Close Guantanamo Now!
At the beginning of his first term, President Obama pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo, yet it remains open. Many of the prisoners there have been cleared for release, but remain either because of Congressional limitations on funds to transfer prisoners or because no country will accept them. While he has in the past blamed Congressional restrictions for the continued statemate regarding the prisoners, the President (who has withdrawn the Executive Order preventing transfers to Yemen) has within his power to direct Secretary of Defense Hagel to begin the transfer of those cleared for release.
Since February, the majority of prisoners have been on hunger strike to protest their ongoing detention. While the number of strikers has dropped since the beginning of Ramadan, the underlying cause of the strike remains: continued indefinite detention without trial, including those who by all rights should be free. Many of the hunger strikers have been force-fed by military officials, an act widely decried as unethical and as torture by both medical and human rights authorities. In a speech on May 23rd, President Obama renewed his commitment to close the prison. Nearly two months later, however, no detainees have been transferred and conditions remain the same.
Contact the President and tell him that it is time for this national symbol of torture to be closed forever. Today is the day to act.