December 18, 2014

Students for a Democratic Society Officially Co-Sponsors "Shut Down Guantanamo!" Protest in Miami, FL

During this week's National Working Committee call, Students for a Democratic Society decided to join the growing list of co-sponsors for the "Shut Down Guantanamo!" protest taking place in Miami, Florida on January 11th. SDS will join People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism, Vets for Peace, War vs. Human Needs, and many other groups as they rally at the US Southern Command Center for the closure of "the Capitol of Torture" at Guantanamo Bay.

Event description courtesy of People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR):

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: Shut down Guantanamo!
“Thirteen Years of Shame! Thirteen Years of Torture! It’s time to close Guantanamo!”
Sunday, January 11, 2015   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.

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