If you are reading this, it’s because I felt the need to post this petition that I’ve just started so all 5 of you reading this blog can maybe join in my cause….
Since leaving Calarts, I’ve been busy working my behind off at USC’s School of Social Work and working at a few part time jobs. And so while I’ve been at Usc, I’ve been taking a pretty cool Public Policy class and it’s been through this class, that I’ve been getting really into a whole new level of grassroots activism and human rights advocacy, (aside from that whole mental health thing for which is my main focus.)
(Also, please excuse my typos and or dyslexic moments as I’ve written this in a rather rushed state as to me this feels quite important for all of us as people)
And so my current USC Policy class has inspired me to start this new petition project on:
Mohamedou Ould Slahi and my new mission to nominate him for the Nobel Prize for his work in writing: Guantanamo Diaries
After reading Mr. Slahi’s book Guantanamo Diaries, all became apparent to me that if I could somehow highlight and or shine a larger spotlight on this still imprisoned author-I kind of had to pitch in and do my part. So here is what you can do…just keep reading and then sign…
So if you didn’t know it, Mr. Slahi has been imprisoned in Guantanamo for the past 13 years in which he’s been the subject of sexual abuse, physical and mental violation, and of course torture by the US government, of course under the false guise of ‘freedom’ and or ‘our security.’
And yet despite all of his torture and abuse, Mohamedou has been brave enough to record all that he has endured from now into current life leading up to Gitmo: From the daily pain of being unjustly accused of helping in the 9/11 terror plot to his simple and often daily indignities.
These diaries of his, have finally been turned into the book: Guantanamo Diaries as a memoir about his past & ongoing hell. And so after nearly a decade of lawsuits and lawyers fighting on his behalf-this book of his Guantanamo Diaries was published earlier this year.
I hope that all of you will agree with me, in my saying that Mohamedou should be both rewarded and noticed by entire world for these nearly 13 years pain and suffering. And so what better way to express such a protest than for him to be nominated for a 2016 Nobel Prize to recognize all of his literary, mental and even bodily sacrifice in attempting to express himself via the written word.
And yes, I truly do believe that if he were to win the Nobel Prize, it would send tons of pressure to both the US and Overseas Authorities alike that what is happening to him alongside all other prisoners inside of Guantanamo is not right anywhere according to well-everyone. I also hope that this might even put more pressure on our Nobel Prize holding Obama, and I might even hope that this important action might push our current administration to possibly reverse this now decade long illegal course of action that former President George W Bush started up-oh so long ago.
Incidentally, since this book has been published, he has actually lost more rights while still stuck in Gitmo Detention Center, for example: his personal “comfort items” have all been removed from his cell and his possession.
Hey Carmelo get to the point?! Okay. How can you help? You need money right? Not at all, but you could buy his book right? Peep it here: Guantanamo Diary
All I ask is that you might sign this petition link listed below which will help him get that much closer to much more world recognition and in the long run-I’d hope for more freedom for himself and possibly his cellmates.
If you do sign, it will automatically send an email to the Nobel prize committee in Norway.
Thanks for your time and I appreciate your patience and support as I said this is a new passion project of mine and I’ve just emailed several News/Human Rights sites in hopes of rallying more support for Mr. Slahi.
I will keep you posted and many thanks!
Carmelo Brian Valone