|On January 11th, we’re calling on you to stand in orange
and stand for justice!
Recently, Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law,making it harder to transfer detainees out of Guantánamo and close the unlawful prison altogether. Furthermore, nothing was done to fix the indefinite military detention provisions in last year’s NDAA—making it more likely that anyone could be held without charge.
This Friday, January 11 will mark 11 years since the first “war on terror” detainees were transferred to the now infamous Guantánamo Bay Prison. Today, 166 men remain there. Of these, 86 have reportedly been cleared for transfer by the Obama administration, including 55 publicly named in September, yet are kept in limbo. Indefinite detention and other human rights violations have become the “new normal” in making Guantánamo a permanent feature of American life.
It needs to end now. On January 11, we need your help to redefine the “new normal” and make it about closing Guantánamo and embracing human rights. We’re calling on YOU to stand in orange and stand for justice.
March with us in Washington, D.C. or hold a solidarity action in your community. If you will be organizing your own solidarity action, then we have some ideas and materials to get you started.
Remember four years ago when a newly-elected President Obama, on his second day in office, ordered Guantánamo prison to be closed within one year? Remember how good it felt to take a step closer toward justice and respecting human rights? As President Obama enters his second term in office, we need to show him that people demand real change. We need him to see you standing vigilantly in orange on Jan 11.
Remind President Obama of his Guantánamo promise. Let him know that hundreds of thousands of Americans demand human rights. I know I do.
|It needs to end now
Join us on Jan 11 – the day the first “war on terror” detainees were transferred to Guantánamo 11 years ago – to remind President Obama of his promise to shut down the unlawful prison and uphold human rights.
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