Reports on Protest & Resistance

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.

Press Coverage

Photos from all locations

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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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

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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.

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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.

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