Sunday, January 6, 2008

LA Event on the Eve of 1/11

Dozens of groups such as Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International and the ACLU have called for a day of international protest to shut down Guantanamo. On the eve of this very important day where we seek to see orange blooming all over the place, we will be holding a forum in Los Angeles.

What: Forum: Shut Down Guantanamo! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

When: Thursday, Jan. 10th at 7:15 p.m. on the eve of the International Day of Action to Close Guantanamo.

Where: Echo Park United Methodist Church, 1226 N. Alvarado Blvd. (one block north of Sunset), in Los Angeles. Street Parking. Metro Bus Routes #2, #4, #704, or #302
Who: The World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime presents:

Michael Rapkin, an ACLU Union and Foundation Board Member. Represented an 'enemy combatant" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His client was imprisoned for five years without charges or trial, and was tortured. Michael met with his client in Guantanamo. Michael will discuss the conditions in Guantanamo, including torture, lack of basic protections, and the assault on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Dennis Loo, Ph.D. sociology professor at CalPoly Pomona and co-editor of "Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush & Cheney". Member of The World Can't Wait National Steering Committee, Dennis created the "Declare It Now - Wear Orange Daily" (DIN) campaign. Dennis will speak about the importance of individuals taking personal responsibility for acting daily and publicly through DIN, and what difference individuals make by wearing orange and changing the dynamic in society.

Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and World Can't Wait National Advisory Board member, who occasionally spars with Bill O'Reilly. Sunsara will address the critical moment that we face with the revelation of the CIA's destruction of the torture tapes. Will the people in this country be silent and accept this as the new norm? Or will millions speak out and reverse the direction that the Bush administration, and the Democrats who are complicit, are taking society?

Actor and activist John Heard will read from the powerful new book, "Poems from Guantanamo."

Why: Your government is openly torturing people, justifying it and is poised to normalize it. Caught destroying evidence of torture, the Bush Regime is every day providing more reasons why they must be driven from office and held accountable for their crimes. This event kicks off Friday, Jan. 11th, International Day of Action to Close Guantanamo. WCW joins with ACLU, WitnessTorture, Amesty International, Code Pink and others to ask people to wear orange and demand closure to this vile prison.

Other: A $5 donation will be requested at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, please call World Can't Wait - LA at 323.462.4771, or e-mail us at Visit to learn more about this movement.

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