December 30, 2013

Students for a Democratic Society Endorse Miami Protest: Close Guantanamo Bay Now!

In November 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the detention of any suspected Al-Qaeda members by newly-created military commissions. Anyone considered “unlawful enemy combatants,” would be captured, tortured, and locked up in prison cells at Guantanamo Bay.
January 11, 2014 will mark the twelfth year since the first detainees were sent to the US prison facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Since then, 779 men have been sent to Guantanamo Bay without trial and have been jailed without ever having been officially charged with any crime. As of November 2013, over 160 prisoners remain locked up, most of whom have been detained there for over seven years.
During his first presidential campaign in 2008, President Barack Obama stated that he would close the doors of Guantanamo Bay by 2010. Since his election, the facility has remained functional, prisoners continue to be tortured, and hundreds of prisoners have taken part in hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention and deteriorating conditions.
The South Florida community is organizing an action to demand that Guantanamo Bay be closed, end torture of prisoners, stop force-feeding hunger strikers, release detainees who have not been charged with crimes, transfer cases to Federal Court if legitimate evidence exists, and repatriate freed detainees or provide asylum for those who need it. We are asking for SDS to endorse:
Miami Protest: Close Guantanamo Bay Now!
“Twelve Years of Shame! Twelve Years of Torture! It’s time to close Guantanamo!”
Saturday, January 11, 2014 2pm - 4pm
Southern Command: 9301 NW 33rd Street, Doral, Florida 33172
The permitted march will begin at the corner of NW 36th Street and NW 87th Ave at 2PM and march to Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for a rally with speeches from some amazing organizations and activists, including Nancy Mancias from CODEPINK's national War Criminals and Ground the Drones campaigns.
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1cnMfOB
Sponsors include People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), CODEPINK - Miami, Veterans for Peace - Miami, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Amnesty International, Miami for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America - Miami and Students for Justice in Palestine @ FAU.