NYC, DC, CA: Close Guantanamo Now Tour (Jan 9-17)

“Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet Address How & Why the U.S. has Kept this Illegal Prison Open for 12 years, and Our Responsibility to Close It.

Why, as the “war on terror” is said to be winding down, will this country not close Guantanamo? And what is our responsibility to see that it does?

Andy Worthington, a journalist based in the U.K., has covered the prison intensely since 2006. In hundreds of articles, beginning when very little was known about the prisoners, he’s uncovered the lives of the men held without charge, and the stories the U.S. created about them. Author of The Guantanamo Files: Stories of the 774 Men Held in Guantanamo, and in his 2009 film Outside the Law, Andy further developed the picture by sifting through the Guantanamo Detainee Briefs released via Wikileaks by Private Manning in 2011.

Debra Sweet is the Director of The World Can’t Wait, organizer of years of programs & protests of indefinite detention and torture by the United States, including a full page ad in The New York Times in May 2013 picturing Guantanamo prisoners for the first time in those pages, and bringing together prisoners’ attorneys, academics, artists, and voices of conscience to declare “Close Guantanamo NOW.”

Jeff Kaye, Michael Kearns, Jason Leopold, and Todd Pierce will join Andy and Debra for specific dates. Details forthcoming…

Calendar of Events

Thursday January 9: NYC
7:00 pm: Film screening of Doctors of the Darkside with Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet, and Todd Pierce, former U.S. military defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoners.

Friday January 10: Washington, DC 
6:00 pm: Film screening of Doctors of the Darkside, with Andy Worthington and Debra Sweet at Busboys and Poets with Todd Pierce.

January 11: Washington, DC 
12 noon Close Guantanamo Now Protest at the White House with Witness Against Torture, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, and National Religious Coalition Against Torture.

January 14: San Francisco 
12:00pm: Hastings Law School Event with Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet: Close Guantanamo Now!

January 15: Los Angeles
11:30am: MLK Luncheon with Interfaith Communities Untied for Justice & Peace

January 15: Los Angeles
7:00pm: Event with Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet and Jason Leopold

January 17: Pomona
Time TBA: CSU Pomona Event with Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet and Dennis Loo: Close Guantanamo Now!

For more information: http://tinyurl.com/mn2dycb

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