| Act to Close the Internment Camp at Guantánamo on its Grim 11th Anniversary
Dear CCR Supporter,
January 11, 2013 marks the grim eleventh anniversary of the opening of the internment camp at Guantánamo Bay, where 166 men remain deprived of their freedom, most without charge. It is now President Obama’s second term, and we demand that he finally meet his unfulfilled promise to close Guantánamo by releasing the men he will not charge and by giving fair trials to those he will. President Obama’s own administration has cleared more than half of the detained men for release, yet Guantánamo is unacceptably about to enter its twelfth year of operation. If President Obama continues to waver in his promise to shut down Guantánamo, his legacy will be marred forever.
It is past time to shut down Guantánamo. It is urgent. It is ethically and legally necessary.
Join CCR and a coalition of other groups on January 11, 2013 to demand the closure of Guantánamo and to build opposition to both this prison and to all sites of unjust U.S. detentions. Meet us at our main rally in Washington D.C., starting at noon on the steps of the Supreme Court, moving past the Capitol, and ending at the White House. Or join demonstrations planned in other cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Palo Alto, and London. If you cannot join a demonstration, create an event in your own community to build pressure for the closure of Guantánamo, or participate in and share CCR’s calendar of solidarity activities in which you can participate from wherever you are. Also, use and share CCR’s advocacy tool kit to learn more about Guantánamo and bolster our efforts to shut it down.
What: “January 11: Day of Action Against Guantánamo.” March from the Supreme Court via the Capitol to the White House
When: Meet at noon on Supreme Court steps. March ends at 1:30pm at the White House
Where: Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE (between East Capitol & Maryland Avenue), Washington D.C.
The Obama administration has not only failed to exercise the leadership required to close Guantánamo, but it has also extended some of the worst aspects of the Guantánamo system by continuing to use illegitimate military commissions to try some suspects, and by blocking accountability for torture.
Demand an end to Guantánamo and its system of indefinite detention without charge or fair trial. Join us in D.C. on January 11 or see CCR’s Close Guantánamo website and do your part to advocate for the closure of Guantánamo from wherever you are.
PS: If you are in Miami, be sure to attend a panel discussion including CCR’s President Emeritus Michael Ratner and Associate Legal Director Bill Quigley. The panel will be at 7:30pm at Cor Jesu Chapel, Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161.