Why I Am on a Hunger Strike to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay Prison


As a fourth generation shrimper and an environmental activist on the Texas gulf coast, I have gone on hunger fasts to protect the seas that my community of fishermen depend upon. I know how far I would go to be heard. To have a voice. To push for justice. So I can vouch for the experts who say that the 100+ hunger strikes happening now in Guantanamo prison reflect the level of desperation and despair felt by the prisoners there. The detainees are screaming for justice from the outside world. And now they are being heard. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Diane Wilson is a fourth-generation shrimper, environmental activists, and peace advocate from the Texas Gulf Coast. 

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