Reports on Protest & Resistance

Inspiration to Act Now

Debra Sweet | June 12, 2022

June 12, is an historic date. It marks the time 40 years ago in 1982 when at least one million people marched and rallied in NYC demanding an end to nuclear weapons and nuclear war. A great on-line program, from 12:00-4:00 pm EST with wonderful speakers and important topics has been lined up. Do register now.

Other related online and in-person events and actions are planned for today and the next couple of weeks - more will be added. Please take a look here.

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Endless War is Destoying the Earth

Debra Sweet | April 22, 2022

Carol Dudek marches down the middle of Broadway in lower Manhattan in a joint demonstration on Mon. March 18 of the anti-war movement with NYC Extinction Rebellion (XR). Then, she stands next to XR activists engaged in a non-violent direct action blocking traffic across from the famous Wall Street bull, calling for No Wars, No Warming.Earth Day? It's being used to sell things, like the Democrats' claims their unrealized plans could ever limit climate destruction, or to sell electric vehicles, or to focus people on objectives like recycling or gardening more.

But I want the earth and its people to survive, and so do you if you're reading this. So we can't settle for platitudes, or worse yet, accept the idea that things are just going to get worse.

As a freshman student on the first Earth Day in 1970, I organized a collection of garbage on the campus, which we dumped in a big mound at the administration building. (I was already a protester!) I knew the custodians at the college weren't the problem, that it was "the system" at fault, and that mere conservation efforts weren't enough. I couldn't identify "the system;" I was just outraged at the destruction of the environment, which at that point could have been turned around if not for the system.

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Close Guantanamo Now! 20 Years Too Long! Join us January 11 to demand Close Guantanamo Now

Debra Sweet | December 29, 2021

Tuesday January 11 4:00 - 6:00 pm
New York Public Library steps, 5th Avenue @ 41st Street
Facebook event: organizations invited to sign on.

Initiated by World Can't Wait. Co-sponsored by War Criminals Watch, NYC War Resisters League, Witness Against Torture, NYC-DSA Anti-War Working, Brooklyn for Peace, Granny Peace Brigade NYC and Peace Action New York State Group. (list in formation).

Confirmed Speakers: Guantanamo attorney Nancy Hollander; Seth Farber, attorney & writer; Debra Sweet for World Can't Wait; Jeremy Varon, Activist & Professor of History.

The U.S. torture camp at Guantánamo was hastily set up in 2002 by the U.S. military under the orders of the Bush regime, with the authorization of Congress, to threaten the world by illegally detaining and holding prisoners indefinitely without charges. It became a training ground to develop torture “enhanced interrogation” techniques, drawing on brutal methods used by U.S. global allies in an official governmental effort to subvert, ignore and trample on the rule of law.

U.S. actions at this camp are war crimes in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.

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“It’s better than having everybody blown up”...

Carol Dudek | November 11, 2019

That’s what Martha Hennessy said when asked if she is sad about the possibility of going to prison. Martha is one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who walked onto the largest U.S. plowshares preactionNavy Trident Nuclear Submarine base in the world, carrying an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. On April 4, 2018, the seven members entered the base in Georgia, cut fencing, hammered a concrete missile monument, poured out their own blood, draped crime scene tape around the area and spray-painted “Love One Another” on the ground. That day was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, who admonished: “The greatest purveyor o violence in the world is my own government."

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Out of Ireland: These Antiwar Vets Can't Come Home

Carol Dudek | October 17, 2019

ED3 2243-1024x691I had the privilege of talking with two Veterans For Peace who are being detained in Ireland because of their antiwar actions there. Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers are U.S. military veterans who went to Ireland with a delegation to join Veterans For Peace Ireland and Ed Horgan, its founder, in ongoing opposition to U.S. military presence at Shannon Airport.  Ed Horgan is a 20-year veteran of the Irish military.  

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CLOSE GTMO TRUMP! Action from Thursday at Grand Central Station NYC

Cat April Watters | Febuary 3, 2018

A group from World Can’t Wait, Witness Against Torture and the ACLU came to the main area of Grand Central Station on Thursday to say “NO!” to Trumps plan to keep Guantanamo open and fill it with more indefinite detainees. Jeremy Varon of Peaceful Tomorrows holding the CLOSE GTMO sign addressed the circle of demonstrators and the public at GCS raising “egregious violations of due process” against those held in GTMO. Varon expressed Trumps plan to “indefinitely detain whom ever he wants with no charge or trial and no process by which people can plead their innocence and ever be released from the prison.” Varon went on to discuss the law suit against Trump by the Center for Constitutional Rights for his egregious human rights violations. Varon stated that Trump’s policy is Racist against Muslim’s and compared it to the Muslim ban and “rooted in vile racism”.

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Drone Resisters Acquitted!

upstatedroneaction.org | March 2, 2017

spc-ramstein-solidarityFour drone resisters, James Ricks, Daniel Burns, Brian Hynes, and Ed Kinane, from the 2015 big books action were found innocent of all charges at 11pm at the Dewitt Town Court. After deliberating for only about a half hour, the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty on all charges. Applause erupted in the courtroom upon the jurors' announcement of the verdict. The four were charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, and trespass and faced a year in jail. Following the rendering of the verdict, a juror approached Brian Hynes and said "I really support what you are doing. Keep doing it."

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Pianist/composer and organizer Arturo O'Farrill's opening remarks from the Musicians Against Fascism Benefit for RefuseFascism.org

Arturo O'Farrill | January 19, 2017

Tomorrow a very bad man will take the nation's highest office. His biographer called him a sociopath. His behavior towards women is lamentable. His racism is legendary, He has lied repeatedly. He has questionable ethics and the conflict of interest between his ill-gotten office and his business dealings is shady at best, and criminal at worst. 

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Message From Emma, in the streets of D.C.

Emma Kaplan | January 19, 2017

Please read and consider this important message from Emma Kaplan, member of the World Can't Wait Steering Committee:

My name is Emma and I am one of the many volunteers who came to Washington DC to STOP Trump and Pence from coming to power. Not waiting until Friday or Saturday but to stop him from being inaugurated as President of the United States.

We have been out in the streets every day and every night here in DC, growing to hundreds and tonight we must grow to thousands & soon to millions to bring DC to a halt.

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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.