Today, January 11 - the 11th anniversary of the arrival of detainees at Guantanamo prison - we stand in orange and stand for justice. Watch the livestream now!
Nearly four years ago, on his second day in office, President Obama ordered the Guantanamo prison closed within one year. Today it remains open with 166 detainees, and human rights violations in the name of “global war” have become the “new normal”. In fact, 55 of these detainees have been officially cleared for transfer by the Obama administration. These detainees continue to wait for justice.
As President Obama prepares to enter his second term in office, we prepare to unite on January 11, 2013 - the day the unlawful prison opened 11 years ago - to remind President Obama of his promise to shut down Guantanamo prison and uphold human rights. In Washington, D.C., we're staging an unforgettable demonstration - 166 individuals clad in the orange jumpsuits will march from the Supreme Court to the White House. Other demonstrations marking this important date will take place all over the country.
On January 11th, we're calling on you to stand in orange and stand for justice!
- Be one of the first 55 people to sign up and hold a special place in the demonstration representing the 55 detainees cleared for transfer
- WHERE: March from the Supreme Court via the Capitol to the White House; gather on the steps of the Supreme Court
- WHEN: January 11, 2013 @ noon
- Join or organize a solidarity action in your community - let us know how we can help
- Ideas: hold a film screening, teach-in, orange jumpsuit protest, or table in a busy area
- Promotional Flyer – help spread the word!
- Sample flyer for your event
- Solidarity Action Guide
- Read about the “Guantanamo 55”
- Read Amnesty’s full report: “Guantanamo: a Decade of Damage to Human Rights”
More ways to take action
What we are calling for – the U.S. government must:
- Close Guantánamo: all detained people must either be charged & fairly tried, or be released
- Resolve the cases of the publicly cleared detainees, including Shaker Aamer & Djamel Ameziane
- End indefinite detention & remove detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act
- End unlawful killings with drones and other weapons
- Ensure accountability for torture, unlawful killings & other abuses
Sponsoring Organizations: Amnesty International USA, Catholic Worker, Code Pink, Center for Constitutional Rights, Council on American Islamic Relations, Liberty Coalition, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, No More Guantánamos, Pax Christi USA, Rabbis for Human Rights North America, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Voices for Creative Non Violence, War Resisters League, Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, Witness Against Torture, World Can’t Wait