Elliot Adams on Closing Guantanamo and Building Non-Violent Social Movements

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On November 16, Elliot Adams will be in Ventura to discuss closing Guantanamo and building social movements with the power to accomplish the will of the people despite government failure.  Past president of the National Veterans for Peace, Adams, is intent on closing the off-shore facility and ending the practices that have undermined international and national law while destroying the lives of those within its walls.

Adams was an Army paratrooper in Vietnam as well as having served as a soldier in Japan and Korea. With the advent of the war in Iraq, Adams decided it was time to speak up as a veteran.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 2:30 – 5 PM

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH of VENTURA
5654 Ralston St. Ventura, CA 93003
Sponsored by VETERANS FOR PEACE Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Accessibility:  call Harold at (805) 701-9672

SOCIAL HOUR TO FOLLOW- PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE

AT 6 PM ELLIOTT WILL PRESENT A TALK ON GUANTANAMO
AND HIS 80 – DAY FAST

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This past spring, Adams undertook an open-ended fast in solidarity with the prisoners at Guantanamo that lasted eighty days.  While weak from fasting Adams spoke to reporters saying, “Guantanamo is an affront to to everything that we call American.   There are 186 prisoners there.  One hundred of them have gotten so desperate that there is no way to get out, that they have gone on a hunger strike.  Eighty-six of them have been cleared by the government, over a year ago, to be released.  Yet they stay there and are held under torturous conditions in an inhumane prison.  It serves no purpose for national security.”

Adams will speak at 6 PM on Saturday, November 16th

at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura

located at 5654 Ralston St., Ventura

Q and A will follow

Event is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted

This event is sponsored by the Unitarian Church, Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara and Ventura Chapters, and Citizens for Peaceful Resolution.

A pot-luck social hour will precede the presentation.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Please bring a dish to share.

For more information email: work4peacenow@gmail.com or call 805-407-7997

 

Adams was an Army paratrooper in Vietnam as well as having served as a soldier in Japan and Korea.  He was what he calls a “closet veteran”.  For more than a decade, Adams recognized that war doesn’t give rise to peace, but didn’t want to talk about his war experience.  Instead he directed his energy into various elected positions, including his role as mayor of Sharon Springs, New York.  Then George W. Bush became president and with the advent of the Iraq War, Adams knew he had to speak up as a veteran.  He has done nonviolence and social movement trainings for Fellowship Of Reconciliation, School Of Americas Watch, Peacemakers of Schoharie, Student Environmental Action Coalition, War Resistors League, and currently works with the Meta Peace Team and is co-chair of Creating a Culture of Peace.  Adams also joined a week long delegation to Gaza sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

President Obama’s promises to close Guantanamo within a year have proven illusive and Obama blames Congress. According to International Law expert, Eric Posner, however, Obama has the legal authority to close Guantanamo whenever he wanted without Congressional approval using the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) as relevant law.

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