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Starting January 11 2014, 02:00 PM
Ending January 12 2014, 04:00 PM

Miami protest: Close Guantanamo Bay Now!

Miami protest: Close Guantanamo Bay Now!

 

Close GuantanamoProtest twelve years of torture! Protest twelve years of shame!

January 11 marks an international day of action, as thousands of people across the globe protest Guantanamo Bay's 12 year anniversary. Join us in Miami as we march on the Headquarters of United States' Southern Command to demand the United States Close Guantanamo Bay Now! 

The rally outside of SOUTHCOM will be emceed by Cassia Laham of People’s Opposition to War and Racism (POWIR) and will include speeches by:
- Nancy Mancias of CODEPINK for Peace
- Tom Burke of Committee to Stop FBI Repression
- Camilo Mejia of Veterans for Pace
- Sandy Davies of Progressive Democrats of America
-Conor Munro of Students for a Democratic Society

Artwork from internationally renowned artist, Huang, will also be utilized and displayed at the rally.

If you would like to be added as a sponsor or get involved in any way, please contact:powirsouthflorida@gmail.com

Background on Guantanamo Bay Prison:
In November 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the detention of any suspected Al-Qaeda members by newly-created U.S. military commissions. “Unlawful enemy combatants” are tortured and illegally detained in U.S. prison cells at Guantanamo Bay.
 
779 men have been sent to Guantanamo Bay without trial and jailed without ever being officially charged with any crime. As of November 2013, over 160 prisoners remain locked up; most are detained for over seven years.
 
SOUTHCOM is a location of international significance, as it is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands set up by the U.S. Department of Defense. It is the command station for Guantanamo Bay and maintains control over Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Its sphere of influence spans from the Caribbean to Central and South America. From its headquarters in Doral, SOUTHCOM has directed multiple destabilization efforts and military ventures in Latin America and it maintains control over Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

In December 2013, the General responsible for opening the prison wrote a column calling for its immediate closure. US Marine Major General Michael Lehnert called the whole strategy wrong and a huge mistake that involved the senseless torture and detainment of men accused of no crime and with little or no new information to offer. Meanwhile, Senate is set to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act which would ease restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to other countries. This bill is not a solution but a small and important first step in the direction of finally closing the prison down and ending the torture of its prisoners.  Now is the time for anti-war protesters to force the U.S. to close the torture prison at Guantanamo!

SOUTHCOM is a location of international significance, as it is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands set up by the Department of Defense. It is the command station for Guantanamo Bay and maintains control over Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Its sphere of influence spans from the Caribbean to Central and South America. From its headquarters in Doral, SOUTHCOM has directed multiple destabilization efforts and military ventures in Latin America and it maintains control over Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

**Official Sponsors of this event include:
People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR)
CODEPINK - Miami 
World Can't Wait 
Veterans for Peace - Miami 
Amnesty International - Chapter 248
Miami for Peace and Justice 
Progressive Democrats of America - Miami
Green Party- Broward and Miami-Dade
CSFR -Committee to Stop FBI Repressioon
Students for Justice in Palestine at FAU

If you would like to be added as a sponsor or get involved in any way, please contact: powirsouthflorida@gmail.com

**Background on Gitmo:
In November 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the detention of any suspected Al-Qaeda members by newly-created military commissions. Anyone considered considered “unlawful enemy combatants,” would be captured, tortured, and locked up in prison cells at Guantanamo Bay. 
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.

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Event Location

US Southern Command Headquarters
Meet at the corner of NW 36th St & NW 87th Ave @ 2pm
March to SOUTHCOM for rally
Doral, FL 33172


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