Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantanamo!
http://youtu.be/O2VndzktW9M [15 minute video]
Around 45 people gathered in the rain at Directors Park to bring awareness that GITMO prison in Cuba needs to close.
The group passed out flyers and small orange ribbons, sang protest songs and marched around the park with signs and banners, engaging in conversations and informing the public. The protest was organized by: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Social Justice Committee for First Unitarian Church. Veterans For Peace in Portland
A few park rangers looked over the protest from afar, no police showed up, while lots of kids and people watching from the covered seating area.
Currently there are 150 men still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
Many of the "prisoners" have been proven innocent, yet still remained locked up in spite of being cleared of any crimes.
A flyer that was passed out provided phone numbers to call to oppose the illegal actions going on in GITMO:
Call the US Southern Command to denounce the conditions at GITMO: 305-437-1213
Call the Department of Defense: 703-571-3343
Call the White House comment line: 202-456-111
Contact your congress representative.
On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the prison camp at Guantanamo. 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.
Since Obama's speech, only 12 men have been released. 154 remain, nearly all of whom have never been charged with a crime. 76 were cleared for release by the US government years ago. 56 men are from Yemen, the largest national group at Guantanamo, but they remain subject to an effective moratorium on their release based on their nationality. No one from Yemen has been freed since the May speech.
Up to 40 prisoners continue to hunger strike, and many are being subjected to forced feeding — a practice condemnedby international human rights organizations, medical associations, and members of the US Congress. New lawsuits in US courts lay bare the extreme cruelty of the forced feeding at Guantanamo. To quell the public outcry against the prison, the US military in December 2013 stopped reporting the numbers of hunger strikers. More recently, it has classified their protest, in Orwellian fashion, as "long term non-religious fasting."
During his May, 2013 speech, President Obama asked the American people: "Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike . . . Is this who we are?"
Sadly, as we face yet another broken promise, this is what the United States remains — a country that continues to indefinitely detain and brutalize the men at Guantanamo.
Grassroots activists, human rights organizations, and advocates for the detained men call on people throughout the United States and the world to hold President Obama to his promise by taking action. Together, we say "Not another broken promise! Not another day in Guantanamo!"
[2.] link to www.witnesstorture.org