More men from Yemen are now held at Guantanamo than from any other country. Like the majority detainees there, most of them have also been cleared for release. Then why are they sill there, even after Obama's prohibition on their return to Yemen has been lifted? Join us as we dig deep to understand why.
Film and Discussion
Tuesday, March 25, 7pm-9pm
Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
We'll screen Laura Poitras' award winning film, "The Oath," that tells the story of two borthers from Yemen, one of whom spent more than 6 y ears at Guantanamo. She uses footage shot in Yemen and Guantanamo to tell a complex story that "challenges notions of the US post-9/11 strategy." (IndieWire).
We'll also see short clips from other films that take us into the lives -- and deaths -- of Yemenis held at Guantanamo and the impact of the US policy since 9/11 on their families and country.
Following the film, we'll speak with Len Goodman, Chicago criminal defense lawyer who has represented detainees at Guantanamo and written about the drone killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son in Yemen that Jeremy Scahill investigated in his film, "Dirty Wars."
Join us every Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the Federal Courthouse in Chicago (Dearborn & Jackson) to protest the continuing torture and indefinite detention of more than 150 men at Guantanamo and distribute 100s of flyers demanding that Obama shut it down now!
The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo (World Can't Wait Chicago, Witness Against Torture, White Rose Catholic Worker, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five)