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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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Contact: Elaine Brower 917-520-0767
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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.”

 

Dissident Soldier Ethan McCord and Pardiss Kebriaei of CCR to Speak in New York City

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Contact: Debra Sweet, 866.973.4463 
Elaine Brower, 917.520.0767
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Speakers are available for interviews
 
Dissident Soldier Ethan McCord and Pardiss Kebriaei of CCR to Speak in New York City:
A Discussion of “Collateral Murder & Targeted Assassination”
 
When: Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13
th St., NYC
 
This program will also be live webcast at: www.livestream.com/worldcantwait
 
New York, NY – Former US Army Specialist Ethan McCord, who was a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, will speak about his experience in the 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad, shown in a leaked video released last April by WikiLeaks.   The video publicized as “Collateral Murder”, will be screened.  McCord will recount his story as he was on the ground rescuing civilians in the aftermath of the incident. 
 
Last July, McCord spoke about the video to attendees at a United Nations Peace Conference. "If this video disgusts you, it should," he told the audience. "It happens daily in Iraq. ... The rules of engagement in 2007 when this happened was, 'If you feel threatened by anybody, you're able to engage that person.' Many soldiers felt threatened just by the fact that you were looking at them, so they fired their weapons at anybody who was looking at them, because 'I felt threatened.'" 
 
"We were told that if we were to fire our weapons at people and we were to be investigated, officers would take care of you," McCord continued. "We were given orders for 360 degree rotational fire whenever we were hit with an IED. We were told by our battalion commander to kill every motherfucker on the street. ... If you didn't fire, the NCOs in your platoon would make your life hell." 
This week McCord released further videos gathered in Iraq showing systematic abuse of detainees in Iraq. 
He states, "I started to 'acquire' these videos and some pictures once I realized that what we are doing in Iraq is wrong," McCord wrote on Wednesday in a blog entry at MichaelMoore.com. "These videos are of detainee abuse. Not the type of abuse that’s physical, but the mental, emotional, degrading type." 
 
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/whistleblower-reveals-systematic-humiliation/ 
 
Pardiss Kebriaei, staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, is challenging the Obama administration's targeted assassination order on Anwar Awlaki, an American citizen residing in Yemen. The lawsuit brought by Awlaki’s father seeks a court order enjoining the President from assassinating his son with no due process. Ms. Kebriaei will discuss this case, as well as the “state secrets” argument presented by the Obama administration’s continuing justification of the Bush doctrine. 

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October 10-16 “No Torture” Week Brings Top Experts to Berkeley

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October 10-16 “No Torture” Week Brings Top Experts to Berkeley

A grassroots campaign in Berkeley is drawing national attention to an upcoming week of public educational events, art events and political protests to take place. Now declared the official “Berkeley Says No to Torture” Week by the Berkeley City Council, the week-long series of panels, debates, and cultural events will bring together in one program for the first time:

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Anti-War Activists Demand an Immediate End to US Occupation

Press Advisory
October 5, 2010
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Contact:   Debra Sweet 866 973 4463
Elaine Brower 917 520 0767

Thursday, October 7 Begins 10 Years of War on Afghanistan
Anti-War Activists Demand an Immediate End to US Occupation


What: Street protest against Afghanistan War
Where: Times Square Recruiting Center, 44th & Broadway
When: Thursday October 7  5:00 pm
New York, NY –  On Thursday, October 7, World Can’t Wait will join other activists at the Times Square Recruiting Center, 44th and Broadway for a rally and protest demanding the complete and immediate withdrawal of all military troops and private contractors from Afghanistan.

Elaine Brower, a member of the National Steering Committee of World Can’t Wait says, “This country is brutalizing the people of the middle east for such a long time it has become mass genocide.  My son did three tours in the wars and occupations, and has returned home to a broken and divided country because killing is never right.”

On October 7, 2001, then President George Bush ordered the completely invasion of Afghanistan.  President Obama escalated troops levels to over 100,000, with more troops on the way.  This is the longest in US history. 

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can’t Wait says, “The most powerful country in the world is destroying the poorest.  Civilian casualties, and US military casualties are going up with the surge of US troops.  President Obama is increasing drone bombing attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan, increasing public opposition to the occupation.  Stop it now, for humanity's sake.”

War Resisters League, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace will participate.

NYC Coalition To Stop Islamophobia Denounces Qu’ran Burnings!

 Press release

 
New York, NY -- This September 11, the most hateful and violent face of Islamophobia was on full display, in New York City and throughout the United States.
 
While Terry Jones canceled his horrific “International Burn a Koran [sic] Day” in Florida , two Christian ministers in Springfield , Tennessee burned copies of the Qur’an. (See story here .)

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New Yorkers to Say "Welcome Cordoba House" at Sunday Gathering to Stop Islamophobia

Press release from NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia

As a national controversy is growing over the building of the proposed Cordoba House, New Yorkers will welcome Muslims to downtown Manhattan on Sunday August 22. 

The new NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia announced today that it will gather near the proposed site at the former Burlington Coat Factory location on Park Place Sunday to "counter racist messages and attacks against Muslims and Islam," and to "welcome Cordoba House."

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Monday August 16: Protest Against Torture Author John Yoo

 

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Thursday, August 12, 2010
 
Contact: Linda Jacobs (415) 410-4484
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Back To School at UC Berkeley Law: “Torture Professor” Draws Protest

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SF: Dramatizations (art and action) of Gulf Disaster

 

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Thursday, July 29, 2010
 
Contact: Linda Jacobs (415) 410-4484
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PHOTO OPS: Dramatizations (art and action) of Gulf Disaster

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Controversial Yoo still attracts protesters

By Gina KimJohn Yoo

John Yoo didn't set out to become the face of torture.

But that's what happened after the former attorney in the George W. Bush administration wrote memos justifying the expansion of presidential powers - including how the government treats suspected terrorists - following the 9/11 attacks.And it's a label that continues to stick to the 43-year-old Yoo, who has since returned to teaching constitutional and international law at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Anti-war Leaders at the United States Social Forum Condemn U.S. War on Afghanistan, No Matter the General or Strategy

June 24, 2010

Press Release
                                                                                                    Contact: Elaine Brower 917 520 0767
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Anti-war Leaders at the United States Social Forum Condemn U.S. War on Afghanistan, No Matter the General or Strategy
 
What: Rally & march against US war on Afghanistan
When: Thursday June 24 3:00 pm
Where: Cobo Hall, front doors
 
Gathered in Detroit today for the US Social Forum, anti-war leaders will address Barack Obama’s replacement of General Stanley McChrystal with General David Petraeus and condemn his strategy of expanding the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. 

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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.