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Freezin’ for a Reason 2010: DC Guantanamo Vigil and Fast, January 11-22

It’s easy to march on Washington, DC in March or September when the weather is sunny and warm. An activist event in cold, cold January only happens when people are really riled up about something. The upcoming vigil and fast in Washington DC from January 11 (the 8-year anniversary of the opening of the indefinite detention center at Guantanamo) to January 22 (the date by which Barack Obama had promised Guantanamo would be closed) is driven by activists’ indignation regarding United States policies of detention and torture without trial. Whether the group is able to keep the heat on the Obama administration depends on the numbers they will be able to amass and the deftness with which they’ll be able to navigate past journalistic indifference to spread their message.

Will the folks behind Witness Against Torture (the organization organizing this extended protest) succeed on that count? The signs don’t look good, and I don’t think it’s the organization’s fault. A nation full of liberals who followed the smallest details of the Bush administration’s gulag archipelago with great and seemingly sincere ire is now coughing and looking the other way when revelations about secret overseas prisons are made during the administration of Barack Obama. What’s changed?

5 comments to Freezin’ for a Reason 2010: DC Guantanamo Vigil and Fast, January 11-22

  • Jacob

    If you plan to tale part in the 11 day fast be sure to take vitamins each day or at least drink a glass or two of vitamin rich V-8 each day. Hurting your body will not help anyone…

  • Tom

    How many people will it take for the government to notice? How many to respond negatively (against the issue, against the protesters), how many more to respond positively (acknowleging the protest and indeed closing it down)?

    i’m coughin’ (gettin’ over a cold) but i’m extremely disappointed in not only Obama, but the entire “process” of politics – the way it really is. It perpetuates the status quo and learns from past mistakes (example: in the 60’s when untold thousands of people marched in almost every town against the Viet Nam War and the media grabbed hold of it, the powers that be had to rein it in and reacted favorably; after that, with Bush/Cheney & the beginning of secret inaccessible government, protest doesn’t work anymore, the people are to be ignored, spied upon, tasored, incarcerated, and of course distracted).

    i hope it goes favorably for this group and i’m proven wrong. i don’t like what America is headlong becoming, the direction in which we’re hurtling, or the lack of a properly functioning
    government.

  • JD

    Don’t torture is a good cause but why close Guantanamo? Just don’t torture regardless of where prisoners are held.

    • Close Guantanamo because it’s a location that is purported to be outside of the rule of law. That makes oversight of the prison especially difficult, which is why pro-torture members of Congress are worried about Guantanamo being closed.

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