A Poem Against Torture: “There’s a Man Under that Hood!”

Published on Monday, January 17, 2011 by Witness Against Torture

A Poem Against Torture: “There’s a Man Under that Hood!”

written and recited by Luke Nephew

On January 11, 2011, sixty anti-torture activists blockaded the entrances to the Department of Justice for an hour and a half. The action was to protest Washington’s failure to close the Guantánamo detention center and continued use of torture against detainees at Guantánamo and other prisons that comprise the “gulag” operated by the military and security agencies around the world. Luke Nephew, a peace poet from the Bronx, recited “Under the Hood” in front of the Justice Department as the blockade proceeded.

The action kicked off an 11-day Fast for Justice to end torture and close Guantánamo. Over 100 people around the country have signed up for the 11-day, liquid-only fast.

Close to 50 fasters will be in Washington for the entire period, holding a vigil each day in front of the Justice Department. For more information, visit www.witnesstorture.org

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