Close Guantanamo

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GitmoAction2014_cropped.jpgThe U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba enters its 14th year of operation on January 11, 2016.  As of November 2015, 107 detainees remain at Guantanamo. As of December 2008, around 50-60 detainees have been cleared for release, but have not been released.

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Talking Points:

  • 775 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo. Although most of these have been released without charge, the United States government continues to classify many of these released detainees as "enemy combatants". As of November 2015, 107 detainees remain at Guantanamo. via Wikipedia
  • According to the ACLU, there are essential steps for the US government to take to close the prison at Guantanamo Naval Base. Read more
  • According to the ACLU, there are two essential first steps the president must take. One is to appoint a senior point person so that the administration's Guantánamo closure policy is directed by the White House and not by Pentagon bureaucrats. The president can also order the secretary of defense to start certifying for transfer detainees who have been cleared, which is more than half the Guantánamo population.
  • The President must demonstrate immediate, tangible progress toward the closure of Guantanamo or the men who are on hunger strike will die, and he will be ultimately responsible for their deaths.

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Recent Past Actions

  • Years ago, CODEPINK joined 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 camp. In Washington DC, activists occupied the National Museum of American History installing a torture exhibition.

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