Three Things You Can Do Today to Participate in the Campaign to Close Guantanamo

Monday, 02 June 2014 10:30 By Palina Prasasouk, Witness Against Torture | Op-Ed
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We are inviting you to join WAT’s Friday Fast for Justice. If you join the fast, we would ask you to:

1. Fast on Friday, in any form you like

Go without food in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Guantánamo.

2. Make three phone calls to:

  • The White House (202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414) urging President Obama to declassify the executive summary and major findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture swiftly and in their entirety, as well as to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo.
  • Cliff Sloan at the State Department (202-647-4000) to insist he work more quickly to shut the doors and empty the cells of the prison. Let him know that you are disappointed that  only 12 men have been released since President Obama’s speech last May.
  •  U.S. Southern Command (305-437-1213) to decry the conditions at Guantanamo especially force feeding policy and humiliating body searches that prisoners are subjected to.

Example script: I am fasting for 24 hours in solidarity with the prisoners at Guantanamo, especially for those who are on hunger strike. I am calling today out of concern for them and for the rest of the prisoners. I am asking you to resume releasing the number of prisoners on hunger strike and to stop the inhumane practice of force feeding. Lastly, the US must set free those cleared for release and close Guantanamo.

3. Write to a prisoner at Guantánamo.

Choose a prisoner’s name off the list  at the Amnesty International website. There is also a sample letter that  can be downloaded and printed off here. The address to send the letter to is:

Detainee Name
Detainee ISN
Guantánamo Bay
P.O. Box 160
Washington, D.C. 20355
United States of America

If you are already participating in or are interested in participating in the Friday Fast for Justice, please sign up here. You can commit to fasting on a specific Friday, on May 23rd, the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End U.S. Torture; weekly for a particular time period; until Guantánamo is closed; or whatever works for you.

See who participated in previous months.

4. Participate in the #GitmoProblems Photo Campaign

People all over the world are participating in our photo campaign. We invite you to take a take a photo of yourself with a sign that finishes this sentence: “In 12 years I have…” and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Palina Prasasouk

Palina Prasasouk is an independent reporter writing on issues of civil liberties, national security and Guantánamo, and a media fellow at Witness Against Torture. She is based out of New York City and lives in voluntary poverty at the Catholic Worker. She is agnostic. You can follow her on Twitter at @visiitor.

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