by Bob Geary
Jule Shanklin, Peggy Misch and Christina Cowger (in the picture below, from right to left) were part of the anti-Gitmo protest contingent at the federal building on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh today. Did you know that 80-some prisoners at Guantanamo have been "cleared for release" — i.e., they've never been charged with anything, because there's no evidence they were ever more than in the wrong place at the wrong time in the "War on Terror" — yet they continue to be held more than a decade later.
Forgotten and desperate, they're on a hunger strike which is now in its 6th week.
Today, in 20 cities including Raleigh, protesters sought to bring this outrage to public attention.
Jule Shanklin @ anti-Gitmo protest in Raleigh today. U.S. holds prisoners for years w/o charges.#closeGitmo @theccr twitter.com/rjgeary/status…
— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) April 11, 2013
Here's a note about the actions underway from the Center for Constitutional Rights:
Join CCR and our partners TOMORROW, April 11th, for an Emergency Day of Action to Close Guantánamo & End Indefinite Detention! Most of the men detained have been on a hunger strike for more than two months and some are in critical condition. After 11 years of indefinite detention, these men are protesting in the only method available to them. We need YOU to protest too! One of CCR’s legal workers just returned from visiting our clients in Guantánamo, and he reports that the situation is the worst he’s ever seen it. The time is now to raise your voice and demand that the Obama administration immediately address the causes of the hunger strike and fulfill its promise to close Guantánamo.
1. Join our events in 20 cities across the US:
New York, NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
San Francisco, CA
New Haven, CT
Los Angeles, CA
South Bend, IA
2. Call the White House at 202.456.1111 and tell President Obama to keep his promise to close Guantánamo.
3. Twitter Storm: President @BarackObama @WhiteHouse Keep your promise: #closegitmo #GitmoHungerStrike
4. If you have a Twitter account, take a picture of your action and tweet it using the hashtag #closeGitmo. Include @theCCR in your tweet and we’ll re-tweet you! Or email us your photo at closegitmo@CCRjustice.org
5. Watch and share this video of CCR Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei on All In with Chris Hayes: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/51473726#51447813
6. See more actions beyond April 11th at CCR’s Guantánamo Hunger Strike page http://ccrjustice.org/get-involved/action/GTMOHungerStrike2013
7. Want to support this work further? Make a gift at www.CCRjustice.org/donate.
The time is now to raise your voice and help us build political pressure to end the immense suffering at Guantánamo and to shut the prison down. On behalf of our clients, who have suffered for too long, we thank you.
Center for Constitutional Rights