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Stopping The Police State Growing Around Us

Over the last few weeks, there have been many protests to stop police brutality in NYC.  I’ve been at two very dynamic and inspiring civil disobedience actions to STOP “Stop & Frisk,” including the most recent on Tuesday in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where the NYPD stops people at the highest rate.  Most are young men, but I met several men way over 40, and a woman in a wheelchair who have all been stopped in the area.

What Do We Owe Wikileaks' Revelations?

I thought Michael Moore had a good idea when he proposed naming Occupy SF after Bradley Manning.  Bradley is accused by the U.S. government of leaking to Wikileaks government reports and cables on years of military operations and communications about and with other governments.


He may go before a court martial soon, although there is apparently deep disagreement between different sections of the government over what evidence to let the defense see, and what they will allow to be made public.

NOVEMBER 2011 WAR CRIMINAL APPEARANCES

Check ouf if a war criminal will be in your area this November.  Join something that's planned and if there isn't any, start something with your friends and co-workers. Let us know and we will help publicize your activities. We have ready made downloadable leaflets for you one our web site.  Send use your report about your acttion and we will print it on our web site.                                                                                

The World is Still Waiting For A US Withdrawal from Iraq

Despite the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that U.S. combat troops are finally leaving Iraq — giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq war is over”–  I ask those who are celebrating to consider: where is the joy coming from?


It’s been ten years now since Donald Rumsfeld’s brain went “9/11 = attack Iraq,” apparently minutes after the WTC was hit by airliners.  From that moment, when the world’s largest military machine began planning it, through today, after over a million Iraqi deaths, this war and occupation has never been legitimate, just or moral!

10th Anniverary of the Criminal Patriot Act

In this season of 10-year anniversaries, one almost got by me, just as it almost got by many of us on October 26, 2001.  The Ashcroft Justice Department, which could hardly find a case of discrimination against a Black person or a woman to prosecute, and was busy dismantling its Civil Rights division, had apparently been busy elsewhere.  Even before 9/11, they had written the USA PATRIOT Act (that’s “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” for those of you not patriotic enough to think that up yourselves).

We Are All Scott Olsen"

Iraq Veterans Against the War said "It's ironic that days after Obama's announcement of the end of the IraqScott [Olsen] faced a veritible war zone in the streets of Oakland last night.  He and other protesters were surrounded by explosions and smoke (tear gas) going off around him as people nearby carried him while yelling for a medic."


The counter-attack of city authorities to clear the "Occupy" movement has now led to a serious injury, leaving protester Scott Olsen critically injured by an injury to his brain from a police projectile.  Oakland police attacked a peaceful encampment on Tuesday at 5:00 am, after massing 500 police, for hours.  Within minutes, hundreds were driven away, and police destroyed everything.

Raising the Resistance!

Despite the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that U.S. combat troops are finally leaving Iraq — giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq war is over”–  I ask those who are celebrating to consider: where is the joy coming from?


It’s been ten years now since Donald Rumsfeld’s brain went “9/11 = attack Iraq,” apparently minutes after the WTC was hit by airliners. 

From that moment, when the world’s largest military machine began planning it, through today, after over a million Iraqi deaths,

this war and occupation has never been legitimate, just or moral!

 

Tens of millions of us who care about humanity protested to prevent the Bush regime from getting the coalition it sought to

attack Iraq; much of the world was convinced the U.S. was not invading to “save” Iraqis but to advance its own imperial agenda. 

Street-Teachin on drones and the war

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait, at Occupy Wall Street, leading a Street-Teachin on drones and the war.http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/87-videos/1092-10-11-11-debra-sweet-at-occupy-wall-street-teach-in-on-wars-and-drones-

Hands Off Occupy Wall Street!

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that those who are at Zuccotti Park or Liberty Plaza must leave at 7am Friday October 14th so that it can be "cleaned".  He stated that people can re-enter when they are finished but under certain conditions. Just a few days ago he issued a statement saying  that the occupation could continue "for as long as they want".

An Irony Acutely This Week

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S., taking the lead from millions in the Middle East, are “occupying” public spaces, seeking change in the the world as it is, standing up to authority, power, and blowing the ceiling off expectations that the vast disparity in global income “has to” be as it is.  We’ve got to spread these occupations!

Lessons from Protest of Obama's 9/25/2011 Visit to Bay Area, California

Word of O’s Bay Area trip triggered three groups here to quickly
confer (World Can’t Wait, Code Pink, ANSWER).  We agreed to jointly call a protest
at his Sunday arrival at a military/NASA base.  We aimed for a vocal/visual protest
focused on the war anniversary (not wishing to eXclude people raising other O-related
causes if they came – but we agreed on the war as our focus.) There would be NO
public near our demo (more below) so our goals were around what message we’d
raise up via getting covered by the press.

Killing al-Awlaki Rists the Conferring of Illegitimacy

When Barack Obama announced in early 2010 that he had put Anwar al-Awlaki on his hit list, I heard from people for whom the announcement was a breaking point in their support for the president.  World Can’t Wait published a statement titled Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them. It said:
        "In some respects, this is worse than Bush. First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of “terrorism,” merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly."

War Criminals Appearances and Protests - October 2011

Check out October war criminals appearances and protests to see if any are in your area. Leaflets and posters are available for your use on the War Criminals Watch website. (www.warcriminalswatch.org)

John Ashcroft
10/10/11 - Washington DC

John Bolton
10/12/11 - Bellevue WA

Telephone Conference on "Why is the US in Afghanistan?"

Thurs Sept. 29th-1 hr.
10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific


Why is the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq?  What is the effect on those societies?  When, if ever, will the U.S. leave? As we prepare to protest 10 years of US war on Afghanistan, let's wrangle over a question a lot of returning soldiers say they can't answer:  Why is the US there?

Spreading the Gust of Fresh Air

We in The World Can't Wait express our enthusiastic solidarity with the morally and physically courageous youth of Occupy Wall Street and all others now forming occupations in their cities. They have not resigned themselves to accepting the way the world is, but are boldly exposing the towering crimes and audacious lies of this nation’s financial and political elites. They are righteously demanding that it all end and in doing so enduring brutal attacks by police and the corporate media’s malign neglect.

Troy Davis and “The Banality of Evil”

In 1963 author, philosopher and professor Hannah Arendt published her famous book  "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.  The book was Arendt’s report on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat and war criminal largely responsible for implementing Hitler’s “final solution” that resulted in the systematic murder of millions of Jews. 

In pointing out that the remarkable thing about Eichmann was that he was completely unremarkable, she drove home the point that the Nazi crimes were not committed by fanatics or sociopaths but by “ordinary people who accepted the premisies of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal”. Eichmann was a mild mannered civil servant with a wife and kids who epitomized the virtues of the German middle class.  It was in his dispassionate face at trial that Arendt saw “the banality of evil”.  

How and Why We Worked to Drive Out the Bush Regime

In the summer of 2005, people were starting to come out of their 6 month long depression over the outcome of the 2004 election.  It was somewhat of a struggle to get people to stop blaming Bush voters, and grasp and grapple with the depravity of the Bush program, and the fact that two aggressive wars had been launched on the basis of lies.

Some of us already working to end the wars, torture, and in many other causes wrangled with the problem that, “fighting against each outrage and winning on important fronts — from immigrants rights to defending the right to due process, to defending abortion, evolution, against discrimination or to defend critical thinking on campus — is invaluable to making real change in a world that desperately needs it.  But we are fighting each and every one of these battles on losing ground – ground that is rapidly disappearing under our feet.”

Going on 10 Years, the Drone from Washington Gets Lounder

It’s difficult to pick out the most disturbing feature of the Obama administration’s expanding use of unmanned drones in its continuing war on “terror” in at least 5 countries. Would it be that the pilots, sitting in Texas or Nebraska, “watch” targets across the world for hours or days, and then go home for dinner with the kids?  That their slang term for human beings they’ve hit is “squirter?”  That the C.I.A. minders of one of the U.S. drone programs claim “no” civilians are killed?  Or that there’s no oversight, no budget limit, no one in the upper levels of government who is even disturbed by this inhumanity?

Occupying Wall Street & Resisting State Execution

Over the last few years, people have looked around at the movement for social justice and said, often, “Where are the youth?”  This past week, in NYC they have been out on the streets, crackling with frustration, outrage, energy, and some hope and joy at just standing against what they can’t bear to be a part of.


Mourning Troy Davis, Union Square, September 22, 2011

"No Place Called Home" a new production by Kim Schultz

World Can't Wait is sponsoring Kim Schultz' complete production of "No Place Called Home."

October 2, 2011  5pm
Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th St.,  New York, NY

YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

So says World Can't Wait's call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, circulated in 2005.

We could add to it: your government enforces systematic practice of mass incarceration, "stop and frisk" procedures applied to Black and Latino people, and racist application of the death penalty.

Protest When Robert Gates get the Liberty Medal - Philadelphia, Thurs, 9/22/2011 - 6-9pm

Robert Gates is a war criminal. As Defense Secretary under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Robert Gates oversaw two official wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. He escalated and oversaw the bombing of several other countries, including Yemen and Pakistan. He was instrumental in the escalation of unmanned drone strikes and troop surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also continued the use of torture and indefinite detention initiated under Donald Rumsfeld. Like the wars he executed, Robert gates is bipartisan in his criminality, the first Defense Secretary ever to hold that position under both a Democrat and a Republican administration and he personifies the consensus among the rulers for war without end.

On September 22nd he will be presented with the Liberty Award at the National Constitution Center in Center City, Philadelphia for his ‘contributions to expanding freedom.’

Candlelight Vigil - Bush Speaking at Fundraiser, Wed. 9/21/2011, St. Louis Park, MN

Candlelight Vigil Against Torture

Join others at a candlelight vigil to protest the fundraising appearance of torturer and warmonger, George W. Bush. Do we really need to have the man who brought us pre-emptive strikes and launched an unjustified war that created widespread unrest in the Middle East held up as a great leader? Join others to stand up against those who torture.

Come to the public street area along the parking lot.

Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Sponsored by: the WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee.

Info: Contact http://www.worldwidewamm.org/calendar.html,  the W A M M office.

Protest When Bush Keynotes - Negroponte Speaks - 9/20/2011 - 11am-1:15pm

New York City fans, be ready with your banners and sign on Tues 9/20/2011.  George W. Bush will keynote the first summit of the Concordia Summit Group on fighting global extremism.

Bush will be joined by other former world leaders, security experts and heads of global corporations at the Sept. 20 meeting which aims "to strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors to more effectively combat extremism on a global scale."  Among the other speakers is John Negroponte, who is also on the Advisory Board of the Concordia Summit Group.


Ritz Carlton Battery Park Hotel - 2 West St. NYC 10004


Protest War Criminal Dick Cheney in Chicago 9/19/2011

 

Event 

Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney will be at the Authors Group event at Union League Club of Chicago on September 19th.  Join World Can't Wait, the 8th Day Center for Justice and the Illinois Coalition Against Torture to protest. 

Day 3 of War Criminals Watch NYC Protests - 9/13/2011

Here in New York City, as the war criminals gathered, the protests continued.

7:30 am – About a dozen representatives of War Criminals Watch/World Can’t Wait, CodePink, Witness Against Torture, East Timor Action Network, NY War Resisters League and others gathered outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel with banners, posters and leaflets while  Henry Kissinger gave the breakfast keynote to business executives gathered at the Rodman & Renshaw Global Investment China Track Conference.

What Sustaining World Can't Wait Makes Possible

Over the past week, in actions small and large, as many of you reading this were rightly disgusted by the 9/11 propaganda machine in overdrive, the work of World Can't Wait has centered around the idea that American lives are NOT worth more than other people's lives.

Protesting War CriminalsIn New York City, as war criminals make the rounds, still claiming 9/11 gives them license to murder and torture anyone they want, we were in the streets and at their forums, speaking the truth and denouncing their crimes, exposed to the whole world for years now.

Declaring Resistance

We continue with the history of World Can't Wait this month with a fuller picture of the years of creative work to make resistance to government-institutionalized torture a reality throughout all of US society. Scroll down for the latest news of how this work continues with reports on the protests and actions of this past week, and help make it all possible by sustaining.

9-10-11 Days One & Two of War Criminal Protests in NYC

Thursday., Sept. 8, 11:00 am – A small number of protesters organized by World Can’t Wait and CodePink arrived outside the Russian Tea Room to announce to passersby on West 57th Street  – via a banner, posters and leaflets –that the war criminal Donald Rumsfeld was in the vicinity.

New Book by Our Own Dennis Loo: Globalization and the Demolition of Society

Wil. E. Coyote, the American People, and What Is Up Now: This article is a slightly expanded version of a talk at the first book release party.  It provides an abbreviated introduction to a few of the key arguments and evidence in book. Rob Kall of OpEd News interviewed Dennis about the book for his radio show.

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