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Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantanamo!

On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo. His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison. One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison and hunger strikes and forced feeding continue. Join us in Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Hawaii, Germany, London, Sydney and in many more communities around the world to urge President Obama and Congress to end indefinite detention and close the detention facility at Guantánamo. 

Here’s a toolkit to help you plan your action!

Albany, New York
Where: Townsend Park (bordered by Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Ave)
When: May 23, 12PM
Contact Linda LeTendre
Facebook event page

Amherst, Massachusetts
Amnesty International, Amherst Chapter, and Pioneer Valley No More Guantánamos
Where:  The Common
When: May 24, 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
Contact: Martha Spiegelman


Baltimore, Maryland

Where? University and St. Paul,

When: 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Contact Amy and Ted

Boston, Massachusetts
Where: Ramsey Park to Boston Commons
When: May 23, 12-1PM
Contact Chris Spicer
Facebook event page

Bozeman, Montana
Where: Main Street in front of the Courthouse
When: May 23, 5:30PM
Contact: Deb Van Poolen (202-455-9659)

Buffalo, New York 
Where: Niagra Square
68 Court Street
When: 12:1PM
Contact Tom C.

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo
Where: Water Tower Park
When: May 23 4:30PM
Contact Marie
Facebook event page

Cleveland, Ohio
All- day mass letter writing campaign, and film screening of “Inside Guantanamo”
Where: Storefront,4241 Lorain Ave. 
When: 7PM Movie Showing. 12-noon vigil at the Federal Building
Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network
Contact Don Bryant
Facebook event page

Colorado

Citizens for Peace in Space has set up 3 events in the coming week.  Hope you can join us for one or more.

· On Monday May 19 we will hold banners and hand out flyers prior to the opening ceremony of the heavily militarized Space Symposium at the Broadmoor.  We will carpool from 420 Mesa at 5.  The ceremony starts at 6:30  Join us there at 5:30 if that is more convenient.  

· On Friday we will be downtown twice in solidarity with the nationwide protest of the continued existence of the immoral and illegal incarceration at the Guantanamo Bay prison.  (see update below)

· On Friday May 23 from 12 - 12:30 we will hold signs and hand out flyers suggesting folks call the president and our local congressional representatives demanding closure after almost 13 years of shameful operation of this gulag. The location will be Colorado and Tejon.   At 4:30 we’ll return to Boulder and Tejon.  Some will take part in a scheduled visit to Senator Bennet’s office to express our concerns.  

Dallas, Texas

Veterans For Peace Chapter 106

Where: George W. Bush Library

When: TBA

Contact Leslie Harris

Detroit, Michigan

Amnesty International, USA Detroit Chapter

Where: McNamara Federal Building

Where: May 23, 4PM Silent Vigil

Contact: Ken and Geraldine 

Facebook Event page

Erie, Pennsylvania 
Mary the Apostle Catholic Worker
Where:  West 8th St. and Bayfront Pkwy
When: May 23, 4:15PM
Contact Matt O. 814.459.2529

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne for Peace
Indiana Peace & Justice
Where: Summit Park, Downtown
When: May 23, 12PM
Contact Dave Lambert, (260) 609-8803
Facebook Event page 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contact Alex Gebhardt

Hartford, Connecticut 
Where: The Hartford Federal building 

When: 12:30 to 1:30 
Contact: Hartford Catholic Worker

Honolulu, Hawaii
World Can’t Wait
Where: Corner of Seaside & Kalakaua in Waikiki
When: May 23, 6-8pm
Signholding/Leafleting

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis Socialist Party 
TBA
Contact Sam Rodgers

Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Tackling Torture at the Top! Committee of Women Against Military Madness, Amnesty International 
Where: the Federal Courthouse (4th Ave and 4th St)
When: May 23, 12 to 1 pm. Wear your orange jumpsuit if you have one. Otherwise we have extra jumpsuits and also lots of signs. 
Contact: Coleen Rowley

Montclair, New Jersey

Northern NJ Socialist Party USA

New Jersey Peace Action

Where: Park and Bloomfield Ave

When: May 23, 6:30PM

Contact Greg 201-803-7574

Facebook event page

Northampton, Massachusetts 

Pioneer Valley No More Guantánamos and Witness Against Torture

Where:  Coolidge Bridge westbound

When:  May 23, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Nancy Talanian (ntalanian@nogitmos.org)

Northampton, Massachusetts 

Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars

Where:  In front of County Courthouse (between Gothic and King Streets)

When:  May 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Paki Wieland (pakiwieland@gmail.com)


New Haven, Connecticut

Where: Federal Courthouse steps
When: May 23, 12PM

Contact Mark Colville

(203) 415-5896

Facebook event page


New York City
Where: Times Square at 43rd St
U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station
When: May 23, 12PM
Facebook event page
Contact: witnesstorture@gmail.com

Norfolk, Virginia 
Where:  US Federal Building 
Granby St. and City Hall Ave 
When: 12-1PM
Contact Steve Baggarly

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
AmnestyUSA/OK/Group #238
Where: Penn Square Mall
1901 Northwest Expressway
When: May 23, 4:30-6PM
Contact John Walters
Facebook event page

Orange County, California
Where: Orange Circle 
When: 12PM
Contact Dorrine


Portland, Oregon
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Social Justice Committee for First Unitarian Church.  Veterans For Peace in Portland
Where: Director Park (downtown)
When: 12PM. Possible procession at 9AM
Contact Megan Harrington


Raleigh, North Carolina
Where: Terry Sanford Federal 
New Bern Avenue and South Person ST
When: May 23, 12-1PM
Contact Beth Brockman
Facebook event page

Rochester, New York
Where: 12 Corners area in Brighton 
When: May 23, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

San Francisco, CA.
Organized by World Can’t Wait, CloseGitmo.net, Veterans for Peace, and Code Pink.
Where:  Powell and Market BART Plaza (Fifth and Market), San Francisco by the Cable Cars
When:  Friday May 23rd, 4:30-6:00 PM
Rally & Speakout:  Orange jumpsuits, speeches, poetry, words from Guantanamo  prisoners themselves, a reading of their names, banners and photos.

For more info: to endorse/RSVP/contribute messages and funds, contact sf@worldcantwait.net   or  sherri@closegitmo.net

Sacramento, CA.
CloseGitmo.net, Veterans for Peace-Sacramento, and  Occupy Beale AFB

A Walk to Peace: Close Guantanamo, Resist Militarization and Drone Warfare

The walk is 10 days and nights, 125 miles from San Francisco to Beale  Airforce Base, home of the Predator Drones. Wednesdayafternoon, May 23rd will be a special call to close Guantanamo.  When the walk reaches the Sacramento River we will have a moment of silence  for Guantanamo Bay

Prisoners as well as all prisoners being unjustly held around the world.

Where:  Tower Bridge, Sacramento (near Rally Field)
When:   Fri. May 23, late afternoon when the walk reaches Sacramento.
Contact us that day to find out when we will reach the Bridge
March: Orange jumpsuits,  and banners visible from surrounding highways

For more info or directions or to endorse/RSVP/contribute messages and funds, contact:  bbinks@comcast.net(beforeFriday, May 17th) or sherri@closegitmo.net

Springfield, Massachusetts


Pioneer Valley No More Guantánamos, Grace Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Witness Against Torture, and Western Mass. CodePink 
Where:  In front of old Federal Building, 1550 Main Street, with procession to Court Square and nearby park 
When:  May 23, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Contact Nancy Talanian

Sunnyvale/San Jose, CA
Redwood City Catholic Worker with support from CloseGitmo.net and World Can’t Wait. Lockheed Martin on going monthly vigil sponsors:

A Day of Action to Close Guantanamo:

Sunnyvale is the site of Lockheed Martin, where the D-5 missile is made. This D-5 missile is deployed in Trident submarines, and the missile carries 4-6 nuclear warheads. With the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo, we come to Lockheed Martin and explore the ties that Lockheed Martin has to torture, Guantanamo, and overseas US prisons.

Where:  Mathilda Ave. at Java in Sunnyvale, CA
When:  12 NOON to 1PM
Vigil and Speakout:  Orange jumpsuits, and banners.

For more info or directions, or to endorse/RSVP/contribute messages and funds, contact: susan.s.crane@gmail.comor   sherri@closegitmo.net.  On the day of the action, you may call: (650) 649-8690 (Susan).



Tiffin, Ohio
Project Peace, Tiffin Area Pax Christi, and People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County
Where: Courthouse Square, corner of Washington & Market St
When: May 23, 4:30PM
Contact Josie Setzler

Toledo, Ohio

Where: On corner to Talmadge and Sylvania.

When: Sunday May 25, noon-1:30 pm,
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) www.nwopc.org
Contact Dakota Wolf

Tuscon, Arizona
Where: front of the Federal building on the corner of Congress and Granada 
When: May 23, 4:45-5:45
Contact Dan Wilson

Washington, DC 
NRCATCodepinkAmnesty InternationalTASCCDorothy Day Catholic Worker
Where: The White House
When: May 23, 11AM
Contact Paz Artaza-Regan
Facebook event page

Worcester, Massachusetts
Noon-1pm, Lincoln Square. Sponsored by Witness Against Torture and the Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Worker community.
Contact Mike Benedetti
Faceook event page

International events:

Kraków, Poland
Where: US consulate, ul Stolarska
One person vigil
Contact: Anna 

London, England
Guantanamo London Campaign 
Where: Trafalgar Square
When: May 23 12-2PM UTC
Contact London Guantanamo Campaign
Facebook event page
Website

Mexico City
When: May 23, 5:00 pm
U.S. Embassy
Contact Jay Becker

Munich, Germany
Where: verschiedene öffentliche Plätze 
When: May 23, 6PM UTC
Contact Anja Mayer
Facebook event page

Sydney, Australia
Film screening- The Road to Guantanamo with David Hicks and Rev. Graham Long.
Where: The Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St, Potts Point NSW 2011
When: 24th May at 2PM
Contact Aloysia
Website

Toronto, Canada 
Free Omar Khadr Now campaign
Where: Young-Dundas Square
1 Dundas Street East
When: May 23, 12PM
Contact Michael Van Arragon
Facebook Event page

Please email witnesstorture at gmail dot com if you are planning or hoping to plan an action in your community.

Read the call to action in full.

The May 23rd Day of Action is being coordinated by Witness Against Torture in collaboration with:

Amnesty International
the Center for Constitutional Rights
World Can’t Wait 
Veterans for Peace
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows 
CloseGuantanamo.org
Codepink
CloseGitmo.net
Blue Lantern Project
Popular Resistance
London Guantánamo Campaign
No More Guantánamos
The Torture Abolition and Survivor Support 
The National Religious Campaign  
Catholic Work
Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Project 
Tiffin Area Pax Christi
People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County
Free Omar Khadr Now
The Justice Campaign
Metro New York Religious Campaign Against Torture
North Carolina Stop Torture Now
The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Pax Christi Metro New York
AmnestyUSA/OK/Group #238
Hartford Catholic Worker
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Northwest Ohio Peace 
Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Worker 
Tackling Torture at the Top! 
Committee of Women Against Military Madness 
School of the Americas Watch 
Afghan YP Volunteers
School of the Americas Watch 
Chicago Benedictines for Peace
OWS Special Projects Affinity Group 
OWS Outreach Working Group 
Fort Wayne for Peace
New Jersey Peace Action 
Indiana Peace & Justice 
Pacific Life 
Cleveland Peace Action 
Council on American Islamic Relations 
Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice 
Peace in the Hood 
Task Force for Community Mobilization 
Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network 
Interreligious Task Force on Central America

 

 

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