Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We Need YOU! Support the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo

January 10, 2014 in Chicago - "CLOSE GITMO" by Overpass Light Brigade
Photo courtesy FJJ
The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo (CCSDG) consists of individuals and member organizations.

The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo:

* holds weekly vigils to keep the plight of Guantanamo detainees in front of the public
* holds monthly events to educate the public about indefinite detention at Guantanamo and related aspects of the U.S. "war on terror"
* joins in large-scale mobilizations at a national and international level aimed at bringing about the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and justice for the U.S. detainees in the "war on terror"

CCSDG member organizations are committed to:

* encouraging member participation in Coalition events
* contributing to outreach and promotion
* assisting in event planning and support,
* providing other forms of assistance.

Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo member organizations are:

8th Day Center for Justice
Amnesty International USA, Midwest Regional Office
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR)
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR) 

Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Chicago World Can't Wait*
Gay Liberation Network (GLN)
Hyde Park Center for Nonviolent Action
Illinois Coalition Against Torture*
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Chicago
No Drones Illinois
Nonviolent Action Party
Radical Public Health (UIC)
Veterans for Peace (VFP), Chicago Chapter
White Rose Catholic Worker*
Witness Against Torture Chicago*

* denotes founding member

(See brief descriptions  of each below.)

Please contact chicagoshutdownguantanamo (at) gmail.com to join the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo as an individual or as a member organization.

Chicago World Can't Wait - World Can't Wait is a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime and the ongoing crimes that continue to this day. For more information, contact: chicago (at) worldcantwait.net

Illinois Coalition Against Torture - The Illinois Coalition Against Torture (ICAT) is an association of individuals and community-based organizations whose goal is to end U.S. torture by state actors at all levels of government at home and abroad.   We also want to eliminate the culture of impunity regarding torture through influencing public opinion and advocating for political change. For more information, contact: ilcoalitionagainsttorture (at) gmail.com

White Rose Catholic Worker - a community in the Catholic Worker Tradition of hospitality, nonviolence and simplicity striving to practice the works of mercy, peacemaking and education for social justice. The community runs an urban house of hospitality in Little Village and a rural/suburban organic farm outside Monee.

Witness Against Torture Chicago - A chapter of Witness Against Torture, which formed in 2005 when 25 Americans went to Guantánamo Bay and attempted to visit the detention facility, and subsequently began to organize more broadly to shut down Guantánamo, working with interfaith, human rights and activists’ organizations. Witness Against Torture has planned a series of nonviolent direct actions to expose and decry the administration’s lawlessness, build awareness about torture and indefinite detention amongst Americans and forge human ties with the prisoners at Guantánamo and their families. In 2007, Witness Against Torture began marking January 11th– the date that the first “war on terror” prisoners arrived at Guantánamo Bay in 2002– as a day of national shame, organizing major demonstrations and civil resistance at sites in Washington, DC and around the country. For more information about the Chicago chapter, please contact: chicagoshutdownguantanamo (at) gmail.com