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    Signers include:

    Rocky Anderson
    Ti-Grace Atkinson
    Bill Ayers
    Gertrude Barnstone
    Rosalyn Baxandall
    Medea Benjamin
    Susan Brownmiller
    Judith Butler
    Billy Joe Cain
    Kathleen Chalfant
    Sandra Cisneros
    Diane Derzis
    Carol Downer
    Eve Ensler
    Jodie Evans
    Marilyn Fitterman
    Collette Flanagan
    Miller Francis
    Carol Giardina
    Mary Lou Greenberg
    Corky Hale
    Harold Haynes
    Shauna Heckert
    Merle Hoffman
    Sikivu Hutchinson
    Fran Moreland Johns
    Chuck Kaufman
    C. Clark Kissinger
    Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton
    Dennis Loo
    Liana Lopez
    Pat Maginnis
    Richard Marini

    Maggie Martin
    Holly McCue
    Travis Morales
    Robin Morgan
    Rael Nidess, MD
    Cynthia Nixon
    De Lloyd Parker
    Sandy Rapp
    Sarah Roche-Mahdi
    David Rovics
    Mark Ruffalo
    Rev. Donna Schaper
    Julia Scheeres
    Cindy Sheehan
    Alix Kates Shulman
    Mary Lou Singleton
    Gloria Steinem
    Debra Sweet
    Sunsara Taylor
    Dennis Trainor Jr.
    Jim Vrettos
    Shauna Potter
    Dr. Cornel West
    Juanita Young

    Join Eve Ensler, Mark Ruffalo, Cindy Sheehan, Gloria Steinem, Cynthia Nixon & Dr. Cornel West in signing

    Emergency in Texas

    Stop Forced Motherhood
    Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

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    Sign the statement below and join with Merle Hoffman (CEO of Choices Women's Medical Center in New York City), Carol Downer (founder of Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles), Rev. Donna Schaper (senior minister at Judson Memorial Church, NYC), Sikivu Hutchinson (Black feminist atheist author), Diane Derzis (owner of the last abortion clinic in Mississippi), and Sunsara Taylor (writer for Revolution, Stop Patriarchy; fighter for abortion rights since 1995) in signing the statement below.

    We aim to publish this in a major Texas newspaper on August 4th, the first day of court proceedings which will determine whether all but six remaining abortion clinics in Texas will be forced to close on September 1, 2014.

     Publication be possible only with your donations.

    Scroll down to add your name and donate to see this statement published in Texas.

    Find out more about the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas.

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  • Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization

    Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization

    The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.

    The campaign will provide information on:

    1. The suffering of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza who are under drone attack, documenting the killing, the wounding and the devastating impact of constant drone surveillance on community life.

    2. How attack and surveillance drones have become a key element in a massive wave of surveillance, clandestine military attacks and militarization generated by the United States to protect a global system of manufacture and oil and mineral exploitation that is creating unemployment and poverty, accelerating the waste of nonrenewable resources and contributing to environmental destruction and global warming.

    In addition to cases in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, we will examine President Obama's "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific, where the United States has already sold and deployed drones in the vanguard of a shift of 60% of its military forces to try to control China and to enforce the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership.  We will show, among other things, how this surge of "pivot" forces, greatly enabled by drones, and supported by the US military-industrial complex, will hit every American community with even deeper cuts in the already fragile social programs on which people rely for survival.  In short, we will connect drones and militarization with "austerity" in America.

    3. How drone attacks have effectively destroyed international and domestic legal protection of the rights to life, privacy, freedom of assembly and free speech and have opened the way for new levels of surveillance and repression around the world, and how, in the United States, increasing drone surveillance, added to surveillance by the National Security Agency and police, provides a new weapon to repress black, Hispanic, immigrant and low-income communities and to intimidate Americans who are increasingly unsettled by lack of jobs, economic inequality, corporate control of politics and the prospect of endless war.

    We will discuss how the United States government and corporations conspire secretly to monitor US citizens and particularly how the Administration is accelerating drone surveillance operations and surveillance inside the United States with the same disregard for transparency and law that it applies to other countries, all with the cooperation of the Congress.

    The campaign will encourage activists around the world to win passage of local laws that prohibit weaponized drones and drone surveillance from being used in their communities as well as seeking national laws to bar the use of weaponized drones and drone surveillance.

    The campaign will draw attention to the call for a ban on weaponized drones by RootsAction.org that has generated a petition with over 80,000 signers and to efforts by the Granny Peace Brigade (New York City), KnowDrones.org and others to achieve an international ban on both weaponized drones and drone surveillance.

    The campaign will also urge participation in the World Beyond War movement.

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  • Nominate a Courageous Resister

    Award Since 2005, when the World Can't Wait was formed with the intention of driving out the Bush regime, this organization has set out to reverse the direction of endless war, torture and repression and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed.

    We are people of conscience, committed to building a community of resistance – an independent mass movement of people – acting in the interests of humanity to stop the crimes of this government.

    In line with this mission, we aim to foster broader support and awareness of the actions, small and large, that individuals have taken and are taking to resist injustice at personal risk, whether or not they have received public attention for their acts. Those who have taken creative and bold action for humanity and the planet may be vilified by the government, the press, and reactionary groups, but we honor them for their courage and principles.

    In 2014, we aim to award these courageous resisters for their service to humanity. We are soliciting nominations to this end. Who do you think we should put the spotlight on for their courage in the face of the crimes of this government?

    You may nominate as many people as you want.

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    Learn more about the Guantanamo detainees  |  What you can do to spread this message  |  Find out more about World Can't Wait

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    Some initial signers:

    Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor/director
    William Ayers A Movement Reimaginging Change
    George Appell
    Fr. Luis Barrios, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Kathleen Barry
    M. Cherif Bassiouni, Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul University School of Law
    Sheila Levant deBretteville, Yale University*
    Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
    Judith Bernstein
    Leah Bolger, former President, Veterans for Peace
    Blase Bonpane, Office of the Americas
    Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
    Art Blakey II
    William Blum, author, Killing Hope
    Joan Braderman
    Fred Branfman
    Elaine Brower, World Can't Wait
    Barney Bush, Vinyard Indian Settlement
    Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee*
    Leslie Cagan
    Lauren Carasik, Western New England University School of Law*
    Mel Chin
    Noam Chomsky
    Jim Cockcroft
    Marjorie Cohn, International Association of Democratic Lawyers
    Susanna Coffey
    Andrew Cooks
    John Cusack
    Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
    Junot Diaz, writer
    Ariel Dorfman
    Susanj Draga
    Michael Deutsch
    Rosalyn Deutsche
    Dave Eggers, writer
    Daniel Ellsberg
    Eve Ensler, playwright and activist
    C. Peter Erlinder, William and Mary College of Law*
    Jodie Evans, Code Pink
    Larry Everest
    Marc Falkoff, Northern IL University School of Law*
    Johanna Fatemen, Le Tigre
    Clinton Fein
    Nina Felshin
    Bruria Finkel

    Laura Flanders, GRIT-TV
    Miller Francis
    Coco Fusco
    Katherine Gallagher, Guantanamo attorney
    Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
    Kate Gilmore
    Leonard Goodman, Guantanamo Lawyer
    Grace Graupe-Pillard
    Joan Grubin
    Mike Ferner, Veterans for Peace

    * Organization for identification only

    Tina Foster, International Justice Network, Bagram Lawyer
    David Gespass, National Lawyers Guild
    Kevin Gostzola, Firedoglake.com
    Glenn Greenwald
    Andy Griggs, Interreligious Communities United for Justice & Peace*
    Kyle Goen
    Candace Gorman
    , Civil rights lawyer
    Denis Halliday, UN Assistant Secretary-General (1994-98)
    Paul Haggis
    , writer/director
    Maryam Hassan, Save Shaker Aamer
    Pablo Helguera
    Marie Howe
    Gaillard Hunt, Guantanamo lawyer
    Bianca Jagger
    Erica Jong, writer
    Brig. Gen. (Ret) Janis Karpinski
    Ramzi Kassem, CUNY School of Law*
    Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace
    Uzma Khan, University of Hawaii*
    C. Clark Kissinger, Revolution Books NYC
    Ron Kovic
    Joyce and Max Kozloff
    Nancy Kricorian, wrter & activist
    Margaret Ratner Kunstler
    Peter Kuznick, writer
    Saul Landau, Institute for Policy Studies
    Cristina Lee, NLG-NYC Exec committee member*
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun & The Network of Spiritual Progressives*
    Tim McIlrath, Rise Against
    Michael Locker
    London Guantanamo Campaign
    Dennis Loo, World Can't Wait
    Raymond Lotta, Revolution newspaper & opposerepressionndaa.org
    Haki Madhubuti, Third World Press
    Karen Malpede, director
    Mahmoud Mamdani, Columbia University*
    Aasif Mandviwalla
    Peter McLaren
    Rita Maran
    Gregory A. Mark, DePaul University School of Law*
    Carlos Mauricio, Stop Impunity Project
    Alfred McCoy, University of Wisconsin Madison*
    Ray McGovern, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
    Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Power to the People Campaign
    Zenaida Mendez, National Organization for Women-NYS
    Moby
    Tom Morello
    Michael Moore
    Nick Mottern, knowdrones.com
    Brandon Neeley, former GTMO guard

    Almerindo Ojeda, Guantanamo Testimonials Project, principal investigator
    Tom Otterness, Thomas Otterness Studio
    Outernational
    Clifford Owens
    Trevor Paglen
    Rev. Stephen Phelps, The Riverside Church*
    Cecile Pineda, writer
    Michael Rapkin, Guantanamo attorney
    Martha Rayner, Fordham University Law School*
    Rev. George Regas, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
    Vernon Reid
    Boots Riley
    Stephen F. Rohde, Civil Liberties Attorney
    Matt Rothschild, The Progressive
    Mark Ruffalo, actor/director
    James Schamus, Columbia University
    Rev. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
    Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve School of Law*
    Dread Scott
    Peter Selz
    Jeff Sharlet, editor, Harpers
    Wallace Shawn
    Justine Sharrock, writer
    Cindy Sheehan, Tour de Peace
    Danny Simmons
    Dick Simpson, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago* and former Chicago Alderman
    Kiki Smith
    Steve Shelley, Sonic Youth
    Carol Strickman, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
    Oliver Stone
    Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait
    Nancy Talanian, No More Guantanamos
    Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution and initiator stoppatriarchy.org
    Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network
    Dennis Trainor Jr.
    Hart Viges, Iraq Veterans Against the War*
    Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace
    Ayelet Waldman, writer
    Alice Walker
    Kara Walker
    Carlos Warner, Assistant Federal Defender Representing 11 detainees in Guantanamo
    Carl Wassilie, Alaska's Big Village Network
    Anne Weills, National Lawyers Guild
    Cornel West
    S. Brian Willson
    Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace Archive Inc.
    Andy Worthington, andyworthington.co.uk
    Col. (Ret) Ann Wright
    Garrett Wright, NLG-NYC Chapter President*
    James Yee, Graduate West Point, former Guantanamo chaplain

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  • Guantanamo + Silence = Death Camp

    Protest to shut down Guantanamo!

    Protest

    May 17 – May 19: 100 Days of Guantanamo Hunger Strike International Days of Action

    Find or organize a protest near you.

    Download PDF flier and distribute to others; we've found that many don't even realize Guantanamo is still open!

    Find out more about Guantanamo and the hunger strike.

    - Organize a local demonstration or find one near you. Gather with others in orange jumpsuits and blackhoods with signs that say "CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW" and "Guantanamo + Silence= Death Camp" 

    Ideal locations are at visible places like federal buildings, Democratic Party headquarters, U.S. military sites or recruitment centers. Post your action beforehand and post photos on our Facebook page, or tweet them using the hashtag #savegitmoprisoners.

    - Donate to World Can't Wait, an organization that is mobilizing people to stop the crimes of their government through a mass independent movement of resistance. 

    - Join the Twitter storm using hashtags #savegitmoprisoners and #gitmofreedomstrike.

    - Wear an orange armband to school or work to show that you stand with the Guantanamo prisoners and talk to people about the hunger strike and why Guantanamo should be closed now.

    Spanish translation
    Declaración sobre el asalto en Guantánamo: Guantánamo + Silencio = Campamento de muerte

    Scroll down to sign this statement:

    Early signers include Guantanamo attorneys Candace Gorman, Len Goodman and Marc Falkoff, and investigative journalist Andy Worthington.

  • Not One More Day in Jail for Gregory Koger!

    We say:
     • NOT ONE MORE DAY IN JAIL!
     
    WE SUPPORT GREGORY KOGER AND OPPOSE THIS WRONGFUL CONVICTION.

    Sign the above statement and add your own comments, here. Email this statement to friends here.

    The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear Gregory Koger’s appeal of the vindictive conviction and outrageous sentence that were inflicted on him for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship at the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago almost three years ago on November 1, 2009.  And now the State’s Attorney has filed a motion to revoke Gregory’s bail and send him back to jail immediately.

    What does this mean? It means that the court’s dangerous interpretation of the Illinois trespass statute is affirmed and is now a threat to everyone who records protests and the actions of the police.  It means that the court’s vindictive sentence of 300 days is affirmed, punishing a former prisoner for standing up to injustice and oppression. And by moving immediately to revoke Gregory’s bond, the State is continuing its ruthless persecution.

    What has Gregory been doing with his life in the years since he was arrested for using an iPhone at the EHSC?  In addition to his employment as a paralegal at a Chicago law firm, Gregory has continued to dedicate his life to the struggle against all forms of injustice.  He has been invited to speak at universities, including Columbia College and Roosevelt University in Chicago, about mass incarceration and torture in U.S. prisons.  He has spoken to students in high schools about police brutality, torture, and wars for empire.  He has attended rallies against police brutality and murder, spoken on panels about the issues involved in his own case and the rights of prisoners around the country, and he spoke before the Chicago City Council in January in support of a declaration naming Chicago a torture-free city — to name just a few of his many beneficial and constructive activities.

    Gregory should not be forced to spend even one more day in jail! He committed no crime - in fact, the police brutalized him. Videotaping is not a crime, and taking pictures is not the same as trespassing. Gregory has become a productive member of society who deserves appreciation, not punishment.

    Gregory’s lawyers will file a motion to oppose revocation of bond. If that fails and Gregory is ordered to report to jail, we call on all of you to join us at the Cook County Courthouse in Skokie, IL [and at the Cook County Jail] to protest and show support for Gregory. We must put them on notice that we are standing with Gregory.

    Gregory sends his most sincere thanks to everyone who has supported him in the course of this struggle, and he wants people to know that:

    My case shows quite clearly how the legal system in this country operates:

    • Evidence that exposes the lies of State witnesses was barred from the jury, and video evidence shown in open court multiple times was barred from the appellate court.
    • The judge imposed a sentence based on ‘facts’ that were never even alleged by any witness, when she claimed that I ‘chose a path of violence’ after being convicted of what are categorized as non-violent misdemeanors, and she then sentenced me to nearly double the maximum allowable sentence for criminal trespass.
    • The judge barred any mention to the jury of the events that led to the peaceful protest against censorship on November 1, 2009.  But these events showed up within the first few sentences of the appellate court’s decision.

    “These outrages happened in a political prosecution in my case, but they happen on a daily basis to millions of people herded through the courts into the United States’ historically unprecedented system of mass incarceration.  Our struggle to defeat these charges has been a small part of the broader struggle against this oppressive system that inflicts monumental suffering on the people, here and around the world.

    “My life will continue to be dedicated to that end, whether I’m talking with students in inner-city high schools who face police brutality and repression every day, university students from more privileged backgrounds who are beginning to learn about how this system operates, or whether I am in jail learning from and organizing with other brothers locked down there.  I will continue to build a movement to end all of these injustices and bring forth a world where everybody can live a life worthy of human beings and flourish in ways undreamed of under this system.

    Free Gregory Koger

    To donate funds to publish this statement, as well as get updates on the case, go to the website of the Ad Hoc Committee, Gregory’s defense committee, at dropthecharges.net

    If you are on Facebook (Free Gregory Koger!) or Twitter (use #FreeGregory), publicize this case and mobilize others to speak out and sign the statement.

    For more information on the case see:

    A Grave Injustice Has Been Perpetrated... Free Gregory! No Jail Time!, September 12, 2010, Revolution #211
    Judge Slams Videographer with 300 Days in Jail - FREE GREGORY!, September 26, 2010, Revolution #212
    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Political Persecution of Gregory Koger, May 13, 2012, Revolution #268
    Gregory’s Video: 300 Day Sentence for Videotaping at the Ethical Humanist Society?

    By completing this form, you will be signing the short statement below, which will be presented to Cook County officials. While not required, we encourage you to include a ZIP or country so that the list of signatures accurately reflects the breadth of support Gregory's case has generated.

  • Stop the Vindictive Political Prosecution of Gregory Koger!

    We Say:
    · Stop the Vindictive Political Prosecution of Gregory Koger!
    · Videotaping is not a crime!
    · Former prisoners who stand up against injustice and oppression should be supported, not repressed!

    Signed by: Ad Hoc Committee for Reason; Cindy Sheehan; Dr. Antonio Martinez, co-founder of the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture; Debra Sweet; Fred Lonberg-Holm; Sunsara Taylor; PZ Myers & others.

    Sign the above statement and add your own comments, here. Email this statement to friends here.

    At an historical moment when people are stepping forward in dissent and protest around the world from Tunisia to Wall Street, political attacks on those who document these courageous acts are escalating. For nearly 3 years, Gregory Koger has been fighting a completely outrageous political prosecution and 300 day jail sentence for attempting to videotape a statement by Sunsara Taylor opposing the censorship of her talk prior to a public event at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago.

    Gregory’s prosecution is premised upon a dangerous attempt to reinterpret the legal definition of trespass, and the State is using his prior conviction and imprisonment as a teenager to justify his political prosecution and vindictive sentence. At his sentencing, the judge claimed that Gregory “chose a path of violence” and “endangered every single person in [the EHSC] auditorium that day” - for videotaping with an iPhone! That is a lie. The appeals court recently upheld this outrageous verdict and sentence and it is being appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

    While in prison as a youth, where he spent many years in solitary confinement, Gregory transformed himself and has dedicated his life since his release to opposing injustice and struggling for a liberated world for all humanity. In a country where over 2.4 million people, mostly Black and Latino, are imprisoned under a New Jim Crow system of injustice, tens of thousands are held in conditions of solitary confinement that amount to torture under international law, and millions more are denied basic human rights after they are released and have supposedly “served their time,” former prisoners who step forward to become part of challenging the injustices of this society and inspire others to do the same cannot be allowed to face political repression. 

    As Gregory put it in a statement before his trial: “Now my life is dedicated to the struggle to end all exploitation and oppression and getting to a world where people contribute what they can to society and get back what they need to live a life worthy of human beings.”  Gregory needs to be out here in society continuing the fight to bring into being this new world.

    To donate funds to publish this statement and for the appeal, as well as get updates on the case, go to the website of the Ad Hoc Committee, Gregory’s defense committee, at dropthecharges.net

    If you are on Facebook (Free Gregory Koger!) or Twitter, publicize this case and mobilize others to speak out and sign the statement.

    For more information on the case see:

    A Grave Injustice Has Been Perpetrated... Free Gregory! No Jail Time!, September 12, 2010, Revolution #211
    Judge Slams Videographer with 300 Days in Jail - FREE GREGORY!, September 26, 2010, Revolution #212
    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Political Persecution of Gregory Koger, May 13, 2012, Revolution #268
    Gregory’s Video: 300 Day Sentence for Videotaping at the Ethical Humanist Society?

    By completing this form, you will be signing the short statement below, which may be published in the future. While not required, we encourage you to include a ZIP or country so that the list of signatures accurately reflects the breadth of support Gregory's case has generated.

  • Add your name

    Sign the Call for Mass Action now.

    Download as PDF flyer.

    View list of well known signers.

    These past several months have witnessed something very different in the U.S. People from many different walks of life came together to occupy public space in nearly 1,000 cities in the U.S. They stood up to vicious police violence, they broke through the confines of “protest as usual,” and in the middle of all that, they built community. Even in the face of media attempts to ridicule, distort, and demonize these protests, their basic message began to get through. People throughout the U.S.—and even the world—took notice of and took heart from these brave and creative protesters.

    The political terms of discourse began to shift; the iced-over thinking of people in the U.S. began to thaw. Standing up to the unjust brutality and arrests became a badge of honor. People began to listen to and read the stories of some of the victims of this economic crisis, and to share their own. And most of all, as the protests spread to city after city, the fact of people occupying public space forced open debate and raised big questions among millions as to what kind of society this is, and what it should be. Why does such poverty and need exist in the face of a relative handful of people amassing obscene amounts of wealth? Why do the political institutions of society seem only to serve that handful?  Why do so many youth feel they face such a bleak future? Why does the insane destruction of the environment continue to accelerate?  And what is needed to overcome all this?

    Those who actually wield power in this country regarded these protests, and these questions, as dangerous, and reacted accordingly. Time and again those who wield power violated their own laws and ordered police to pepper spray, beat with clubs, and shoot tear gas canisters at the heads of people who were doing nothing more than non-violently expressing their dissent and seeking community. This reached a peak in the recent coordinated and systematic attacks of the past few weeks against all the major occupations. In fact, the mayor of Oakland admitted on BBC to being part of conference calls that coordinated national strategy against the occupiers. On top of all that, and in another blatant show of illegitimate force and power, they attempted to prevent journalists and photographers from covering these acts of repression—unless they were “embedded” with the police.

    To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.

    Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.

    One thing is clear already: if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand… if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement… if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED, AND DEFEATED.

    On the other hand, this too is true: movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.

    The need to act is urgent.

    As a first step in the necessary response, there must be a massive political mobilization on a day, or days, very soon to say NO! to this attempt to suppress thought and expression with brutality and violence. This mobilization should most of all be in New York, where this movement started… but it should at the same time be powerfully echoed all around the country and yes, around the world.  This is a call for massive demonstrations—soon—carried out in public spaces where they can have maximum impact and exposure and where the authorities cannot pen in, suppress, and otherwise attempt to marginalize these demonstrations.

    These demonstrations must be large enough to show clearly that people will not tolerate that which is intolerable… that people will not adjust to that which is so manifestly unjust. Such demonstrations, along with the efforts to reach out and build them, can draw many more people from passive sympathy into active support and can awaken and inspire even millions more who have not yet been reached. Such demonstrations can powerfully answer the attempt by “the 1%” to crush and/or derail this broad movement. Thousands and thousands in the streets, acting together, can seize new initiative and change the whole political equation. The urgent questions raised by Occupy—and other urgent questions that have yet to be raised in this movement—can once more reverberate, and more powerfully than before.

    The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.

    *For identification purposes only

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    In support of this effort, World Can't Wait is hosting the Call to Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. You will see their website on the following page, when you confirm your signature.

  • Add your name

    Sign the Call for Mass Action now.

    Download as PDF flyer.

    View list of well known signers.

    These past several months have witnessed something very different in the U.S. People from many different walks of life came together to occupy public space in nearly 1,000 cities in the U.S. They stood up to vicious police violence, they broke through the confines of “protest as usual,” and in the middle of all that, they built community. Even in the face of media attempts to ridicule, distort, and demonize these protests, their basic message began to get through. People throughout the U.S.—and even the world—took notice of and took heart from these brave and creative protesters.

    The political terms of discourse began to shift; the iced-over thinking of people in the U.S. began to thaw. Standing up to the unjust brutality and arrests became a badge of honor. People began to listen to and read the stories of some of the victims of this economic crisis, and to share their own. And most of all, as the protests spread to city after city, the fact of people occupying public space forced open debate and raised big questions among millions as to what kind of society this is, and what it should be. Why does such poverty and need exist in the face of a relative handful of people amassing obscene amounts of wealth? Why do the political institutions of society seem only to serve that handful?  Why do so many youth feel they face such a bleak future? Why does the insane destruction of the environment continue to accelerate?  And what is needed to overcome all this?

    Those who actually wield power in this country regarded these protests, and these questions, as dangerous, and reacted accordingly. Time and again those who wield power violated their own laws and ordered police to pepper spray, beat with clubs, and shoot tear gas canisters at the heads of people who were doing nothing more than non-violently expressing their dissent and seeking community. This reached a peak in the recent coordinated and systematic attacks of the past few weeks against all the major occupations. In fact, the mayor of Oakland admitted on BBC to being part of conference calls that coordinated national strategy against the occupiers. On top of all that, and in another blatant show of illegitimate force and power, they attempted to prevent journalists and photographers from covering these acts of repression—unless they were “embedded” with the police.

    To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.

    Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.

    One thing is clear already: if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand… if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement… if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED, AND DEFEATED.

    On the other hand, this too is true: movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.

    The need to act is urgent.

    As a first step in the necessary response, there must be a massive political mobilization on a day, or days, very soon to say NO! to this attempt to suppress thought and expression with brutality and violence. This mobilization should most of all be in New York, where this movement started… but it should at the same time be powerfully echoed all around the country and yes, around the world.  This is a call for massive demonstrations—soon—carried out in public spaces where they can have maximum impact and exposure and where the authorities cannot pen in, suppress, and otherwise attempt to marginalize these demonstrations.

    These demonstrations must be large enough to show clearly that people will not tolerate that which is intolerable… that people will not adjust to that which is so manifestly unjust. Such demonstrations, along with the efforts to reach out and build them, can draw many more people from passive sympathy into active support and can awaken and inspire even millions more who have not yet been reached. Such demonstrations can powerfully answer the attempt by “the 1%” to crush and/or derail this broad movement. Thousands and thousands in the streets, acting together, can seize new initiative and change the whole political equation. The urgent questions raised by Occupy—and other urgent questions that have yet to be raised in this movement—can once more reverberate, and more powerfully than before.

    The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.

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    In support of this effort, World Can't Wait is hosting the Call to Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. You will see their website on the following page, when you confirm your signature.

  • Challenge Military Recruiters Testing Our Youth!

    The U.S. military marches into 12,000 high schools across the country every year and administers a test to 660,000 students under the guise of a "Career Exploration Program" that is actually the Pentagon's most important recruiting tool. Three hours of test results, sensitive demographic information, and social security numbers are forwarded to recruiters for use in a sophisticated psychological recruitment program, usually without parental knowledge or consent and often in violation of state laws.

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the military's entrance exam that is given to fresh recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations, but it is also used to recruit high school students. The Pentagon promotes the ASVAB in high schools across the country without revealing its tie-in to the military or its primary function as a recruitment tool.

    Department of Defense regulations provide a way for the test to be administered without using the results for recruiting purposes. Two states, Hawaii and Maryland, have moved to prohibit the use of the test as a recruiting device without parental consent. In addition, more than a thousand schools have followed suit.

    The National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy is working across the country to build on these recent successes. Check out their website and get involved!

    Letter to New York School Officials (drafted thanks to Pat Elder, National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth):

    (We recommend that you read the content but make changes in the box below to personalize your message):
  • January 2012: Stand Up for Abortion and Birth Control

    Join us in Washington, DC!

    Abortion providers save women's lives

    --- Sunday, January 22, 2012 ---

    Speak Out and Dinner
    8-10pm at Busboys and Poets
    Cullen Room, 5th & K
    Organized by World Can't Wait
    Facebook event

    --- Monday, January 23, 2012 ---

    Roe v. Wade Celebration
    11am - til ?, in front of the Supreme Court

    Roe v Wade Vigil
    5-6pm, Supreme Court
    Organized by NOW

    --- Nationwide ---

    New York
    Pro-Choice Walk in the South Bronx to Defend Reproductive Freedom
    Saturday, January 21, 11-2pm
    Organized by The New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense

    San Francisco
    West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice
    Saturday January 21, 11-1pm
    Market & Embarcadero Streets
    Organized by BACORR

    Los Angeles
    Occupy LA Women and Allies and Kid Village Present a Celebration of Choice!
    Sunday January 22, 10-3pm

    What is going on?? Listen to a discussion with Sunsara Taylor, Amanda Marcotte, Irin Carmon, Erin Gloria Ryan, from WBAI:

    The "Abortion Wars" Now Include Birth Control!

    Also see: Anti-Abortion Harassment and Violence Still Stifle Access by Eleanor J. Bader

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    IT IS TIME!
    January 22 and 23, on the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion, come to DC to:

    Stand up for Abortion and Birth Control 

    39 years after women won the right to abortion, this fundamental right is hanging by a thread.
    • Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider.
    • 2011 saw the greatest number of restrictions passed at the state level – parental notification laws, mandatory waiting periods, gestational bans, etc. – restricting this access even further.
    • Doctors who provide abortions are hunted, terrorized and killed.
    • And the stigma and shame cast on women who get abortions is greater than ever.
    But that is not all.
     
    Now, even birth control is under siege. Pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions. “Personhood” amendments seek to criminalize miscarriages and ban all contraception. And President Obama openly upheld Kathleen Sebelius's unprecedented decision to overrule the FDA and block over-the-counter distribution of Plan B (emergency contraception).
     
    The truth of the statement from the World Can't Wait is being born out with horrific and escalating consequences: “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: [this] whole disastrous course... must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.”
     
    Millions upon millions do not want to see women forced to bear children against their will. We must rely on ourselves.
     
    If 2011 marked an unprecedented escalation in the assault on women's lives, 2012 must mark the launch of unprecedented resistance!
     
    On January 22 and 23, as tens of thousands pour into DC in their so-called “March for Life” to further shame and enslave women, join us in standing up to demand:

  • Send a message to DC

    Be part of the spirit sweeping the country that things don't have to be this way... we don't have to accept continued war on the world in our name. 

    If you can't be on the streets occupying and protesting, join our virtual protest. Our team at Freedom Plaza will paint your sign, and we'll post a photo of it at the sign garden.

    Want to represent the name of your town or school?  Your best anti-war slogan?  We'll paint it.  You're be there, virtually,  and you'll be supporting World Can't Wait's mission to stop the US occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Write your message in the comment field below, and donate $5 to support organizers on the ground.

  • We Stand With Bradley Manning

    Bradley Manning If Bradley Manning is a hero.

    For more background information, see Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians and Army Intelligence Analyst Charged for Releasing Wikileaks Video: Killers Remain Free

    See: bradleymanning.org where you can donate to his legal defense, and get involved with the Bradley Manning Support Network. Join savebradley on Facebook.

    Rally for Bradley at Fort Meade as the trial begins. Day of action June 1

    Calls for an end to Bradley Manning's mistreatment: Military statements regarding Bradley Manning "patently false"

    Video from protest at Quantico January 17.

    More reports from Courage to Resist

    Also sign these statements:

    * standwithbrad
    * FireDogLake's petition calling for an end to the inhumane treatment

    Free Bradley Manning

    Write to Bradley with your support:

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals have sent mail to Bradley at Quantico, and to Kuwait before that. Due to a strict interpretation of confinement facility regulations, Bradley has not received a single letter, and most letters have been returned to sender.

    This collective effort, however, has not been in vain. The brig understands that many, many individuals are concerned about Bradley, and this offers
    some level of protection against informal physical abuse by guards and other inmates. Also, Bradley has been notified that he is receiving an "avalanche of fan mail". Brig authorities have told Bradley that 75% of all mail received by the brig in the last month has been addressed to him.

    Going forward, send letters to Bradley c/o Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610. They will open these letters, discard any "contraband", and mail them in a weekly package to Bradley. Bradley will receive this envelope from an individual currently on his approved brig correspondence list.

    Sign on to this statement of support:

  • Call for an Emergency Summit

    An Extraordinary Crisis REQUIRES an Extraordinary Response. The People Must Act to STOP the Gulf Catastrophe

    Gulf Emergency Summit

    Saturday June 19, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Unitarian Universalist Church
    5212 South Claiborne Avenue
    New Orleans, LA

    Endorse the Call below or write gulfemergencysummit@gmail.com

    Call 504-644-7214 to get involved.

  • Crimes Are Crimes – No Matter Who Does Them

    Add your name to this statement and donate money so that it can be published in major publications.

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    Send an email to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, supporting the Complaint against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleeza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales. Use the suggested text, below, or edit it to write your own message.

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  • Time To Take A Stand

    Once again the Bush regime treacherously replaces facts with deception and lies as it rattles sabres calling for a military strike on Iran, essentially condemning millions of innocent Iranian men, women and children.

    Now is the time to halt this endless war for empire by take a firm stand against unjustifiable wars of aggession to avert catastrophic consequences of the regime's self-serving agenda.

    World Can't Wait proposes all people of conscience resolve to confront this heinous regime with a unified response in the event of an unprovoked military strike on Iran to vociferously state we the American people condemn a pre-emptive military strike on Iran.

    If Bush, as Commander-in-Chief, executes such a malicious attack on Iran or if his regime supports any such attack by another nation against Iran, together, we will make an immediate and undeniable response, which can not be ignored: 

    All civilian operations, schools and businesses will be closed;access to government offices,       military bases, public roads, and gas stations will be blocked. This will be done nationwide          until the crisis is over and peace is restored. 

    In addition, we will demand immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney and the rightly charge any officials involved in such a breach of the U.S. Constitution and international law           with treason

    Please pledge to take a stand against endless war by signing our petition to halt the Bush regime by stopping business as usual from Calfornia to New York, Minnesota to Florida and every community large and small in between.  We invite all Americans to join us on this noble crusade to end endless war and hold the war criminals fully accountable.

    We possess the power and will assume this power if the Bush regime commits more attrocities to extend endless war.

  • We Won't Live in a Torture State

    For the past week, more shocking revelations of the Bush regime's methodical development and approval of systemic torture on fellow human beings have been exposed.  This premeditated assault on humanity had been specifically designed to be carried out with impunity. John Yoo, then serving in the  Department of Justice, used flawed legal reasoning to protect members of the Administration and the military from any consequences for callously violating national and international laws.

    "John Yoo's complicity in establishing the policy that led to the torture of prisoners constitutes a war crime under the US War Crimes Act," said National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn. World Can't Wait, the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations are now demanding Yoo be disbarred and dismissed from his Boalt Hall professorship at the University of California, Berkeley.

    People of conscience must demand not only an end to the heinous and barbaric atrocity of torture, we must demand all culpable parties be held accountable. The American people must demonstrate to the world that they will not tolerate crimes against humanity or war criminals, even if they reside in the White House.

    You can make torture and lawlessness a part of our nation's tragic past. Not its present. Not in its future.

    Write a letter-to-the-editor today demanding Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and Yoo be held fully accountable! Write to end torture and rendition. Write to let our elected officials and candidates know: We will not tolerate lawlessness; We will not tolerate "enhanced interrogation"; and WE WILL NOT LIVE IN A TORTURE STATE!

    You can write about this defining issue in your own words or use these samples, in part or in their entirety, to customize your response to the Bush regime's war crimes and crimes against humanity.