Send Anti-War Veterans to Students

Debra Sweet |  December 9, 2020 

When World Can’t Wait was founded in 2005, we spent four years raising the demand that the Bush regime be driven from power via mass non-violent protest and prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.  We knew that those crimes would happen again and worsen if accepted and normalized, as they were under the Obama administration.

In 2016, we joined in the formation of, as an exponentially more dangerous cabal entered the White House.  People in the U.S. did not rise up in protest at the level needed to drive out Trump and Pence either, but they were voted out.  We celebrate that open fascism has been rejected by a majority of voters, yet grapple with the fact that 73 million voted for it.  Much of World Can’t Wait’s energy and expertise has gone into the battle to stop this homegrown U.S. variety of fascism, for which your active and financial support is very much needed. 

You may donate online; or by check/money order. 
Your donations may be tax-deductible if given through The Alliance for Global Justice , our fiscal sponsor.

The very important work against the ongoing crimes of our government continues by World Can’t Wait. It is funded solely by your donations, centered primarily around our We Are Not Your Soldiers project. Formed in 2008, this grassroots effort brings veterans into classrooms to share their experiences in the U.S. military and engage in dialogue with high school and college students. We Are Not Your Soldiers brings exposure of imperial wars to a generation largely unaware of the crimes being carried out throughout the world in their names. As both awareness and activism has grown among youth especially around white supremacy, immigration, climate crisis and the Trump administration, We Are Not Your Soldiers has drawn the connections between these issues and U.S. wars, to consider the U.S. as the “policeman of the world.”

We Are Not Your Soldierspresentations are free of charge to the schools. Your donations will keep us going through 2021, remotely for now, hopefully in person later in the year.

Even with the onset of the pandemic, we completed visits to 36 classes in a wide variety of schools.

In a We Are Not Your Soldiers presentation, the veterans tell their own vivid stories of how the military affected them and address the effects on the peoples of the countries under attack. Speaking so openly and forthrightly is difficult and not many veterans can do this. We are very grateful to each of our speakers: John Burns, Will Griffin, Miles Megaciph, Lyle Rubin and Joe Urgo.


Pre-lockdown/school closure, the veterans speak with students in various classrooms.

In a NYC alternative high school, a question was asked that comes up in almost every class: “If you had the option, would you join the military again?” At the end of that session, a young man wrote in the chat: “This was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your hard truths.”

We Are Not Your Soldiers began the first half of 2020 with in-person presentations until the COVID19 pandemic made it impossible to continue. We completed:

This fall semester we got off to a late start due to the effects of the pandemic on education. It has been a different experience doing all our visits remotely. But, we’re off and running:

We always emphasize that students shouldn’t believe us any more than “authority figures” such as the mass media. They should do their own research and check on facts for themselves. We also introduce morality as a core idea for students to consider throughout the presentation and discussion – knowing the difference between right and wrong and what to do when you know something is wrong.


speaking remotely


Connecting remotely for presentations.

 Your support is needed to continue this life-changing program.

We Are Not Your Soldiers can’t go on without your help. We need to broaden our outreach by advertising. We need to supply stipends to the veterans allowing them to take time off from work in order to share information with young people to which they would otherwise not be exposed. These are challenging times for all of us, especially for the youth. The experiences described here give a sense of what a difference We Are Not Your Soldiers can make. Please donate today on-line or by writing a check. Thank you for your support.

And, spread the word of what We Are Not Your Soldiers is doing. If you know educators, students, parents, suggest they invite us to their schools.


Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

Stephanie Rugoff, Coordinator,