Debra Sweet

World Can’t Wait: Financial Gifts Urgently Needed

By Debra Sweet 

I'm taking a moment to appreciate and thank those who keep World Can't Wait on our mission to stop the crimes of our government.  You know who you are...


Two Protests, Six Weeks Apart

by Debra Sweet 


August, 2009, in Portsmouth New Hampshire, an armed protester threatens to "water the tree of liberty" with the blood of tyrants and patriots.


September, 2009, in Pittsburgh, unarmed protesters challenge the G-20 leaders to stop destroying the earth, and exploiting its people.               


For whom did the batons, gas, sound weapons, National Guard and curfews get deployed?  Who got  arrested?  Who got endless news coverage and who got almost none?  Whose free speech was protected and who was criminalized?


Outraged by the police/military repression of protest at the G-20 in Pittsburgh?  Sign this letter to be delivered Friday October 2, and ask your friends to sign it.


Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait


Telling the Truth vs. the Election Game

By Debra Sweet

World Can't Wait at One Nation Rally

World Can't Wait at One Nation Rally

It’s election time, and our problem, as people who care about humanity, is not that the Democratic Party is likely to lose big at the polls. Our problem is that the crimes of our government continue under the Democrats, and far too few of the millions in this country who know this are acting to stop these crimes by independent, mass action.


Torture Protests June 2009

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 21:53
Across the country, June 2009 groups are focusing on ending the US torture state.
The National Religious Coalition Against Torture has events for June, Torture Awareness Month

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Organized by: Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (sponsored by Gulft Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.)

Journey to Asylum
1:00 PM--5:00 PM, at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center at Carillon in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Uwe Jacobs, PhD, Clinical Director for Survivors International in San Francisco, California, will present promising practices in conducting psychological evaluations for affidavits and expert testimony for asylum seekers.  Contact Ann Marie Winter at (727) 450 7283 or
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Thursday, June 25, 2009--Torture Accountability Action Day

Washington DC: Organized by: A coalition of the following organizations:
Action Center for Justice, After Downing Street, Amnesty International, Coalition for Peace Action, CODE PINK, Consumers for Peace,, Historians Against the War, IndictBushNow, National Accountability Network, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, NJ Peace Action, NJ People's Organization for Progress, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, The Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition, US Labor Against War, Veterans for Peace, Washington Peace Center, We Are Change LA, Witness Against Torture, World Can't Wait
Torture Accountability Action Day
9 AM, tabling begins
11:00 AM--12:00 Noon, Speakers and Rally
12:00 Noon, March to the Department of Justice
Some participants will engage in nonviolent civil resistance, risking arrest, if AG Holder refuses to appoint a Special Prosecutor.  See for more information.  If your organization would like to sponsor the event, go to  (see more below)
San Francisco CA: Jim Haynes: Do It Yourself Ethics Complaint, 6/25 11am
     Press conference at the State Bar office in San Francisco when we file all of the complaints. Join us: California Bar Association, 180 Howard St., SF.
     Tell State Bar: Torture Lawyers Should Not Be Practicing Law in California. As General Counsel for the DOD under Donald Rumsfeld, Wm. "Jim" Haynes crafted legal memos for some of the most heinous torture techniques authorized by Bush. He now works for Chevron in San Ramon and is licensed by the California State Bar.
    The SF National Lawyers Guild Committee Against Torture filed an ethics complaint against Haynes with the bar and has crafted a simple form so you can file your very own! You don't need to live in California to file a complaint.
    CODEPINK wants to file hundreds of individual ethics complaints, so please join in! This is VERY SIMPLE. You just need to fill in your name, address, phone number, and signature on the complaint and mail it to the SF National Lawyers Guild address shown at the bottom of the complaint. Get the complaint here
Boston/Cambridge: Organized by: Susan Serpa
Harvard Square Anti-Torture Rally
2:00 PM at the Harvard Square T-Stop
Speakers will include: Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)  Faisal Fahad, brother of a detained peace activist
Tausif Paracha, whose uncle has been detained in Guantanamo since 2003 
For more information, see or contact Susan Serpa at 617-599-5195.

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International

2:00--3:30 PM: Congressional Human Rights Commission Hearing with TASSC--Panel of Survivors will address the Need for Accountability  Cannon Building, Room 340, Washington DC
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) will chair the hearing, during which four survivors from TASSC will testify.

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
7:00 PM: "A World Without War and Torture"
Catholic University of America, 108 Hannan Hall, Washington DC
A keynote speaker will be featured to critique the framework of the war on terror as undermining international human rights, and address the urgent need for the international community to reassert core values and principles of international law.

Friday, June 26, 2009--UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International  Conference: "Torture Never Again!"
Catholic University of America Law School: Moot Court, Washington DC
9:15 AM: Morning Panel I: "Torture in Our Backyard"
11:15 AM: Morning Panel II: "Torture Never Again"
2:30 PM: Afternoon Panel I: "Truth, Justice and Accountability"
4:00 PM: Afternoon Panel II: "Torture, Women and Children of Survivors

San Jose CA: Organized by: San Jose Peace

Protest to Target Jeppese
11:30 AM March from Caltrain Station--65 Cahill St.
12:00 PM Noon Rally in fron of Jeppesen Office: 225 W. Santa Clara St. (Corner Almaden) in downtown San Jose  On Friday, June 26, the International Day in Solidarity with Victims of Torture, protesters will return to rally in front of the office where Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen handles the logistics for the CIA torture flights.

Santa Clara CA: Organized by: Santa Clara County Refugee Forum (cosponsored by Asian Americans for Community Involvement and Survivors International Week of Healing)
Panel Discussion: Torture is a Moral Issue
7:30 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA
Berkeley CA: Our Himmlers, Eichmanns Unscathed as Obama Dithers: Why Is He Afraid of the Torturers? Featuring Ray McGovern
7:30pm, BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St. @ Bonita, Berkeley. $5-$10 donation, Co-sponsors CODEPINK & Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee.
     Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years. He returned his CIA
"Intelligence Commendation Award" medallion in 2006 saying "I do not wish to be associated with torture". He cofounded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and works with "Tell the Word", the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC.  See McGovern’s famous confrontation of Rumsfeld lying about Iraq WMD on Keith Olbermann: 
    Plus: Jon Eisenberg, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the famous
warrantless wiretapping case Al-Haramain v. Bush "I wonder whether Bybee feels guilty before God. He certainly has no business being a federal judge. His presence on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals brings disgrace to that court. He should resign." Jon Eisenberg, San Francisco Recorder Updates on torture accountability campaigns from SF National Lawyers Guild Committee Against Torture, Amnesty International, CODEPINK, PDA, Veterans for Peace. Film clips from “Torturing Democracy.”  Music: Carrie Gerendasy; "her singing is topical, relevant, downright
Minneapolis MN? Organized by: The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Celebration of Hope and Healing
6:00 PM--8:00 PM
Minneapolis Healing Center
A celebration that includes food, music and dance featuring Universal Dance Destiny. There will also be a special activity using the Textile Center of Minnesota’s loom.  See 

Baltimore MD: Organized by: Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT) 
In Celebration of Strength
6:00 PM--8:00 PM  An evening of survivor artwork at The Library Project art space located in Baltimore's Historic Federal Hill. This catered event will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music to help support client services. The gallery reception will take place from 6-8PM at 1401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
See to order tickets or contact Joan Hodges (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to find out more.

San Francisco CA: Organized by: Amnesty International (cosponsored by Survivors International Week of Healing)
Film Screening of Torturing Democracy
6:30 PM--8:30 PM
Location: 350 Sansome Street, Suite 210, San Francisco. Contact Sara Schmidt at 415-288-1800 x206 for more information.

Palo Alto CA: Organized by: the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County 
Torture is a Moral Issue Panel
7:30 PM  First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA
Panelists: Ray McGovern (former CIA analyst, now with Church of the Savior in DC and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), Jean Maria Arrigo (social psychologist working to deter psychologists' involvement in torture, and founder of Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony), Ben Daniel (pastor and internationally recognized writer of faith-based social and political commentary), David DeCosse (will moderate the panel; from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University), and John Crigler (will perform his oral history composition "Lament of an Army Interrogator")
See here for more information. (Several organizations are sponsoring and cosponsoring both the panel and the conrerence.)

Atlanta GA: Organized by: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett
Interfaith Candlelight Vigil to show opposition to torture and support of torture victime. Bring your banners, signs and candles.  TIME: UNKNOWN RIGHT NOW, at the Corner of Ponce de Leon and N. Highland, Atlanta, GA  Contact Debra Greenwood (
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
24-Hour Vigil Commemorating the U.N. international Day in Support of Torture Victims and Survivors
Lafayette Park (in front of the White House)  For its 12th consecutive year, TASSC will hold a 24-Hour Vigil in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 27, across from the White House. The Vigil will be attended by survivors of torture from around the world and supported by our many friends and colleagues. (The above info. is on the home page.)

Palo Alto CA: Organized by: the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County

9:00 AM--5:00 PM, One-day Conference
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA
Speakers: Terrence Karney (former Army Interrogator & Trainer), Carol Wickersham (Presbyterian minister, founder of No2Torture, and Beloit College Sociology Professor), Janet Alexander (Stanford Law Professor, expert in international and national security and terrorism), Banafsheh Akhalghi (Amnesty International), speaker from the Center for Survivors of Torture, Ray McGovern, Jean Maria Arrigo, and John Crigler
See herefor pdf flyer and for more information. (Several organizations are sponsoring and cosponsoring both the panel and the conrerence.)

Miami Beach FL: Organized by: Florida Center for Survivors of Torture

UN Day picnic
11:00 AM--2:00 PM, at Haulover Park in Miami Beach
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture invites clients, family and friends to join us in honouring the resiliency and strength of all the survivors of torture worldwide.
Contact Mitsouko Chatelain at (305) 805-5060 or
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Kenver CO: Organized by: the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center (RMSC)

3:00 PM--6:00 PM, at the Bill Roberts School, 2100 Akron Way, Denver, CO (in Denver's new
Stapleton area near Montview and Yosemite)
RMSC will host its annual event to commemorate the Day in Support of Victims of Torture to bring together survivors, community members, partner organisations and RMSC staff and board members to honour the courage and resiliency of survivors, remember those who did not survive, and call for an end to cruel and inhuman practices that violate human rights. A soccer game followed by an interfaith invocation will kick off the event, which will also include a celebration of the diverse backgrounds within the community, statements from partners and community members, music and a community picnic.
Contact Person Jennifer Wilson (e-mail
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Washington DC: Organized by: TASSC International
6:00 AM--"Light One Candle of Hope"
Lafayette Park, Across from the White House
TASSC will close the 24-Hour Vigil and invite interfaith communities to light a candle as a symbol of the light of truth and justice in a torture-free world. Candles will be lit at the end of the 24-Hour vigil on Sunday as a sign of hope for a torture-free world and for truth, justice and reconciliation in our world.

Rallies Around U.S. To Demand Accountability for Torture 

Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.'s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online:

In Washington, D.C., groups will maintain literature tables from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Marshall Park, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  A rally will begin at 11 a.m. with speakers including:
* Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law;
* Njambi Good, Director of Counter Terror with Justice Campaign, Amnesty International USA;
* Enver Masud, Founder and CEO of The Wisdom Fund, recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book "The War on Islam";
* Max Obuszewski, member of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance;
* Marcus Raskin, Cofounder of the Institute for Policy Studies;
* Patricio Rice, torture survivor;
* Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Cofounder of the Partnership for Civil Justice;
* Kevin Zeese, Director of VotersForPeace.
US, Board Member of VelvetRevolution.US.
With performances by Jordan Page, Tha Truth, and David Ippolito.

Participants will march at noon to the Department of Justice, where some but not all of the participating organizations will engage in nonviolent resistance if the Attorney General has not yet agreed to appoint a special prosecutor for torture.  (Some of the organizations sponsoring the day of rallies do not engage in civil disobedience.)

In Pasadena, Calif., at 12 p.m. PT citizens will submit a formal judicial misconduct complaint against 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, former Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel: Courthouse steps, Chambers Courthouse, 125 South Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

Statement of Purpose:
The highest officials in our government have trampled on our traditional ideals of making America a nation of laws, not of men, by illegally narrowing the scope of torture and authorizing waterboarding, walling, and other inhumane interrogation techniques. In doing so, they have violated the Anti-Torture Act, the War Crimes Act, the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

In order to enforce our laws and restore the free society that our forefathers envisioned, citizens must demand accountability for abuses of the laws pertaining to torture. In the tradition of the Civil Rights movement, change will not occur unless citizens stand up for their rights under the law.

Torture Accountability Action Day Is Sponsored By:
Action Center for Justice
    After Downing Street
    Amnesty International
    Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition
    Coalition for Peace Action
    Code Pink
    Consumers for Peace
    Eldoradans Against Torture
    Global Exchange
    High Road for Human Rights
    Hip Hop Caucus
    Historians Against the War
    Individuals for Justice
    Marcus Raskin
    National Accountability Network
    National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
    NJ Peace Action
    NJ People's Organization for Progress
    Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice
    Polygraph Radio
    Peace Action
    Peace and Justice Forums Billings Montana
    Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
    Progressive Democrats of America
    Project Vote Count
    School of the Americas Watch
    Senior Action Network
    The Torture Abolition Survivors Support Coalition
    US Labor Against War
    Veterans for Peace
    War Criminals Watch
    Washington Peace Center
    We Are Change LA
    Witness Against Torture
    World Can't Wait



Army Experience Center Shut Down!

 Flash, from Debra Sweet

 “The Army Experience Center just got shut down! Got arrested. Report and more photos coming soon. Kudos to the hundreds who came out!”


Anti-War Protest to Shut Down Army Experience Center at Philadelphia Mall


By Debra Sweet
When: 1:00 pm Saturday, September 12, 2009
Where: Franklin Mills Mall, Knights Road & Woodhaven Road, Philadelphia PA     
Franklin Mills Mall, Philadelphia, PA - Protesters will gather at the site of a pilot project where the U.S. Army uses violent video games and simulated war exercises to attract youth into military service. The Pentagon is committed to establishing Experience Centers in malls across the country. The $13 million, 14,500 square foot facility at Franklin Mills Mall boasts dozens of PCs and X-Boxes with various interactive, military-style shooting games as well as Apache helicopter and Humvee simulators that allow teens to simulate the killing of "Hajis" and "Ragheads," as local youth refer to "the enemy."  
At 1:00 pm, Pulitzer prize-winning war correspondent Chris Hedges, author of Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectaclewill address the crowd outside the mall on Knights and Woodhaven Roads. The renowned war correspondent released this statement, "War is not a game.  Weapons are not toys.  The essence of war is death.  The purpose of war is to extinguish all opposing living systems from the economic to the political, social, cultural and finally, familial.  Those who entice children to play with mock weapons of war will never allow these children to see what these weapons do to human bodies.  They hide from them the fundamental truth about violence and in this way socialize them to kill."  



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.