Ed Flaherty (Iowa City) – Veteran for Peace Chapter 161 in Iowa City. He is responsible for connecting me with Chris Gaunt and others who wanted a tour of Fort Leavenworth for Bradley Manning actions.
Capturing Kathy Kelly (Chicago) in the midst of her asking me for an update on the work from Witness Against Torture without even blinking at the camera that was hiding my face. This is Kathy Kelly, a woman who you refer to with both her names and serves as a mentor. She bounces around in a quirky celestial sort of way. I imagine her body movements match how quickly her brain moves.
This is John – He came over to the GTMO table and asked me if I would like one of these. He was pleased to know that I already dawn this on my vehicle. 4:22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
Norm Stockwell of WORT-FM, Madison, Wisconsin’s progressive radio. A great radio host and host to his home. He helped me when I found my car with the window smashed. A bizarre event in Madison. It just wasn’t a week for Libras.
Tarak Kauff (NY) – ended his solidarity hunger strike on August 4, 2013 after 54 days on 300 calories a day.
James Yee – former GTMO chaplain who believes detainees have little to no information on Osama Bin Laden (with the exception of about 15 in Camp 7) or Al-Qaeda. He underwent intense interrogation and solitary confinement himself after U.S. customs found a list of detainees with his belongings.
Lilith (Des Moines, IA) is a transgender who told her story of rape in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people. I l sat down with her later and interviewed her on camera. Police did not even file a report. A counselor told her, “Well, now you know how it’s like to be a girl.”
Lilith and her new fiance met shortly after her public story-telling.
Andres Conteris (San Francisco) on his 52nd birthday, September 5, 2013 and 60th day of a water-only hunger strike in solidarity with Guantanamo and Pelican Bay.
Mark Goldstone (Baltimore) served as Diane Wilson’s legal adviser during her trial where he said today, “There is no case law that states that sitting on the fence is unlawful. “One of two cases where he could think of that resembled anything like Wilson’s was when Jonah House Catholic Workers, including Jeremy Scahill, climbed a federal building where they were arrested for unlawful entry on the way down.
Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist in Brooklyn. Author of Blackwater, Dirty Wars, and CEO of Tobias Industries.
Diane Wilson (Mississippi) scaled the White House fence on June 26, 2013 while on her 57th day of a hunger strike in solidarity with Guantanamo. This is Diane after her first day of court.
Mary in Chicago – Soft spoken bad ass with a lot of knowledge. Voices of Creative Nonviolence.
Pat Davis in DC is also a soft spoken bad ass. Co-founder of TASSC.
Matthew Daloisio in NYC- War Resisters League and key organizer for Witness Against Torture.
Luci Murphy located in DC has sung at thousands of peace and justice rallies over the past 30 years.
Samantha Carrie (PA) – MTV Made coach promoting healthy eating with pizza.
My sister (Alexandria, Virginia) – She doesn’t agree with my activism, but we’ve at least had conversations about it.
Andy Worthington (UK) – Someone once asked me who “this Andy guy” was. I replied, “He’s a freelance journalist and a walking encyclopedia on Guantanamo.”
Dr. Margaret Flowers MCing a CloseGitmo.net event here. She is one of the organizers of Occupy DC.
Amy Badger (Iowa) – Front woman of the band Love Songs for Lonely Monsters. This girl rocks.
Gary Thompson – DC attorney for Ravil Mingazov, Russian citizen currently detained in GTMO since 2002.
The curious Seamus Philip Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer, the latest addition to the Berrigan legacy.