Co-sponsored by World Can't Wait and the Center for Constitutional Rights, Metro New York Religious Campaign Against Torture, Witness Against Torture, National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Click here for the Facebook event page.
Stand with Shaker Aamer, Fahd Ghazy & all the Prisoners Unjustly Held
On January 11, Guantanamo will enter its 14th year of operation. More than 100 men are still held, the majority of whom were cleared for release years ago.
Shaker Aamer, the last held British subject, has been a leader among prisoners. He was cleared for release from Guantanamo in 2007 under Bush — yet remains, inexplicably held. We will learn about a new campaign for his release, Stand with Shaker. We will also view a new short film Waiting for Fahd, which tells the story of Fahd Ghazy through moving interviews with his family in Yemen. Fahd was detained at 2002 when he was only 17 years old, and despite being cleared since 2007 he remains imprisoned.
Doors open 6:30 pm for light refreshments
Presentation 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Andy Worthington is a British freelance investigative journalist. He has been researching and writing about Guantanamo since 2006, and has worked with the United Nations as a consultant and was a media partner to WikiLeaks to prepare for the release of its files pertaining to Guantanamo. He is the co-ordinator of the new campaign StandwithShaker.
Ramzi Kassem is Associate Professor of Law at the City University of New York where he directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic. He is part of a legal team representing Shaker Aamer, and other prisoners in Guantanamo, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, at so-called "Black Sites," and at other detention sites worldwide.
Omar Farah is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, representing Guantanamo prisoners in habeas corpus challenges and in resettlement efforts, focusing on Guantanamo's predominantly Yemeni population. He is counsel to Fahd Ghazy, one of the last remaining men at Guantanamo to have been detained as a juvenile. CCR's new film Waiting for Fahd premiered in early December.
Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, an organization which has been leading people in the U.S. to "stop the crimes of your government" because "humanity and the planet come first." World Can't Wait, since its founding in 2005, has organized campus and community protests against war criminals including Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and torture lawyer John Yoo; held many substantive events and published ads calling for the closing of Guantanamo and the end of U.S. torture and indefinite detention.