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Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to Close Guantanamo Prison - ACTION


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Angelika
- 442 days ago - codepink.salsalabs.com
This Mothers Day, help Om Abdurahman and the other mothers of GuantanAmo prisoners reunite with their sons by telling Michelle Obama to tell her husband to close Guantanamo Bay Prison immediately.



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Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:22 pm
"For me, Mother's Day is a day of grief. Every day is a day of grief. My son Abdurahman Shabati is a prisoner at Guantánamo, and has been cleared for release since January of 2007. The United State’s government has stolen my son’s youth, and stolen our family’s peace and happiness. Don’t they realize we are human beings, not stones? That we suffer just like they would if they had lost their children? This Mother’s Day, you can help me and other mothers reunite with our sons by appealing to the First Lady of the United States: Tell Michelle Obama to urge her husband to close Guantánamo now."

-Om Abdurahman, mother of Guantánamo detainee Abdurahman Shabati, who has been held for 12 years and cleared for release for over 6 years.
 

Munro Tapper (80)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:34 pm
Congratulations to the European Union for moving in some measure against the bee killing pesticides manufactured by the Bayer Corporation in Germany.

The last US petition asking Obama to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to stop importing this bee deadly pesticide had as its first signature Michelle Obama, the White House beekeeper. As usual, nothing was done.

It does not seem so important in my southern neighbor who you know does it?
 

Autumn S. (142)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:43 pm
signed and noted, Thanks Angel Girl
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:45 pm
Thank you Munro! It was the only right thing to do and took long enough! What a shame that the prez is so bought by Corporate America that he cannot act right!
 

Ellen G. (337)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
done
 

Vicky P. (462)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:59 pm
noted and signed
 

Debbie G. (313)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:44 pm
S&N. It's been way to long that Gitmo keeps operating. It needs to be stopped and closed.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:05 pm
More petitions:

World Can't Wait Petition: Guantanamo + Silence = Death Camp

Amnesty USA: 10 Years Too Long: End Indefinite Detention & Close Guantanamo

The Nation: President Obama: Close Guantánamo Bay Now

Change.org: President Obama: Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

Credo Action: Tell President Obama: it's time to close Guantanámo

Gitmo Justice: Keep your promise of justice
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:19 pm
signed earlier, noted now
Thanks Jelica for the list to make sure I haven't missed any!
 

AniMae Chi (392)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:25 pm
3 signatures

Thank you for sending a message to Michelle Obama urging her to tell her husband to close Guantanamo prison now- we'll make sure Om Abdurahman knows you did!

Also signed all Jelika's petitions, 3 times where ever i could.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:41 pm
Thx very much Jelica, some were new to me, all done!
 

Mike S. (85)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 7:04 am
SS&N. Thank you Angie.
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:48 am
Since I was a beekeeper for fourteen years, I share Munro's frustration. One would think that the White House would move to protect bees since there is now a beekeeper living in the White House.

I sign the petitions and hope. I try not to be discouraged.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:25 pm
The problem is the KEEKEEPER in there, not the beekeeper... Michelle's organic food garden at the WH didn't prevent the "Monsanto Protection Act" either.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 1:58 pm
All petitions signed, Thanks Angie & Jelica.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 2:38 pm
oops-just noticed my typo- I meant of course KEYKEEPER
 

Ruth R. (215)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:28 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Ruth R. (215)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 5:46 pm
Signed the following from Jelica's comment above:
Jelica R. (156)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:05 pm
More petitions:

World Can't Wait Petition: Guantanamo + Silence = Death Camp

Amnesty USA: 10 Years Too Long: End Indefinite Detention & Close Guantanamo

The Nation: President Obama: Close Guantánamo Bay Now

Change.org: President Obama: Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

Credo Action: Tell President Obama: it's time to close Guantanámo

Gitmo Justice: Keep your promise of justice
 

paul m. (93)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:04 am

Signed,,,,
 

Aaron Bouchard (125)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:47 am
Signed and noted thanks
 

April W. (1)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 3:05 am
Gladly signed
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:47 am
Signed, thank you.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 11:19 am
Thank you for sending a message to Michelle Obama urging her to tell her husband to close Guantanamo prison now- we'll make sure Om Abdurahman knows you did!

Very gladly signed. Thanks for finding and sharing this with us Angelika!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:44 am
S&N
 

Robert K. (31)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 8:21 am
Obama tried to close Gitmo, but he can't legally without the cooperation of the Republicans. In this, at least, his hands are clean.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 10:27 am
Robert, there are actually two different suggestions out, some say he does need congressional approval, others suggest he does not. Sorry but I certainly would not know beyond any doubt which is true...
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 10:12 pm
I thought that a signed Presidential Executive Order should have been sufficient. Further, even the office established to close Guantanamo has fallen victim of this year sequestration. Is it possible that annual costs of that office are higher than expenses on keeping Guantanamo open? (Annual cost to operate Guantánamo is $150 million.)
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 8:43 am
In no way could that be, Jelica- if it were so it would surely be the scandal of the century.
I don't know if this is still topical:
Secret terms in the US-Yemeni repatriation negotiations

An article published in the Yemen Post on November 13, 2012, reported on secret terms in the US-Yemeni repatriation negotiations.[17] Yemen recently had a change in administration. Officials of the new administration said, "Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then."
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 8:56 am
But repatriation to Yemen remains difficult because of the country’s unstable security environment, the official said. The U.S. government does “recognize and is encouraged by the progress that’s been made by Yemen to address its security situation,” the official said.

“We’re continually reviewing it,” the official said, referring to the moratorium.
(from http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/05/01/190158/white-house-says-moratorium-on.html#.UZOtJMpgIqI
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday May 17, 2013, 2:12 pm
I've learned from the World Can't Wait Campaign that 40+ Yemenis were cleared for release, but Obama administration said they are: "to dangerous to let them go", whatever this mean, and they are still detained in Guantanamo.

The World Can't Wait Home Page.

 
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