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NORTH CAROLINA STOP TORTURE NOW

PO Box 12707
Raleigh, NC 27605
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JOIN US at our Next Meeting:

2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue
Founders Hall (beneath the sanctuary)


SAVE THE DATE - Noon-1 p.m., Friday, May 23:

Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantánamo!

Join North Carolina Stop Torture Now (NCSTN) for a Global Day of Action to Close Guantánamo and End U.S. Torture on May 23, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Terry Sanford Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh.

On May 23, 2013, President Obama again promised to close the prison camp at Guantánamo. His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison.

Since Obama’s speech, only 12 men have been released. 154 remain, nearly all of whom have never been charged with a crime. 76 were cleared for release by the U.S. government years ago. 56 men are from Yemen, the largest national group at Guantánamo, but they remain subject to an effective moratorium on their release based on their nationality. No one from Yemen has been freed since the May speech.

“Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike . . . Is this who we are?”

–President Barack Obama, May 2013

Up to 40 prisoners continue to hunger-strike, and many are being subjected to forced feeding — a practice condemned by international human rights organizations, medical associations, and members of the U.S. Congress. New lawsuits in U.S. courts lay bare the extreme cruelty of the forced feeding at Guantanamo. To quell the public outcry against the prison, the U.S. military in December 2013 stopped reporting the numbers of hunger strikers. More recently, it has classified their protest, in Orwellian fashion, as “long term non-religious fasting.”

During his May, 2013 speech, President Obama asked the American people: “Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike . . . Is this who we are?”

Sadly, as we face yet another broken promise, this is what the United States remains — a country that continues to indefinitely detain and brutalize the men at Guantánamo. Grassroots activists, human rights organizations, and advocates for the detained men call on people throughout the United States and the world to hold President Obama to his promise by taking action.

Together, we say “Not another broken promise. Not another day in Guantánamo!”

Wear orange, if you can, and feel free to bring signs. Information: contact@ncstoptorturenow.org or call, (919) 834-4478.

The action is being coordinated by Witness Against Torture in collaboration with Amnesty International, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Veterans for Peace, World Can’t Wait, and the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition.

 


New Resource for NC Activists

Organize for North Carolina LogoAs a result of long, steady work, North Carolina has lots of progressive individuals and groups active on many issues. These efforts have developed strengths and won victories.

OrganizeNorthCarolina.org seeks to foster that sort of mutual support and solidarity, to help our various groups to think of themselves as part of a larger movement. Then we all can give strength to and draw strength from the movement.


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updated 18 January 2014, JMcI

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