'100 days campaign' calls for action to greet President Obama


"With Barack Obama taking office," say the organisers of the 100 days campaign, "we have a historic opportunity to reverse the disastrous policies of the last eight years. Witness Against Torture announces a new chapter in the campaign to close the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, end torture and indefinite detention, and stop extraordinary rendition by the U.S. Government. The 100 Days Campaign brings together a coalition of groups and individuals who will take part in demonstrations, educate Congress and the public, and engage in nonviolent direct action. We invite you to come to Washington and participate, or else join or plan an action in your own community."

Planned events:

January 11 - January 20, 2009
Prisoner Procession and Fast for Justice at the White House.

"Following a silent procession of people wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, we will begin a liquid-only fast on January 11th, the seventh anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at Guantanamo. We will break our fast on Inauguration Day, January 20th. Please join us!"

January 20 - April 30, 2009
100 Days to Close Guantanamo & End Torture

"In addition to a sustained physical presence at the White House, there will be organized activities from film screenings to lectures and community meetings in Washington, DC, and across the country. These activities are designed to mobilize people concerned about torture and keep sustained pressure on our elected officials to close Guantánamo with deliberate speed. Witness Against Torture will have a team in DC for the duration of the campaign and will provide logistical support to all participants. We are hoping groups of between five and twenty people will join us in DC for a week at time.

For up-to-date details of how you can contribute (even if you can't get to DC), go to this website