Debra Sweet

 Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

She can be reached at debrasweet (at) worldcantwait.org. You can read her writings at debra.worldcantwait.net.

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Release the Torture Photos! Prosecute the War Criminals!

 By Debra Sweet

 Wednesday, while flying across the country, I was able to watch CNN all day as the news rolled out from the White House that the Obama administration was making an about face, and deciding to fight the court order to release the torture photos.  It's an extraordinary story, and people are right to be outraged.
 
Kevin Gostzola, a student at Columbia College, pulled together the tortured logic of the Obama argument in Obama Employs Bush Administration Tactic to Halt Release of Detainee Photos
 
The moment my plane landed in San Francisco, the voice mails, texts, emails began...people thinking about what to do in response.  A quick conference call Thursday united World Can't Wait chapters to go Friday to media outlets (FOX in New York; CNN in Atlanta) with the demand:
 
Release the Torture Photos!  Prosecute the War Criminals!  Soon, warcriminalswatch.org will have downloads of posters with both the existing torture photos, and the mug shots of the Bush regime deciders, and the torture legal team. 
 
This is a time for a lot of orange in protest, a lot of intiative. 
 

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Who Will Step Out Boldly?

By Debra Sweet 

This is truly a moment I must say, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention...."
 
The stunning plan Barack Obama slipped into his speech Thursday, a speech filled with "the rule of law," is PROLONGED, or PREVENTIVE DETENTION.
 
The President said he will "develop an appropriate legal regime" to indefinitely imprison people without charges based on what he thinks they might want to do, on their speech, or their associations. He admitted that there are people now detained who cannot be prosecuted because evidence against them is tainted by torture, or because there simply IS no evidence against them. He implied this could go on for a decade or more.
 
The Bush regime thought about this, but never tried it. This has never been done by the US in its history. What does it mean that Obama stated flatly that habeas corpus -- the right to know charges against you, and be able to defend yourself - will be indefinitely denied to a class of people?
 

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Why is the Government Continuing to Suppress These Photos? And Why Should We Show Them?

 By Debra Sweet

 There are some 2,000 photos not released by the Defense Department under Bush, which the ACLU is still seeking.  What difference does it make if people see more photos of the detainee torture and abuse? 
 
Well, you could ask what interest the Obama administration has in suppressing them.  It's true that much of this information is already known, given the leaks by foreign press, and people in the US military who originally, and courageously, in some cases, took the photos and made them public.  But the fact that the government can suppress them with impunity, on the excuse that releasing them will endanger American military more than the fact that torture and indefinite detention of civilians is widespread and systemic from Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Guantanamo and the Bush secret prisons, is an outrage.
 

 

Protests Demand Release of Photos; Prosecution of Torturers

Today, there are protests planned in 16 cities demanding that Barack Obama release the 2,000 photos of torture and detainee abuse, and demanding that those Bush era officials responsible be prosecuted.

Wednesday, Reuters quoted General Taguba (who accused the White House of War Crimes last year) about the content of the unreleased photos, based on a report he made in 2004.  

"Taguba included allegations of rape and sexual abuse in his report, and on Wednesday he confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that images supporting those allegations were also in the file.  'These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency,' Taguba, who retired in January 2007, was quoted as saying in the paper."

This is why these photos must be released!   Let's go out publicly with the photos and protest!  Make enlargements of photos reportedly part of the 2,000 photos President Obama is fighting to suppress.

Tuesday May 26: Rove Denounced at Radio City
from a World Can't Wait supporter

A series of protests from the audience disrupted Karl Rove Tuesday night during his appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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George Tiller, A Hero for People Who Care About the Humanity of Women

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

A hero who wore a button saying “Trust Women,” was shot down and killed Sunday, in a devastating attack on the right of women to control our own bodies.  Dr. George Tiller began providing abortion care in 1973, as soon as it was legal in Kansas, and continued until yesterday.  He endured, and rose above, the constant picketers of his clinic and home; the vandalism; the baseless lawsuits and political/legal trials.  He survived being shot by another anti-abortion would-be assassin in 1993.  He gave compassionate care to thousands of women, and mentored colleagues and medical students, and was a source of last resort for women with fetal/maternal complications in his Wichita, Kansas clinic.  

George’s murder is a heavy, almost unbearable blow, and not only for his family and friends, who deserve our deep gratitude for supporting him in his life’s work.    

also read "Who Will Take His Place" by Rosemary Candelario, and "What Seeking Common Ground Will Get Us" by Jill McLaughlin

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Going to Wichita: We Need a Polarization on the Side of Humanity

 

By Debra Sweet
 
Why is World Can't Wait concerned with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who provided abortion care of last resort for 36 years, apparently by a long-time anti-abortion protester?  
 
World Can't Wait began in 2005 with a Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime.  It said, "Your government is moving to deny women, here and around the world, access to birth control and abortion."  Under George Bush, federal and state restrictions on both, combined with the attacks on gay marriage, and the promotion of a narrow Christian fundamentalism from the White House, defined the Bush domestic program.
 
These restrictions didn't go away because Bush was replaced by Barack Obama; in fact the violence directed at abortion providers and clinics began to escalate in 2008, culminating in this outrageous act Sunday.  The 36 year long campaign by fundamentalists Christian protesters and right-wing talk show hosts that "abortion is murder" has worked on a lot of people. 
 
It's completely consistent, in their logic, for the anti-abortion movement to be "pro-life" until babies are actually born, and also to be pro-torture and pro-war. 
 

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Picturing the Resistance & Funding It!

May 2008: Bold and inspiring events in the face of an aggressive campaign waged by the government to get the people of this country to accept torture and indefinite, even preventive detention as part of the new normal. Photo by Joel Simpson

(left) Observer reads flyer accompanying mass anti-torture protest in Grand Central Station, May 28, 2009. Photo by Khawer Khan

If you want this kind of resistance to continue and grow now is the time donate to World Can't Wait.  We have the will, the heart, and the commitment to build this movement.  But none of the forums, films, discussions or visible national protests World Can't Wait sponsors will continue without your generous financial support.

The world can't wait for the crimes of the U.S. government; for an end to torture and wars for empire. Join in efforts to end these crimes by
contributing to a vibrant and uncompromising resistance movement.

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Torture Protests June 2009

 
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Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:53
 
 
 
Across the country, June 2009 groups are focusing on ending the US torture state.
The National Religious Coalition Against Torture has events for June, Torture Awareness Month

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Organized by: Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (sponsored by Gulft Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.)

Journey to Asylum
1:00 PM--5:00 PM, at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center at Carillon in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Uwe Jacobs, PhD, Clinical Director for Survivors International in San Francisco, California, will present promising practices in conducting psychological evaluations for affidavits and expert testimony for asylum seekers.  Contact Ann Marie Winter at (727) 450 7283 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Thursday, June 25, 2009--Torture Accountability Action Day


Washington DC: Organized by: A coalition of the following organizations:
Action Center for Justice, After Downing Street, Amnesty International, Coalition for Peace Action, CODE PINK, Consumers for Peace, Democrats.com, Historians Against the War, IndictBushNow, National Accountability Network, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, NJ Peace Action, NJ People's Organization for Progress, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, The Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition, US Labor Against War, Veterans for Peace, Washington Peace Center, We Are Change LA, Witness Against Torture, World Can't Wait
Torture Accountability Action Day
9 AM, tabling begins
11:00 AM--12:00 Noon, Speakers and Rally
12:00 Noon, March to the Department of Justice
Some participants will engage in nonviolent civil resistance, risking arrest, if AG Holder refuses to appoint a Special Prosecutor.  See http://tortureaccountability.webs.com for more information.  If your organization would like to sponsor the event, go to http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/contactus.htm  (see more below)
 
San Francisco CA: Jim Haynes: Do It Yourself Ethics Complaint, 6/25 11am
     Press conference at the State Bar office in San Francisco when we file all of the complaints. Join us: California Bar Association, 180 Howard St., SF.
     Tell State Bar: Torture Lawyers Should Not Be Practicing Law in California. As General Counsel for the DOD under Donald Rumsfeld, Wm. "Jim" Haynes crafted legal memos for some of the most heinous torture techniques authorized by Bush. He now works for Chevron in San Ramon and is licensed by the California State Bar.
    The SF National Lawyers Guild Committee Against Torture filed an ethics complaint against Haynes with the bar and has crafted a simple form so you can file your very own! You don't need to live in California to file a complaint.
    CODEPINK wants to file hundreds of individual ethics complaints, so please join in! This is VERY SIMPLE. You just need to fill in your name, address, phone number, and signature on the complaint and mail it to the SF National Lawyers Guild address shown at the bottom of the complaint. Get the complaint here www.nlgsf.org/news/view.php?id=109
 
Boston/Cambridge: Organized by: Susan Serpa
Harvard Square Anti-Torture Rally
2:00 PM at the Harvard Square T-Stop
Speakers will include: Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)
www.bordc.org  Faisal Fahad, brother of a detained peace activist http://freefahad.com/
Tausif Paracha, whose uncle has been detained in Guantanamo since 2003
http://www.freeparachas.org/ 
For more information, see
http://warcriminalswatch.org or contact Susan Serpa at 617-599-5195.

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International

2:00--3:30 PM: Congressional Human Rights Commission Hearing with TASSC--Panel of Survivors will address the Need for Accountability  Cannon Building, Room 340, Washington DC
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) will chair the hearing, during which four survivors from TASSC will testify. 
http://tassc.org/index.php?sn=309

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
7:00 PM: "A World Without War and Torture"
Catholic University of America, 108 Hannan Hall, Washington DC
A keynote speaker will be featured to critique the framework of the war on terror as undermining international human rights, and address the urgent need for the international community to reassert core values and principles of international law. 
http://tassc.org/index.php?sn=309

Friday, June 26, 2009--UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International  Conference: "Torture Never Again!"
Catholic University of America Law School: Moot Court, Washington DC
9:15 AM: Morning Panel I: "Torture in Our Backyard"
11:15 AM: Morning Panel II: "Torture Never Again"
2:30 PM: Afternoon Panel I: "Truth, Justice and Accountability"
4:00 PM: Afternoon Panel II: "Torture, Women and Children of Survivors
http://tassc.org/index.php?sn=309

San Jose CA: Organized by: San Jose Peace

Protest to Target Jeppese
11:30 AM March from Caltrain Station--65 Cahill St.
12:00 PM Noon Rally in fron of Jeppesen Office: 225 W. Santa Clara St. (Corner Almaden) in downtown San Jose  On Friday, June 26, the International Day in Solidarity with Victims of Torture, protesters will return to rally in front of the office where Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen handles the logistics for the CIA torture flights.  http://www.sanjosepeace.org/article.php/20090602121658330

Santa Clara CA: Organized by: Santa Clara County Refugee Forum (cosponsored by Asian Americans for Community Involvement and Survivors International Week of Healing)
Panel Discussion: Torture is a Moral Issue
7:30 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA
 
Berkeley CA: Our Himmlers, Eichmanns Unscathed as Obama Dithers: Why Is He Afraid of the Torturers? Featuring Ray McGovern
7:30pm, BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St. @ Bonita, Berkeley. $5-$10 donation, Co-sponsors CODEPINK & Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee.
     Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years. He returned his CIA
"Intelligence Commendation Award" medallion in 2006 saying "I do not wish to be associated with torture". He cofounded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and works with "Tell the Word", the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC.  See McGovern’s famous confrontation of Rumsfeld lying about Iraq WMD on Keith Olbermann: 
    Plus: Jon Eisenberg, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the famous
warrantless wiretapping case Al-Haramain v. Bush "I wonder whether Bybee feels guilty before God. He certainly has no business being a federal judge. His presence on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals brings disgrace to that court. He should resign." Jon Eisenberg, San Francisco Recorder Updates on torture accountability campaigns from SF National Lawyers Guild Committee Against Torture, Amnesty International, CODEPINK, PDA, Veterans for Peace. Film clips from “Torturing Democracy.”  Music: Carrie Gerendasy; "her singing is topical, relevant, downright
gorgeous"
 
Minneapolis MN? Organized by: The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Celebration of Hope and Healing
6:00 PM--8:00 PM
Minneapolis Healing Center
A celebration that includes food, music and dance featuring Universal Dance Destiny. There will also be a special activity using the Textile Center of Minnesota’s loom.  See
http://www.cvt.org 

Baltimore MD: Organized by: Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT) 
In Celebration of Strength
6:00 PM--8:00 PM  An evening of survivor artwork at The Library Project art space located in Baltimore's Historic Federal Hill. This catered event will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music to help support client services. The gallery reception will take place from 6-8PM at 1401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
See
http://www.astt.org/calendar.html to order tickets or contact Joan Hodges (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to find out more.

San Francisco CA: Organized by: Amnesty International (cosponsored by Survivors International Week of Healing)
Film Screening of Torturing Democracy
6:30 PM--8:30 PM
Location: 350 Sansome Street, Suite 210, San Francisco. Contact Sara Schmidt at 415-288-1800 x206 for more information.

Palo Alto CA: Organized by: the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County 
Torture is a Moral Issue Panel
7:30 PM  First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA
Panelists: Ray McGovern (former CIA analyst, now with Church of the Savior in DC and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), Jean Maria Arrigo (social psychologist working to deter psychologists' involvement in torture, and founder of Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony), Ben Daniel (pastor and internationally recognized writer of faith-based social and political commentary), David DeCosse (will moderate the panel; from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University), and John Crigler (will perform his oral history composition "Lament of an Army Interrogator")
See here for more information. (Several organizations are sponsoring and cosponsoring both the panel and the conrerence.)

Atlanta GA: Organized by: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett
Interfaith Candlelight Vigil to show opposition to torture and support of torture victime. Bring your banners, signs and candles.  TIME: UNKNOWN RIGHT NOW, at the Corner of Ponce de Leon and N. Highland, Atlanta, GA  Contact Debra Greenwood (
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
24-Hour Vigil Commemorating the U.N. international Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors
Lafayette Park (in front of the White House)  For its 12th consecutive year, TASSC will hold a 24-Hour Vigil in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 27, across from the White House. The Vigil will be attended by survivors of torture from around the world and supported by our many friends and colleagues.
http://www.tassc.org/ (The above info. is on the home page.)

Palo Alto CA: Organized by: the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County

9:00 AM--5:00 PM, One-day Conference
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA
Speakers: Terrence Karney (former Army Interrogator & Trainer), Carol Wickersham (Presbyterian minister, founder of No2Torture, and Beloit College Sociology Professor), Janet Alexander (Stanford Law Professor, expert in international and national security and terrorism), Banafsheh Akhalghi (Amnesty International), speaker from the Center for Survivors of Torture, Ray McGovern, Jean Maria Arrigo, and John Crigler
See herefor pdf flyer and
www.councilofchurches-scc.org for more information. (Several organizations are sponsoring and cosponsoring both the panel and the conrerence.)

Miami Beach FL: Organized by: Florida Center for Survivors of Torture

UN Day picnic
11:00 AM--2:00 PM, at Haulover Park in Miami Beach
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture invites clients, family and friends to join us in honouring the resiliency and strength of all the survivors of torture worldwide.
Contact Mitsouko Chatelain at (305) 805-5060 or
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Kenver CO: Organized by: the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center (RMSC)

3:00 PM--6:00 PM, at the Bill Roberts School, 2100 Akron Way, Denver, CO (in Denver's new
Stapleton area near Montview and Yosemite)
RMSC will host its annual event to commemorate the Day in Support of Victims of Torture to bring together survivors, community members, partner organisations and RMSC staff and board members to honour the courage and resiliency of survivors, remember those who did not survive, and call for an end to cruel and inhuman practices that violate human rights. A soccer game followed by an interfaith invocation will kick off the event, which will also include a celebration of the diverse backgrounds within the community, statements from partners and community members, music and a community picnic.
Contact Person Jennifer Wilson (e-mail
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Sunday, June 28, 2009


Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
6:00 AM--"Light One Candle of Hope"
Lafayette Park, Across from the White House
TASSC will close the 24-Hour Vigil and invite interfaith communities to light a candle as a symbol of the light of truth and justice in a torture-free world. Candles will be lit at the end of the 24-Hour vigil on Sunday as a sign of hope for a torture-free world and for truth, justice and reconciliation in our world.

 
Rallies Around U.S. To Demand Accountability for Torture
http://accountability4torture.com 

Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.'s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online:
http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/eventsacrossus.htm

In Washington, D.C., groups will maintain literature tables from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Marshall Park, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  A rally will begin at 11 a.m. with speakers including:
* Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law;
* Njambi Good, Director of Counter Terror with Justice Campaign, Amnesty International USA;
* Enver Masud, Founder and CEO of The Wisdom Fund, recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book "The War on Islam";
* Max Obuszewski, member of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance;
* Marcus Raskin, Cofounder of the Institute for Policy Studies;
* Patricio Rice, torture survivor;
* Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Cofounder of the Partnership for Civil Justice;
* Kevin Zeese, Director of VotersForPeace.
US, Board Member of VelvetRevolution.US.
With performances by Jordan Page, Tha Truth, and David Ippolito.

Participants will march at noon to the Department of Justice, where some but not all of the participating organizations will engage in nonviolent resistance if the Attorney General has not yet agreed to appoint a special prosecutor for torture.  (Some of the organizations sponsoring the day of rallies do not engage in civil disobedience.)

In Pasadena, Calif., at 12 p.m. PT citizens will submit a formal judicial misconduct complaint against 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, former Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel: Courthouse steps, Chambers Courthouse, 125 South Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

Statement of Purpose:
The highest officials in our government have trampled on our traditional ideals of making America a nation of laws, not of men, by illegally narrowing the scope of torture and authorizing waterboarding, walling, and other inhumane interrogation techniques. In doing so, they have violated the Anti-Torture Act, the War Crimes Act, the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

In order to enforce our laws and restore the free society that our forefathers envisioned, citizens must demand accountability for abuses of the laws pertaining to torture. In the tradition of the Civil Rights movement, change will not occur unless citizens stand up for their rights under the law.

Torture Accountability Action Day Is Sponsored By:
Action Center for Justice
    After Downing Street
    Amnesty International
    Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition
    BuzzFlash
    Coalition for Peace Action
    Code Pink
    Consumers for Peace
    Democrats.com
    Eldoradans Against Torture
    Global Exchange
    High Road for Human Rights
    Hip Hop Caucus
    Historians Against the War
    IndictBushNow
    Individuals for Justice
    Marcus Raskin
    National Accountability Network
    National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
    NJ Peace Action
    NJ People's Organization for Progress
    Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice
    Polygraph Radio
    Peace Action
    Peace and Justice Forums Billings Montana
    Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
    Progressive Democrats of America
    Project Vote Count
    School of the Americas Watch
    Senior Action Network
    The Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition
    US Labor Against War
    Veterans for Peace
    War Criminals Watch
    Washington Peace Center
    We Are Change LA
    Witness Against Torture
    World Can't Wait
 
 

 

 

Up Against the Military Recruiters: Conversations & Protests This Summer

 

By Debra Sweet
 
On Monday June 8th, Carly Sheehan (whose brother Casey was killed in Iraq) and Rafael from World Can't Wait went to Hayward CA High School as part of the "We Are Not Your Soldiers" tour.  Hayward High is a diverse working class school in the Bay Area that recruiters regularly come to.  There is also a brand new recruiting station that just opened in Hayward, right next to the junior college. 
 
From Carly Sheehan: "Walking into Mr. Dwyer's class at Hayward High School Monday, I had no idea what to expect from the students I was about to speak to. Speaking for the first time with the "We Are Not Your Soldiers" tour, I didn't know if the students would be receptive to the message of resistance to recruitment and military service. I'm really heartened by what I found." read more

 
Monday, July 13, The World Can't Wait and other organizations will protest the inclusion of military recruiters at the national NAACP Convention in New York City. 

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World Can’t Wait Steering Committee Proposal: “End U.S. Wars, Occupations, and Torture for Empire -- Now!”

October 5/6 2009: World Can’t Wait proposes that we of the anti-war movement move forward with the message “End U.S. Wars, Occupations, and Torture for Empire -- Now!” These are now Obama’s wars.  Act on the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan:

1) The whole anti-war movement should descend on Washington DC Monday, October 5 – yes, a week day -- with this message, in solidarity with the plan of Witness Against Torture, The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Peace Action, Vets for Peace, the Atlantic Life Community, and the War Resisters' League to protest continuing torture (particularly at Bagram) at the Obama White House, supporting a March of the Dead planned by the Activist Response Team, with a variety of “stop business as usual” actions of non-violent resistance to occupations and torture for empire, focusing on both the White House and Congress.  This is a time for the powers in Washington to see and hear these urgent demands.

2) Tuesday October 6 (the actual anniversary of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan) will be a national day of decentralized actions, particularly in high schools and organized by students, to resist military recruiters.

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"There has been no change in the Department of Justice": A Talk With Candace Gorman

 by Debra Sweet

"There has been no change in the Department of Justice" under the Obama administration as far as the rights of the Guantanamo detainees.  This is one of the things Candace Gorman said on a special World Can’t Wait conference call on July 9th. The call brought activists closer to the lives of front-line defenders of the torture detainees.  Candace told us in detail about the lives of her two clients, still in Guantanamo, one of whom is seriously ill.  Candace, who is an advisor to War Criminals Watch, also talked about why she's put aside her other civil rights work to concentrate on stopping war crimes.  it was a privilege to share an hour with her. 
 
 

 

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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.