Peace and Justice Works
CALENDAR LISTING / NEWS ITEM
For immediate release January 3, 2018
Serving Injustice for 16 Long Years"
Thursday, January 11, 2018
SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)
Featuring the "Tower of Peace"
To mark another year of the now-nearly empty prison camp at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, Portlanders will hold a visibility action at the east end of
the Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand) on Thursday, January 18,
2018, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The event is titled "Guantanamo: Serving
Injustice for 16 Long Years" and will feature the 12-foot-tall "Tower of
Peace" strung with banners reading "CLOSE GITMO NOW-Stop Inspiring
The prison now holds under 50 people (from a height of nearly 800 at one
point), and is widely considered to be a stain on the United States'
claimed support for due process, human rights and the rule of law.
Congress blocked President Obama from closing the prison, while President
Trump has promised to fill it up with "bad guys." Trump called for the
man who ran over pedestrians in New York in November to be sent to
Guantanamo (even though it is far-fetched to call him an "enemy
Last year this action was held despite the massive snowstorm that hit
Portland on January 11. Our commitment to shutting down Guantanamo
The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity
Group, Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland Close Guantanamo Coalition,
Amnesty International Group 48 and others. Groups who would like to join
as a cosponsor (at no cost,
though donations are gladly accepted), or for more information, contact
Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Facebook page for this event at
Photos courtesy Amnesty Chapter 48-- another successful action!
Info for Jan 2018 event:
Photos (new! 2/21/18)