At Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity, Anti-War Activists Say: Stop the Crimes of Your Government

Press Advisory
October 29, 2010
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At Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity, Anti-War Activists Say: Stop the Crimes of Your Government

What: Protest Against Continuing War Crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan
Where: Washington, DC, Constitution & 7th Street
When: Saturday October 30 at 12 noon

Washington, DC: Activists with anti-war organization World Can’t Wait will gather in Washington, DC for comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally for Sanity & to Keep the Fear Alive. While rally organizers have called for a “million moderates” to express dissatisfaction with the tone of national political debate, anti-war activists plan to express opposition to both the Tea Party movement as well as the continuing war crimes carried out by US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Elaine Brower, mother of a Marine who served multiple tours in Iraq, and member of World Can’t Wait, said, “the choice between the racist, fascist, and homophobic tea party and a war-mongering Democratic leadership is no choice at all for the majority of humanity.” She and other anti-war organizers will bring a large papier mache representation of a Predator Drone to the rally in DC, similar to what is being used on hundreds of bombing and surveillance missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Recent media attention has focused on incidents of violence and hate speech coming from Tea Party candidates, while the Obama administration has quietly placed a US citizen on an assassination list without charges or trial. In addition, whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has released new internal military documents showing numerous war crimes including torture and thousands of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of pursuing investigation of these incidents, the Obama administration has arrested a US soldier accused of leaking this information and threatened news organizations for publicizing the revelations.

The mission statement of World Can’t Wait, founded in 2005, states: “the fascist direction initiated by the Bush regime… 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.”