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Guantanamo Bay Detention Center: 8 Years Too Long!

 This is the text of a leaflet from the Chicago Chapter of World Can’t Wait 

On January 11, 2002 the Bush Administration, in an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and Geneva Conventions which both uphold the right of habeas corpus, opened the doors of Guantanamo Detention Center in Cuba. They had kidnapped and rendered men and even some male children from all over the globe in the so-called “War on Terror.”


Guerrilla Billboards in San Francisco Mark 8th Year of Guantanamo


As another January 11 rolls around, these giant posters appeared in advertising kiosks in San Francisco over the weekend. On January 11, 2002, the first groups of hooded and jumpsuited detainees were brought to Guantanamo. On January 21, 2009, President Obama pledged to shut down the camp, only one of many U.S. prisons where people are being held indefinitely without charge and in inhuman conditions, violating international and domestic laws. 


Protest John Yoo's New “Secret Class” at UC Law School

Event:              Protest Action and Press Conference 
Where:             UC Berkeley Law School
                        The Office of the Dean, #215 Boalt Hall
When:              Tuesday, January 12 at 3:00 PM
press release from World Can't Wait, San Francisco
BerkeleyWith anti-torture protest continuing to focus on the presence on the University of California faculty of former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, UC officials have adopted a new tactic. Yoo will again teach spring semester at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) – but the location of his classroom is being kept secret from the public, and Yoo himself is unlikely to be physically present for the first night of his class Tuesday, January 12.
Jon Stewart promotes John Yoo's book - read about it on Debra Sweets blog.


No More War Crimes in our Names! Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now!

 Twitter Campaign to #CloseGitmo!

War Criminals Watch is joining with the ACLU, Amnesty International, many other organizations, artists and musicians like Tom Morello and Trent Reznor to "flood Twitter" and Facebook this Thursday, January 21st with messages to #closegitmo. YOU can help, by spreading the word now, and tweeting messages on Thursday about Guantanamo, torture, habeas corpus rights, and more - using the hashtag #closegitmo. You can also "donate" your Facebook status for the day with this message. We want to dominate the social networking discussion on Thursday with the message that torture and the prison at Guantanamo still continue, but must be stopped.

The Torturer’s Book Tour: Protests Greet Yoo in Austin, Houston

From a letter by an Austin activist: I just left the John Yoo protest at University of Texas...There were at least 25 protesters, possibly more after the campus police made me leave the event. When I got to the other side of the building, where I stood with a protest sign facing street traffic throughout the Yoo event, the campus newspaper Daily Texan interviewed me about the police claim that a peaceful protest by non-students was illegal....and why this John Yoo event that was supposed to be open to the public was changed to only those who were given tickets.
Coverage from Austin American-Statesman


War Criminal Karl Rove Chased from UCSB Campus


Feb 25, 2010 was a good day at UCSB. Criminal Karl Rove was vigorously protested, walked out on, and pursued by student demonstrators who refused to remain passive while the university hosts, and the Obama admin protects, people like Rove. Below are only a handful of the media outlets the event was covered in. It sparked broader debate about the viability of protest and resistance to what's done in our names, and started to get a better "polarization" going, keeping in mind the contradictory sentiments among students that recent investigations in Revolution newspaper have been portraying and analyzing.


Austin Texas: Protesting a Mass Murderer

By Gaelic Neilson

A "Family-Friendly" Community Center in Austin Texas recently hosted a War Criminal. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Colonel Bentzion Gruber spoke at the Austin Jewish Community Center on March 4, 2010. 

Protesters started gathering outside the center about an hour before his lecture, carrying signs "Judaism-Yes, Zionism-No" and "Bentzion Gruber, WAR CRIMES are not ethical." 
The controversy arises from the fact that a community center such as the JCC-Austin would allow, and even co-sponsor, the lecture of a man who is directly involved in the violation of International Law and is responsible for directing 18,000 soldiers in human rights abuses in Occupied Palestine.


Protesing Karl Rove in New York

 On Wednesday evening, March 10th, Karl Rove gave a talk to push his new book, Courage and Consequence, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  About a dozen people picketed outside with a banner, posters and leaflets identifying Karl Rove as a war criminal and calling for his prosecution.  Many of the passersby had been unaware of his presence in their community.  For the people going in to the Y for a number of events and activities taking place that night, this was also a surprise - for some, not a pleasant one.  The following is a report from a World Can't Wait activist who went inside the event.

By Richie Marini
It's kind of a surreal feeling to be sitting inside an auditorium with a few hundred people who decided to buy a ticket for a night out to hear someone speak who is responsible for the death of over one million people.  As if the metal detectors and x-ray machines on the way in weren't enough there are security officers in every corner of the room continually scanning the audience along with a wall of police officers, with flex-cuffs dangling from their belts, lined up in the back of the auditorium.  It's a true testament to the system of oppression under which we live when city-paid police officers are ordered to protect a war criminal with my tax dollars.


Thousands Protest Unjust Wars in San Francisco

Last Saturday in San Francisco, thousands gathered to protest the illegitimate wars and occupations, with close to 3,000 at the height of the march that looped through the Tenderloin, Downtown, and then back up Market Street.

The broad coalition of activist groups and individuals received overwhelmingly positive responses from people on the sides of the streets and perhaps over a thousand people joined in the march on the spot.
To those of you who met World Can't Wait at these protests and signed up to join the movement of resistance, welcome! World Can't Wait is on a mission to mobilize millions through mass independent resistance to stop the crimes of your government.


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.