Reports on Protest & Resistance

With Right on Our Side: The Inspiring Guantánamo 10th Anniversary Protest in Washington D.C.

by Andy Worthington 

Last week, I was in Washington D.C., attending events to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as part of a 12-day US tour organized by some of my great friends in the US — the activists of The World Can’t Wait, and their national director Debra Sweet, who is largely responsible for making sure that I don’t get lost, that I can find coffee when I need it, and that I don’t get too much sleep! — as well as being a tireless campaigner for justice.

Radio Interviews with Andy Worthington: Morning Mix, KPFA; Your Call, KALW; Flashpoints, KPFA


Live Discussion with Guantánamo Attorneys, Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet

Starting at about 2:30pm Central Time today, watch discussion streamed live from Chicago's Loyola Law School with journalist Andy Worthington (author of The Guantánamo Files), Guantánamo attorneys Candace Gorman and Len Goodman and Debra Sweet, Director of The World Can't Wait. Ustream link.

Guantanamo: Dramatic Protests Inside and Out

January 11 Images of Protest

by Debra Sweet

January 11th in Washington, we massed in front of all 3 branches of the government reported to represent "freedom and democracy for all."  About 800 of us marched from the White House, past the Department of Justice, and stood in front of the Supreme Court, opposite the Capitol. Amnesty International brought a lot of students.

I was thinking most of the prisoners still in Guantánamo, where no one has been released for more than a year (except in coffins). They began a political protest and some went on hunger strike for 3 days, beginning Tuesday, in solidarity with our actions. Their lawyers brought us the message that they take heart from what we do. Imagine, if you can, what it must be like to have been held for up to 10 years - perhaps being told you can be released - but still sitting there year after year.  See Andy Worthington's article, below.


Close Guantanamo - San Francisco Protest, January 11

This article is excerpted from one that originally appeared on the blog Mibba 

The "close Gitmo" protest that San Francisco did today was very moving. January 11, 2012 is exactly ten years since Guantanamo Bay opened up. Every year on January 11, people across America protest Gitmo in a variety of ways.

In Washington D.C, a group called Witness Against Torture has been fasting in solidarity with Gitmo detainees for ten days now. This group has also has a "caged vigil" going on in front of the White House. A protester who is also fasting has been locked in a cage since this protest began.


Chicago World Can’t Wait Participates In Teach-In To End Indefinite Detention and Torture

From the Chicago Chapter of World Can't Wait

As January 11th, the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo approaches, the World Can’t Wait participated in a teach-in with various Chicago-based groups that work to end torture and indefinite detention. The teach-in extended all day and covered many topics related to torture and indefinite detention.

World Can't Wait presented a workshop on prosecuting war crimes & provided materials from the War Criminals Watch website. An activist from the Chicago Committee against Political Repression explained the significance of resisting federal grand jury subpoenas that have targeted anti-war & international solidarity activists.  A discussion of the NDAA ensued and why getting out in the streets on Jan 11, when Pres. Obama will be in Chicago, is more important than ever.


Cheers to the Women of Egypt--Down With Military Rule & U.S. Weapons

Photo by Amr Nabil via The Guardian.
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By Samantha Goldman

Cheers to the thousands of women of Egypt who marched through Cairo yesterday demanding the end of military rule in light of their systematic sexual violence against women, including the stripping & beating of a woman in Tahrir square whose assault has gone viral and acted as a catalyst to the demonstration. According to CNN this woman, Aza, suffered a fractured skull and was struck 20 times with batons by the military police officers. The people of Egypt did not fight so courageously to end the Mubarak regime for this! Many women held of pictures of her as she has become a symbol of the anti-woman violence that the Egyptian military represents. See video of the courageous protest here. Their demands and bravery are righteous and are a source of tremendous inspiration to us all.


Chicago Protests Torture on Human Rights Day

From the Chicago Chapter of World Can't Wait

Saturday, December 10, was a big day for people in Chicago's human rights community. It's not every day that a royal visit caps off a day of protest and activism!

December 10 was International Human Rights Day, and the day started with a 1 p.m. program in Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) to detail kidnapping, torture, indefinite detention, and other U.S. outrages against human rights in Guantanamo, Bagram, other Afghanistan detention sites, plus black sites around the world, and also Abu Ghraib. Members of Chicago World Can't Wait were joined by supporters from Voices for Creative Non-Violence, Midwest Antiwar Mobilization, and other organizations.


Mic Check! Exposing Maria Cantwell and the National Defense Authorization Act

By Emma Kaplan 

What a night! I went down to Occupy Seattle at Seattle Central Community College last Friday, and met some folks who were going to protest US Senator Maria Cantwell at the Paramount Theater. They told me that Maria Cantwell voted for the National Defense Authorization Act.  And yes, she is a democrat. The National Defense Authorization Act essentially enables the military to round people up (including American citizens) and hold them indefinitely. 

Some of the organizers said they felt this act is a major attack on civil liberties and further shredding the Constitution.  We decided it was important to wake people to the truth.  We had made signs on the spot that read “Shame on Maria Cantwell”, and “Stop Indefinite Detention Here and All Over the World”.

Hundreds of people were waiting in line to get in to Cantwell’s talk, and our discussions with them generated a lot of controversy.


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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.