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January 10, 2008

“Shut Down Guantánamo” Demonstration Friday


Shut Down GuantánamoFriday, January 11, is the sixth anniversary of the transfer of the first prisoners to the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, and the ACLU, Amnesty International, Witness Against Torture, and many other groups are organizing a protest on the Mall.

George Bush’s embrace of torture, secret prisons, and denial of habeas corpus and other legal procedures to prisoners is one of the worst stains he’s going to be leaving on the country, and one of the legacies that will be hardest to clean up. If you’re able to take the time during the day, go participate. I plan to. If not, you can at least wear orange — if you can find any (not sure what I’ll do about that, but maybe they’ll have orange armbands to give out).

10:00 am - Gather at the National Mall for Orientation to Prisoner March (National Mall @ 12th street NW btwn Madison Dr NW & Jefferson Drive SW - near the Smithsonian Metro Stop)

11: 00 am - Permitted demonstration on the National Mall co-sponsored by Amnesty International and National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Noon - Guantanamo Prisoner Procession from the National Mall to the Supreme Court (2 plus miles)

1:30 pm - Funeral Ceremony at the Supreme Court remembering the four men who died in custody at Guantanamo and mourning the death of Habeas Corpus


  1. JTF-Guantanamo: Defending Your Right to Protest Since 2002.

    d.4:23 pm

  2. D., I don’t doubt that most of the members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo are treating prisoners well (though holding innocent people, as some of the prisoners are, for years is wrong regardless of how you treat them). But you’re not going to convince me that no abuse of prisoners has occurred, that torture is something the United States should be condoning, or that constructing a detention facility in Guantanamo Bay specifically so that it’s in a legal gray zone is making us safer or has anything to do with defending our right to protest.

    Keith4:41 pm

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