U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will
enter its 12th year of operation on Saturday January
11, 2014. The prison currently holds about 166
detainees. On January 22, 2009, President Obama
signed an executive order to close the camp.
will join an international day of action to Close
Guantanamo! In Miami, local activists including
CODEPINK will march and protest outside the U.S.
Southern Command, the command center for the prison
the Miami protest!
Looking for some ideas for your January 11th
action? We've collected some of our favorites
here. Whatever you choose to do just remember
to plan a time for taking an action photo that
visibly displays the banner. Post your action
on the CODEPINK calendar!
- Walk, March, or Rally:
You can coordinate a solidarity march wearing
orange jumpsuits and carry a banner with one
of our suggested slogans like "CLOSE
GUANTANAMO" or "Broken Promises".
You may even want to have all marchers spell
out "Close Gitmo". Consider marching
across a bridge in your city, rally outside
a Federal Building, or another symbolic place.
Don't forget a banner and a camera!
- Candlelight vigil:
Candles make a subtle and beautiful display.
Find an public location (City Plaza, Federal
Building -- you know your community) and ead
the names of the detainees. Don't forget
your "Close Guantanamo" banner.
- Organize a Dinner and
Eating is one of the easiest ways to
bring people together. Host a dinner with food
from the Middle East or Central Asia. Ask your
friends to bring something along, so you don't
need to cook all week. Set aside time to watch
"Road to Guantanamo" -- download
it for free. Before or after the meal explain
the latest on Guantanamo with information from
of Constitutional Rights website, and then
link it all together with a group photo at the
dinner table with a "Close Guantanamo"
- Read a Play:
- Honor Bound To Defend Freedom" is
a dramatic play filled with testimony from detainee
family members, prison lawyers and detainees.
Read all or half of the play with members of
your group taking on different character roles,
read the play in a private or public location
and hold a discussion afterward.
Use your smart phone, laptop, or an Internet
café to share updates on or your solidarity
actions! Use hashtag #closegitmo.
Share your photos of the Jan. 11th event by
uploading your best pictures to the CODEPINK
Flickr group. To submit, upload the photos
to your personal account. Your photos might
not show up right away. If you have trouble
uploading or submitting your photos, send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and she’ll upload your photos for you.
- Talking Points:
Check out these
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Post it to the locals
CODEPINK Close Guantanamo Actions: