12 Years Detained? Protest to Close Guantanamo NOW!
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 6pm - 7:30pm
Signholding & and Leafleting
Corner of Seaside & Kalakaua, Waikiki
Call to Action!
January 11, 2014 is the 12th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo and people around the world will be on the streets to demand that the notorious prison be shut down - NOW!
Were you outraged when you saw "12 Years a Slave?" Did you wonder how people of conscience coud have stood silently by as people were grabbed off the street, thrown into wagons, and then sold as slaves? Is grabbing people in other countries, throwing them into planes and then depositing them at Guantanamo where they have been held for 12 years fundamentally different?
The Bush regime filled the off-shore prison at Guantanamo Bay by rendering men seized from around the globe into indefinite captivity, employing and legally justifying a program of torture they called "enhanced interrogation." Even Bush's team slowly began to release hundreds of prisoners for whom no case could be fabricated to justify prison.
When Barack Obama was elected, he quickly promised to close it within a year... five years ago. It's still open, with new infrastructure added, and more personnel than ever. Most people in the U.S. have no idea there are still 82 prisoners there who were cleared for release years ago; 45 who the President says will never be charged or released; and "military commissions" trials are designed to cover the torture inflicted on the prisoners, depriving of them rights the U.S. has claimed to cherish.
World Can't Wait-Hawai`i will have some orange jump suits, placards with pictures of Guantanamo prisoners, and banners - or bring your own. The corner of Seaside and Kalakaua is in central Waikiki across from the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and we'll be seen by thousands of tourists as well as local residents.