  We are 
particularly focusing on calls to the U.S. Southern Command (where you 
will be able to speak to a person), but ask folks to call all of the 
numbers here: *Call* the *White House* (202-456-1111, 202-456-1414), 
*U.S. Southern Command* (305-437-1213) and *Department of Defense* 
(703-571-3343) to express concern over the hunger strike and insist on 
Guantanamo's closing.

The Men in Guantanamo know of our efforts in response to their hunger 
strike and indefinite detention. Download and send this letter 
<http://witnesstorture.org/letter-writing-campaign/> to a man detained 
in Guantánamo.


We have begun to reach out to members of Congress to push for movement 
towards Guantanamo's closure.  Resources to use in your own lobbying 
will be available soon.  Please call or e-mail your elected officials to 
express concern over what is happening at Guantanamo, and highlight Sen. 
Diane Feinstein's letter 
urging the Obama Administration to transfer cleared Guantanamo prisoners.



May 17 will mark the Day 100 of the Guantanamo Hunger Strike.  We are 
working in a coalition with many other groups and will be announcing 
plans for May 17 / 18 very soon.  We are also working with Change.org 
<http://change.org/> on a petition authored by Col. Morris Davis (former 
chief prosecutor at Guantanamo) that we will be asking folks to sign and 



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has reached over 100,000 people.  This is only possible when people 
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*Post* any pictures of your local activities to 
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the word on http://witnesstorture.tumblr.com/



Witness Against Torture is completely volunteer driven and run.  We have 
no paid staff, but do have expenses associated with our organizing 
work.  If you are able, please donate here 

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