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The Grotesque Injustice of Guantánamo: An Insiders' Account

August 1, 2013 - August 1, 2013
Portland, Oregon

Please join us for The Grotesque Injustice of Guantánamo: An Insiders' Accounta special presentation on the illegality, immorality and inhumanity of the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

When: Thursday, August 1st at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

Where: Buchan Room, First Unitarian Church (1226 SW Salmon Street in Portland)

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 Guantánamo. An examination of this horrendous reality will be provided by experts with intimate knowledge of conditions at the infamous detention center.

Speakers include:

-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 Guantánamo 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.

-Laura Sandow, a U.S. Navy veteran, was serving at the Guantánamo Naval Base when the first detainees were brought there from the Middle East and Asia in 2001-2002. Her story is featured in comic strip form 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 Guantánamo hunger strikers.

Suggested sliding-scale donation of $5 to $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

The event is cosponsored by Veterans For Peace Portland Chapter 72, First Unitarian Church of Portland's Social Justice Council and Economic Justice Action Group, and others. For more information, call 503-774-9197.