World Can't Wait, Hawaii Chapter | August 27, 2016
This morning's Advertiser announced that President Obama will addressing Pacific leaders and philanthropists at the East West Center on Wednesday evening sometime between 5:30-7:30. We'll be there and invite you to join us at a signholding against the crimes of the U.S. Military in the Pacific. Following are details of the actions on Wednesday, August 31st and Saturday, September 3rd:
Anti-War Activists Protesting The Air & Water Show Provide Spectators A Chance to Use the Thinking Part of Their Brains
Chicago chapter, World Can't Wait | August 26, 2016
The annual Chicago Air & Water Show, sponsored by Shell Oil and Boeing, is the largest such free public display of deadly military airpower in the country. Jets screech across the skies above the Chicago lakefront for most of a weekend, projecting the sounds that terrorize large swaths of the world. Here, the City offers this spectacle as “entertainment." Some people flee the city to avoid the sounds and the crowds. Last Sunday, World Can't Wait and Voices for Creative Nonviolence went into the thick of it to bring some truth and challenge people attending what our banner declared to be “The Air & War Show.”
Abu Zubaydah is the "poster child for the torture program, and that’s why they never want him to be heard from again,” said Joseph Margulies, his attorney.
Andy Worthington, who has written many articles on Zubaydah over 10 years, summarizes:
We mourn the death of George Homanich last week in Binghamton, New York. George and his wife Judy have protested many times at Hancock AFB, the Syracuse NY drone base. They frequently made the trip to NYC to join protests to stop US wars, against killing by police, "stop & frisk," and for the rights of Palestians and many others. He was arrested numerous times, and did some jail time, for protesting drones, Guantanamo, and the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning.
Asked about Guantánamo in the past, Trump has said he would like to “load it up with bad dudes.” He wouldn’t specify to the Herald whether as president he would again allow terrorism suspects captured abroad to be transferred to the detention center.
Very regularly over the last 11 years, since World Can't Wait was formed to drive out the Bush regime, I've received suggestions, and sometimes grand plans for how to raise the demand to abolish nukes, the military machine, the drones, spying, and so forth.
In May 2013, Obama finally acknowledged the U.S. military targeted killing program, and said he would explain how people are chosen to be killed. But it still took an ACLU lawsuit to get the material made public. As if it's all a game, the administration refers to the guidelines as a "playbook."
Last week I asked for your responses to the Democratic Party organizing people to chant "USA! USA!" to drown out chants of "No More War!" at their convention. No surprise -- everyone who wrote expressed disgust at the the naked, chauvinist expression of supoprt for imperialist war from the Democratic Party.
On July 20 outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Gregory "Joey" Johnson was surrounded by a circle of members of the Revolution Club who created a safe space for him to burn the American flag.
World Can't Wait, in coalition with other groups, formed a small yet politically important presence in Philadelphia last week outside the convention. Thanks to the generosity of the Arch Street United Methodist Church we had the use of the sidewalk outside the building (which was around the corner from the Convention Center - one of the locations being used by the DNC) and a place to enter to cool off and recover intermittently from the tremendous heat and sun.