Crimes Against Humanity Demand Condemnation, Protest

By Debra Sweet 

The Crimes are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them message appears in The Nation’s June 14 issue. The statement, written two months ago, focuses on the global "war on terror" still being fought in our name by a new president.

It expresses the need to separate ourselves in disapproval, condemnation and outrage against what are crimes against humanity. We plan further national publication of this statement.

So sign it, circulate it to others, and donate so that we get beyond hundreds of thousands of readers of The New York Review of Books and The Nation.
 
The attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

World Can't Wait opposes crimes by our government.  In response to the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Sunday, where 9 humanitarians, including a U.S. citizen were shot and killed, and hundreds detained by Israel, world governments have condemned the raid as a violation of international law.

Agence France Press says today, "Despite a wave of global outrage over the Israeli commando assault on a Gaza aid flotilla on Monday which killed nine people, the White House has so far refused to explicitly single out the Israeli government for blame."

During street protests of the killings, I spoke with dozens of people who asked, "Where is Obama?"  "I thought he was working to bring peace in the MidEast, if nothing else."

Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world, and the people need aid.  I am proud of our colleague Ann Wright and the hundreds of others who went to attempt to break the blockade with food, medicine and school supplies.

Also see:
Obama's Green Light to Israeli Massacre by Ray McGovern
Listen to Ann Wright on Democracy Now June 3rd
 
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100,000 marched in Phoenix last Saturday against the fascist anti immigrant law in Arizona. 
 
Leo Mintek from the band Outernational, which performed at the rally, writes: “Over 100,000 people came out to Phoenix to march against injustice and racism. We performed 3 different times at the protests, playing Deportees, Fighting Song and Que Queremos, sharing the stage with Los Jornaleros Del Norte and the Mexican banda pop star Jenni Rivera. It was very important to be out there with a message of "No Borders, No Nations" as too many well-intentioned folks opposed to racism and fascism were out there with signs asking Obama to stop the law. Obama's response to this has been to send 1200 federal troops to "secure" the border. These are the same soldiers trained to kill across the globe and putting them on the border is no good for the people. We need a whole other way.”

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Download the Woody Guthrie song Deportees, made new and highly relevant through this recording by Outernational and Tom Morello:


 
 
Convictions and Sentencing from West Point Protests last fall

On December 1, at West Point, hundreds of us protested the announcement by President Obama that he was sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.  We had a sit down at the gate of West Point, and as the speech began, 6 people moved into the traffic lane to make a more determined statement that the war must stop!  They were tried on disorderly conduct charges in April, and learned from the judge in May that they had been convicted.  At a sentencing June 1, they were given 15 days in jail, or $225 in fines + 10 days community service.  The Army doesn't want any more protest to interfere with the war college.  But what do the people victimized by the war need?  I'll keep you posted on developments in this case.
 
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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.