Global Hunger Strike: Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners!

I pledge to join the global hunger strike and actions for justice for Guantanamo prisoners by fasting for at least 24 hours.

I acknowledge that I will never know what it is like to hunger strike under conditions as inhumane as those within Guantanamo, but hereby join the global hunger strike in hopes that it, among a variety of other efforts, will provide an impetus for policy change.

I call on President Obama to release the 86 prisoners who have been cleared for release, formally charge and try the remaining prisoners in fair and open proceedings, and close the shameful prison in Guantanamo -- as he promised to do when he ran for office.

I will also make the following calls during meal times:

- Call the White House and insist that President Obama fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo: 202-456-1111, 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online.

- Call the U.S. Southern Command to decry the conditions at Guantanamo: 305.437.1213

- Call the Department of Defense: 703-571-3343

Or, e-mail or write Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel and demand that he rapidly resume the transfers of all the men the Obama administration does not intend to charge. Address: Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301

If outside the US:

-US Embassy or Consulate

-International Red Cross

-Your elected official

Talking points:

-The situation at the prison in Guantamamo is at a crisis point, with desperate prisoners refusing to eat. Over 100 of the 166 prisoners left in Guantanamo are on a hunger strike. Many are being brutally force-fed. The United Nations Human Rights Commission considers the practice of force-feeding—in which detainees are strapped to a restraining chair, have tubes pushed up their nostrils and liquids pumped down their throats—a clear form of torture. One detainee said the process felt like a "razor blade [going] down through your nose and into your throat." Prisoner Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel said, “I had never experienced such pain before. I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.”

-President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, has called force feeding unethical and inhumane.  “The administration cannot force feed its way out of this growing medical emergency,” he said.

-Of the 166 prisoners, 86 have been cleared for release and must be released. The last time a prisoner left Guantanamo was September 2012. Fifty-seven of the cleared detainees are from Yemen and the present government—a US ally—wants these men returned home. One cleared detainee is a British citizen, Shaker Aamer. He has been cleared for release twice, but is still behind bars after 11 years. Kuwaiti prisoner Fouzi Al Awda, has been held for 11 years while the Kuwaiti government, another US ally, has repeatedly called for his repatriation.

-What can President Obama do? Congress has imposed unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, but President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now. He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees.

-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.

1-25 of 1466 signatures
Number Date Name Location Days I will fast & why:
1466 1 year ago Kate Swenson Pittsburgh, PA , US I will fast for at least 48 hours in meditation for a continuing strength of spirit in the hearts of the prisoners of Guantanamo.
I am with you.
1465 1 year ago heidi bracher seattle, WA , US
1464 1 year ago Catherine Chapman Louisville, KY , BV Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept.2 to show my solidarity with the prisoners of Guantanamo and to express my outrage that this country would participate in such a gross violation of human rights.
1463 1 year ago Anonymous GB
1462 1 year ago Anonymous South windsor, CT , US 4 days to support the men at Guatanamo Bay
1461 1 year ago Khalilur Rehman New Dehi, IN I'll be fasting for at least 24 hours
1460 1 year ago Desta Waldu Boston, MA , US
1459 1 year ago Rahila Amin ot , GB I will fast for a minimum of 48 hours in solidarity and support.
1458 1 year ago Megan Dorschel Royal Palm Beach, FL , US
1457 1 year ago Jill McGrath Howes Cave, NY , US I fast on Thursdays (6th week) in solidarity with Elliott Adams in his quest to spread awareness about the plight of those held illegally at Guantanamo, and those being force fed because the...
1456 1 year ago jim nuhlicek Cobleskill, NY , US I will fast one day a week (4th week) to support imprisoned individuals whose human rights are violated daily. Their imprisonment is a disgrace.
1455 1 year ago Mary Crane Duvall, WA , US I am on the first day of a three day water only fast in solidarity with the hunger strikers at Guantanamo, Pelican Bay and the dedicated activists taking the personal risk of long term hunger strike...
1454 1 year ago Anonymous manitowoc, WI , US
1453 1 year ago Anonymous manitowoc, WI , US
1452 1 year ago j c CA , US I am finishing my 24 hour fast to bear witness to the injustices dealt our prisoners in guantanamo. The innocent held there are hostages of our broken, corrupt and disgraceful political system. The ...
1451 1 year ago Larry Wartel New York, NY , US "The fact remains that successive Washington Administrations have pursued a global, grab-for-power policy since World War II under the euphemistic term of 'Communist Containment'. That term has been...
1450 1 year ago Jessica Gillespie CA , US Thursday the 4th of July. It's just the right thing to do.
1449 1 year ago Anonymous Chico, CA , US Tuesday July 2nd. I will join others in my community for a morning protest action, I will call and I will fast in solidarity with my brothers in Guantanamo.
1448 1 year ago Fatma Ali toronto, ON , CA
1447 1 year ago Susan Spivack Cobleskill, NY , US Wednesdays-July 3, 17, 24, 31,
To support the Guantanamo detainees especially those who are fasting and being force-fed.
To strengthen my resolve to continue to speak out and advocate for...
1446 1 year ago Kristine Aman Tucson, AZ , US Every Sunday & Wednesday as long as Guantanamo prisoners are on hunger strike, to remind myself and others of the ongoing injustice and suffering.
1445 1 year ago Cynthia Papermaster Berkeley, CA , US open-ended fast for 20 days or more to demand that cleared Guantanamo detainees be released immediately.
1444 1 year ago Federico Hewson San Francisco, CA , US It's time to fulfill on this important promise to the American public and the world.
1443 1 year ago SHARON GADBERRY San Francisco, CA , US June 24 and June 25..

I have watched helplessly while this shocking and inhumane situation escalates. Fasting for two days and continuing to notify elected officials is the least I can do.
1442 1 year ago patrick galasso burlington, VT , US one day a week until this anathema is ended-

this is the gem in our gulag archipelago-

sipping water these days for brothers and sisters
torn from families and murdered by hate
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