10 Years Too Many: National Day of Action Against Guantánamo (in Washington, D.C.)

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Date: January 11, 2012

Location:

Lafayette Square (across from the White House), Washington D.C.
Washington, DC

To mark the shameful 10th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo and to call for an end to all unjust detentions, we will be creating a human chain between the White House and the Capitol. Sign-up, spread the word and invite your friends on our Facebook page "10 Years Too Many: National Day of Action Against Guantánamo". This is an anniversary that should not have come.

When

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at noon to 2PM. We’ll begin with a rally in front of the White House featuring prominent speakers, and then form a human chain down Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol.
 

Where

Washington, D.C.: Meet at Lafayette Square (across from the White House)

What

Indefinite detention without charge or a fair trial must end, as must all unjust detentions. The Bush detention regime has been more deeply institutionalized by the Obama administration, and Guantánamo remains a key part of a larger, illegal, inhumane, and unjust system of U.S. detention. It is imperative that we come together on this day to demand that the Obama administration and Congress shut it down, charge and fairly try detained men or release them, ensure accountability for torture and other abuses committed by U.S. government officials, counter the Islamophobia underpinning U.S. detention policies, and stop violating human rights in the name of security.

 Join our coalition to support prominent speakers voicing opposition against Guantánamo and unjust detentions, and then help us form a human chain between the White House and the Capitol. We need 2,700 people – the number of men still unlawfully detained by the U.S. government at Guantánamo and Bagram. Be part of the largest demonstration yet demanding the closure of the prison at Guantánamo.

Transportation

Travel with fellow activists by bus to the DC rally and back on January 11, 2012. 

A limited number of buses are being chartered through Witness Against Torture from cities across the US. For the most up-to-date info, or if you want to charter your own bus, please email brian@vcnv.org

New Yorkers: One-way/Roundtrip, Transportation from NYC to DC: To confirm a seat on a NYC to DC bus, please RSVP with tmcharris@aiusa.org or (212) 633-4215. Please provide your first and last name, your phone number, and your email address. If you don't RSVP, we will try to accomodate you, or otherwise refer you to nearby commercial buses. 

NYC-DC buses: Departure Time: 6:30am sharp!
Departure Location:
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South,
New York, 10012

(take the A,B,C,D,E,F,M to W4th Street, walk east on West 4th St to 55 Washington Square South)

DC-NYC buses: Departure Time: 4 PM
Departure Location: To Be Announced
Bus Travel Cost: Bus fare is $30 roundtrip from NYC to DC to NYC, $20 one way from NYC to DC.* Cash only.

Accommodation

Witness Against Torture has floor sleeping space reserved at St Stephens and the Incarnation (1525 Newton Street (at 16th street), NW) January 10-12. Email fast@witnesstorture.org (subject line: ST. STEVE) to let us know you are coming. Bring a sleeping bag! We will be collecting donations to make a contribution to St Stephens. 
 

 

What to Bring

Please wear orange or black and bring signs that say “Obama, Close Guantánamo!” or "Obama: Close Guantánamo. No Excuses!" or "GTMO: Obama's Forever Prison" or "Free Djamel! Detained at GTMO since 2002 without Charge

Download PDF signage kit

 

Who will join you

Amnesty International USA • Center for Constitutional Rights • National Religious Campaign Against Torture • Witness Against Torture  • National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms • Muslim Justice Initiative (MJI) • Project Salaam • 8th Day Center for Justice  • Appeal for Justice  • Arab American Association of New York  • Backbone Campaign  • Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council  • Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee  • Bradley Manning Support Network  • Casa Esperanza  • Catholic Worker  • Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5  • Code Pink  • Comision Mexicana de Defensa Y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) • Comite de Accion Juridica (CAJ, Argentina) •  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) • Courage to Resist Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility  • Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) • Fellowship of Reconciliation  • High Road for Human Rights • Human Rights USA  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) • International Justice Network  • Islamic Circle of North America-Council for Social Justice  •  Just Foreign Policy • Latin America Solidarity Coalition • Liberty Coalition • Limeddh  • Midwest Anti War Mobilization • Muslim Peace Coalition  • National Lawyers Guild Muslim Defense Committee • National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance • Natural Solutions Foundation • No More Guantánamos • North Carolina Stop Torture Now Coalition • NYU Center for Health and Human Rights • Occupy Washington DC • Pakistan Solidarity Network • Pax Christi USA • Peace & Justice Center • Physicians for Human Rights • Quaker Initiative to End Torture • Rabbis for Human Rights-North America • Refuge Media Project • School of the Americas Watch • September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows • South Asian Americans Leading Together • Texans for Peace • The Rutherford Institute • Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition • United National Antiwar Coalition • United Nations Association – USA • East Bay Chapter US Peace Council • Veterans for Peace • Veterans for Peace, NY Chapter 34 • Voices for Creative Nonviolence • War Criminals Watch • War Resisters League • WarIsACrime.org • World Can’t Wait  
 

For general inquires or to add your organization to this coalition, please email us at closegitmo@ccrjustice.org. To RSVP visit our Facebook Event page.

Can’t make it to DC? Hold a solidarity event or attend a CCR event in your area!  

For more information about the National Day of Action Against Guantánamo and events in NYSF, and London, as well as solidarity actions we urge everyone to take between January 1-January 11, visit the main page.