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For Immediate Release

Brenda Bowser Soder
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Rights Groups, Celebs Push Tech Envelope to Send Message on Gitmo


Human Rights First and a coalition of more than a dozen
national security and human rights organizations today launched a major
Twitter campaign designed to focus attention on the need to close the
U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, end indefinite detention, and
try terrorist suspects in federal courts.

Thousands of Americans from all walks of life - including members of
the music group Coldplay, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Tom Morello
of Rage Against the Machine, Roseanne Cash - are today showing their
support of the President's commitment to closing the Guantanamo
facility by tweeting a common hash tag (#closegitmo). The campaign will
demonstrate to the Administration, Congress, and other policy makers
that the support for this effort remains strong despite fearmongering
tactics designed to derail the President's plans.

The initiative is centralized on Twitter< A>, where
organizations and participants (partial list below) are using a common
hash tag (#closegitmo) to amplify each others' messages and create a
vehicle for grassroots support for closing Guantanamo. The goal is to
make the "#closegitmo" a trending topic for the day - creating
discussion and showing support. Organizations have rallied behind a
common graphic image - which they have spread through Facebook and
Twitter to brand the effort.

Human Rights First is spearheading two
Twitter petitions as part of this effort using the innovative
tool linked to Twitter. The first action targets the White House and the second is aimed at Senator-elect Scott Brown. The organization has also launched a web video echoing the message, urging people to sign on to its petition, and asking its online supporters to donate to put the video on the air.

Participating Organizations

New Security Action

Amnesty International USA

Human Rights Watch

American Civil Liberties Union

Physicians for Human Rights

Human Rights First

Common Cause

Constitution Project

Alliance for Justice

Center for Constitutional Justice

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Rethink Media

National Security Network

Progressive Democrats of America

World Can't Wait

Participating Musicians


Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)

EMI Worldwide

Rosanne Cash

Henry Rollins


State Radio

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.