Are We Going to have an ANTI-War Movement in the US?


by Debra Sweet
I was at the United for Peace & Justice National Assembly this weekend.  I met some of you there who read this list; and others who were not familiar with World Can't Wait.
I worked with others -- mostly peace coalitions from the middle of the country, not in the larger cities -- to get UFPJ to support a united anti-war march in Washington DC on the sixth anniversary of the war, Saturday March 21.  By 111-49, that proposal was defeated, in favor of what UFPJ's program "Yes We Can...End the War" for a Saturday, April 4 march on Wall Street, focusing on the recession.
Not to directly challenge Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan is shameful.  On the anniversary of "Shock & Awe," and under a new president, the anti-war movement needs to be in Washington.  And many of us WILL be there. 
World Can't Wait wrote a letter to the anti-war movement.  We posed:
"We in this country, and those of us in this movement, have a choice. We can side with our government, with the "good war" fought in our names, and act like American lives are more important than anyone else's lives.

Or we can show the people living in the Middle East, and the world, that in the U.S. there is a difference between the people and their government, and that the people are taking responsibility to end an unjust war and the war crimes that have been carried out in our name. We can act like we care about the whole planet."

Visible action is urgently needed. Plan Now:

, the Military Commissions Act, and Obama's FISA Act must be repealed; the U.S. torture state must be dismantled, and secret rendition ended.
*Visible - orange - protests on Sunday, January 11, the anniversary of Guantanamo.

Prosecute the war criminals and STOP the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan!

*The first anti-war protest of the Obama administration January 20, 2009, Washington DC,

Six Years of Illegitimate War - Resist the Recruiters!
*Wednesday, March 18 "We Are Not Your Soldiers" Day of resistance to recruiters;
*Thursday March 19: Local protests including school walk-outs.
*Saturday March 21: United mass protests.

We in World Can't Wait pledge to work with everyone who wants to build an ANTI-war movement.  Real change happens when people take independent action - outside the confines of government and in their own interests.

If we want to stop the continued horror of the largest imperialist power on earth dropping bombs, sending death squads and torturers anywhere with impunity - in our names -- the only way is to face up to reality, tell the truth, and get out to the people with the message that we must stop the crimes of our government.



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.