By Debra Sweet and Candace Gorman
We are reflecting on a year marked by the breaking open of beautiful waves of resistance to oppressive governments across the globe on the one hand and mounting crimes waged by our government in our name on the other. In this dynamic landscape what we do can make a profound difference. Donating to World Can’t Wait and continuing your commitment to end the crimes of this government makes that difference.
Who could have anticipated the fresh, positive development of the OCCUPY Wall Street + Everywhere movement where it is most needed – here in the
We hope you can re-join our work with a donation. This movement is stronger with you and we hope this letter serves to update you. We need your financial support to reach our year-end goal of $50,000 by December 31.
In February as the Mubarak government was driven out, Debra sent a one sentence message, accompanied by a gorgeous photo of millions in
People are justified in feeling how intolerable the lopsidedness of income is in our own country, but don’t always know understand how much that is connected to our government expanding its empire, and thus becoming more repressive at home. Our mission is helping people see that reality, and giving them a way to act to stop the crimes of our government becomes more important as those crimes mount. Bringing it all together is crucial at this time.
Six years ago, when World Can’t Wait began, not enough people thought such actions were necessary or possible. But now, Occupy Wall Street is two months old, and occupations have spread, literally changing our concept of an “occupation.” Some are being evicted or brutally attacked by police (and being strengthened because of those attacks), but something new has been born. We have an answer to the question; tens of thousands are showing that they are moved – and sometimes both desperate and hopeful enough – to take such actions.
Though Barack Obama announced the end of combat troops in
A foundation of the Bush doctrine was that the president can do whatever he wants. Bush didn’t, however, openly order the killing of
Someone needs to say all this louder, and World Can’t Wait does! We go after the cutting edge issues, dig through the lies and cover-ups to speak the truth. We find substantive and visible ways to encourage people to act on what their consciences tell them is true, opening up space for people to take principled stands of resistance. And we support them when they do.
We’ve learned how much people crave community, and how much a community of truth-seekers, artists, activists, war resisters and youth can open up possibilities. World Can’t Wait fosters this community and provides a place for all those who are disgusted and want to act, including those in non-urban areas. We connect people across the country through our volunteer national office, conference calls, webcasts, online social networking, and live events.
Supporters of World Can’t Wait – including you who support this work financially – have been tremendously energetic, creative and determined in showing collective conscience in action. We can’t and won’t stop now, though we will do a lot more with sufficient funding.
World Can’t Wait has stuck with its principles, and is leading others to take meaningful actions that challenge the wars, the torture state and the re-making of
We ask for your year-end donation now in support of concrete efforts to stop the crimes of our government.
• 2012 begins with the tenth anniversary of Bush opening the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. World Can’t Wait has been working for months in coalition with Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture and other groups to mark it by gathering a human chain of 2,271 orange jump-suited protesters from the White House to the Capitol.
171 will represent the Guantánamo prisoners, more than half of whom were cleared to leave by the Bush regime. 2,100 will represent an approximate number held in the
• Dozens more schools are waiting for the We Are Not Your Soldiers tour. We are meeting more veterans who want to speak as soon as we get funds for transportation, stipends, and materials. But even that is not enough! It will be a crime if this program doesn’t get so well known and controversial that it becomes an attraction for kids who know the wars are wrong. This tour needs to be a news item, known by millions. When the tour starts being debated in school board meetings, we’ll know we are cracking open the school to military pipeline.
• Will the dogs of war be unchallenged at the major political events in 2012? NATO and the G8 meet in Chicago in May, the Republicans in
World Can’t Wait’s message is directed at people living in this country who have a basic responsibility for what our government does. We know that political protest by a mass, independent movement which is determined, broad, and large enough can force governments to respond to just demands. Let’s work together to be sure that this new wave of street protests brings forward sustained resistance aimed at stopping the crimes of our government that cause so much suffering. Because the world can’t wait!