As the hunger strike continues at Guantanamo Bay prison, I challenge us all to join the hunger strike in some way, shape or form. Perhaps you will refuse to eat breakfast, or you’ll fast on Sundays, or you’ll support someone you know who is fasting. Whatever you choose, set aside a Day of Hunger, that is, a day in which you take notice of the atrocity that is Guantanamo Bay Prison, and enter that day fully with mind, body, and spirit.
If you so desire, you can take the pledge below or something similar that meets your needs. Copy the pledge, paste it to your computer, your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror. Sign it and send it to your representatives, friends, to the lawyers representing the prisoners. Paste it on Facebook. And then follow it with joy.
The pledge form is modeled after the “commitment card” that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) created – during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement – for volunteers who wished to serve in the “nonviolent army” that SCLC was organizing for the purpose of challenging racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. For reasons that are (I hope) self-evident, I’ve retained some of the original commitments.
I HEREBY PLEDGE MYSELF – MY PERSON AND MY BODY – TO THE NONVIOLENT MOVEMENT TO END INDEFINITE DETENTIONS AT GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON AND TO SHUT THE PRISON DOWN FOR GOOD. THEREFORE, I WILL KEEP THE FOLLOWING TEN PRACTICES:
1. HUNGER STRIKE at least one day out of the week.
2. REFLECT DAILY on the conditions at Guantanamo Bay Prison.
3. PARTICIPATE in activities and events geared toward both rectifying conditions in the prison and ultimately closing the prison down.
4. SHARE with family, friends, acquaintances and strangers information about the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay Prison.
5. ENGAGE in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience, with the intent to transform conditions at Guantanamo Bay and to transform the hearts of those committed to injustice.
6. SEEK to perform regular service for others and for the world.
7. REFRAIN from the violence of fist, tongue, and/or heart.
8. STRIVE to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
9. READ AND/OR LISTEN to works that inspire hope, confidence, and optimism.
10. WALK and TALK in the manner of love.
I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.
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