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Press Release: Ministers, Others to Engage in Civil Disobedience to Stop NYPD “Stop and Frisk”

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Civil Disobedience in Harlem Demands:
Who:  Cornel West, Professor, Author, Public Intellectual
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of Riverside Church
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Rev. Omar Wilks, Unison Pentecostal Church
Prof. Jim Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Elaine Brower, Military Mom and World Can't Wait
Joined by “OCCUPY WALL STREET” & others
When: Friday, October 21
1:00 PM Rally at Harlem State Office Building, 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
1:30 PM Non-Violent Civil Disobedience at the NYPD 28TH Precinct, West 123rd Street & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, N.Y., October 21, 2011 The NYPD’s notorious program of STOP & FRISK will be the target of a new movement of non-violent civil disobedience tomorrow as professor and author Cornel West and Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party are joined by the Reverend Stephen Phelps (interim senior minister of Riverside Church) and several other clergy, professors, teachers in front of the 28th NYPD precinct in Harlem to stop what has been documented to be a “racist, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional policy.”


Activists to Protest Former Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes & Demand Accountability in New York City

Press Advisory

Activists to Protest Former Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes & Demand Accountability in New York City 9/8 &9/9

Stephanie Rugoff, War Criminals Watch, 646-807-3259
Nancy Mancias, CODEPINK, (415) 342-6409

New York – When former Bush administration officials come to New York to speak, NYC activists from organizations including War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait, CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture will be ready with outside protests demanding accountability and justice for the lies they told the people and crimes they committed during their time in office. The visual and vibrant protests will take place in various Manhattan locations.

Donald Rumsfeld
September 8, 2011, 11:00 am
Hudson Union Society – Outside Carnegie Hall, 57th St.

John Yoo
September 8, 2011, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University Club, 1 W. 54th St.

Donald Rumsfeld and Michael Mukasey
September 8, 2011, 7:00 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall,
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

John Yoo and Michael Chertoff
September 9, 2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
New York Law School,
185 West Broadway

“These are the people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives. They should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners,” said Stephanie Rugoff, coordinator of War Criminals Watch.  “People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials.”

Demonstrations will continue for the rest of the month when George Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, John Negroponte and Henry Kissinger speak at other NYC venues.  Press releases on those events will be sent soon.

Supporters of Accused WikiLeaks Source PFC Bradley Manning To Rally Saturday at Times Square, NYC

PRESS  ADVISORY                                  
June 1, 2011                                                             

WHEN:    Saturday, June 4tth from 12:30-2:30 pm
WHERE:  Times Square Recruitment Center
                 44th & Broadway
                 New York City
WHAT:      Rally to Support PFC. Bradley Manning
New York, NY -- This Saturday, June 4, 2011, supporters of PFC Bradley Manning will converge in New York City and Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to rally for the soldier who stands accused of leaking classified government information to WikiLeaks and ultimately to the public. Supporters will
rally and march carrying large signs and visuals, calling on government to protect whistleblowers and to drop all charges against Manning.
These will be the first large public rallies to support PFC Bradley Manning since he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth on April 20, 2011, after having suffered extreme confinement conditions at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. During the nine months at Quantico, Manning was denied meaningful exercise, social interaction, sunlight and was at times kept completely naked.
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait stated, “Bradley Manning is charged with leaking information which, when posted by WikiLeaks, educated the public about how civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan have been victimized by U.S. military occupations. Yet, even though the government admits the video and cables are genuine, the perpetrators of war crimes shown have not been investigated, much less charged with crimes, while Bradley Manning is unjustly charged with making some actions public.”
Last week marked one year since PFC Manning was detained as a suspected source to WikiLeaks, a news organization that receives, reviews and selectively makes public information provided by anonymous whistleblowers. The information that PFC Manning is accused of leaking includes the videotaped massacre of Reuters journalists and Iraqi civilians as well as diplomatic cables that experts believe helped to catalyze democratic revolts across the Middle East this spring. PFC Manning's supporters assert that the information he is accused of revealing should have been in the public domain.
“Bradley Manning's alleged actions are heroic. Instead of being prosecuted, he should be commended for exposing truths about warfare that our military-industrial-corporate complex is trying desperately to conceal from the public,” Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 34
“Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, 23-years-old, was arrested in Iraq one year ago on May 26, 2010. He still awaits his first public court hearing, now expected to begin later this summer. Over 4,300 individuals have contributed $333,000 towards PFC Manning’s legal fees and related public education efforts,” Bradley Manning Support Network.

Anti-Torture Protesters Say “Torture Lawyer” Not Fit to Teach Law

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Contact: Linda Jacobs (415) 424-7358
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PHOTO OPS: Protesters, Graduates Denounce Torture

Anti-Torture Protesters Say “Torture Lawyer” Not Fit to Teach Law

Protest Demonstration: FIRE, DISBAR and PROSECUTE JOHN YOO
    Friday, May 13, 2011
    9:00-10:00 AM Outside Hearst Greek Theater, Gayley Road, UC Berkeley
    12 Noon to 1:30 Outside Boalt Hall during the Reception

For a fourth year, the UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) commencement ceremony will be the site of protest initiated by the national organization World Can’t Wait and other anti-torture organizations, lawyers, and activists.

World Can’t Wait organizer Stephanie Tang said yesterday: “Boalt harbors a known war criminal on its faculty, and the University of California leadership as a whole is responsible for this total breech of academic and ethical responsibilities to its students and to the public.  On Friday we’ll greet the graduates, inviting them all to join the fight to end America’s torture program, and end UC and Boalt’s complicity with it.”

Yoo was a tenured Boalt professor on sabbatical when he worked as a key legal architect for the Bush-Cheney administration, designing illegal torture policies and practices (.e.g, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib).  Most recently he has been in the media spotlight calling the death of Osama bin Laden proof that America’s torture program “worked.”  Since January 2010, UC and Boalt officials have assigned Yoo’s classes to secret campus locations to avoid unwanted attention.

A national campaign by legal, activist, and religious organizations has for several years called for the officials dubbed “The Bush Torture Team” to face prosecution for designing and ordering torture, a war crime.  Frequent protests and arrests in the Bay Area and elsewhere continue whenever Yoo or other Bush-Cheney team members appear publicly.

“We speak out because justice and the law mean nothing if the torturers walk free, enjoying academic respectability and public celebrity while their victims go unheard,” said Curt Wechsler, editor of

Artists, Scholars, Writers Gather to Discuss "U.S. Empire, Islamic Fundamentalism: Both Deadly. Is There Another Way?"

Press Advisory

April 25, 2011

Contact: Debra Sweet
 718 809 3803

Discussion of Alternatives to Both U.S. Intervention and Islamic Fundamentalism

What:  Artists, Scholars, Writers Gather to Discuss "U.S. Empire, Islamic Fundamentalism: Both Deadly. Is There Another Way?"

Where:  Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 W. 12th Street, New York City

When:  Wednesday, April 27 6:30 pm

Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal, NYU professor Sinan Antoon, Laura Lee Schmidt of the Platypus Affiliated Society, Revolution writer Sunsara Taylor, and Gregory Wilpert will speak at The New School in New York City  on their views of what people of conscience should do in response to the state and direction of the world. The event, on Wednesday, April 27, is co-sponsored by the Platypus Affiliated Society and World Can't Wait, is  free and open to the public. 
Speakers will address the need to oppose both the U.S. government's claim of the right to militarily intervene in any country in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa as well as to oppose Islamic fundamentalism and theocracy.

Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait and organizer of the event, states, "Is there an alternative to both empire and Islamic fundamentalism? At a time when the uprisings in the Middle East have given renewed hope to many, there is a chance to break through this impasse and to explore, debate and frame the possibilities of a different way, adding to the urgently needed political oxygen that the peoples of Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere have injected into the atmosphere."


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.