Monday, January 11th marks 19 years since the opening of Guantánamo prison. September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows demands those who perpetrated the 9/11 and USS Cole attacks be brought to justice, and that the government either charge or release other Guantánamo prisoners.
Here are three things you can do to help support this goal:
1.) Call Your Congressperson:
Week of January 11: Dial 10855-980-2275 to be connected to the in-state office of your representative, and 1-855-982-2515 to be connected to our senators. Ask: for recognition of military commissions as failing; charge, try, or release other prisoners; reopen State Department office for transfers; lift transfer restrictions. For detailed policy prescriptions, CLICK HERE.
2.) Online Vigil – 19 Years of Guantánamo: Remembering the Men Detained:
1-2pm EST on January 11: The Peace Poets will emcee the vigil and perform spoken word. Additionally, we will read the names of the men who remain detained and hear from a former Guantánamo prisoner, Mansoor Adayfi who will talk to us about his life post imprisonment. We will also light candles and share a moment of silence.
RSVP for the vigil here. You can also watch it by tuning in to the Justice for Muslims Collective facebook page.
3.) Virtual Event – Rights or Rightlessness? The Lives of Men Imprisoned at Guantánamo:
5-6:30pm EST on January 11: Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International USA, Justice for Muslims Collective, and Witness Against Torture are hosting a panel:
Rights or Rightlessness? The Lives of Men Imprisoned at Guantánamo. Dr. Maha Hilal, Co-Director of Justice for Muslims Collective will offer introductory remarks and will co-moderate the panel with Aliya Hussain, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Our virtual panel will have the following speakers:
- Mohamedou Ould Slahi, former Guantánamo prisoner and author
of the bestselling book, Guantánamo Diary
- Naomi Paik, Author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II
- Baher Azmy, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights
You can RSVP for the panel here.
Thank you, and onward!
PT members Phyllis Rodriguez, Valerie Lucznikowska and Ellen Judd demonstrating
together with Witness Against Torture in Times Square in June 2014.