Guantanamo 18 Years Later: Witnessing and Resisting Our Carceral Society


Add to My Calendar Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:00pm to 9:00pm


The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights, Justice for Muslims Collective, and Witness Against Torture as we mark the 18th anniversary of Guantánamo’s opening and bring the offshore “War on Terror” prison into a larger conversation on resistance within and to the U.S.’ carceral society.

Reflecting on Japanese-American incarceration during WWII, mass incarceration, migrant detention, and the prison at Guantánamo Bay, panelists will explore the criminalization of communities and the state’s use of confinement as a tool of social control. The discussion will center the ways in which prisoners and detainees have resisted their captivity, and how advocates have organized against those systems.

The event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP.

Note: Justice for Muslims Collective’s poster exhibition, Shattering Justice & Re-Making the Muslim Threat, will be on display beginning at 5:00 pm and throughout the evening.

Introductory remarks by Dr. Maha Hilal, Co-founder of Justice for Muslims Collective


Mike Ishii, Co-chair of Tsuru for Solidarity, a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies.

Robert Saleem Holbrook, Director of Community Organizing at the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race-based mass incarceration in the United States. He is also co-founder of the Human Rights Coalition, an organization with chapters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that is composed of family members of prisoners and which advocates on behalf of the civil and human rights of prisoners.

Aliya Hussain, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates on behalf of the Center’s former and current Guantánamo clients and has managed campaigns that have supported prisoner-led hunger strikes, artmaking, and storytelling.


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December 30, 2019