Tell Donald Trump to Close Guantánamo!
Dear friends and supporters,
With the inauguration tomorrow of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, we all need to come together to demand the closure of Guantánamo, and to do so we have created a new poster
similar to the Countdown to Close Guantánamo posters that we have used in the last 365 days to remind President Obama of his now-failed promise to close the prison.
The new poster, available here
, reads, “Donald Trump No! Please Close Guantánamo!” and we hope you will take a photo with it, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and share it with everyone you know. We hope to be swamped with photos, which we will be posting on the Close Guantánamo website, and on our Facebook
Please also read our latest article
, in which Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington lays out our three demands for Donald Trump: to release the men already approved for release, to continue the Periodic Review Boards, and to close Guantánamo for good, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trial and since, enthusing about Guantánamo and the use of torture.
The last few weeks have been busy for Andy and Close Guantánamo’s other co-founder, Tom Wilner, who represented the Guantánamo prisoners in their Supreme Court cases in 2004 and 2008. Tom and Andy wrote an op-ed, Teaching Trump about Gitmo
, for the New York Daily News
, and appeared together at a panel discussion about Guantánamo, Obama and Trump at New America in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 11, the 15th anniversary of the opening of the prison, with former Congressman Jim Moran and New America fellow Rosa Brooks, with author and New America VP Peter Bergen moderating. That event is available on video here
Andy, visiting from the UK, also took part in the annual protest on Jan. 11 against the continued existence of Guantánamo, staged by numerous rights groups, including Witness Against Torture
, Amnesty International
, the Center for Constitutional Rights
and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
. The protest this year took place outside the Supreme Court (the White House being off-limits in inauguration years), and the video of Andy’s speech is here
Andy also took part in a powerful event in New York City, again discussing Guantánamo, Obama, Trump and torture, at Revolution Books in Harlem, where he was joined by Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at City University of New York (CUNY), who has represented a number of Guantánamo prisoners, and who helped us promote the story of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, in 2012, by making available unclassified notes from his meetings with Shaker, who was finally freed in 2015, after a campaign in which we played a part. The video of that event is here
As the Trump presidency gets underway, your support will be needed more than ever, and although a handful of individuals have been supporting the Close Guantánamo campaign since its launch five years ago, please note that we are actively seeking donations from supporters, via the PayPal “Donate” button on the top right of the website
. All donations are welcome, but if you can become a monthly sustainer that will be particularly appreciated. To do so, please tick the box marked, "Make This Recurring (Monthly)," and fill in the amount you wish to donate every month.
With thanks, as ever, for your ongoing support.
The "Close Guantánamo" team
P.S. Please, if you will, also ask your friends and family to join us
-- just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email.