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Close Down Guantanamo!

Susan McLucasI have just finished a 4-day fast in solidarity with the hunger strikers at Guantanamo, who are in their 7th week with no food, protesting their indefinite detention and brutal treatment.  People all around the country have fasted, many for a whole week, organized by Witness Against Torture (WitnessTorture.org).  We need to get the word out about the hunger strike and the urgent need to close down Guantanamo.  Please do what you can.  Here are some suggestions:

Call the White House and U.S. Military

Call the White House and insist that President Obama fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo: 202-456-1111, 202-456-1414.

Call the U.S. Southern Command to decry the conditions at Guantanamo: 305.437.1213

Call the Department of Defense: 703-571-3343

Talking points: “I am concerned about the expanding hunger strike and I appreciate General Kelly’s (Southcom Commander) recent acknowledgement before Congress of the “devastating” situation at Guantanamo.  We are concerned over the costs associated, both financially and what it does to America’s image, and concerned about the repercussions for our troops and what it means to ask young kids to force feed people we admit are innocent.  I ask that, in the face of the failure of our elected officials to close Guantanamo, our Military will refuse to participate in force feedings.”

Write: Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301 and demand that he rapidly resume the transfers of all the men the Obama administration does not intend to charge.

Write letters to the editor of newspapers.

This is part of a poem written by a prisoner at Guantanamo
who died, perhaps by suicide: 

Where Is the World?

Where is the world to save us from torture?
Where is the world to save us from the fire and the darkness?
Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?

from “Hunger Strike Poem” by Adnan Latif, 37, found dead in Guantanamo on Sept. 8, 2012

If you’d like to be notified about public actions that we organize to bring attention to the plight of the men at Guantanamo, let me know.

Susan McLucas, 14 William St, Somerville, MA 02144, SusanBMcL@gmail.com, (617) 776-6524 

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