Witness Against Torture Solidarity Vigil

Friday, December 9, 2005

Todd Eaton 917.620.7781
Thomas Good 347.524.5631
Jim Klicker 267.760.4985

Three NYC "Knuckleheads" Call Vigil In Solidarity With U.S. Christians In Guantanamo

A group of NYC activists have called a solidarity vigil that highlights a march by 25 U.S. citizens to visit Guantanamo political prisoners. Vigil Demands Include: Stop The War; Stop The Torture; Bring The Troops Home Now and Shutdown Guantanamo! The vigil is being held at Washington Square's Arch on International Human Rights Day, Saturday December 10th at 5:30 PM. The vigil was inspired by the Witness Against Torture march now underway in Cuba.

A group of U.S. Citizens continue their 80 mile march across Cuba to the U.S. Naval Base and political prison at Guantánamo Bay. The marchers, members of Catholic Worker and the War Resisters League who have united for this action as Witness Against Torture, will bravely demand to meet with prisoners when they reach the infamous torture prison sometime Monday.

Brooklynite Frida Berrigan, said that she joined the march to Guantanamo because “torture is terrorism. What the U.S. government is doing in our name and with our money is a crime against humanity...."

In solidarity with Witness to Torture: A March to Visit the Prisoners in Guantánamo, several New York City activists will hold a vigil Saturday, December 10, at Washington Square Arch. The one hour vigil, starting at 5:30 pm, will demand closure of the infamous Guantanamo Bay military base and prison, and call upon the U.S. government to cease using torture as an instrument of foreign policy.

Under the slogan, "Stop The War; Stop The Torture; Bring The Troops Home Now", Saturday's Washington Square Arch vigil joins in solidarity with other vigils happening around the country on Saturday and on Monday to protest U.S. torture policies and to honor International Human Rights Day.

Thomas Good, a War Resister and Wobbly, said: "We saw what our brave comrades were doing in Cuba and felt we had to do something...we're just three knuckleheads from New York: Jim, Todd and I, but we were inspired by the heroism of the Witness Against Torture marchers. Our solidarity vigil is coming together nicely and we've gotten alot of support from the NYC War Resisters League". Jim Klicker, a War Resister who holds a daily vigil at Washington Square was also a source of inspiration to the other two organizers. "Jim is out there every day, rain or shine, it's truly incredible...his vigil was the logical choice for a solidarity action," said Todd Eaton, an independent journalist and NYC peace activist. "Tom is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and has reached out to the union so we anticipate that this will be a meaningful vigil that includes both labor and peace activists," he added.

Vigilers have been asked to bring signs and banners demanding that the US government end the Iraq War, provide reparations to the Iraqis, stop the use of torture and shutdown the Guantanamo Bay base and return this land to the Cuban government.

WHAT: NYC Vigil in solidarity with Witness Against Torture:
A March to Visit the Prisoners in Guantánamo
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
WHERE: Washington Square Arch, 5th Avenue and Washington Square North

For more information about Saturday's Washington Square Arch vigil, please call Tom Good at 347-524-5631 or email

Information on other Witness Against Torture March Solidarity Vigils  http://www.witnesstorture.org/events