National Office Volunteer Spotlight on: Bennett (Ben) Weiss

World Can’t Wait has volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at

In his 1963, I have a dream speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment…the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

It is that fierce urgency of the “now,” that drives Ben Weiss, a nearly 45-year anti-war (starting with the Vietnam War) and justice activist. As part of that activism, Ben has donated his time and talents to WCW since its founding in 2005.  Currently, Ben creates political buttons and badges—a skill that springs from his work in the jewelry and gift business. His buttons and badges promote World Can't Wait causes, including the “We Are Not Your Soldiers” and "STOP Stop and Frisk" campaigns. Ben has also donated a button-making machine and how-to training, so World Can't Wait can, in his words, “make buttons when needed and not have to wait for me to crank them out.”

Why World Can’t Wait?
Ben first met Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait’s director, prior to the organization’s launch in 2005, at an anti-war rally in front of West point. The rally’s location was motivated by the graduation day’s commencement speaker, George W. Bush, who was trying to stir up support for the war in Iraq. 


Steering Committee Member Spotlight: Samantha Goldman

SamanthaSamantha Goldman has given her time and passion to World Can’t Wait since its inception in 2005. In high school, Samantha was a founding member of the Not In Our Name Youth and Student Network in Philadelphia. She first encountered World Can’t Wait at a Refuse and Resist conference where she heard Debra Sweet speak (introducing the idea of World Can’t Wait) where she was deeply moved by the Call. Samantha says that Debra, “epitomizes how I want to live my life. I heard her speak at a conference years ago, and she motivated me then to take action. She still motivates me every day.” After that, Samantha took the Call to Drive Out The Bush Regime to people at the Live 8 concert and continued to become an active member throughout college.

She believes she was able to mobilize students to protest at her college because of the leadership she received from the national office. She came to New York to spend her freshman winter break volunteering at the national office—that evolved to her leaving college and spending the spring semester as a full-time volunteer. She made the sacrifice and took the risks because “I wanted to make my life matter, to be part of making history, she says. “I had to answer the urgent need. I was surrounded by wonderful people like Debra Sweet who modeled how I can live a life that is meaningful and the difference we can make.”

She says, “It’s important to think outside yourself and to think about humanity. I believe that a whole other world, one free of exploitation and oppression, is possible. I wanted to be part of changing the world when I signed on at the beginning, and I still do.”

“I have a special love and respect for the national office; there’s no place like it” she says. “It’s a dynamic place full of lively discussion about the most pressing issues. It is full of life because of the incredible people who compose the office, young and old, new volunteers and veteran activists working together. Everybody discusses and debates what a better world would look like. but everybody is uniting on stopping the crimes of this government. So much is going on: conversation, getting materials ready, writing thank you notes, creating fliers—it’s so exciting. The devotion and passion that fills the small office is contagious! It’s an absolutely amazing place with amazing volunteers.”

Samantha did earn her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education. She now lives in Philadelphia and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education while working with World Can’t Wait’s national office. Samantha works hard for World Can’t Wait and its mission, as member of the Steering Committee since 2006, development director (previous position), fundraiser, strategist, forums and events organizer, and integral part of the “We Are Not Your Soldiers” tour, partnering with military veterans and their families to speak to high school students.

She calls Debra Sweet and the national office “amazing.” Back at you, Samantha.

Staff Spotlight: Marie, National Office Intern

By Ronnie Moore

As a child of physician parents who, in the 1980s, provided vaccinations and other medical care to the people of Afghanistan and Yemen, Marie grew up in a culture of public service and social consciousness—with a passion for justice.

Now, as a college student, Marie chose World Can’t Wait as the organization to which she wanted to devote her time and passions, so she has come all the way from France to intern in the national office in New York City.

“For me, it’s about serving, and it’s about fighting against crimes and torture. I want to help achieve real democracy, transparency, and accountability in government” she says “That’s why I came to World Can’t Wait.”


Sustainer Spotlight: Scott Trent


Scott Trent

World Can’t Wait has a volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at In addition to being an activist, Scott is also a sustainer of World Can’t Wait.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I used to play in a political horror punk band that wore makeup and spit fake blood, now I have nightly band practice with my three year old son who is a thrashing drummer.

How long you have been sustaining World Can’t Wait (giving a monthly contribution)?
Since 2007 

What motivates you to sustain World Can't Wait?
World Can't Wait has stuck to its internationalist principles since it began in 2005. They weren't taken in by the re-branding of the American empire under a new presidency, and have played the crucial role of continuing to give people a way to act from a deep moral conviction against war and torture, and the dismantling of democratic rights in this country.   

Why do you think more people should join you in sustaining?
We've learned a lot over the past two years about what our government has done, the criminal behavior it has excused and continues to commit. Whistleblowers and resisters have come under escalating attack. We need organization on a national scale that can unleash resistance to wars of aggression, expose and demand accountability for crimes against humanity, and defend resisters and whistleblowers. World Can't Wait is the best organization to do this. We have a long way to go and need everyone's help.  

As a World Can't Wait organizer, what do you to create visible resistance in addition to sustaining?
For ten years I've been involved in building opposition to epidemic police brutality amongst all kinds of people, from public housing to college campuses. Over the past year, I've also gotten more involved in the struggle for abortion rights and defending clinics from harassment from Christian fascists...and I spend way too much time on Facebook.  

National Office Volunteer Spotlight: Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

World Can’t Wait has a volunteer-run national office in New York City. We will be spotlighting some of our wonderful volunteers and our sustainers over the next several weeks. We are thankful to have them. You can sustain our work by making a monthly recurring donation at In addition to being a national office volunteer, Eileen is also a sustainer of World Can’t Wait.

How long you have been a national office staff volunteer?
I have been volunteering with World Can’t Wait since the beginning, since Stephanie asked me.

Why do you volunteer at World Can’t Wait’s national office?
I’m here because I was a volunteer for "Not in Our Name" and when they folded Stephanie asked me to stay on to help World Can’t Wait   I volunteer and sustain because I want to see an end to the wars and believe in the efforts of World Can’t Wait to bring charges against those who perpetuate war and torture.

What do you do as a national office staff volunteer?
As a volunteer I thank donors for their contribution, try to participate in demonstrations, and help when needed for other tasks.

As a national office staff volunteer, what difference does having sustainers make?

Sustainers certainly help in knowing we are be able to meet monthly expenses.  They are also an encouragement to the staff to know this movement has a faithful following.


Resolve to Make a Difference

By Samantha Goldman

In this week of resolutions, how about a resolution that can make a huge difference in the lives of people all over the globe and arguably for the planet itself?

When you say yes to World Can't Wait and commit your time and money to this movement you make mobilizing people to resist and stop the crimes of our government possible. And better yet, you make it happen with creativity and confidence in the cause.



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.