Youth and Students

Students Need Reality About U.S. Wars

World Can't Wait | Feburary 13, 2018

World Can't Wait began sending veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq into classrooms in 2007, as GW Bush, and then Obama, claimed the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan were being won. Not "won" and not over, as we know now.  The Trump/Pence Regime has roared in with MAGA, pushing its plan to "win" in Afghanistan: sending more troops, having dropped the biggest bomb ever - MOAB - and threatening Pakistan, as well, of course, as several other countries.  Looking at the whole picture: Trump's explicit threats of the use of nuclear weapons, direction to take the restraints off commanders in the field and keeping Guantanamo open heighten the danger that students in school now will be sent to commit war crimes.


We Are Not Your Soldiers All Ages F*ck the Army!!! Benefit/Show


A radical show to raise money and awareness for The We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour, a project of World Can't Wait.

This tour is needed now more than ever. Obama is leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq and escalating the war of terror in Afghanistan by sending an estimated of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and plans to boost an estimated 92,000 troops into the military. Where will all these troops that Obama is sending come from? The military recruiters have budget of billions to recruit youth who are in high school now. They roam the hallways and lunch-rooms, call students at home, and set up at malls where kids hang out. The military cannot fight this expanded “war on terror” in Afghanistan without this fresh cannon fodder. Military recruiters now have almost unlimited access to reach high school students because the “No Child Left Behind” law ties funding for schools to whether recruiters can get to students.


Student Response to We Are Not Your Soldiers

We Are Not Your Soldliers | June 28, 2018

We Are Not Your Soldiers had a very active year in New York City, touring as many schools as we have done anywhere around the country during the height of the war on Iraq.  We did four full weeks of school visits – two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.  A week of visits means that we went to at least one school each day, either going from class to class in one building, seeing several classes combined together or doing two schools in one day.  The presentations were made by recent veterans of the war of terror.  In one school, we also did a presentation on Vietnam by a Vietnam veteran and in another school, a combined presentation by both the Vietnam veteran and the Afghanistan veteran.


Volunteers Needed at Warped Tour Booth


Sun., Aug. 23rd – Carson California 
(Home Depot Center)
The final stop of the national, annual Warped Tour is coming to L.A.  This is a special opportunity to reach thousands of youth with our "We Are Not Your Soldiers" campaign and to get the word out about the anti-war protests in October. 
Whether we can build a movement of youth who are mobilized in uncompromising resistance to the military on the basis of the horrors that it is perpetrating against the people of the world has everything to do with re-forging an anti-war movement that is truly capable of stopping the crimes of their government. A key part of this will be having a bold presence at Warped Tour this summer. 
Warped Tour is a punk rock summer concert that attracts thousands of alternative youth and takes place around the country. World Can't Wait has been to Warped Tour before and had a overwhelmingly positive response from youth who otherwise would not have been reached with the World Can't Wait message. 


We Are Not Your Soldiers in Hayward CA


On Monday June 8th, Carly Sheehan (whose brother Casey was killed in Iraq) and Rafael from World Can't Wait went to Hayward High School as part of the "We Are Not Your Soldiers" tour.  Hayward High is a diverse working class school in the Bay Area that recruiters regularly come to.  There is also a brand new recruiting station that just opened in Hayward, right next to the junior college.  We did four seperate hour and a half long presentations, to about 120-150 students.  Attached is a rough outline of our presentations.  The whole thing was set up by a teacher and a student, who got a few other teachers involved. 
Report by Carly Sheehan
Walking into Mr. Dwyer’s class at Hayward High School Monday, I had no idea what to expect from the students I was about to speak to. Speaking for the first time with the “We Are Not Your Soldiers” tour, I didn’t know if the students would be receptive to the message of resistance to recruitment and military service. I’m really heartened by what I found.
Through a multimedia presentation, Rafael and I shared the message of active resistance to military recruitment with the students. The students discussed the experiences of family and friends in the military and what they understood about how the military works. Their knowledge of these experiences was limited, ranging from “They said it sucked,” to “They said the military is a good opportunity.” We also asked if military recruiters had approached the students and if they planned to join the military. Many had talked to recruiters, and a couple actually wanted to join up after graduation.


The New School Students’ Demands & Occupation Are Righteous; NYPD Assaults & Arrests Are Wrong


The World Can’t Wait strongly condemns the NYPD’s vicious and unjustified physical assault on students at the New School, and the arrest of 22 demonstrators. We demand that charges against all of them be dropped immediately, and express our full solidarity and support for these New School resisters.
On Friday April 10, more than 100 police officers converged on students who were non-violently occupying their campus. Video evidence clearly shows cops repeatedly pepper spraying students—proving the NYPD’s earlier insistence that officers did not do so to be an outright lie—and also shows police beating demonstrators on the street. This sort of brutality would be outrageous in any situation, but the fact that the vast majority of it was meted out against students on their own campus is all the more reprehensible.
The demands of the New School students, which included the resignation of war criminal president Bob Kerrey and greater student control of the campus, are righteous. We applaud the courageous, defiant spirit of those who decided to demand change themselves, rather than placing their hopes in politicians who repeatedly promise—but never deliver—such change.


200 Students Witness WaterBoarding

200 students witness water-boarding demonstration at Diablo Valley College (CA)

from San Francisco Bay Area World Can't Wait
Diablo Valley College Inquirer article


On October 30, 2008 World Can't Wait and Contra Costa Radical Action organized a water boarding demonstration at DiabloValleyCollege in Pleasant Hill, CA, (a local community college in conservative suburban ContraCostaCounty).  This action was organized to bring awareness and hopefully motivate the students to take some kind of action against the torture and war that is going in their names. The college has a very diverse group of students and the quad area is usually congested with people standing around in groups discussing the latest trends.


About an hour before the demonstration a couple of us walked around the campus informing and inviting the students to the demonstration. We asked them if they had heard about water boarding and if the had any opinions on it. Most had never heard of water boarding but were interested and wanted to check out the demonstration.

We set up in the middle of the quad on a stage with large signs that read "NO TORTURE" and a bench for the water boarding. As I walked through the crowds inviting more students to come watch I noticed that a lot of students were noticing the signs and became interested in what was going on. We ended up growing a large crowd of about 150-200 students.




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.