Washington D.C.: 500 Protest Unjust War, Dozens Arrested

By Debra Sweet

Today, October 5, World Can't Wait joined with Cindy Sheehan and others from National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Witness Against Torture, Activist Response Team, Vets for Peace, Code Pink in a protest of about 500 people in front of the White House. Former Colonel Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin joined us directly from a flight back from Afghanistan and spoke about the conditions there.
 
We brought the "Museum of Torture" and displayed for the media a little taste of the crimes still being carried out in our names. 61 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, after chaining themselves to the fence of the White House (many wearing orange jumpsuits). It was a very eye-catching display, attracting media coverage: Washington Post  Free Speech Radio News  CBS    UPI    CNN   David Swanson: We Were Arrested for Speaking. UPI video
 
While the administration held a press conference outside about healthcare, we marched to the fence and chanted as loud as possible “Stop the Torture State!" and "Healthcare not Warfare!" Robert Gibbs' first question, because of this noise, was about why we were out there protesting. He answered, "that's the first I heard there were protesters."

The whole debate over the war and occupation needs to shift. This isn't about a "new strategy." It's about an illegitimate,
immoral war that needs to end as soon as possible; not expanded in a surge of troops or drones.

What we need is a surge of resistance. Join us in the streets Tuesday andWednesday in righteous protest against these continuing crimes.

Whether or not you can join us in the streets, please
donate today towards our goal of $5,000 in 48 hours. This is actually the most crucial political act you can make right now. Read some of the statements people have sent:

I'm broker than Fried Chicken but will pledge $20. I love WCW because they let me know I am not alone in the world of the tranquilized, blinded and zombiefied.

-Elizabeth L.
 
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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.