Reports on Protest & Resistance

Shutting Down a Military Recruiting Office Near Little Kabul: Afghans for Peace Protest US War on Afghanistan

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by Stephanie Tang

Friday, March 30, Fremont CA:  Outraged by the March 11 massacre of 17 villagers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, people took to the streets of Fremont, California in a bold anti-war march and direct action that shut down the local Armed Forces Career Center (recruitment office) for the afternoon.  

Fremont, an affluent suburb south of Oakland, is home to the largest Afghan community in the U.S.  There’s been no anti-war protest there for as long as anyone can remember, either by Afghans or anyone else. But last fall, a few dozen Afghans held a community peace walk and vigil against the U.S. war and occupation of their homeland on its tenth anniversary.  Now the Kandahar massacre has electrified new outrage, with emergency anti-war vigils initiated by Afghans for Peace spreading to 15 cities.* On March 17 a public rally in downtown Fremont drew 200 people from the wider Afghan community to denounce the massacre and although political views from the stage were mixed, the war itself was powerfully denounced by young members of Afghans for Peace, and others. 

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San Francisco, March 19: Protesting 9 Years of War and Occupation

from the San Francisco chapter of World Can't Wait  

March 19 marks nine years since the invasion of Iraq. This invasion was illegitimate, immoral, unjust, and based on lies when George W. Bush began it, and the continued U.S. domination of that country remains so.

The occupation of Iraq has caused the worst humanitarian crisis of our time: massive slaughter, displacement, wholesale destruction of infrastructure and dismantling of governing structures. Iraq's economy, politics, and military remain subordinate to and dominated by American imperialism. Thousands of U.S. diplomats, military contractors, CIA operatives, and other support personnel remain in Iraq. 

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Protesting the Wars in Chicago: Making the Chicago-Pakistan Connection

by Joe Scarry 

Yesterday - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - people took to the streets of the Devon neighborhood in Chicago to protest continuing U.S. wars in the Mideast and South Asia.

The occasion was the 9th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and people protested the continued U.S. presence there, even after the so-called U.S. "withdrawal" from Iraq in late 2011. There were also sizable contingents protesting U.S. threats against Iran, the continuing U.S. occupation and militarization of Afghanistan, the expanding U.S. practice of indefinite detention in places like Guantanamo, the persecution of Bradley Manning, and other U.S. abuse

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Protests Against Massacre in Afghanistan

Vigil held at UC Berkeley for Afghan victims (ABC)

Oakland Memorial for Afghanistan Killings (Occupy Oakland Media)

Report from the SF Bay Area Chapter of World Can't Wait:

Oakland Monday March 12 2012 An emergency vigil was called tonight in Oakland, CA by Afghans for Peace, joined quickly by Iraq Veterans Against the War, World Can't Wait, and Veterans for Peace.

We gathered at the Obama campaign office, an appropriate place to meet since the commander-in-chief himself has only outraged people even more with his disgusting and imperially arrogant so-called "apology."

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NYC: Standing with Occupy! February 28, 2012

via Revolution

Four hundred people rallied in New York City to say: "We stand with Occupy! Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement." The rally was infused with the spirit of "The Call for Mass Resistance Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement." An Occupy activist led the crowd in "a mic check" of a portion of the Call, and occupiers perched on ladders in the crowd told their stories of repression.

A significant diversity of prominent speakers took the stage in Union Square with a sense of gravitas, because they felt a real need for a platform to say to the world—and to express to the Occupy movement—how important it was that Occupy cracked open a huge public conversation about inequality and injustice, and that it must not go away and the suppression must be stopped. Actor Susan Sarandon said that Occupy "opened up a very public debate... and it exposed brutal practices of suppression." Noam Chomsky, in a recorded message, told Occupy that "one sign of their success is the suppression," and that suppression must be resisted.

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San Francisco Protests Obama Visit

Thursday, February 16, 2012, World Can't Wait was there, with an enlarged version of the ad placed in publications around the country in 2010, Crimes are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them:

Photo from MercuryNews.com.

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Protesting Military Recruitment in Manhattan

Wednesday, approximately fifty people including students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) along with members of Occupy Wall Street, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League and World Can't Wait shut down three military recruiting stations that are situated within one block from BMCC and Stuyvesant High School on Chambers St. in Manhattan. Students and others gathered outside the gates of BMCC on Wednesday morning demanding “Stop the Wars, Stop the Recruiters!”

Protesters and students marched to the Marines recruiting station just across from the college as they chanted, then entered and occupied the office. The marchers then marched to the Army recruiting station just up the block, where Matthis Chiroux, an Iraq War resister spoke out, saying, “They teach you to kill, to kill for capitalism, imperialism, sexism and racism.” Both the Army and Navy recruitment center down the street were already shut for the day – most likely after hearing about the scheduled protest.

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How do We Grow Opposition to a War on Iran?

by Debra Sweet 

 We had a good beginning round of protest Saturday against a war on Iran, in about 80 places across the US and Canada, and including Leeds (UK), Berlin, and Rome. Thousands marched, rallied, spoke, sang, did theater, vigils, held signs and reached out to many thousands more. Many people said how much they felt the spirit of unity, and were heartened by quick, loud, determined message: not another US war in our name, whether it's begun by Israel or the Obama administration.

See video, press coverage, photos, reports here and on nowariranorg.  Send  more reports and photos.

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Reports from February 4 Day of Action - No War on Iran

Times Square, NYC, February 4 as 500 people began to gather

We had a good beginning round of protest Saturday, February 4 against a war on Iran, in about 80 places across the US and Canada, and including Leeds (UK), Berlin, and Rome. Thousands marched, rallied, spoke, sang, did theater, vigils, held signs and reached out to many thousands more. Many people said how much they felt the spirit of unity, and were heartened by quick, loud, determined message: not another US war in our name, whether it's begun by Israel or the Obama administration.

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New York City

Watch the video (courtesy Next Left Notes):

Video by Joe Friendly:

Debra Sweet speaking at the UN Mission:

Photo essay by Next Left Notes

Waco, TX

The Waco Friends of Peace staged a "NO IRAN WAR"  street protest from 1-3p.m., Sat, Feb 4, at the corner of  Valley Mills and Waco Drives in Waco, Tx.. We had 12-14 activists participate, an excellent crowd for Waco. Almost all of the motorist response was positive, with many honks and peace signs flashed.  Waco is a very conservative city, thus we were pleased with coverage by one local TV station, which played a 30sec, clip on the 6pm news.

Defiance, OH

Defiance Citizens For Change and Occupy Defiance held a No War on Iran demonstration at the Defiance County Courthouse in Defiance, Ohio February 4 from noon to five. There were approximately a dozen people there at any one time. We gathered signatures and distributed information. We got tons of supportive honks and waves from motorists. We had two people come from Occupy Toledo and one from Cleveland.

Hawai'i

About 10 people held signs and leafleted at the First Friday Art Walk in Honolulu on Friday evening. Big 3x4' reproductions of the National Day of Mass Action logo lined the sidewalk as activists distributed the Call to Mass Action and the Iran Quiz. Many passers-by seemed puzzled by our action, indicating they hadn't heard anything about impending war. Several even asked if we didn't mean Iraq! Some thanked us for being there and a few reactionaries said the U.S. should just "nuke 'em" but most seemed to want to avoid the issue. Some were puzzled by our action, indicating they hadn't heard anything about an impending war on Iran. Few seemed aware of the sanctions being imposed on Iran.

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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.