Take Action to Close Guantanamo—and Study Materials Available for January Worship

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org):


Please join NRCAT as we continue to urge the President to work to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a prominent symbol of our nation’s use of torture.


First, you can send a promise to President Obama urging him to keep his campaign promise to close Guantanamo at http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2162/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5357.


There, there are several resources for congregations and people of faith (http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=392&Itemid=297) who want to mark the 9th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees from Afghanistan (January 11) and the 2nd anniversary of the executive order calling for Guantanamo’s closure (January 22):


  • Highlight Guantanamo during religious services in January with a prayer and bulletin insert, gathering signed petitions or postcards after services, and displaying a banner.
  • Make your local voices heard by urging people in your congregation to join you in sending an e-mail to the President and in writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.
  • Be visible in your community by organizing an interfaith prayer service or candlelight vigil to mark one of the anniversaries, displaying a banner or bumper sticker, or organizing a screening of NRCAT’s video “Ending U.S.-sponsored Torture Forever.”

All of these resources and an online registration form are available at the link above.


If you tell us what you’re planning by registering online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Guantanamo2011, we’ll send you updated information and resources in early January, including a sample media advisory.

Thank you for all that you do to help end U.S.-sponsored torture forever.

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