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US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation

By Debra Sweet 
 
Sunday, the Associated Press reported "BAGHDAD - An American solider was killed in a rocket attack in southern Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said, marking the first American fatality since the last combat unit in Iraq pulled out of the country."

As the "last" combat brigade left Iraq, President Obama prepares to give a major speech next week.  He probably won't claim victory; that would be laughable.  He will claim that the U.S. is taking responsible action, now that the Iraqis are ready to "step up" and run "their own" country.  This is the same plan the Bush regime had, but framed and re-branded, Obama-style, to cover a thoroughly illegitimate occupation.

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Target, Yemen: U.S. War of Terror Expands

By Kenneth J. Theisen

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal Obama administration officials “believe al Qaeda in Yemen is now collaborating more closely with allies in Pakistan and Somalia.” The story states that this belief increases “the prospect that the administration will mount a more intense targeted killing program in Yemen.”  
 
Or, in plain English, murder and assassination.

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An Open Letter to Jon Stewart on his call for a “Rally for Sanity”

By Dennis Loo 

Dear Jon:
 
Have you lost your mind?
 
While the contemporary American right-wing’s unfettered-by-facts screeds are as extreme as their policies, the left (and others such as Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba)[1] calling out Bush as a war criminal are as valid as saying that the sun came up this morning.

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“Killing Club” in U.S. Army Symbolizes Occupation of Aghanistan

By Debra Sweet 

Nine years old this coming week, the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is in the news for 1) Pakistan attacking NATO supply convoys crossing their border into Afghanistan because a NATO airstrike killed 3 of their soldiers; 2) a book by Bob Woodward reveals severe splits at the top of the U.S. government, and in the military, over what to do about the failing war, and 3) hearings at Ft. Lewis-McCord on charges that members of an Army Stryker Brigade engaged in killing Afghan civilians for sport.
 
Protests aimed at stopping war occupation are planned for this week, in New York City, for October 16 in Chicago, and elsewhere we’re urging people to show the Collateral Murder video. One protest to be seen by millions is the ad signed by 2600+ to be published in The New York Times later this week.
 

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Telling the Truth vs. the Election Game

By Debra Sweet

World Can't Wait at One Nation Rally

World Can't Wait at One Nation Rally

It’s election time, and our problem, as people who care about humanity, is not that the Democratic Party is likely to lose big at the polls. Our problem is that the crimes of our government continue under the Democrats, and far too few of the millions in this country who know this are acting to stop these crimes by independent, mass action.

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If You’re Not Insane You’re Not Paying Attention!

Rally for SanityBy Emma Kaplan

I went with World Can’t Wait to Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert’s  “Restore Sanity Rally and/or Fear.” Stewart called out people “who are too busy to protest.” He launched this rally in oppostion to what he referred to as two extremes, those who think that “Obama is a socialist” and those who called “Bush a war criminal.” This set the tone for the rally. Walking through the crowds, it was an eclectic circus. Signs degrading protest and political action read, “The Loudest Know The Least" and “I’m Apathetic.”

Some people had signs actually challenging the Tea Party that said, “Tea Party: I’m Sorry You Are Losing Your White Power” and another that said “ I love homosexuals, Muslims and socialists.” People were dressed up from  everything to Hooters girls to Hugh Hefner to Ronald Regan.

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National Office Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Rugoff

Stephanie Rugoff

Stephanie Rugoff

World Can’t Wait has volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at worldcantwait.net.

How long you have been a national office staff volunteer?
I started working at World Can't Wait about six months after World Can't Wait began (World Can’t Wait began in July 2005).

Why do you volunteer at World Can’t Wait’s national office? 
The situation on our planet is so disastrous in so many ways that I feel I have to do something to try to change the direction in which we're going.  A good place to start is to build a stronger and more visible political movement to end the ever-expanding wars of occupation, which began, this latest round, in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I enjoy working with people who feel the same dedication I do.

What do you do as a national office staff volunteer? 
I have two main areas of responsibility.  One is to maintain our donor database.  Without the support of our donors we would not be able to accomplish very much.  The other is coordinating our War Criminals Watch project.  I also do other things such as supervise our high school and college interns and help plan events.

As a national office staff volunteer, what difference does having sustainers make?
Sustainers give us security in that we know our rent and basic expenses, such as telephone and internet connections, will be covered.  Without the sustainers, we would have constant anxiety.  By knowing we have enough to cover those expenses, we don't have to worry that money would need to be taken from our only “paid” staff member - the one who is totally crucial to maintaining the direction and clarity of World Can't Wait - Debra Sweet.  It would be a tremendous blow to us and to the movement as a whole if Debra had to work outside part-time in order to supplement her stipend.

Any wish-list items for the office?
It would be great to have additional heads for the track lights in our new office.  It gets difficult to see in the late afternoon and evenings.  Of course, it would be nice to have a little cushion when we plan events, such as rent when we can't find a free location or travel expenses for speakers. 

National Office Volunteer Spotlight: Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

World Can’t Wait has a volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at worldcantwait.net. In addition to being a national office volunteer, Eileen is also a sustainer of World Can’t Wait.

How long you have been a national office staff volunteer?
I have been volunteering with World Can’t Wait since the beginning, since Stephanie asked me.

Why do you volunteer at World Can’t Wait’s national office?
I’m here because I was a volunteer for "Not in Our Name" and when they folded Stephanie asked me to stay on to help World Can’t Wait   I volunteer and sustain because I want to see an end to the wars and believe in the efforts of World Can’t Wait to bring charges against those who perpetuate war and torture.

What do you do as a national office staff volunteer?
As a volunteer I thank donors for their contribution, try to participate in demonstrations, and help when needed for other tasks.

As a national office staff volunteer, what difference does having sustainers make?

Sustainers certainly help in knowing we are be able to meet monthly expenses.  They are also an encouragement to the staff to know this movement has a faithful following.

 

Sustainer Spotlight: Scott Trent

Scott

Scott Trent

World Can’t Wait has a volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at worldcantwait.net. In addition to being an activist, Scott is also a sustainer of World Can’t Wait.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I used to play in a political horror punk band that wore makeup and spit fake blood, now I have nightly band practice with my three year old son who is a thrashing drummer.

How long you have been sustaining World Can’t Wait (giving a monthly contribution)?
Since 2007 

What motivates you to sustain World Can't Wait?
World Can't Wait has stuck to its internationalist principles since it began in 2005. They weren't taken in by the re-branding of the American empire under a new presidency, and have played the crucial role of continuing to give people a way to act from a deep moral conviction against war and torture, and the dismantling of democratic rights in this country.   

Why do you think more people should join you in sustaining?
We've learned a lot over the past two years about what our government has done, the criminal behavior it has excused and continues to commit. Whistleblowers and resisters have come under escalating attack. We need organization on a national scale that can unleash resistance to wars of aggression, expose and demand accountability for crimes against humanity, and defend resisters and whistleblowers. World Can't Wait is the best organization to do this. We have a long way to go and need everyone's help.  

As a World Can't Wait organizer, what do you to create visible resistance in addition to sustaining?
For ten years I've been involved in building opposition to epidemic police brutality amongst all kinds of people, from public housing to college campuses. Over the past year, I've also gotten more involved in the struggle for abortion rights and defending clinics from harassment from Christian fascists...and I spend way too much time on Facebook.  

Staff Spotlight: Marie, National Office Intern

By Ronnie Moore

As a child of physician parents who, in the 1980s, provided vaccinations and other medical care to the people of Afghanistan and Yemen, Marie grew up in a culture of public service and social consciousness—with a passion for justice.

Now, as a college student, Marie chose World Can’t Wait as the organization to which she wanted to devote her time and passions, so she has come all the way from France to intern in the national office in New York City.

“For me, it’s about serving, and it’s about fighting against crimes and torture. I want to help achieve real democracy, transparency, and accountability in government” she says “That’s why I came to World Can’t Wait.”

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Steering Committee Member Spotlight: Samantha Goldman

SamanthaSamantha Goldman has given her time and passion to World Can’t Wait since its inception in 2005. In high school, Samantha was a founding member of the Not In Our Name Youth and Student Network in Philadelphia. She first encountered World Can’t Wait at a Refuse and Resist conference where she heard Debra Sweet speak (introducing the idea of World Can’t Wait) where she was deeply moved by the Call. Samantha says that Debra, “epitomizes how I want to live my life. I heard her speak at a conference years ago, and she motivated me then to take action. She still motivates me every day.” After that, Samantha took the Call to Drive Out The Bush Regime to people at the Live 8 concert and continued to become an active member throughout college.

She believes she was able to mobilize students to protest at her college because of the leadership she received from the national office. She came to New York to spend her freshman winter break volunteering at the national office—that evolved to her leaving college and spending the spring semester as a full-time volunteer. She made the sacrifice and took the risks because “I wanted to make my life matter, to be part of making history, she says. “I had to answer the urgent need. I was surrounded by wonderful people like Debra Sweet who modeled how I can live a life that is meaningful and the difference we can make.”

She says, “It’s important to think outside yourself and to think about humanity. I believe that a whole other world, one free of exploitation and oppression, is possible. I wanted to be part of changing the world when I signed on at the beginning, and I still do.”

“I have a special love and respect for the national office; there’s no place like it” she says. “It’s a dynamic place full of lively discussion about the most pressing issues. It is full of life because of the incredible people who compose the office, young and old, new volunteers and veteran activists working together. Everybody discusses and debates what a better world would look like. but everybody is uniting on stopping the crimes of this government. So much is going on: conversation, getting materials ready, writing thank you notes, creating fliers—it’s so exciting. The devotion and passion that fills the small office is contagious! It’s an absolutely amazing place with amazing volunteers.”

Samantha did earn her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education. She now lives in Philadelphia and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education while working with World Can’t Wait’s national office. Samantha works hard for World Can’t Wait and its mission, as member of the Steering Committee since 2006, development director (previous position), fundraiser, strategist, forums and events organizer, and integral part of the “We Are Not Your Soldiers” tour, partnering with military veterans and their families to speak to high school students.

She calls Debra Sweet and the national office “amazing.” Back at you, Samantha.

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     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!”

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  • Dennis Loo
     Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com
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    Jamilah Hoffman is a young World Can't Wait organizer in Houston, who is "determined to leave this world a better place than she found it".
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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.