Donald Trump No! photos
The poster for the Close Guantánamo campaign's new initiative urging Donald Trump to close Guantánamo. Poster designed by Benedick Tranchell, who also designed last year's Countdown to Close Guantánamo posters.
This page, set up on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, features photos of celebrities and concerned citizens from across the United States and worldwide, telling Donald Trump to close Guantánamo, and not to keep the prison open and "load it up with some bad dudes," as he promised on the campaign trail.
The campaign follows last year’s Countdown to Close Guantánamo, urging President Obama to fulfill the promise to close Guantánamo that he made on his second day in office back in January 2009. Over 700 photos were submitted during the year — see here and here.
Unfortunately, despite a spate of last-minute releases, President Obama failed to fulfill his promise, and left 41 men still held at Guantánamo — five approved for release by high-level, inter-agency U.S. government review processes, ten facing trials, and 26 others facing ongoing Periodic Review Boards to assess whether they can be released. On Jan. 25, however, the New York Times published a leaked draft executive order proposing to reestablish "black sites" and torture as official U.S. policies, to keep Guantánamo open and to "suspend any existing transfer efforts pending a new review as to whether any such transfers are in the national security interests of the United States."
Please join us in demanding that Donald Trump abandon his plans and close Guantánamo for good. Print off a poster, take a photo with it, and send it to us. We’ll post the photos here, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
We're starting off this most troubling presidency by posting one photo every few days, to provide maximum exposure to those taking part, and we ask again: Please join us. Let's show Trump that we know the difference between right and wrong, and demand that he closes this wretched prison that does so much damage to America's reputation, and its ability to claim that it is a nation founded on the rule of law, both at home and abroad.
On Day 31 of the Trump presidency, Marie Shebeck of Witness Against Torture says, "I think of the men who are still detained at Guantánamo and what they must think when they see news of Muslims and immigrants being detained at airports and immigration detention centers. Do they recognize the unjust policies that condemned them to life in Guantánamo? Do they think there is still hope for justice? President Trump and Congress - shut down Guantánamo and end your racist, Islamaphobic policies NOW!"
On Day 29 of the Trump presidency, the Peace Club at Tracy High School in Cerritos, California calls on Donald Trump to abandon his plans to keep Guantánamo open, and to send new prisoners there, and to close Guantánamo once and for all. Photo via Dorrine Marshall.
On Day 27 of the Trump presidency, James Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantánamo, who, in 2003, was held in solitary confinement for 76 days and charged with spying after he was found with a list of prisoners' names, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo. He says, "Torture and indefinite detention at Guantánamo have eaten away the conscience of America and her people. We have to close it down!"
On Day 25 of the Trump presidency, social justice and peace activist Malachy Kilbride says to Donald Trump, "There can be no justice without mercy and truth. Until those who are unjustly held, abused, and tortured in places known and hidden are set free I will not forget my brothers in Guantánamo. Shut down Guantánamo!"
On Day 22 of the Trump presidency, the attorney Tom Wilner, the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, who represented the Guantánamo prisoners in their Supreme Court cases in 2004 and 2008, which established their right to habeas corpus, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo once and for all. "You’re a businessman," Tom says. "Please look at the cost of running Guantánamo. It’s a bad deal for America." At current estimates, it costs at least $11m a year to hold each of the remaining 41 men held at Guantánamo.
On Day 20 of the Trump presidency, Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, who was a steadfast supporter of the Countdown to Close Guantánamo in President Obama’s last year in office, says, "President Trump, you have the ability and the opportunity to Make America Great Again by closing the Guantánamo Bay prison camp. That would show the world how we are not afraid of anyone, and how we stand up for our ideals, no matter what the rest of them say or do. No one but you could do that."
On Day 17 of the Trump presidency, Brooklyn-based blogger The Talking Dog says, "President Trump, The Talking Dog believes that closing Guantánamo is a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate that you truly are an 'outsider' and a change agent, and that you — perhaps uniquely in an 'Only Nixon Could Go to China' kind of way — can do what George W. Bush and Barack Obama tried but could not do, and that is to finally close Guantánamo in a just and lawful way consistent with American values and principles. The world is watching."
On Day 15 of the Trump presidency, Amy Phillips in Washington, D.C. calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo.
On Day 12 of the Trump presidency, Louise Devlin, in Glasgow, says, "I attended a Stand Up to Racism demonstration in Glasgow last night, attended by around 1000 people, and took your poster with me. I didn't get a picture at the event but here's me when I got home."
On Day 9 of the Trump presidency, Natalia Rivera Scott from Mexico City, who was a regular supporter of last year's Countdown to Close Guantánamo, now calls for Donald Trump to finish the job, and close Guantánamo once and for all.
On Day 8 of the Trump presidency, Debra Sweet, the director of the World Can’t Wait, says, "It was outrageous enough when George W. Bush threw 779 men into a torture camp without legal rights; insult was heaped upon injury when the Obama administration refused to hold any Bush era official accountable for those war crimes. But Trump threatens — and even jokes about — an even worse human rights emergency with his plans to put more people in Guantánamo and waterboard them, and to revive the use of ‘black sites.’ Close the U.S. prison in Guantánamo down now, in the name of humanity."
On Day 7 of the Trump presidency, Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture says, "President Trump is proving to be the monster we thought he was during the campaign. His talk of bringing back torture and filling Guantánamo anew is barbaric. My hope lies with the good people of the world who want an end to torture."
On Day 6 of the Trump presidency, peace campaigner and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern is appalled by Donald Trump's proposals to keep Guantánamo open and to reintroduce torture.
On Day 5 of the Trump presidency, Julisa Wescott, in Sarasota, Florida, who was a staunch supporter of the Countdown to Close Guantánamo during President Obama's last year, now joins the campaign to try to persuade Donald Trump to finish the job. She says, “I am proudly supporting the Close Guantánamo campaign by holding a poster telling Donald Trump NO! Please close Guantánamo. President Trump I am telling you NO! No waterboarding! No torture! Stop the spread of injustice and close Guantánamo Bay prison camp permanently now! Restore justice and human rights to these men being wrongfully held in a regretted place that is a disgrace to humanity — CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW!”
On Day 4 of the Trump presidency, attorney Stephen Truitt calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo. With Charles Carpenter, Stephen represents Hani Abdullah (aka Said Nashir), a Yemeni still held at Guantánamo whose ongoing imprisonment has been endorsed by a Periodic Review Board. His case will be reviewed again in another six months -- but not, of course, if Donald Trump scraps the PRBs, which he could do by revoking President Obama's 2011 executive order approving their creation.
On Day 1 of the Trump presidency, Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington says, "As the dreaded moment of Trump's inauguration arrives, let me be the first to ask him to abandon his reckless posturing on Guantánamo, and his disgraceful talk of "load[ing] it up with some bad dudes" and ask him to close it instead. It's insanely expensive, and it ruins America's reputation around the world. I also ask for him to honor the status of those prisoners still held who have been approved for release (5 of the 41 men still held), and also to continue with the Periodic Review Boards, which, since 2013, have approved 38 out of 64 men who were previously -- and erroneously -- considered "too dangerous to release."