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CloseGitmo.net –Organize to Close Guantánamo and End US Torture

Monday, June 24th, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Global Exchange–2017 Mission @ 16th Street, 2nd floor
Across from the 16th Street BART Station
San Francisco, California

The decade-long, global struggle to close Guantánamo has been revitalized, inspired by the prisoner’s hunger strike, demanding an end to their indefinite detention and force-feeding.

In the United States, there have been vigils and rallies, calls to the White House and US military, solidarity fasts and even open-ended hunger strikes, citizen petitions, direct actions, and newspaper editorials insisting that President Obama make good on his promise of five years ago to close the prison.

Pressured by the prisoners’ hunger strike and a vigorous public outcry, on May 23, 2013 President Obama restated his goal of shuttering Guantánamo. To ensure this happens, two Vets are on a Hunger Strike (one over 50 days already), 8 others are on long-term fasts, and thousands are doing rolling fasts — all to  get Guantánamo closed in a fair and just way, end US torture and indefinite detention, and begin making amends to those persecuted by US detention policy.  We recognize the abuse of prisoners through extended solitary confinement, violence, and psychological torture that is pervasive in the US prison system and support prisoners from Pelican Bay, California who will begin a hunger strike on July 8 if their demands for justice are not heard.

CloseGitmo.net is a nation-wide collaborative effort to increase the power of our shared struggle.  Together we will achieve justice.

atc w dn capAndrés Thomas Conteris founded Democracy Now! en Español in 2005 and is Director of the Program on the Americas for Nonviolence International. He is also a correspondent for the teleSUR network. Andrés was the only member of the press to cover the internal exile of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa from September 2009 to January 2010. He has actively supported and participated in many fasts appealing to the conscience of those in power including the Veterans Fast for Life (1986) and the Fast for Vieques (2000).

Sherri Maurin, educator, nonviolence trainer, and long-time activist and organizer, has worked on immigration issues for 20+ years, was a core sherri maurin
member of Nuremberg Actions at Concord Naval Weapons Station, is active in OCCUPY Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear issues, and SOAW.  She is assistant to Louie Vitale, OFM, and  has supported many long-term hunger strikers as they risk their lives for justice (including the 47-day water-only Veterans Fast for Life (1986).  Sherri has travelled extensively in Palestine, Cairo, throughout Central America and all over the US speaking truth to power, and promoting nonviolence.

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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. 

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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 CloseGitmo.net Organizations

Arlington West Santa Monica

- Campaign for Alternatives to

   Isolated Confinement - NY

Close Guantánamo.org

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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