laffinby Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, DC

I want to share with you this reflection from Day 1 of the “Fast for Justice” to close Guantanamo which I am participating in.
Nine years ago I went to Guantanamo with 24 other peacemakers to try and visit the men being held at that time and to call for an end to torture and indefinite detention and for the closing of the prison camp. We were not permitted to visit the prisoners and held a four day fast and vigil near the prison camp. The Witness Against Torture community was formed out of this experience and has, for the last nine years, initiated a campaign to continue working on behalf of the men who continue to languish at Guantanamo. Since 2005 nine men have died in U.S. custody at Guantanamo and there has never been an independent investigation into their deaths. Also many of the remaining 155 detainees have been on a hunger strike since last February and have endured tortuous forced-feeding.

hunger_strikeI am compelled by the biblical admonition to “proclaim liberty to captives” as I continue to advocate for these men who have been so brutually mistreated. This “Fast for Justice” is but another plea for justice on behalf of these men.

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May God bless each of you who receive this. I am so grateful for all you are doing to help create the Beloved Community.

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