Debra Sweet, Director

    • 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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    • 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
    • Jamilah Hoffman
      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".
    • Torture and Detention

      Frequently Asked Questions (scroll down for article archives and further resources)

      "If anyone acts like they don't know their government is torturing people on a widespread and systematic scale, they are choosing NOT to know. We have to continue to lead people to act against this -- going out to people, into classes, to institutions, and on worldcantwait.org. Too many people have learned to accept this, there is not nearly enough opposition to the revelations about these top level torture meetings -- but this is something that can change quickly if a beginning core acts with moral clarity..." -Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait

      Indefinite Detention and Torture Under ObamaDownload this flier

      Torture + Silence = Complicity!

      Act Now to Stop Torture!

      Has Obama put an end to torture, rendition, and indefinite detention? Facts you need to know:

      1. Obama admits Bush officials tortured, but refuses to prosecute them.

      Cheney has bragged about authorizing water boarding of detainees. In January 2009, Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, that he believed water boarding was torture. Torture is a violation of Geneva Conventions. The Obama administration is, therefore, not only morally, but legally, required to prosecute Bush Regime officials for torture.

      2. Under Obama, the U.S. is still holding detainees without charges or trial.

      During the campaign Obama declared habeas corpus to be “the foundation of Anglo-American law.”Habeas corpus is your right to challenge your detention. It is a 900-year- old right. Without habeas corpus there are no restraints on a government’s powers to detain and punish.

      Contrary to his rhetoric, the Obama administration is continuing the Bush Regime’s policies of denying prisoners habeas corpus rights and has even adopted the same arguments made by Bush. In February 2009, the Obama administration declared in Federal Court that it would not grant habeas corpus rights to detainees in U.S. custody in Bagram, Afghanistan.

      In March 2009 Obama’s Justice Department claimed that Guantanamo prisoners who were detained before June 2008 had no habeas corpus rights. On May 21, 2010 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Obama administration, holding that three prisoners who are being held by the U. S. at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

      3. Don’t be fooled just because Obama isn’t using the term “enemy combatant”

      The Obama administration will no longer use the term “enemy combatant,” but it’s a change in name only: in the same court filing in which it made this announcement, Obama’s Justice Department made clear that it would continue to detain prisoners at Guantanamo without charge. As the NY Times put it:

      [T]he [Obama] Justice Department argued that the president has the authority to detain terrorism suspects there without criminal charges, much as the Bush administration had asserted. It provided a broad definition of those who can be held, which was not significantly different from the one used by the Bush administration.

      Meanwhile, Obama’s executive orders do not ban indefinite detention. In addition, at his confirmation hearing, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder said: “There are possibly many other people who are not going to be able to be tried but who nevertheless are dangerous to this country… We’re going to have to try to figure out what we do with them.” Holder suggested prisoners could be detained for the length of their war of terror which, as we know, has no set end point.

      4. Guantanamo is still open. The prison at Bagram is growing and torture is being committed.

      According to Reuters, abuse of prisoners worsened shortly after the election of Obama:

      Abuses began to pick up in December 2008 after Obama was elected, human rights lawyer Ahmed Ghappour told Reuters. He cited beatings, the dislocation of limbs, spraying of pepper spray into closed cells, applying pepper spray to toilet paper and over-forcefeeding detainees who are on hunger strike.”

      Earlier this year Scott Horton reported in Harper’s Magazine on three murders of detainees in 2006 at Guantanamo that the military tried to cover up as suicides. More is coming out about torture at Bagram Detention Center in Afghanistan. Recently Andy Worthington reported on the detention and torture of three teenagers in his article, “Torture and the ‘Black’Prison,” or What Obama is Doing at Bagram (Part One).”

      On June 7, 2010 Chris Floyd of Empire Burlesque wrote that under the Bush Regime medical personnel experimented on detainees to prove that the techniques used did not constitute torture. The chilling history of Nazi medical experimentation on those in concentration camps lurks in this revelation. (http://chris-floyd.com/articles/1-latest-news/1976- echoes-of-mengele-medical-experiments-torture-and- continuity-in-the-american-gulag.html)

      This is a violation of Geneva Conventions and there is evidence that these experiments are going on under Obama.

      5. Obama is continuing rendition.

      During his confirmation hearing, new CIA director Leon Panetta made it clear the Obama administration will continue rendition. Rendition is the practice of kidnapping somebody in one country and shipping them to another country for detention. Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), said “Rendition is a violation of sovereignty. It’s a kidnapping. It’s force and violence…Once you open the door to rendition, you’re opening the door, essentially, to a lawless world.”

      Obama supporters have attempted to draw the distinction between this practice and “extraordinary rendition,” defined as the practice of transferring somebody to another country knowing that they will be tortured. During his confirmation hearing, Leon Panetta said that under the Bush administration, “There were efforts by the CIA to seek and to receive assurances that those individuals would not be mistreated.” So Panetta is embracing the practices of the Bush Regime by continuing rendition!

      Panetta then added, “I will seek the same kind of assurances that those individuals will not be mistreated.” (emphasis added)

      Articles on Torture and Detention:

    • Police State Repression

      A two-year secret federal investigation of the U.S. anti-war movement has been conducted by the Obama administration, apparently with a federal grand jury in Chicago hearing evidence from Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, looking into “possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  Fitzgerald issued subpoenas beginning in September 2010, delivered via FBI raids to their homes, for activists to appear before the grand jury.  With all the records sealed by court order, it is impossible to know about the scope and intent of the probe.  23 anti-war activists have now been targeted by the FBI, many through September raids that confiscated a wide range of personal material.  Activists who have been summoned to testify before grand juries have righteously refused.

      We cannot allow these repressive attacks to deter us from righteously opposing and resisting the crimes of our government. We must have courage.  The movement as a whole must unite in support of targeted activists and refuse to cooperate with these repressive police operations. If you, as an activist with World Can't Wait, are contacted by government agents, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (866) 973-4463. Our efforts are completely protected under the Constitution, and efforts to intimidate us aren't legitimate.

      More Info

      Debra Sweet: Why I Oppose a Grand Jury Investigation of Anti-War Activists

      Lynne Stewart: Subpoenas

      Download Flier: Bush, Now Obama: “Anti-War Protests are a Form of Terrorism”

      Know Your Rights!

      STOP FBI REPRESSION

      If An Agent Knocks

      Booklet from the Center for Constitutional Rights
      Available in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic

      Don't Talk

      Article from Revolution newspaper: history of political repression in the US, myths and facts for activists

      Also see:

      Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the Homeland (a joint project of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Truthout)

    • Occupy

      Occupy Wall St. and Everywhere to Stop U.S. Wars for Empire!

      ...this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.

      Find an occupation near you at occupytogether.org

      Afghanistan is the 99%

      We in The World Can't Wait express our enthusiastic solidarity with the morally and physically courageous youth of Occupy Wall Street and all others now forming occupations in their cities. They have not resigned themselves to accepting the way the world is, but are boldly exposing the towering crimes and audacious lies of this nation’s financial and political elites. They are righteously demanding that it all end and in doing so, enduring brutal attacks by police and the corporate media’s malign neglect.

      These actions are an extremely welcome development and a gust of fresh air in the suffocating and poisonous atmosphere that the major parties, the Tea Partiers, and their billionaire sponsors have been propagating and imposing, in this, the "land of the free."

      We call on all people to stand with these path-blazing youth and those oppressed by our government, here and around the world. Put your energies, your funds, your thoughts, and your bodies on the line to give voice to the most exploited, ignored, and oppressed who have suffered under the U.S. government's economic, military, and social crimes here and around the globe. 

      The future is unwritten, which one we get us up to us.

      Flier: Occupy Wall St. and Everywhere to End US Wars for Empire

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    • Iran

      IRAN: Who is the real threat?

      Test your knowledge, take the World Can't Wait quiz!

      Don't Attack Iran
      A look at this map shows which country is surrounding Iran with military. These are the U.S. military bases we know about which surround Iran.  Who is the aggressor in the Middle East?
    • Immigrants

      "The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed."

      -from World Can't Wait's mission statement adopted 2009

      Included within the fascist direction that we work to reverse is the "culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed." Here we answer some frequently asked questions on our support for immigrant rights:

      Doesn't "illegal" mean illegal?

      No human being can be illegal. Laws change and can be just or unjust, and we are not bound by whatever is "on the books" at any given moment. Torture has been legalized, but we will not stop protesting and resisting this crime against humanity until torture stops being carried out in our names. Would the invasion of Iraq be any more acceptable if it was technically legal? While slavery is now illegal, it was once the law of the land. It is unethical to silence our opposition to discrimination against immigrants, documented or undocumented, because of whatever laws are instituted.

      Why are you opposed to Arizona's new law, SB1070?

      This law is a serious step in a fascist direction, and differs from all other state laws. It states that law enforcement must ask for proof of citizenship or residency from anyone they "suspect" is illegal. This means racial profiling on a massive scale, as anyone brown-skinned can expect to be questioned and potentially detained any time they leave the house. This law discriminates against all Latinos; but even worse, further isolates and marginalizes undocumented immigrants who live in fear of being suddenly separated from their families, imprisoned, and deported. For more read Arizona's anti-Immigrant Law is Inhumane & Illegitimate. However, Arizona is not the only problem. For an idea of the suffering imposed on immigrants detained in other parts of the US by the federal government, see Letters from an Immigrant Detainee.

      But don't illegal immigrants drive down wages, drain the economy and social services?

      These are the main talking points which have snookered people. However, they are factually untrue. In fact, there is no correlation between wages going down and immigrants. In addition, immigrants have contributed  billions of dollars in Social Security and Medicare, without ever hoping to draw these benefits themselves. Their input has even been factored into government budgets - budgets which, by design, require their input without benefit in order to work! See the New York Times: Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions
      and Cost of Illegal Immigration May Be Less Than Meets the Eye

      But if that's not true, why do I hear it so often? How could so many people be wrong?

      Well, have you ever heard the term "scapegoating?" There's no denying the global economy is seriously unsteady and people are being affected by it in the US. But that is what you have to look at: the global economy. Recent immigration from Mexico, for instance, cannot be separated from the effect that NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) has had on Mexico's industry and agriculture (Download Oxfam report). Markets flooded with US-subsidized corn imports have driven many Mexican farmers out of business and off their land, while factories once set up by US corporations have closed down in search of even cheaper labor in China or other places in Asia. The economic forces affecting people's livelihoods, whether here or in other parts of the world, are guided by profitability and greed, not by immigrants seeking a better life for themselves or their families through low-paying jobs here.

      "If the immigrant pickers did not come north across the border, the strawberries would."

      -from the New York Times

      You have to look deeper to discover what is really at work here. Protesters marching in Arizona recently carried a banner that said: “There is no problem with immigration; there is a problem with capitalism."


       

    • Military Recruitment

      Get involved in the movement to stop military recruiters: wearenotyoursoldiers.org

    • Reproductive Rights

      Abortion, Morality and the Liberation of Women is now available on YouTube or on DVD. See abortionmorality.net for more information.

      Video

    • The Culture of Bigotry

      "The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed."

      -from World Can't Wait's mission statement adopted 2009

      To understand the Tea Party and other movements representing the "Culture of Bigotry" also see these topics:

      Immigrants

      Theocracy

      Reproductive Rights

      Real History Lessons

    • Call to Action

      What You Can Do Now

      Get the statement against Guantanamo printed in The New York Times

      Add your name to the list of signatures & donate to get it published as an ad in the "paper of record."

      • Crimes are crimes. Sign this statement and spread it.
      • Find a local World Can’t Wait chapter
    • Afghanistan & Pakistan

      For Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

      Find out more about covert drone warfare and the unjust, immoral occupation of Afghanistan:

    • Wikileaks

      Torture FlagWikiLeaks has released some of the most damning evidence yet against the ongoing occuptions in Iraq and Afghanistan. For current news compiled about WikiLeaks, see wlcentral.org. To find out more about accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning, see bradleymanning.org.

      Must read: US Response to Wikileaks: Diplomacy as Another Means of Warfare

      Defend Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

      Open Letter in Defence of WikiLeaks’ Right to Publish.

      Bradley Manning: a Tale of Liberty Lost in America

      Click for more info on:

      Guantánamo Files | Cablegate | Collateral Murder Video | Iraq War DiaryAfghan War Diary

    • Real History Lessons

      Followers of Glenn Beck have described themselves as "students of history" and "historians." Everyone who opposes Beck's racist, reactionary agenda needs to know and bring out the real history of the U.S. and the world in order to, and as part of, politically opposing this agenda.

    • Crimes are Crimes
       

      Crimes Are Crimes

      Click to download full-size PDF of ad that appeared in the NY Times

      Who signed and why? Watch video.

      Read why more than 2,000 people have signed this statement already. More comments here.

      Sign Crimes Are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them

      Download new poster: Commanders Change - But These Wars Are STILL Wrong! End the Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq!

      Find out more about the outrages which have prompted this statement

      Crimes Are Crimes

      Download PDF of the ad which appeared previously in The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Humanist, and Rolling Stone online

      Why donate to publish this statement?

      Miller Francis, former writer for Rolling Stone, sent this quote from Bertolt Brecht to explain why he donated:

      "Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the cunning to spread the truth among such persons."

      Crimes Are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them

      Intro October 2010: On the ninth anniversary of America's longest war, the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq remain bloody, employing more contractors, while drones rain death upon Pakistan.

      In the months since this statement was written, US courts have ruled that innocents who have been tortured may not sue, while the Obama administration defends those who directed that torture be used.

      When leaking evidence of war crimes is criminalized, remaining silent is a crime.

      It has become common knowledge that Barack Obama has openly ordered the assassination of an American citizen, Anwar al-Aulaki. Without trial or other judicial proceeding, the administration has simply put him on the to-be-killed list.*

      Whistleblowers in the military leaked a video showing U.S. troops firing on an unarmed party of Iraqis in 2007, including two journalists, and then firing on those who attempted to rescue them, including two children. As ugly as this video of the killing of 12 Iraqis was, the chatter recorded from the helicopter cockpit was even more monstrous. The Pentagon says that there would be no charges against these soldiers; and the media absolves them of blame. “They were under stress,” the story goes; “Our brave men and women must be supported.” Meanwhile, those who leaked and publicized the video came under government surveillance and are targeted as “national security” threats.

      The Pentagon acknowledged, after denials, a massacre near the city of Gardez, Afghanistan, on February 12, 2010. 5 people were killed, including two pregnant women, leaving 16 children motherless. The U.S. military first said the two men killed were insurgents, and the women, victims of a family “honor killing,” but the Afghan government accepts the eyewitness reports that U.S. Special Forces killed the men, (a police officer and lawyer) and the women, and then dug their own bullets out of the women’s bodies to destroy evidence. Top U.S. military officials have now admitted that U.S. soldiers killed the family in their house.

      Just weeks earlier, a story broken in Harper’s by Scott Horton carried news that three supposed suicides of detainees in Guantánamo in 2006 were not suicides, but possible homicides carried out by American personnel. This passed almost without comment.**

      In some respects, this is worse than Bush. First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of “terrorism,” merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly. Second, Obama says that the government can detain you indefinitely, even if you have been exonerated in a trial, and he has publicly floated the idea of “preventive detention." Third, the Obama administration, in expanding the use of unmanned drone attacks, argues that the U.S. has the authority under international law to use such lethal force and extrajudicial killing in sovereign countries with which it is not at war.

      Such measures by Bush were widely considered by liberals and progressives to be outrages and were roundly, and correctly, protested. But those acts which may have been construed (wishfully or not) as anomalies under the Bush regime, have now been consecrated into “standard operating procedure” by Obama, who claims, as did Bush, executive privilege and state secrecy in defending the crime of aggressive war.

      Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration has refused to prosecute any members of the Bush regime who are responsible for war crimes, including some who admitted to waterboarding and other forms of torture, thereby making their actions acceptable for him or any future president, Democrat or Republican.

      End the complicity of silence.

      * On 9/24/10 the Justice Department asserted that “state secrets” bar any examination of Obama’s order.

      ** On 9/29/10 a U.S. federal court dismissed a suit by the victims’ families on grounds of “national security.”

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    • Libya

      The war in Libya growing more illegal by the day

      The illegal war in Libya

      Corporate Media’s Capital Crimes Against Libya – and Humanity

      McKinney Fact-Finders Show Libyan Deaths, Injuries Not “Propaganda”

      Apartheid, Sand Nigger Style: The Tunisian Model for a New Colonialism in Libya?

      Veterans for Peace: Statement on Military Intervention in Libya

      History shows us that this type of intervention rarely goes without blowback and unintended consequences, perhaps with a $1.4 trillion deficit and a domestic budget in crisis our best outcome would be to support peaceful alternatives and not add to the violence of a Libyan civil war at all.

      Phyllis Bennis: U.K. Sends Troops into Libya as International Coalition Expands Mission to Include Regime Change (Democracy Now! Interview April 19, 2011)

      Debra Sweet:  This is no "Humanitarian Intervention" in Libya

      Flier: Are the U.S. Wars on the Middle East wrong because they cost so much?

      Margaret Kimberley: Obama, Libya, and Our Challenge: the True Anti-War Movement Must Reawaken

      Revolution Newspaper: True Stories of U.S. "Humanitarian" Intervention

      William Blum: Barack "I'd kill for a peace prize" Obama

      Jill McLaughlin: Don’t be Confused: U.S. “Intervention” in Libya is Immoral and Illegitimate Too

      Sunsara Taylor (video): No Good Can Come from U.S. Led Intervention in Libya!

      Kathleen Barry: Libyan Liberation – Is There Another Way?

      Middle East Research and Information Project: Of Principle and Peril

      Watch: Left Forum Panel on Resisting War with Pardiss Kebriaei, Matthis Chiroux, Eric Stoner and Debra Sweet

      Moral bankruptcy in Libya war

    • Covert Drone War

      The use of Predator and Reaper drones (unmanned flying vehicles that are often armed with video-guided missiles) by the US military and CIA is a largely untold story of the "Global War on Terror / Global Contingency Operation" - yet has caused thousands of deaths in Pakistan and Afghanistan, many of whom are women and children.

    • Syria

      NO U.S. Bombing of Syria! No Matter If Congress Says It's Legal — It's Unjust, Immoral & Illegitimate

      FIND or ORGANIZE a protest near you

      Crimes are Crimes

      Learn more about the US' recent (and more distant) history of unjust wars and occupations, carried out in the name of “humanitarian concerns” and “national interests:”

      Afghanistan  | Covert Drone War  | Iraq  | Libya

      Barack Obama is selling the planned US Cruise missile bombing of Syria as a “humanitarian” act in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

      Bombing Syria will kill more civilians, polarize the situation further, and invite even more intervention and weapons into the country, making it more likely that the civil war could expand into an extremely dangerous regional conflagration. Moreover, launching an attack on a country that isn’t threatening yours is the supreme international war crime.

      The bloody Syrian civil war – where big powers are funding both sides – has already killed 100,000.  Atrocities have been committed by both the Assad government and the mixed group of pro-Western and Islamic Fundamentalist opposition.  None of the warring parties offer a future for the 23 million Syrians, many who are refugees from U.S. and Israeli wars on Iraq and Palestine.

      This planned U.S. airstrike on Syrian is already unpopular, but that doesn’t mean Obama won’t do it.  The British Parliament, which George Bush bullied into supporting the US war on Iraq, said “no” to bombing Syria, and the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows only 9% of those polled favor U.S. military intervention.  

      Obama is now amping up his argument, demanding Congressional approval for his planned attack, bowing to some pressure that he include them.  But the Obama administration says even if Congress doesn’t endorse his plans, he won’t be bound by their vote. His argument for intervention is directed at other countries governments, at pressuring Congress to come along, and at you, to go along with the war crimes he plans.

      People in this country have to get visibly and loudly into the streets in protest; on the airwaves, on the Internet, and everywhere, to denounce this coming attack.

      No, not in our name! Humanity and the planet come first. No to U.S. planetary domination.

      Download flier to distribute.

    • All

       

      Here you can find statements from individuals and organizations in support of The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime.

      Hear from the following voices on why you must come out to the protests called for October 5th:

      Why I Signed the Call:
      Poems:

       


      Voices from November 2nd, 2005 Protests:

      (The movement to drive out the Bush regime was launched with protests across the country on Nov. 2nd, 2005, the anniversary of Bush's "re-election. Below are statements in support of the Nov. 2nd protests.)

       

      Mumia Abu-Jamal

      Medea Benjamin (Code Pink)

      Father Luis Barrios

      Dahr Jamail, independent journalist

      Tomas Olmos

      Malik Rahim (Common Ground Collective, New Orleans)

       

      Cindy Sheehan

      Stephen Rohde

      Gore Vidal

       

      Howard Zinn


       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       


       

       

      Voices from State of Emergency  Protests:

      (On Jan. 31st, 2006, the night of Bush's state of the union address, World Can't Wait organized protests across the country followed by a rally demanding "Bush Step Down" in Washington, DC the following Saturday, Feb. 4th.  Below are statements made before or during the state of emergency protests.) 

      Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid

      Ed Begley, Jr.

      Elaine Brower at Feb. 4 Rally in DC

      Cerritos College MEChA

      Burt Cohen, Former NH State Senator

      Carl Dix, Spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, at the Jan. 31st rally in NYC

      Daniel Ellsberg

      Rabbi Michael Feinberg

      Georgetown Law Students

      Hampton University Students

      Larry S. Jones, Americans United for Seperation of Church and State

      Rev. Deborah Lake at Feb. 4 Rally in DC

      Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman

      Aimara Lin, Not In Our Name Project

      Mark Crispin Miller

      Oakland Education Association Resolution

      Tomas Olmos, member of National Advisory Board of World Can't Wait

      Congressional Candidate Chris Owens

      Rev. Meri Ka Ra, KRST Unity Center

      Mark Ruffalo

      Rebecca Shaeffer, Georgetown Law Student at Feb. 4 DC Rally

      David Swanson at Feb. 4 DC Rally

      Sunsara Taylor at the Feb. 4th Rally in DC

      Gore Vidal: "President Jonah"

      Howard Zinn: A Message to Students

       

      Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:

      Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
      James Abourezk
      Mumia Abu-Jamal
      ACT UP, NYC
      Pam Africa
      Vincente Alba
      , Laborers Union Local 108, New York
      Alberto Lovera Bolivian Circle, New York
      Allison Aimee
      Aris Anagnos
      Anti-Flag
      Arab American Community Coalition
      Carlos Arango
      , Director, Casa Aztlan*
      Edward Asner

      Asociación Tepeyac, New York
      Axis of Justice
      Rosa Ayala
      , Justice for Janitors*
      Russell Banks
      Father Luis Barrios
      , Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, NYC
      Rev. Willie Barrow, Women Connecting*
      Ed Begley Jr.
      Harry Belafonte
      Medea Benjamin
      Dave Berenson
      , Cleveland US Green Party
      Michael Berg, anti-war activist
      Jessica Blank, writer & actor
      William Blum
      Joan Bokaer
      , founder, Theocracy Watch
      Blase Bokaer, author
      Bob Bossie, SCJ, 8th Day Center for Justice*
      Father Roy Bourgeois
      St. Clair Bourne, filmmaker
      Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, NYC
      Catharina Breinhold, musician with Nina Hagen
      Carol Brightman, author of Total Insecurity
      Dennis Brutus, Center for the Study of Human Rights
      Gabriel Byrne
      Campus Anti-War Network (CAN)

      Rosemary Candelario, pro-choice activist
      Tim Carpenter, dir., Progressive Democrats of America
      Chicago ADAPT
      CHOICE USA
      Ward Churchill
      Margaret Cho
      Ward Churchill
      Citizens For Legitimate Government
      Kate Clinton
      David Cobb
      , 2004 Green Party Pres. Candidate
      Code Pink: Women for Peace
      Gerry Cohen
      , Hollywood Director
      US Rep. John Conyers Jr.
      Harry T. Cook II
      , Recor, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
      Irwin Corey, comedian
      Carlos Cornier, percussionist, Funadesi, Old Town School of Folk
      Barry Crimmins, Air America contributor & correspondent
      Chris Crutcher, children's book author
      Culture Clash
      Charles W. Dahm
      , Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
      Chris Daly, SF Board of Supervisors
      DC Anti-War Network
      Rev. Greg Dell
      , Broadway United Methodist Church
      Democrats.com
      John Densmore
      Jesse Díaz Jr.
      Diane DiPrima
      , beat poet
      Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
      Leonard Dominguez, Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, IL
      Dominican Women's Development Center
      Ariel Dorfman
      , writer
      Tom Duane, NY State Senator
      Michael Eric Dyson
      Steve Earle
      Niles Eldredge
      , curator of Natural History Museum
      Edwin Ellis, President of Veterans for Peace, LA*
      Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers
      Eve Ensler
      Martin Espada
      , poet
      Michelle Esrick, actress, filmmaker
      Donelle Estey, Artists Against the War
      Christian Ettinger, ex. producer of The Weather Underground
      Jodie Evans
      , Code Pink
      Samina Faheem Fundas, American Muslim Voice*
      Nina Felshin, curator, writer
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti
      Ralph Fertig
      , president of Humanitarian Law Project
      Rev. John Fife
      Jane Fonda
      Barbara Forrest
      , prof. Southeastern Louisiana Univ. (testified in Dover against intelligent design)
      Francis Fox Piven
      Michael Franti
      , musician
      Aaron Freeman, comedian
      reg e. gaines, poet & playwright
      Martin Garbus, attorney
      Deborah Glick, NY State Assemblywoman
      Global Justice and Peace Ministries, Riverside Church
      Frances Goldin
      , literary agent
      Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
      Sam Greenlee, filmmaker & poet
      André Gregory, theater director
      Andy Griggs, Exec. Board of United Teachers of LA
      Jose Guerrero, artist & muralist, Chicago
      Lawrence Guyot, former SNCC member and former Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
      Nina Hagen, singer, "mother of punk"
      Paul Haggis, film director, "Crash"
      Haitian Coalition for Justice
      Sam Hamill
      , Poets Against War*
      Suheir Hammad, poet
      Kathleen Hanna, Le Tigre
      David Harris, writer, founder of The Resistance*
      Stephen Hays, Board of Woodstock Film Festival
      John Heard, actor
      Jon Hendricks, artist
      Jon Hendrix, jazz singer/lyricist
      Hermandad Mexicana
      Warren Hern
      , MD, MPH, PhD, dir. Boulder Abortion Clinic
      Eric Hilton, musician, Theivery Corporation
      Hip Hop Caucus
      Merle Hoffman
      Rev. Robert M. Hollum
      , pastor, Lutheran Place
      Dorothy Hoobler, author
      Marie Howe, poet & writer
      Impeach Bush Coalition
      Mesha Monge Irizarry
      , Idriss Stelley Foundation
      Abdeen Jabara, past pres., American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com.*
      Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
      Ron Jacobs
      , writer
      Bianca Jagger, actress & activist
      Dahr Jamail, independent journalist
      Pramila Jayapal, Exec. Dir., Hate Free Zone Washington
      Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College*
      Bill T. Jones, choreographer
      Rickie Lee Jones
      Sarah Jones
      , poet & actor
      Esther Kaplan, author of With God On Their Side
      Brig. Gen. (ret) Janis Karpinski
      Casey Kasem
      Jeff Key
      , Iraq war veteran and writer, "The Eyes of Babylon"
      Ali Khan, America Muslim Council
      Margot Kidder, actress
      C. Clark Kissinger
      Frances Kissling
      , president, Catholics for a Free Choice*
      Yuri Kochiyama
      Rev. Earl Kooperkamp
      , St. Mary's Episcopal Church
      Ron Kovic, author & Vietnam Veteran
      Joyce Kozloff, artist
      Jonathan Kozol
      Reona Kumagai
      , Pres. of Princeton Students for Sensible Drug Policy
      Jim Lafferty, Exec. Director of the NLG of LA
      Ray Laforest, organizer DC 1707 AFSCME, member Pacifica National Board
      Beth Lamont
      Jessica Lange
      , actress
      Mark Leno, CA State Assemblyman
      Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine
      James Levin, co-director, Cleveland Festival of Arts & Technology (Ingenuity)
      Philip Levine, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
      Simon Levy, dir., What I Heard About Iraq
      Toby Devan Lewis
      Bruce Lincoln
      , prof., History of Religion, Univ. of Chicago
      Margarita Lopez, NY City Council Member
      George Lois
      Haki R. Madhubuti
      , publisher, Third World Press
      Devorah Major, poet & novelist
      Make the Road by Walking
      Mike Malloy
      , syndicated radio talk show host
      Lucinda Marshall, founder, Feminist Peace Network*

      Bill Martin, philosopher
      Bill Martinez, attorney, producer (Audioslave concert in Cuba)
      Luis Matos, union organizer, 1199
      Father Matthius, Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
      Malachy McCourt, actor & author
      US Rep. Cynthia McKinney
      Peter McLaren
      , UCLA Prof.
      Ellen McLaughlin, actress & playwright
      Camilo Majia, conscientious objector
      Rosie Mendez, New York City Council
      Dave Meserve, Arcata, CA City Council member
      Allen Michaan, owner, Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA
      Carol Migden, CA State Senator
      Carly Miller, Clothing of the American Mind
      Mark Crispin Miller
      Millions More Movement
      , Pittsburg/Antioch CA org.
      Ross Markarimi
      Bill Mitchell
      , co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace*
      Leon Mobley, musician
      Alderman Joe Moore, Chicago's City Council
      Tom Morello, Audioslave
      Tracie Morris, poet
      Viggo Mortensen
      Andrew Mu-ana
      , Images Sal-n, East LA
      Roger Mumford, Forefront Homes LLC
      Andrew Munana, Images Salon
      Steve Murphy, editor of Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
      Cecil Murray, retired Minister First AME Church, LA
      Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan
      National Lawyers Guild, National Office
      Amando Navarro, Chair of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
      Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
      Bill Nevins
      Northwestern College Feminists
      Not In Our Name
      Mike and Julie Nussbaum
      Susan Nussbaum
      Efia Nwangaza
      , national co-chair, Jericho Movement
      Brian O'Leary, PhD, author, former astronaut
      Bertell Ollman, prof., Dept. of Politics, NYU
      R. Tomas Olmos, Pres., Mexican-American BA Found., LA County
      Barbara Olshansky, Center for Constitutional Rights
      E. Rendel Osburn, Southern Christian Leadership Foundation
      Outernational
      Chris Owens
      , Congressional candidate
      US Rep. Major Owens
      Ozomatli
      Jose Padilla
      , exec. Dir., CA Rural Legal Assistance*
      Christina Page, author of How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
      Grace Paley, writer
      Patrick Henry Democratic Club
      Harvey Pekar
      , American Splendor cartoonist
      Sean Penn

      Moisés Peréz, Executive Director, Alianza Dominicana, New York*
      Bill Perkins, New York City Council
      Rosalind Petchesky, author, Abortion and a Woman's Choice
      Peter Phillips, Project Censored, Soc. Dept. Sonoma State Univ.
      Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter, Bulworth
      Harold Pinter
      Sterling Plumpp
      , poet
      Port Townsend Peace Movement
      Kevin Powell
      , writer
      Progressive Democrats of America
      Francine Prose
      , novelist
      Puerto Rican Nationalist Party - New York Branch
      Queers for Economic Justice
      Jerry Quickley
      , poet & playwright
      Malik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer
      Victor Toro Ramirez, activista en el Sur del Bronx
      Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*
      Reach Hip Hop Coalition
      Raghava Reddy
      , stem cell biologist, filmmaker
      Maggie Renzi, filmmaker, producer
      Eric Resnick, Gay Peopl's Chronicle* reporter
      Allan Rich, screenwriter & actor
      Walter Riley, lawyer
      Boots Riley, The Coup
      Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
      Dennis Rivera
      Rhadames Rivera
      , 1199 SEIU Vice President
      Stephen F. Rhode, Attorney
      Joshua Rosenblum, Composer, Dir. of Bush is Bad
      Mark Ruffalo, actor
      US Rep. Bobby Rush
      Douglas Rushkoff
      , author
      Stafan Sagmeister, graphic designer
      Kalamu Salaam, Listen to the People
      Angelica Salas, exec. dir. CHIRLA
      JD Samson, Le Tigre
      San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
      Sonia Sanchez
      , poet
      Rev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church
      Sapphire, poet & writer
      Susan Sarandon
      John Sayles
      , filmmaker
      James Schamus
      Sheley Secrest
      , attorney, Pres. of NAACP Seattle-King County
      Rinku Sen
      , Colorlines*
      Rafael Sencion, Sec. Gen., Congreso Nacional Dominicano
      Richard Serra, sculptor
      Stephen Shapiro, professor
      Rev. Al Sharpton
      Lou Shaw
      , writer, creator of Quincy MD
      Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace
      Martin Sheen
      Stanley Sheinbaum
      , economist
      Michael Steven Smith, writer, lawyer, & radio host
      Gary Soto, children's book author
      Nancy Spero, artist
      Dona Spring, Berkeley City Council member
      Gloria Steinem
      Lynne Stewart
      , attorney
      Jed Stone, attorney
      Fernando Suarez del Solar, Guerrera Azteca Project, father of US marine killed in Iraq war
      Malcolm Suber, People's Hurricane Relief Fund
      David Swanson, After Downing Street
      Serj Tankian
      Jonathan Tasini
      Mark Lewis Taylor
      , Princeton Theological Seminary
      Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper
      Studs Terkel
      Juan Torres
      Marrianne Torres
      , Peace & Justice Action League, Spokane*
      Dwight Trible, jazz vocalist
      Mark Trumeo
      George Tuttle & Ben Cushman
      , grapegrowers
      Gore Vidal
      Kurt Vonnegut
      Mike Vorndran
      , pres. of Stonewall Young Democrats
      Alice Walker
      Naomi Wallace
      US Rep. Maxine Waters
      Wavy Gravy
      Leonard Weinglass
      , attorney
      Rev. Dave Weissbard, Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL
      Timberlake Werternbaker, playwright
      Cornel West
      Rev. Phil Wheaton, Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Wash. DC
      Susan Wicklund, abortion provider
      Joan Wile, Dir. of Grandmothers Against War
      Saul Williams, poet
      Standish E. Willis, Nat. Conf. of Black Lawyers
      S. Brian Wilson, Veterans for Peace
      Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist
      Ann Wright, former US diplomat
      Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies
      Peter Yarrow
      Leeland Y. Yee
      , Speaker pro Tem, CA State Assembly
      Juanita Young, October 22nd Coalition*
      David Zeiger, filmmaker, Sir, No Sir!
      Zephyr, graffiti artist & writer
      Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.
      Howard Zinn
      Dave Zirin, What's My Name, Fool? Sports & Resistance in the US

      and thousands more..

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      World Can't Wait is a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime and the ongoing crimes that continue to this day. Founded in 2005, the original mission of The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime was to "create a political situation where the Bush administration's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed."
       
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      The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed. This direction cannot and will not be reversed by leaders who tell us to seek common ground with fascists, religious fanatics, and empire. It can only be possible by the people building a community of resistance - an independent mass movement of people - acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution, of these crimes.

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