Tentative schedule. Please check back for updates.
Everything is at the First Trinity Lutheran Church Hostel (501 4th St NW, corner of 4th St NW and E St NW, WDC 20001) unless otherwise noted.
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org: include your name, phone number and the dates you plan to be there.
Tuesday, January 7th:
Arrive after 2 pm at First Trinity Lutheran Church Hostel; 6 pm meal; 8 pm community circle
Wednesday, January 8th:
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9 am: Morning circle and all day planning for WAT action, Congressional visits, and media work
2:30 pm: Leave from church for White House protest against war on Iran organized by Codepink
6 pm: Community Dialogue
Thursday, January 9th:
9 am: Morning circle and all day action preparation, Congressional visits.
2:30: Leave church for Demonstration at Union Station. Later proceed to US Capitol for large anti-war coalition rally.
5 pm: Exhibition: Justice for Muslims Collective poster display Shattering Justice & Re-Making the Muslim Threat (at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW WDC)
Friday January 10th:
8:00 am: Pre-hearing demonstration in front of Prettyman US Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave., NW. **Leave church as a group at 7:30 am to head to courthouse.
9 am: Hearing (In re: Ammar Al-Baluchi) at Prettyman US Courthouse (333 Constitution Ave., NW, WDC).
Options after the hearing: Congressional visits or Fire Drill Friday demonstration
3:00 pm: Circle
7 pm: Until Justice, We Resist: An Evening of Music, Poetry and Political Comedy — Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron (Folksingers); Gustavo Vargas and Cesar Mazat (Wayta); Frank Lopez (Peace Poets); Maha Hilal (Standup comedy) (in the First Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary)
Saturday January 11th:
9 am: Morning circle and preparation for rally. James Yee will be with us for a discussion during the circle. Yee was the first Muslim chaplain, serving at Guantanamo, and author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.
WAT members should arrive at Lafayette Park at 12:30 to be ready for rally
1:00 pm: Justice Now: Close Guantanamo & End Torture Rally (Lafayette Park, in front of the White House) See CCR’s Facebook page for event livestream. The rally will be followed by a procession to the Trump Hotel. Mock coffins representing the men who have died at Guantanamo will lead the procession.
5:00 pm: Break the Fast Together
Sunday January 12th:
9 am: Morning circle
10 am – 4 pm: Retreat (Debriefing, Planning and Enrichment led by WAT organizer Herb Geraghty of Rehumanize Intl)
Monday January 13th: The hostel space is available through Sunday night for those who want to stay over, and in the event of any arraignments on Monday morning
A week of witness against Guantanamo and all it represents
Witness Against Torture will begin to gather on Tuesday evening, January 7th, to embrace the 40 Muslim men still locked up in Guantanamo and the hundreds of others forever scarred and haunted by the trauma of having been there. We will remember, we will witness and we will move forward in community with each other.
The highlight will be Saturday, January 11th, with a rally and action marking 18 years since the U.S. landed the first plane full of Muslim men bound for that house of horrors. We’re also planning an evening performance event, a panel addressing mass incarceration, and a showing of Justice for Muslims Collective’s poster display Shattering Justice & Re-Making the Muslim Threat. See our schedule here.
We invite you to join us to sing, create, plan, witness, act, fast if you wish, and celebrate our community. RSVP by emailing email@example.com: include your name, phone number and the dates you plan to be there. We will get back to you with housing and other information.