Guantanamo 14th anniversary event

Shut Down Guantanamo – Stop Inspiring Terrorism
Visibility Action
Monday, January 11, 2016
3:30-5:30 PM
SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)

Join Portlanders calling to close down the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, exactly 14 years to the day after it opened, with a visibility action at the east end of the Hawthorne bridge, SE Hawthorne and Grand on Monday, January 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will use its 12-foot-tall “tower of peace” to call attention to the notorious prison where over 100 people still languish in a facility that undermines the supposed rule of law that separates our country from chaos.


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Global Day of Action To Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention on May 23

May 16, 2014

Local Media Contact: Megan Harrington, Amnesty International USA Group 48, 206-398-9838

Amnesty International USA Group 48, Veterans For Peace, and hold ‘May 23 Global Day of Action To Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention’
Exactly one year after President Obama recommitted to close down the detention facility, multiple local social justice groups will protest the lack of progress on detainee transfers

PORTLAND, OR—On Friday, May 23, one year after President Obama once again promised to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University, local chapters of Amnesty International (USA Group 48), Veterans For Peace, and will host a rally at noon at Director Park in downtown Portland.

This rally is part of a Global Day of Action organized by Witness Against Torture, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Amnesty International and other groups.

Groups are calling on President Obama to transfer the dozens of cleared detainees and make good on his commitment to close the detention facility this year.

The President’s pledge last May came amidst a mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention. Since then only a handful of detainees have been transferred despite Congress’ decision to ease restrictions on such transfers.

There are no excuses for further delay. The President has the authority to transfer cleared detainees and it’s time to use it. Groups are also calling on President Obama to release the full Senate report on CIA torture and ensure that the CIA does not have the final say about what information is made public.

“The existence and continued use of the ‘gulag’ of Guantanamo is grotesque,” said S. Brian Willson, member of the Portland chapter of Veterans for Peace. “The fact that Americans tolerate the long imprisonment and torture of other human beings without due process means we need to take a serious look at the level of apathy in our culture.”

Activists will wear orange jumpsuits representing detainees at colorful demonstrations in over 25 cities, including Portland.

WHERE: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, downtown Portland, OR.
• Events will also be held in Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, London and over 20 other cities. For a full list & contact info, visit:

WHEN: 12pm, Friday, May 23, 2014

WHO: Members of the public and activists from multiple local social justice groups

WHAT: Global Day of Action Against Guantanamo

To participate, the public can attend a rally, sign a petition, call elected officials and tweet President Obama.

Guantanamo transfer provisions passed the amendment process

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2013

Amnesty International Welcomes Senate Result on NDAA Guantanamo Amendments

In response to the Senate vote on the Guantanamo transfer provisions as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 (S. 1197), Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International USA’s Security & Human Rights Program and an observer of the military commissions at Guantanamo issued the following statement:

“Finally, the Senate did the right thing on Guantanamo. The new detainee transfer provisions will help ensure that each detainee is either given a safe and fair trial in US federal court or is transferred to another country if cleared to leave.

Section 1031 of the Senate bill would facilitate the transfer to other countries of cleared detainees; Section 1032 would allow transfers to the mainland US for medical treatment; and Section 1033 would allow transfers to the mainland US for trial. These provisions must be preserved through the reconciliation process with the House provisions.

Furthermore, President Obama need not wait for final passage to move forward with transfers under current law. People like Shaker Aamer, cleared to leave with a safe place to go that wants him–the UK–should be transferred out immediately.”

Urge Your Senators to Support Closing Guantanamo

The 2014 defense authorization bill (S. 1197) includes 3 provisions that can help close Guantanamo. Together, they ensure that Guantanamo detainees are either safely and fairly tried in US federal court, or transferred to other countries.

The bill is coming up for a vote very soon. The vote will come 13 years after Guantanamo prisoner and British resident Shaker Aamer began his horrific journey of indefinite detention in Guantanamo. Shaker has spent 11 brutal years inside Guantanamo without charge or trial, even though Shaker was cleared for release by BOTH President George W. Bush and President Obama. This spring, Shaker and dozens of other detainees went on hunger strike to protest their unlawful indefinite detention. The hunger strike has taken its toll on Shaker’s body. Even worse, Shaker has endured absolute agony at the hands of US authorities in their twice-daily force-feeding sessions.

It’s time our representatives in Washington end the agony on an island sheltered from the public eye. Click here to tell your Senators to support closing Guantanamo without delay.

June 26 Actions on Guantanamo

by Zeke Johnson, AIUSA Security & Human Rights Program Director

June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Amnesty activists have marked this solemn and important day for years, demanding that governments around the world end–and ensure accountability for–torture and other ill-treatment.

This year, I invite you to join me in taking action to close Guantanamo. We are at a pivotal moment in the campaign and need more pressure than ever for real change – especially on each and every Senator, as they will soon debate and vote on Guantanamo transfer provisions in the next National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We also have to keep the pressure on President Obama to transfer cleared detainees, NOW.

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