Protesters hold Hunger for Justice banner

Beginning August 28, 2013, the Portland vigil will be a weekly rather than daily event, on Wednesdays from 4 to 6pm until further notice. The location has also changed, to the east side of Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Portland’s August 1, 2013 Special Event
The Grotesque Injustice of Guantanamo: An Insider’s Account

Thanks to Carrie R. Medina for capturing key parts of this important panel event and making  available on USTREAM:

1) Moderator Portland journalist Sarah Mirk Introduces panelists -
U.S. Navy veteran Laura Sandow, Vietnam veteran activist/author S. Brian Willson, and Steven T. Wax, chief Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon – and begins program with a question.

2) Andy Worthington answers question via teleconference (bit of a glitch halfway through)

3) John Hickman joins panel via teleconference

In late June (2013), Portland vigilers introduced street theater at a key downtown intersection, portraying an orange-suited Guantanamo prisoner in a wheelchair, with bound torso, arms, legs, and head, being force-fed with a tube through his nose by white-coated medical personnel protected by military guards.

Thanks to Tom Chamberlin for this:

Fast Tube by Casper

Additional video clips, attributed to Jacob Dean of Filter Free Radio (see below), were published on The Political Carnival blog.

High quality, uncut videos of this action are also available for viewing on Filter Free Radio‘s youtube channel:

Segment 1 | Segment 2 | Segment 3 | Segment 4


A few of Portland’s “regulars” proudly display their VFP “Hunger for Justice” banner.

This solidarity vigil was launched in tandem with Brian Willson’s solidarity fast. Brian’s fasting has ceased for the time being, but the vigil continues indefinitely.

For more information contact Jenika at 503-515-4449 or Becky at 503-774-9197.

Find additional interviews and events featuring Brian Willson at:


On-site interviews at the vigil from Filter Free Radio:

Fast Tube by Casper


Fast Tube by Casper




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U.S. Hunger Strikers

Hunger Striker's Blog

 U.S. Faster in Solidarity w/Gitmo & Pelican Bay Prisoners


Foreground: EMT prepares the tool for the nasal intubation.       Background: U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina Middleground:...agony awaits. 

The feeding demo is extremely painful, yet it is done with consent. The long-term solidarity fast continues with nasogastric nourishment in front of U.S. governmental symbols of power. The twice-daily force-feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers is nonconsensual and therefore real torture by the standards sponsored by U.S. taxpayers and authorized by members of Congress who just raised the debt ceiling to nearly $17 trillion. President Obama's actions continue to belie his empty words "Close Guantánamo."  As Commander-in-Chief, he could easily order an end to what the Pentagon refuses to call "forced-feeding."   The force-feeding is premeditated  relentless forced penetration of plastic into their innermost sacred cavities !

Andrés Thomas Conteris - fasted on water and coconut water with vitamin and electrolyte supplements. Solidarity fast began July 8, 2013 with 30,000 hunger striking California prisoners urging fulfillment of 5 Core Demands of the Pelican Bay supermax prisoners.  Force-feeding protests began Sept. 6 & Sept. 25 in front of the White House & later in front of the Oakland Office of CA Dept of Corrections and Rehab (CDCR) to depict how prisoners in Guantánamo are tortured with force-feeding twice-daily and how CA prisoners as future hunger strikers have been threatened with a court order authorizing force-feeding.  On Oct 4 and Oct 8 he was tube-fed in front of the U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Oct 15 a similar protest took place in Santiago, Chile.  On Friday, Oct 18 the feeding protest returns to Washington, DC outside a Federal Court hearing on the lawsuit challenging force-feeding in Guantánamo.  He is now on a maintenance fast losing about 1 pound per week, unlike the 5 pounds/week the first 11 weeks.  In January 2014 with the anniversary of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, the force feeding protests will recommence.  Please spread the word. 

Join a Rolling Fast

U.S. Hunger Strikers who have suspended their fast






Diane Wilson - Water only 58 days (lost 48 lbs). Diane, co-founder of CodePink and member of Veterans for Peace, suspended her hunger strike on June 27, 2013 after detention following her arrest for scaling the White House fence the day before. She faced a jury trial in DC District Court on Sept. 5th, 2013.


S. Brian Willson - Suspended Hunger Strike on June 10, 2013 after 31 days on 300cal/day, when a car accidentally hit him. Supporters continue a vigil with a rolling fast, in Portland, OR.



Elliott Adams - Went 80 days on 300 cal/day from May 18, to August 4, 2013 losing 45 lbs.   He is past President of Veterans for Peace.







Tarak Kauff - Ended fast on August 4, 2013 after 58 days on 300 cal/day since June 7.  He lost 29 lbs. On Board of Directors for Veterans for Peace.


Cynthia Papermaster - After 84 days on 300 cal/day, Cynthia suspended her  hunger strike on Sep. 6 which began June 15, 2013. Code Pink member,  lost 35 lbs. The transfer of two Algerian prisoners on Aug. 29, 2013, inspired her to suspend her fast. 

Collaborative of Organizations

Arlington West Santa Monica

- Campaign for Alternatives to

   Isolated Confinement - NY

Close Guantá

Code Pink

Global Exchange

- Fast for the Earth

- The Jericho Movement

The Justice Campaign

The London Guantánamo


Meta Peace Team: "Pursuing peace

   through active nonviolence"

- Metta Center for Nonviolence


No more Guantánamos

Nonviolence International

Nuremberg Actions

Office of the Americas

Peaceworkers USA

Save Shaker

Stop Mass Incarceration

Witness Against Torture

The World Can't Wait

Veterans for Peace

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

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