MAY 23, 2014 – Global Day of Action to Close Guantánamo

Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantánamo! On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo.  His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite … Continue reading

Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantánamo!

Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention – May 23, 2014 On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the prison camp at Guantanamo.  His pledge came in response to the mass … Continue reading

Winter 2014 Retreat Summary

Written by Marie Shebeck Jonah House filled up over the course of Thursday, March 21 as friends and fellow activists flew, drove, bused, and trained into Baltimore for our second annual strategic planning retreat. On Friday, after Jonah House residents … Continue reading

Fast for Justice 2014: Days 6, 7

January 11

Dear friends,

We are in the process of recovering from a powerful day on January 11th, looking towards the breaking of our fast, and planning for the future.  We continue to experience the power of community in a profound way. On January 11, we gathered with our WAT family and coalition partners, we brought the presence of the men imprisoned at Guantanamo into our midst, and in a beautiful, synergistic way, we were able to open our circle to join with a whole museum full of tourists, security guards, and park police. Continue reading

Activists Occupy National Museum of American History — Install Torture Exhibit to Mark Guantánamo Anniversary

Museum Atrium

Saturday, January 11, 2014: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeremy Varon,
Frida Berrigan,

Vowing to “Make Guantanamo History,” human rights advocates from around the country marked the beginning of the thirteenth year of torture and indefinite detention at the prison camp with a dramatic protest at the National Museum of American History. 150 activists occupied the atrium of the crowded museum for more than two hours, speaking out against torture and calling for Guantanamo to close. Continue reading

Make Guantánamo History: Rally on January 11th

Union Station

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Make Guantanamo History: Activists Fast & Rally in Washington, D.C. to Close the Torture Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C. — January 11 marks the beginning of the thirteenth year of the operation of the US detention detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  Activists from throughout the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. this week to engage in street theatre, demonstrations, fasting, and direct action to demand that Guantanamo be closed immediately. Continue reading

Fast for Justice 2014: Day 5

Michael - Museum

Dear Friends,

This has been a day full of emotion — “day 5 of a fast is often my crying day,” shared one long-time faster in our morning reflection. (He then spoke about the nine men who have died while imprisoned in Guantanamo, moving many in the circle to tears.) Our emotion is not unaccompanied by resolve. Continue reading

Fast for Justice 2014: Day 4


Dear friends,
It began as a relaxing day.  After a very moving morning reflection, we did some leisurely planning, caught up with friends, wrote letters to detainees, and had our pulse and blood pressure graciously checked by Helen and Ellen to make sure our bodies are handling the fast okay.  Some of us caught a much-needed nap.

Then in the afternoon, we went into high gear!  We performed our street theater piece at four locations spread across the city, all of them new to us.  Throughout the day, our throng of traveling orange jumpsuits filled metro cars, sidewalks, buses, and public spaces.  When we all piled in the free van to the Kennedy Center together, we filled so much of the vehicle that a casual observer would have thought that WAT had chartered a private van to go and enjoy a concert together.  And enjoy a concert we did!  We actually caught a performance by the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir before performing our own last round of street theater. Continue reading

Fast for Justice 2014: Day 3


Dear friends,

Joy, gratitude, and greetings to you!  We’ve had a full day of reflections, meetings, rehearsals, and street theater that we hope you will enjoy reading about.

Morale is good here, and we continue to expand as new people arrive in DC to witness with us. Many of us were invigorated today by getting out into the streets and engaging with the public. It’s exciting to feel the energy building. Continue reading

Fast for Justice 2014: Day 2

WAT Group Walking

Dear Friends,

We have been fasting in solidarity with the Guantanamo detainees for 36 hours now. The group has gotten a handle on what victuals it wants to have on-hand. This morning, the sustenance team gathered feedback and requests and procured a round of juice, vegetable and nut drinks, as well as honey, salt, cayenne and a few other items. Continue reading