January 11, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary since the Guantanamo Bay Prison opened.
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF PROTEST IN TWO- PARTS:
PART 1: JOIN ICUPJ (Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace) of its 11th annual "Close Guantanamo Now" protest rally
WHEN: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles St. 90012 (in front of the building)
PART 2: I AM GITMO - a film premiere preview + Panel Session with Michael Rapkin (lawyer), Jon Krampner (Close Guantanamo Los Angeles), filmmaker Philippe Diaz and special guests
WHAT: A 30 minute premiere "preview" of scripted feature film, I AM GITMO + Panel Session (all online)
WHEN: January 11th, 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET - program is 90 minutes
HOW: Register Onlinehttp://tiny.cc/IamGITMO
30 MINUTE PREVIEW of the recently completed I AM GITMO, a narrative feature, will be shown with an introduction by filmmaker and co-founder of Cinema Libre Studio, Philippe Diaz.
SYNOPSIS: In Afghanistan, a Muslim school teacher is accused of involvement in 9/11 and transported to Guantanamo Bay where he is relentlessly interrogated and tortured. Though the claims are false, he learns he can be held indefinitely due to his enemy combatant status and his interrogators' testimony will decide his fate.
Based on true events, although not the story of a specific prisoner, the film is unrated with graphic scenes of realistic torture.
The film features Sammy Sheikh and Eric Pierpoint. It is written & directed by Philippe Diaz (The End of Poverty?, The Empire in Africa), Los Angeles' progressive film studio, Cinema Libre Studio.
PANEL SESSION to follow (60 minutes) with:
- Michael Rapkin, Detainee Defense Attorney
- Jon Krampner, ICUJP Moderator
- John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower
- Philippe Diaz, Cinema Libre
The George W. Bush Administration established the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in January 2002 following the 9/11 attacks. Located on the island of Cuba and situated within the oldest overseas U.S. naval base, GITMO as it is called, has held up to 780 detainees.
In the twenty years since it was established, GITMO has been the focus of human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and organizations such as the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights because of the treatment of detainees. Chief among them, indefinite detention without trial and torture and violations of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments of the United States Constitution.
Of the 780 detainees, 731 have been transferred elsewhere, 39 remain in custody and 9 have died.
More people should be aware of this, please