FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2009
CONTACT: No More Guantánamos 
Nancy Talanian, Director, No More Guantánamos, 413-665-1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Hooke, Lead Petitioner of Article 14, 413-256-8441
(MA) Special Town Meeting Approves Resolution to Welcome Cleared Guantánamo Detainees Amherst
The resolution, Article 14 on the
Meg Gage, in her presentation supporting the article, observed that "of the 225 men still at Guantánamo, more than 70 have been cleared for release, ... but some of those men can't return home without risk of torture or death." She went on to explain, "They need other countries that are willing to take them, and the
Gerry Weiss, a select board member, followed Gage. "People are suffering unjustly, and we have the opportunity to alleviate that suffering."
Carol Gray was among several other town meeting members who spoke in support. "Even the Nazi war criminals had trials," she said. Gray showed the audience one of the leaflets the military dropped from airplanes, offering large bounties for turning in "terrorists." She also showed photos and shared brief stories of some of the young men and boys who have been released from the prison.
Nancy Talanian, director of No More Guantánamos and a member, with Hooke, of its Pioneer Valley chapter, applauded the measure's passage, which is the first of its kind in the country. She said, "
No More Guantánamos [http://www.nogitmos.org ] is a coalition of concerned U.S. residents, communities, organizations, and attorneys who are working together to ensure justice for the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and other offshore prison sites maintained by the CIA and the Pentagon around the world. We work to ensure basic human rights for all prisoners, including the right to be either charged for crimes and tried or released, in accordance with international law, and not held indefinitely, and to find homes for prisoners who cannot return home.
The organization formed soon after President Obama's executive order to close Guantánamo Bay prison by January 22, 2009. Chapter locations besides the
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