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THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT
AS IT BECOMES CLEARER THAT THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT, A MOVEMENT TO DRIVE OUT
THE BUSH REGIME TAKES SHAPE - AND GAINS MOMENTUM
"The Bush Administration is the most dangerous force that has ever
existed. It is more dangerous than Nazi Germany because of the range and
depth of its activities and intentions worldwide. I give my full support
to the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime."
- Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, October 31, 2005
By Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait, www.worldcantwait.org
On November 2, people in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count) are walking out of school and work and
demonstrating to drive out the Bush regime.
This will be the first major proclamation of an unprecedented and urgently
needed social movement in this country: a movement aimed - not at this or
that policy - but directly at driving out a regime.
The past week underscored just why a whole new level of opposition - this
movement to Drive Out the Bush Regime - is needed, now! In the face of
setbacks like the Miers withdrawal, Libby's indictment, global
condemnation of US torture policy, the ongoing bloodbath in Iraq, and
plummeting poll numbers, Bush nominates a far right winger to the Supreme
November 2nd, as the beginning of this movement to drive out the Bush
regime, is history in the making.
And building up to November 2nd, this is what has happened already:
- Thousands have signed the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime including
Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, Jane Fonda, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Eve
Ensler, Richard Serra, Jonathan Kozol, Gore Vidal, Cindy Sheehan, Howard
Zinn, Michael Eric Dyson, Russell Banks, Cornel West, Michael Ratner, Ron
Kovic, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Ed Asner, Kevin Powell, Boots Riley and Tom
Morello [Go to website for quotes from the voices speaking out]. They join
organizations like Code Pink, the Progressive Democrats of America, the
National Lawyers Guild, ACT UP/NY, ANSWER/NY, the Campus Anti-War Network,
and other organizations in making this call.
- A battle is brewing over high school students walking out in schools
through out New York City. Clergy and lawyers are monitoring the situation
on behalf of the students. A similar situation in Los Angeles with threats
against student organizers and those intending to walk-out has resulted in
a very two-sided battle with students defiantly proclaiming, "The
administrators are using the same tactics as the Bush administration:
fear. They are trying to scare us so we'll back off and not walk out or go
against Bush. What are these threats compared to what Bush is doing? They
are nothing. F*ck their threats, we're changing the world!" Go to
www.worldcantwait to read their message, RESIST OR DIE!
- In the four months since the WCW call was issued, chapters have been
formed in 53 cities, with demonstrations taking place in another 14. The
34 states now covered are an equal mix of blue and red. Along with New
York, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, there are demonstrations planned in
Norfolk, Virginia; Burlington, Vermont; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Tulsa,
Oklahoma; Hood River, Oregon; Boone, North Carolina; Great Falls, Montana;
and Springfield, Missouri.
- Katrina Survivors will demonstrate in New Orleans - at Jackson Square,
the very site of Bush's nationally-televised speech after Katrina, in
which he laid out his sickening plans for re-building New Orleans. Malik
Rahim of Common Ground Collective has issued a statement calling on
Katrina survivors - wherever they are - to join the protests.
- The battle for public opinion is becoming sharper and more contested. At
3pm on Monday, October 31, Hot 97, a leading hip-hop radio station refused
to run a paid ad for November 2 created by Boots Riley of The Coup. This
ad was to have run beginning this afternoon as high school kids were
getting out of school. WCW Organizer Sunsara Taylor commented, "The
refusal of Hot 97 to air our ads for November 2nd shows even more urgently
the need for thousands to pour into the streets on Wednesday to break open
the political atmosphere and take a big step towards forcing the Bush
regime to step down."
- Street-theatre depicting the horrors of Guntanamo has provoked
tremendous debate on our moral and political responsibility in these
times. Hunter College arrested these students. At UC Berkeley, torture
theorist and advocate John Yoo was confronted by protesters wearing orange
jumpsuits and held on a leash. They challenged Yoo, "Take the leash. Take
responsibility." Yoo did not take the leash, said nothing, and left his
classroom. Michael Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional
Rights said such anti-torture protests need to happen on every campus.
Millions are outraged by the Bush program of war, torture and a rising
theocracy, yet it is being proven time and again that the Democrats, and
politics as usual, is not, and will not provide a vehicle to express this
outrage. And, as we say in our call, "There is not going to be some
magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're
on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight."
'The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly,
in a fascist way, and for generations to come. .. But Silence and
paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize
to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept. .. History is full of
examples where people who had right on their side fought against
tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of
people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a
horror beyond what they ever imagined." as our Call puts it.
The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime! is seeking "to create a
political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where
Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has
been taking society is reversed."
November 2nd must be the first giant step in this movement, making a
powerful statement: "NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL
DRIVE IT OUT!" Join us - go to www.worldcantwait.org for more info on the
convergence closest to you - or start one in your campus, your town or