Are You Outraged about Indefinite Detention by U.S. Military?

by Debra Sweet

Crimes are crimes and must be denounced whoever commits them. This government has passed yet another bar for disregarding the rule of law and the basic rights of people with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and many of you are rightfully angry about that.

Mounting meaningful, mass actions against the completely unjust and illegitimate continuation of indefinite detention and the prison camps at Guantanamo and Bagram this January is ALSO a meaningful response to the outrageously unjust NDAA. We have been planning for months, with a number of other groups including Witness Against Torture and Amnesty International, for mass protest on the tenth anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo. What better way to send a message to this government and everyone around the world against military detention on U.S. soil than to refuse to accept the moral outrage of sending people from other countries into the "legal black holes" of Guantanamo and Bagram?

Whether you are in an area that has an event planned or not, you can help get youth on buses to DC


  January 11 to participate in a human chain stretching from the White House to the Capitol, representing each and every one of the people still locked away without rights in Guantanamo or Bagram. $30 gets one person more on the bus!

This action will be the first national-level action that will bring into focus and highlight the terrible situation thousands of men imprisoned at Bagram in Afghanistan face: a legal black hole that manages to surpass Guantanamo in many ways.

No human being deserves to be detained indefinitely without trial or tortured. And with your support, we will mobilize a significant and diverse showing of people determined to bring that message to bear on this terrible tenth anniversary next month.


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In her end of the year fundraising letter, my good friend WCW director Debra Sweet writes, "We go after the cutting edge issues, dig through the lies and cover-ups to speak the truth. We find substantive and visible ways to encourage people to act on what their consciences tell them is true, opening up space for people to take principled stands of resistance. And we support them when they do."

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Some of you have recently written on our
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Donya Lucas: Time is running out for the social, economic and ecological changes that need to happen. The people of the world need to be heard in ONE LOUD VOICE.

Dennis Trainor Jr: Because the world can't wait for US Foreign policy to make a 180 degree turn away from from the blowback inducing, homicidal bull in a geopolitcal china shop that it currently is.

Andy Worthington
: The World Can't Wait focuses on the crimes of the US government, beyond party bias, including parasitic recruiting for wars and a war economy, and the arbitrary detention of prisoners at Guantanamo, who are about to mark the 10th anniversary of their imprisonment, for the most part without charge or trial.

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Join in Local Actions

On December 10, Human Rights Day, the Chicago Chapter of World Can't Wait (right) held a creative action against torture and indefinite detention, marching to Obama's campaign HQ, where "the King of Norway" ceremoniously revoked Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.

Did you know there are local chapters of World Can't Wait around the country? If you're in or near a major U.S. city, chances are there are other activists nearby for you to link up with and events you'd like to know about. In January, there will be
multiple anti-torture events around the country, including appearances by Andy Worthington in NYC, DC, San Francisco and Chicago.

Sign up for local e-newsletters here. You're already subscribed to my national messages, but don't miss out on anything happening in your area - be sure to check the box next to the local chapter you'd like to stay in touch with.

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

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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.