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An Important and Successful Conference

An important and successful national conference was held in Chicago the weekend of November 22 and 23. Over the conference's two days, big questions were dug into: how to sum up the political fight to drive out the Bush Regime, the impact of the Obama candidacy and election, independent mass political protest's importance and relevance as the Bush years come to an end, the urgent need to create a broad climate of resistance and defiance, and more. Reports from Steering Committee members and other material from the conference will soon be forthcoming. Below is a speech from National Director Debra Sweet (here), Steering Committee member Jill McGlaughlin (here), and two articles by Kevin Gosztola (here and here), which provide a sense of some of the conference's atmosphere and the challenges taken up by participants.

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Election Night, San Francisco

Tuesday evening, our WCW crew set up at the doorstep of a city-sponsored Election Night celebration -- where hundreds lined up to go in (big screen TVs! cash bar but free pizza!). We had stacks of WCW flyers, big bold picket signs saying "No War! No Torture! No Matter Who the Next President Is" and we wore more WCW slogans on orange papers pinned to our clothing. As people lined up to go inside, we got our flyer into everyone's hands and we talked with as many as we could.

We expected that some Obama supporters would disagree with WCW's message. It was a little surprising when nobody got shouting mad at us, all night To be clear, WCW really was controversial, and some people were offended - some stiffly refused our flyer and wouldn't talk. But many, many others heard our call-outs, read our signs, and took flyers with nods, smiles, and conversation. And some people initially wouldn't stop, but then they"d hear us talking, and they"d reach back and take the flyer.

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No Matter Who is President: STOP Endless Wars for Empire!

No Matter Who is President: STOP Endless Wars for Empire!

 

Tuesday November 11 (Veterans' Day), 7:00 pm

Judson Memorial Church,
55 Washington Square South

 

Speakers:

Scott Ritter, former US weapons inspector, author of Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement and Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change

Larry Everest, writer for Revolution newspaper, author of Oil, Power and Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Agenda

Jeremy Scahill, correspondent for Democracy Now, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Elaine Brower, military family member and leader of The World Can't Wait


Whether it's McCain or Obama, the wars in Middle East continue, and in fact are expanding. The criminal war in Iraq continues, the war in Afghanistan is intensifying, and the bombing of Pakistan escalates, with no end in sight. U.S. aggression has inflicted a humanitarian catastrophe, with millions of people killed or turned into refugees.

 

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Gore Vidal: Drive Out the Bush Regime

“As the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen, so, with 8 years to prepare, 2008 will perhaps be the last such election, ending the republic unless that 70 percent who are beginning to grasp just what is going on join together in a popular movement dedicated to ending pre-emptive wars and restoring the nation to its traditional tax base which repaired levees, educated the citizenry and at regular intervals repaired the wall that Thomas Jefferson wisely put in place to separate church from state. Join the demonstrations this Wednesday, November 2, to launch a movement to drive out the Bush regime. For the location nearest you, see www.worldcantwait.org.”

Message from Howard Zinn

THE FOLLOWING IS HOWARD ZINN ANNOUNCING, “NOVEMBER 2ND:THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT! DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME!”

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Sign the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime

[Sign now]

Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

 

Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

 

Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler ( and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn ( or be forced ( to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped. 

This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

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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.