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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In the Nobel Peace Prize for War Makers Department

By Debra Sweet

Barack Obama just joined the esteemed company of other US winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, notorious peace-niks Henry Kissinger and Theodore Roosevelt.
 
What do you think about the Peace Prize going to Obama?  SIGN ours, or WRITE your own LETTER to the EDITOR here.
 

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October 7: Protesting of 8 years of War, Occupation of Afghanistan

By Debra Sweet 

Rush hour commuters mixed with more than 100 people protesting 8 years of US occupation of Afghanistan at Grand Central Terminal Wednesday evening.  World Can't Wait staged two wedding party "die-ins" to draw attention to US/NATO bombings of weddings and civilians in Afghanistan.

 
Police quickly yanked the "dead" from the floor, and confiscated props, telling us we could not distribute flyers.  While World Can't Wait held 3 similar protests in the last year without much police interference, we noted that 4 police commanders in whites were directing the major police operation against this protest. Two men with War Resisters League were arrested for dropping banners which read; "Afghanistan" and "ENOUGH." 

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Afghanistan: A Free Country – For Invaders and Rapists

By Debra Sweet

How can the US military save Afghan women, when 1 in 3 of its own female members are raped by their fellow soldiers and Marines?
 
I was in Times Square today as Sandra Lee, her voice shaking, and with great courage, told what she's gone through since being raped in Iraq in 2004.  She is an Army staff sergeant, and the attacker was a fellow soldier.  She spent years not knowing what to do, and wanting to die, but somehow found her voice and spoke publicly about the attack for the first time today. 
 

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A Week of Intense Activity: A Challenge to Carry it Further

By Debra Sweet  

Tuesday I was on Anti-war Radio with Scott Horton and Angela Keaton. As an announcement for the show read, “Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait, discusses the post-Obama antiwar movement collapse, the strange confluence of The Feminist Majority and the Bush administration in selling the War in Afghanistan, the laughable notion that the Pentagon can be used to secure human rights, Afghan warlords allied with the Karzai government whose human rights records are no better than the Taliban's and how activists can make their voices heard on antiwar issues.”

 

Listen here.

 

In an early evening edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, coverage of the Obama fundraiser there included: “Mike Dean of San Francisco, with the left-wing group World Can't Wait, paid tribute to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize with a huge poster showing the president wearing a medallion inscribed ‘Orwell War Is Peace 2009’.”

 

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Two Terrible Options - and What WE Must Do

By Debra Sweet

It's inescapable to much of the world. Barack Obama is expanding troops going into the 8 years of US occupation of Afghanistan, and expanding a largely secret, ongoing CIA war of killing by robot drones in Pakistan. 
 
The debate among the deciders on Afghanistan offers two terrible options: expanding the ground troops by at least tens of thousands, or relying more on unmanned drones and special forces assassination ops.
 
Tuesday, we held a banner saying "US Out of Iraq & Afghanistan! The World Can't Wait!" as hundreds of people gathered across from where President Obama was to speak about health care in NYC. There were a many more supporters of healthcare reform than opponents of the wars, but the general public was coming up to us. 

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Surging on or Droning on?

By Debra Sweet

ALERT: Street Protests & Die-Ins on the evening President Obama announces the plan to expand the occupation of Afghanistan.  That's the night the media will be looking for response from the people.  Get signs and banners ready, and make your gathering plans now.
 
Whether Barack Obama announces a troop increase to Afghanistan, or chooses the covert operations & unmanned drone option to try to "win" in Afghanistan, we should be in the streets opposing any escalation.
 
The only acceptable announcement to come from the administration would that they're withdrawing combat troops, support troops, CIA drones, covert operations, and all private contractors NOW.

 

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Afghanistan, Obama’s War, and the Only Acceptable Choice

By Debra Sweet

A recent New York Times article had an unusual angle this morning, at least for them: interviewing Afghanis on how they perceive more US troops. It was so novel, that it only emphasizes how much that question is never asked by those promoting the occupation.

"What have the Americans done in eight years?" asked Abdullah Wasay, 60, a pharmacist in Charikar, a market town about 25 miles north of Kabul, expressing a view typical of many here. "Americans are saying that with their planes they can see an egg 18 kilometers away, so why can't they see the Taliban?"
 
Over the weekend, McClatchy newspapers reported that Obama has decided to send 34,000 more troops, beginning in March.  The Associated Press reported it would be 4 combat brigades plus support troops, totaling 40,000. 
 

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Protest in the Streets the Day an Announcement is Made to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

By Debra Sweet 

President Obama will soon announce the plan to expand the occupation of Afghanistan.  The immediate response - that same evening, across this country - must be STREET PROTESTS & DIE-INS that boldly oppose this outrage.  More protest and resistance must follow, yet that first night is crucial, since that is when the media -- and the rest of the world -- will be looking for a response from the people.

According to some media analysts, Obama may make his announcement sometime between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11, although it could happen earlier, or perhaps later.  World Can't Wait is calling on all organizations and people of conscience to get ready for this.  Read Elaine Brower's passionate call for our strength in unity and our determination in our demand at: worldcantwait.org

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Propelling the Resistance into 2010

By Debra Sweet 

Al Jazeera reported that conditions at Guantanamo Bay have deteriorated in the past year, under Obama's watch:
 
“Within days of Obama's inauguration and subsequent announcement that he would close Guantanamo, prisoners say authorities introduced new regulations and revoked previous privileges at the prison.
 

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No More War! Get into the Streets & Protest!

By Debra Sweet

Afghanistan is now really Obama's war.  He's in it to "win" and "finish the job."  Is it your war?
 
See VIDEO from Saturday in NYC: Elaine Brower, Mac Bica, Matthis Chiroux, Debra Sweet & Andy Zee on why we should protest and what difference it makes.  You don't end a war by sending more troops!
 
This is not a good war.  You knew this when Bush started it.  Why support it now?

The richest country with the most powerful highly militarized empire is destroying one of the poorest countries!
 
On Tuesday, December 1st, President Obama will announce plans to expand the occupation of Afghanistan with 34,000 more troops.  
 
When tens of thousands more troops are sent, will you be home watching the news passively, or out shopping? Or, will you protest visibly and speak out loudly; NO!
 
The only resolution in the interests of the people of Afghanistan and the world, including the people of the U.S., is to get out of Afghanistan and end the occupation of Iraq also. Help ORGANIZE URGENT PROTESTSbefore and on Tuesday December 1 across the country.

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Protest the Democrats' Abortion Ban: Nothing Short of being in the Streets!

 

By Debra Sweet
 
What You Can Do to Protest the Stupak Amendment: Why should anti-abortion fanatics in Congress be allowed to set the terms for women's lives?
 
One house of Congress passed health care "reform" including the Stupak-Pitts Amendment which extends the federal ban on abortion to millions more women. Even women paying for private insurance plans with their own money will not be able to buy abortion coverage.
 
Theocrats who believe they are on a mission from God, advocate the subjugation of women, and think gay people should burn in hell, don't back down without a fight. Now the Senate is debating health care reform. This abortion ban cannot stand!
 
We need to set our own terms with widespread resistance and visible protest.

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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.