JANUARY 11, 5th Anniversary of Indefinite Detention at
Guantanamo, - International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo
as part of the WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE
(www.witnesstorture.org) international campaign to Shut Down
the Guantanamo Bay Prison.
Noon - Phila. Federal Courthouse
4:30PM - Chester Co. Courthouse
7PM - Program with Guantanamo Prisoners' Attorney
Join the Vigil in Front of the Phila. Federal Courthouse, 601 Market
Street, Phila., PA
"Break the Chains" of Guantanamo!
The vigil will include a dramatic tableau of people chained together
in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, and a reading of names of
those imprisoned without trial at Guantanamo.
Following the vigil/tableau, the names of the Guantanamo prisoners
will be delivered to the Phila. office within the Federal Building of
Senator Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary
Committee, calling for the closure of Guantanamo and the repeal of
the Military Commissions Act.
Brandywine Peace Community
P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818
Chester County Peace Movement's Anti-Detention/Torture Protest
Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts., West Chester
Thursday, Jan. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wearing jumpsuits, black hoods in protest of indefinite detention &
torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and the
American Gulag in Europe, as well as "extraordinary rendtion"
practice of sending prisoners to other countries to be tortured by
other governments. Part of a national protest on Jan. 11,
commemorating the 5th anniversary of first prisoners arriving at
Guantanamo Naval Base.
Upper Bucks for Democracy and the Coalition for Peace Action
invite you to hear Cristi Charpentier of the Federal Defender's
Office, Eastern District of PA, recently returned from Guantánamo,
where she has been working with detainee clients speak about the
denial of habeas corpus, the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of
2006, the use of torture, and the dangers all pose for U.S.
Constitutional law and basic human rights.
January 11, 7 p.m., Plumstead Township Building
5186 Stump Road (0.4 mi east of 611 on right)
Plumsteadville, PA 18949, a few miles North of Doylestown.
January 11th, 2007 marks five years of unjust imprisonment,
isolation, beatings, interrogation and abuse for these men. We must
say: no more. We must say: no longer. For our nation of laws, for
our democracy, for our humanity and theirs, we demand small but
essential steps to help return our nation to the best of our own
We call on the United States government to:
· Repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Habeas Corpus.
· Charge and try in Federal Court or release all detainees.
· Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new
military courts at Guantánamo.
· Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel,
inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison
guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else.
· Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families
for violations of their human rights.
· Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S.
prisons overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities.
We mark January 11, 2007 as a day of national shame. But we can
also mark it as a day of citizen action. How? By acting on behalf of
our fellow human beings in Guantánamo, their bereaved families
and all victims of the "war on terrorism."
We declare January 11, 2007 an International Day of Action to Shut
Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC and around the country,
groups are planning vigils and actions at courthouses, federal
building and public squares. In other countries, the focus will be on
U.S. Embassies and military facilities.
For a full list of both National and International actions, visit www.witnesstorture.org