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Guantanamo: Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years

Date & Time
January 18, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand)
Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand)
Portland, OR United States

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Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years”

Visibility Action
Thursday, January 11, 2018
3:30-5:30 PM
SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)
Featuring the “Tower of Peace”

To mark another year of the now-nearly empty prison camp at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, Portlanders will hold a visibility action at the east end of
the Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand) on Thursday, January 18,
2018, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The event is titled “Guantanamo: Serving
Injustice for 16 Long Years” and will feature the 12-foot-tall “Tower
of Peace” strung with banners reading “CLOSE GITMO NOW-Stop Inspiring

The prison now holds under 50 people (from a height of nearly 800 at
one point), and is widely considered to be a stain on the United
States’ claimed support for due process, human rights and the rule of
law. Congress blocked President Obama from closing the prison, while
President Trump has promised to fill it up with “bad guys.” Trump
called for the man who ran over pedestrians in New York in November to
be sent to Guantanamo (even though it is far-fetched to call him an
“enemy combatant”).

Last year this action was held despite the massive snowstorm that hit
Portland on January 11. Our commitment to shutting down Guantanamo
continues undeterred.

The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity
Group, Amnesty International Local Group 48, Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland Close Guantanamo
Coalition, and others. Groups who would like to join as a cosponsor (at
no cost, though donations are gladly accepted), or for more
information, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or
[email protected].

A flyer and other information on this event can be found at
http://www.pjw.info/guantanamo_16yl.html .