Thursday, August 1
THE GROTESQUE INJUSTICE OF GUANTANAMO: AN INSIDERS' ACCOUNT
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church (Buchan Room), 1226 S.W. Salmon Street, Portland
Suggested donation: $5.00 to $20.00
No one turned away for lack of funds; all donations gratefully accepted.
After being incarcerated with no charges and no trial for more than a decade, subjected to inhumane conditions and treatment considered by international observers to be torture, 166 detainees from more than 25 Middle Eastern and Asian countries remain in captivity at Guantanamo. An examination of this horrendous reality will be provided by experts with intimate knowledge of conditions at the infamous detention center.
-- Steven T. Wax, Chief Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon, is considered one of the premier defenders in the nation with expertise in habeas corpus. He oversaw a legal team representing a number of the kidnapped Guantanamo prisoners, including Sudanese hospital administrator Adel Hamad, and successfully defended Portland lawyer Brandon Mayfield who was arrested in the U.S. global "war on terror" as a material witness to bombings in Spain based on the FBI's grossly mistaken fingerprint identification. A graduate of Harvard Law School and a former lawyer instructor at Lewis & Clark College, Mr. Wax is the author of KAFKA COMES TO AMERICA: FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE IN THE WAR ON TERROR (Other Press, 2008).
-- Laura Sandow, a U.S. Navy veteran, was serving at the Guantanamo Naval Base when the first detainees were brought there from the Middle East and Asia in 2001 to 2002. Her story is featured in comic strip in the June 2013 issue of "Symbolia," a new electronic magazine designed for tablet.
-- S. Brian Willson, former commander of a security unit in VietNam, trained lawyer and criminologist, and long-time peace activist, recently participated in a hunger strike in Portland in solidarity with Guantanamo hunger strikers. He is the author of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF S. BRIAN WILLSON (PM Press, 2011).
Additional teleconference panelists to be announced.
Portland journalist Sarah Mirk will moderate the discussion.
Co-sponsored by: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72; 18th Avenue Peace House; American Friends Service Committee - Peace Program; Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights; Code Pink Portland; Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church of Portland; Education Without Borders; Freedom Socialist Party; Oregon Jericho; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; Anarchist Black Cross; Portland Books to Prisoners; Portland Central American Solidarity Committee/Hands Off Latin America; Portland National Lawyers Guild; Radical Prisoner Support Portland; Recruiter Watch PDX and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland.