Join January 11th Day of Action to Demand Gitmo Closure

torture-is-a-crime-signs(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/2013) -- On Saturday, January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- in partnership with the Amnesty International USA, Witness Against Torture, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), and some 20 other religious, human and civil rights organizations -- will mark the 12th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and demand its immediate closure.

Mark the 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo by joining concerned citizens in Washington, D.C., to call on President Obama to finally fulfill his broken promise to shut it down. President Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (2014 NDAA) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so.

More than 150 individuals remain detained at Guantanamo.

To sign up, visit the rally's Facebook event page.

EVENT: Saturday, January 11: DC March Against Torture, Guantanamo & NDAA Demonstration
WHERE: White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.)
SPEAKERS: CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad and many other speakers to be announced.

PROGRAM:

12 p.m.  - Gather for rally and witness at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)
1 p.m. - Procession leaves from White House to the National Museum of American History. Ends at 2:30 p.m.

Other ways to get involved:

If you can't join us in Washington, D.C., sign and circulate this letter.

Housing: Free housing available at a D.C. church on January 10. Email [email protected] for more info.

On Twitter, please use #CloseGitmo.

PARTICIPATING GROUPS INCLUDE: Amnesty International, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Blue Lantern Project, Center for Constitutional Rights, CloseGuantanamo.org. Codepink, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Defending Dissent Foundation, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, Project Salam: Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Reprieve, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Witness Against Torture, World Can't Wait.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-488-8787, 202-742-6448, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, [email protected]

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