Crimes are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them

Debra Sweet

By Debra Sweet,
Director of The World Can't Wait

Today, The New York Review of Books, carrying our full page ad, will start to appear in mail boxes. It will be on newsstands on the 13th. Some have asked why we chose this publication to start with.

As the Review’s website states: "With a worldwide circulation of over 135,000, The New York Review of Books has established itself, in Esquire's words, as 'the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.'"

We will be reaching academics, intellectuals, and thinking people concerned about humanity across the country and around the world with this ad.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can
view it here.

I am really proud that we all responded to some of the most egregious actions by the government with this statement that will challenge, alarm, inspire, and provoke people. I only hope that Glenn Beck, the Wall Street Journal, and Fox News notice and decide to make a big deal over our stand, and that we can break into the mainstream with this message.

Most importantly, though, we need more than words... we need a renewed and determined movement against these occupations, and the torture, indefinite detention, civilian killings they require.

We will continue to gather signatures and donations and try to publish this statement in other national publications. You can help, and get involved with other creative actions through If you come up with any other ideas for how to maximize the impact of this public statement, write me!
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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.