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Dallas Guantanamo/NDAA action, Jan 11, 2012January 11, 2012
CodePINK Dallas, along with allies from Occupy Dallas, the Dallas Peace Center, Veterans for Peace, North DFW 99%, Amnesty International Group 205, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee - Dallas, and Pax Christi - Dallas staged a demonstration, in solidarity with a broad coalition of groups across the country for "10 YEARS TOO MANY: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GUANTANAMO."
The goals were to remind people that after ten long years, there are still people - some who have already been approved for release - indefinitely detained at the prison at Guantanamo Bay without ever having been afforded a trial, and to raise awareness about the NDAA . The National Defense Authorization Act was signed by President Obama on December 31, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal.
Demonstrators dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods used street theater to draw the attention of the public. The group rode the DART train to downtown Dallas, and then marched to the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Rosa Parks Plaza, where they did mic checks, listened to speakers, chanted, and passed out 400 flyers explaining what the street theater was about. They returned via the DART train, mic-checking along the way, to the Mockingbird Bridge, in the shadow of the Bush Institute, to call for accountability of George W. Bush for authoring wars of aggression, indefinite detention, and torture.