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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Shutting Down the Army Experience Center: An Effective and Important Protest

 By Debra Sweet 

 Saturday the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia was closed to the public for at least 5 hours, ringed with dozens of police & mall security.  Inside, and lurking around the parking lot on their motorcycles, were about 50 of the pro-war "Gathering of Eagles" waving flags, and chanting "USA! USA!" 
 
On the edge of the mall, anti-war protesters gathered at a main intersection with banners and signs calling for the end of the Army's pilot project to use video games and "war simulations" to attract youth into the military.  Chris Hedges, the former war correspondent and author or several books on war, addressed us with his powerful opposition to what the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are doing to the people there, and to the occupiers. VIDEO of Chris.
 

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Muntader al-Zaidi Released from Iraqi Prison

by Debra Sweet

Muntader al-Zaidi, who spent nine months in jail for hurling his shoes at President George W. Bush – and instantly became a hero to people throughout the world - was released from prison recently, and addressed reporters in Baghdad on Tuesday.

"Here I am free, and my country is still captured," said the journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, during a news conference Tuesday at the television station where he had worked.

He said that he was beaten with pipes and steel cables, and that he received electric shocks while in custody. He added that there were many who would like to see him dead, including members of unidentified American intelligence agencies...

"If those who blamed me knew how many destroyed houses I walked over with those shoes that I threw; and how many times those shoes mixed with the blood of the innocent ... then it was probably the proper response." -- Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, upon his release from prison.

 

World Can’t Wait: Financial Gifts Urgently Needed

By Debra Sweet 

I'm taking a moment to appreciate and thank those who keep World Can't Wait on our mission to stop the crimes of our government.  You know who you are...

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Obama SURGING troops to Afghanistan? We need a SURGE of RESISTANCE!

By Debra Sweet 

Oct. 5th & 6th – Many of you are joining in to protest the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Everyone has an opportunity to be part of the resistance by donating to enable the resistance to continue and grow.

Within the next weeks, President Obama will announce up to 20,000 more troops will deploy to Afghanistan in addition to replacing up to 14,000 support troops with "trigger-pullers." This will only mean increasing the death and destruction brought to the Afghan people. And U.S. involvement in Iraq is not only not over, but is becoming a permanent occupation. We are beginning to see more people openly object to the US occupation of Afghanistan. And your help and money is needed!

Come to World Can’t Wait’s “virtual fundraiser” on Oct. 5th and 6th on the World Can't Wait Fan Page & worldcantwait.net and donate on those days. Our goal is to raise $5,000 in 48 hours to sustain the movement. We have plans for visible resistance all through this fall including bringing the *We Are Not Your Soldiers* tour to many more schools across the country. We know we will be able to meet this challenge with YOUR help!

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Stand With the G-20 Protesters

By Debra Sweet 

The most blatant show of military and police force left protesters tear-gassed, subject to piercing sound, shot with rubber bullets, and not allowed to assemble, while the population of Pittsburgh was kept off the streets and rounded up along with people there to deliver messages of opposition to the G-20 ministers.
 
We put a quick letter together which we will deliver on Thursday.  Please circulate this link everywhere so that thousands sign on.

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Now is the Time: Resistance to War in Afghanistan Must Surge

By Debra Sweet

From New York City, where the UN General Assembly opened, to Pittsburgh, where the G20 nations are meeting, there is protest of the terrible results of the US/NATO "war on terror," of the role of governments in endangering the planet through saving capitalism at the expense of the people. 
 
There are very serious threats to the people of the Middle East coming out of the White House.  The renewed threats on Iran for having nuclear capability, coming from a president who is not widely despised as George Bush was, are of great concern. 

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Fuel A Surge of Resistance

By Debra Sweet

On Oct 5 & 6 World Can't Wait invites you to respond to Obamas' surge of troops to Afghanistan by fueling a surge of resistance that will reignite and build a movement to stop the death and destruction unleashed on the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Pakistan, by this government.  
 
Within the next weeks, President Obama will announce up to 20,000 more troops will deploy to Afghanistan in addition to replacing up to 14,000 support troops with "trigger-pullers." This will only mean increasing the death and destruction brought to the Afghan people. Many of us will be protesting the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.
 
All of us can take part in donating much needed funds to fuel this movement.  Every donation counts and we all can give something.  
 
Our goal - $5000 in 48 hours, then turning that momentum to raise matching funds of $10,000. It's ambitious, but it can and must be done. We are beginning to see more people openly object to the US occupation of Afghanistan and your help and money is needed in order to change sentiments into visible resistance.  
 

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Two Protests, Six Weeks Apart

by Debra Sweet 

 

August, 2009, in Portsmouth New Hampshire, an armed protester threatens to "water the tree of liberty" with the blood of tyrants and patriots.

 

September, 2009, in Pittsburgh, unarmed protesters challenge the G-20 leaders to stop destroying the earth, and exploiting its people.               

 

For whom did the batons, gas, sound weapons, National Guard and curfews get deployed?  Who got  arrested?  Who got endless news coverage and who got almost none?  Whose free speech was protected and who was criminalized?

 

Outraged by the police/military repression of protest at the G-20 in Pittsburgh?  Sign this letter to be delivered Friday October 2, and ask your friends to sign it.

 

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

 

What Kind of Surge Do You Want?

Bombs and troops?  Or righteous resistance?

By Debra Sweet
 
Saturday night I was out on the Ellipse with the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, originally put together by the American Friends Service Committee to commemorate, with empty boots, the US military lives lost in Iraq, and Iraqi civilians killed there as well. 
 
For the first time, the display was just the 870 military killed since 2001 in Afghanistan.  To the side was a spiral of shoes of all kinds and sizes, down to infant socks, commemorating the Afghani civilians, number unknown, who have died in the occupation.  Thousands of people came by, and hundreds walked among the boots, including active duty military and soldiers and Marine who had been in Afghanistan.  They indicated a lot of questioning in the military right now.   

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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

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News From the Protest Front

By Debra Sweet 

Viewing all the news coverage today on yesterday's 500-strong protest at the White House, I'm struck by how effective it was. Reporters on the way to the daily briefing were stepping around us, and couldn't help but hear Cindy Sheehan, with World Can't Wait, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace right outside the Rose Garden press area.

The first question to Robert Gibbs was about the protest. Of course, we planned October 5 months ago to mark the 8th anniversary of the occupation of Afghanistan, not knowing that the government would be in turmoil over how to proceed.
 
More Articles on D.C. protests: by Elaine Brower; Kevin Gosztola; Missy Beattie

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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.