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Friday Night Owls: Amnesty International calls on President Biden to close the Guantánamo military prison

“President Biden must pledge to end what former President Obama did not do: end this human rights violation by immediately transferring detainees who have not been charged with crimes to countries where their human rights are respected , and to offer all defendants fair trial without recourse to the death penalty and eventually the permanent closure of this discriminatory and unlawful detention center. ” […]

On January 11, 2021, Amnesty International released a report highlighting ongoing and historic human rights violations in the Guantánamo Bay detention center as detention entered its 20th year and a new president was ready to join the White House. The report called for renewed urgency on the issue, accompanied by a real commitment to truth, accountability and redress, and a recognition that the indefinite detention in Guantánamo cannot continue any longer.

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Now it’s OFFICIAL and has only been published. Harriet Tubman was inducted as a full (non-honorary) member of the Hall of Fame of the Military Intelligence Corps of the US Army, recognizing her work as a spy and scout during the Civil War! We brought them in! https://t.co/uV5ltdD966

– Dr. Kate Clifford Larson (@KCliffLarson) February 12, 2021

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“You can support the rule of law or vote to acquit Mr. Trump. But you can’t be for both “
~~ Michael McFaul (February 11, 2021)

BLAST FROM THE PAST

That day at Daily Kos in 2004– Pure and simple: Equal rights:

Thirty years ago this month, right to life activists in Boulder, Colorado, whimsically encouraged by the local chain-owned daily, challenged one of the nation’s earliest tendrils, what they termed the “gay agenda.”

Then as now, the gay agenda epitomized the American agenda – the acquisition of equal legal protection by another group of second-class citizens of our country. Boulder was not about gay marriage or civil union, but about another basic right: non-discrimination in employment. Just before Christmas 1973, the nine-member city council, headed by a two-year Liberal majority, passed one of the first four or five such ordinances in the United States. Some gay activists and progressives to the left of the city council wanted something more: a clause prohibiting non-discrimination in accommodation.

The legislation was initiated by Mayor Penfield Tate II, who was elected by the unpaid council as the first black mayor in Colorado history and was elected in a city with less than 2% African American. A lesbian acquaintance told Tate that she had been fired specifically because of her sexual orientation. Tate knew firsthand about injustice. And he saw it very simply: a repeal of every American’s constitutional right not to be restricted by law based on background, belief, or biology.

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