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Vigil at White House to Close Guantanamo Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 2011

Today and tomorrow from Noon to 4 pm, Witness Against Torture is holding a vigil outside the White House to call for the closing of Guantanamo and an end to the practice of indefinite detention without criminal charges. If you’re in Washington DC and can make it to these events, please do your part to draw attention to the literal injustice of American gulags.

You won’t find any reference to this protest in American newspapers or on American television today. There’s also a news blackout about a gutsy move by Witness Against Torture yesterday afternoon, when activists bearing signs in protest against indefinite detention used their bodies to block vehicular traffic into and out of the Department of Justice building. They kept it up for hours before mounting an all-night protest outside the DOJ as the cold sunk in.

These activists have my respect for their commitment to the cause; many of them have already been fasting for days in the hope of bringing attention to the matter. The most we can do is to go join them, an act feasible for the millions of Americans who live in the mid-Atlantic. The least we can do is to defy the journalistic blackout of these protests and spread the word about them as best we can.

4 comments to Vigil at White House to Close Guantanamo Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 2011

  • Tom

    Looks like even the Salvation Army is hurting:


  • Anonymous

    ….so….how did this non-event work out for you all….

    • I’m sure it had more people in attendance and was more successful than the demonstration I organized at the Barack Obama inaugural to remind the new president to abide by the Bill of Rights. I was the only person who showed up to that one, and a media van blocked my sign from Obama’s vision as he walked by. The hard truth is that protest often fails.

      You may find it chortlesome to think of their effort as a failure. I am inspired by the willingness of these activists to brave the cold to advocate for a world in which our government abides by the rule of law.

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