1. Close Guantanamo! NYC Forum


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    Panel Discussion: The Human Face of Indefinite Detention: Shaker Aamer, Guantanamo and the NDAA Tuesday April 24th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM @The New School in NYC: 66 West 12th Street, Room A 407 Panel discussion with a former Guantanamo military prosecutor, Guantanamo defense lawyer, and journalist to learn about what is happening in our names at the US detention facilities at Guantanamo in Cuba and Bagram in Afghanistan. People like former UK resident Shaker Aamer have been held without charge or trial for years, denied the basic human rights to due process and a fair trial. And the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act has further enshrined indefinite detention and unfair Guantanamo military commissions in US law. Aamer himself has been held for over 10 years, despite the UK government's repeated request that he be released to his wife and children in London. The denial of fundamental human rights to some undermines the rights of us all. We'll talk about what we citizens can do to help ensure that all detainees are either charged and fairly tried, or released--and that the US government changes course from human rights violations in the name of national security to security with human rights. Panelists Colonel Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Ramzi Kassem, lawyer for Shaker Aamer Andy Worthington, journalist and author of The Guantanamo Files Thenjiwe McHarris, Amnesty International USA, moderator Sponsored by Amnesty International NYC Local Group 280, Amnesty International New School Group & Witness Against Torture

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    • Guantánamo Detainees Launch Hunger Strike to Protest Prison's 10th Anniversary


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      Detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay launched a hunger strike today marking the prison's tenth anniversary, inspired in part by U.S. activists who have called for a national day of action “They'll be staging a series of peaceful protests that will involve sit-ins with signs and banners in the part of the prison that has communal areas as well as hunger strikes,” says Ramzi Kassem, counsel to a number of Guantánamo prisoners. He notes his clients pay “particularly close attention to any gestures of protest in the United States ... and they're always very moved by the fact that Americans stand in solidarity with what they're going through and what their families are experiencing.” On Wednesday, a major demonstration is planned in Washington, D.C., where organizers say they will form a human chain stretching from the White House to the Capitol, with participants wearing orange jumpsuits to represent the prisoners at Guantánamo and at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan who are still held without charge or trial. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for 10 years of Democracy Now! reports on Guantánamo, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/guantanamo FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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      • Ramzi Kassem


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        "My intention, at least on some level, was to do rule of law work in countries similar to the ones where I had grown up...where there were no functioning legal systems. 9/11 happened and, of course, that changed everything." (All music in this piece composed by Paola Prestini, Soros Fellow class of 1999)

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