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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.

Help keep World Can't Wait Strong

This is a weekend to remember the victims of the global war OF Terror. With the 24/7 news cycle that ignores the harrowing crimes committed based on the tragedy of 9/11; many are left alienated if they do not agree with the official narrative. The past 10 years have brought death and destruction to Iraq and Afghanistan, the burial of the truth, and the demolition of whole cultures. Now is the time to connect with our friends and send a message to the world that these crimes are not in our names.
 
Let's re-commit to this community of resistance, join it by becoming a sustainer and let's spend the weekend talking with others about what the past 10 years have meant for the people of the world and the difference World Can't Wait makes.
 

Contemplating 9/11/2001

For the month of September, as the eyes of the country are turned to 9/11 and people are asked to once again channel their grief into support for unending war, we are returning to the history of this movement - which has always, from the start, held that American lives are not more valuable than other human beings. Please join in helping make this message, this movement, and a better future possible, through sustaining World Can't Wait today.

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.

September 11, 2011 - Memorialize All the Victims of the U.S. Global "War on Terror

Just what is it we're being told to "never forget" as we remember the events of 10 years ago?  Looking back at what the Bush regime did at the time:

CBS News
reported that, on the afternoon of 9/11/01, Donald Rumsfeld ordered the military to draw up plans to attack Iraq.  "Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

How about this, directed at any nation or person who would question means taken by the United States in response by George Bush, September 20, 2001: "Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."  

Join us to give a NYC greeting to these war criminals Thurs. & Fri., Sept. 8th & 9th:

The people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners.

People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials.

Come to one or more and demonstrate with War Criminals Watch, World Can’t Wait, CodePink, Witness Against Torture and others at the following:

Protest Donald Rumsfeld
September 8, 2011, 11:00 am
Hudson Union Society – Outside Carnegie Hall, 57th St.

Protest John Yoo
September 8, 2011, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Stop US War Crimes Now on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait.  I credit The World Can't Wait's founding work to "drive out the Bush regime" in the summer of 2005 with helping to change public perception of George W. Bush from "dumb" to "dangerous." As the former president will stand at the World Trade Center on Sunday memorializing those killed on 9/11/01, we should keep firmly in mind the truly massive crimes unleashed under the rubric of the "global war on terror."

September 11, 2011: Memorial for the Victims of the US Global War on Terror

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait

Sunday 9/11 1:00 pm City Hall Park, New York City and virtually on 911globalmemorial.net  Your participation in this global memorial through your art work is crucial. How You Can Participate.

We are asking artists and anyone else who would like to participate in this global memorial to please submit your content for this website.  Contact us at info.911memorial@gmail.com.

Protest BUSH Era+ War Criminals when they converge on NYC- September 2011

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait                                                                                                                           

Keystone Pipeline Protest: Crossing the Line with Beauty & Resolve

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait

Last Friday, I joined 53 others in getting hand-cuffed by Park Police after we sat in front of the White House for a few minutes in protest of the Keystone oil pipeline proposed to run from Alberta Canada down to Texas refineries.  Before Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina a day later, it was hot and still in Washington, and sweaty sitting on the pavement in front of the White House.  I realized that most often it’s been cold or rainy when we stood or laid down there in protest against U.S. wars and torture.

August 26, 2011 White House Protest v. Keystone Pipeline Photo: Josh Lopez

More on the Use of Torture Within US Prisons

by Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait      

Join The Tar Sands Protest in DC Aug. 20-Sept. 3! Stop the Keystone Pipeline!

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait                                                                                                                          

US May Keep Troops in Afghanistan until 2024 and Beyond

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

The UK Daily Telegraph had an alarming headline last week: "US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan Until 2004."  The United States military and the subservient Karzai government are "negotiating" from their very different positions on the continuation of U.S. military presence there, long beyond the 2014 date that the Obama administration has most recently announced:

Film "Incident in Baghdad" May Be An Oscar Contender

by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                            Help get "Incident in New Baghdad" in the running for an Oscar.

Protesting the 10th year Anniversary of the US Invasion of Afghanistan

 

by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                                                            For Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

 

 

Stop The Pipeline

By Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                                                                          August 20 - through September 3.  More than 2,000 people are signed up for civil disobedience to stop federal approval of the Keystone Pipeline from Canada's tar sands to Texas refineries.  The 

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