Witness Against Torture is launching on Friday May 26: #foreverhumanbeings – A Campaign to Close Guantánamo. For a period of 41 days, spanning the holy month of Ramadan and beyond, the campaign will bring awareness to the fate of each of the 41 men detained in Guantanamo Bay Prison, coordinate public action aimed at closing Guantánamo, and draw links between Guantánamo, institutionalized Islamophobia, all forms of racism, and abuses in the US criminal justice and prison systems
The Witness Against Torture campaign will include:
~ an international and interfaith “rolling fast” throughout the campaign’s 41 days. Fasters are encouraged to incorporate concern for the abuse of men in Guantánamo during their day. If you are observing Ramadan, you may leave an empty seat at the dinner table in remembrance of the men who are in Guantánamo rather than at home with their families, during Iftar. Sign up for the Rolling Fast here.
~ phone calls, emails, and letter to relevant governmental and military offices
~ creative direct action and vigils in Washington, D.C. and other places
~ scheduled blogposts on such topics as Islamophobia, the current situation at Guantánamo, religious objections to torture, and the use of Communications Management Units in “war on terror” detentions.
~ daily profiles on social media of each of the 41 detained men
~ participation on June 23 in the all-day vigil at the White House organized by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition
~ the creation and distribution of art addressing Guantánamo, torture, and the US prisons
Please join us in remembering the men locked away, now forever, at Guantánamo and working to close the prison!