The Clutter of Causes…Guantanamo

Posted by Sue on Apr 5, 2007  

No- not the other way around.

I am not writing about the causes of clutter though I could and should at some time.
But rather – once again a major concern has crossed my desk. In some ways causes do feel like clutter. There are endless numbers of causes; you can only think about so many before your mind and heart become overwhelmed.

At the same time- there are some things that each of us decides to let in. And today for me it is the issue of Guantanamo prison. Here is what avaaz is saying about it. Seems like a pretty timely cause for this week — what with Passover and Easter. It’s something that CAN be changed!
Here is the info from the Avaaz email:
Adel Hamad grew up in a small village in Sudan. Through hard work, he became a schoolteacher and hospital assistant. To support his family he took a better job at a community hospital in Afghanistan. Then late one night he was torn from his bed and sent to hell, as Guantanamo Bay Detainee #940.

Adel Hamad has had no trial. He has seen no family members for four years. Even US military officers reviewing his situation have called his detention “unconscionable.” But he and nearly 400 other prisoners are still trapped at Guantanamo. Last week US Defense Secretary Robert Gates finally said Guantanamo should be closed. President Bush’s advisors are split down the middle on this issue — a massive global outcry could tip the balance, and push Bush to close Guantanamo forever. Click below to sign the Close Guantanamo petition, and we’ll run ads next week in major US papers announcing the number of signatures:


It’s now clear that many of the detainees are simply innocent people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Guantanamo’s former commander General Jay Hood has admitted, “Sometimes we just didn’t get the right folks.” This is what happens when people are held without charge or trial.

After being held for five years, last week Australian David Hicks was finally charged — and sentenced to just 9 months in an Australian prison. This hardly looks like the “worst of the worst” – words the Bush Administration used to justify ignoring basic standards of justice. Meanwhile, as regimes around the world use Guantanamo to excuse their own human rights abuses, international law keeps taking a beating.

Sign the petition calling on the US government to close Guantanamo , and for its inmates to be tried in a legitimate court or set free. Let’s run ads in Washington DC and show that citizens from every country on earth want this injustice to end:


In hope,

Ricken, Milena, Tom, Graziela and the Avaaz Team


I signed the petition- thanks for bringing this to my attention- I had never heard of Avaaz.

I just met Paul Hawken at an all-day event- and in his latest book, Blessed Unrest, he said he found that the largest and most unprecedented movement in human history is the social justice/environmental movement, with estimates of one to two *million* organizations worldwide.

He and the folks at the Natural Capital Institute (www.naturalcapital.org) are starting a new project: WISEREarth- it launches in a couple of weeks. From the website:

“People are gathering and organizing around the world to address poverty, climate change, pollution, globalization, resource issues, hunger, and myriad other political, economic, and ecological problems that threaten all of us.

Collectively, this drive for a sustainable and just existence can be called a movement. WiserEarth provides this movement a way to see itself and become connected. ”

It’s pretty exciting. Thanks again- clutter exists in many realms, eh?

April 8th, 2007 | 7:29 am

Oops – Mark – I went to the WISEREarth site you wrote about and found it fascinating and excellent. I thought that I emailed back to you about it but even if I did I should have posted here as well. My apology.

“The collective drive for a sustainable and just existence is definitely exciting and to me fits the whole reason for decluttering quite honestly — so that a) we have time and space to focus on what matters and b) things that are not useful or excess in one
life can be re-homed to another place where they can be truly used and appreciated.

Again my apology for not blogging back RIGHT AWAY as I very much appreciate that you went to AVAAZ and signed the petition AND blogged to me about it and about Paul Hawken’s most recent developments. The earth so needs this kind of attention.

Thank you. Joanna

April 12th, 2007 | 7:10 pm
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