Reports on Protest & Resistance

Initial Reports on October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

from the website of Revolution newspaper 

New York * San Francisco * Chicago * Seattle * Los Angeles * Boston * Houston * Atlanta

October 22 was the 16th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of a Generation (NDP). Protests took place around the country. The following are initial reports Revolution received from some of the cities. We will post further reports and photos as we receive them.

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Two Acts of Civil Disobedience in Support of Prisoner Hunger Strike, Friday, 10/14

Press TV coverage of CD at State Building in LA

Non-Violent Civil Disobedience in Sacramento: Protesting the Torture of Prisoners, by Larry Everest

A little past 8:00 am, on Friday morning, October 14, three of us—all supporters of the courageous hunger strike by California prisoners—walked up to the main entrance of the headquarters of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in Sacramento, California, the state capitol. Then we chained ourselves to the front doors, sat down, and began a non-violent action of civil disobedience. We did so to support the just struggle and demands of the hunger strikers and to condemn the assaults of the CDCR and Governor Jerry Brown on the prisoners.


Pelican Bay: Standing Strong - Up Against Cruel, Inhumane Retaliation

via Revolution newspaper

October 9, 2011: At this writing the prisoner hunger strike is entering its 13th day, with hundreds—perhaps thousands—still on hunger strike in prisons across California. The prisoners are standing strong in the face of cruel, inhumane efforts by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to crush this courageous and historic struggle by prisoners.

"I’m ready to take this all the way," J. Angel Martinez, one of the Pelican Bay State Prison hunger strikers, said in a message this week, quoted in the New York Times (10/7). "We are sick and tired of living like this and willing to die if that’s what it takes."  ("California Prison Hunger Strike Resumes as Sides Dig In")

Earlier this year, over 6,500 prisoners across California participated in a hunger strike that lasted for 20 days, from July 1-20. The prisoners are demanding to be treated as human beings; to end barbaric, inhumane conditions of imprisonment—particularly in the SHU's—and to stop long-term solitary confinement as a form of torture. (Prisoners’ demands at


March against drone warfare in DC: Protesters disrupt business at General Atomics

Video by Kevin Gosztola:

As part of October 2011, a march against drone warfare interrupted business as usual at drone manufacturer General Atomics on October 7, the tenth anniversary of the Afghanistan War.

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike Now in 11th Day

via Revolution 

Prisoners in California state prisons are now in the 11th day of their hunger strike, in the face of vicious efforts by prison officials to crush it (See "Hunger Strike to Resume September 26—Support the Just Demands of the Pelican Bay Prisoners," Revolution #246, September 25, 2011.). According to an October 5 press release from Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity:

"Over 1,200 prisoners continue to refuse food in an effort to force the CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] to address their five core demands, in particular those related to long term solitary confinement, gang validation, debriefing and group punishment. Over the course of the last week, nearly 12,000 prisoners participated in the strike from thirteen California prisons, as well as California prisoners housed out of state in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma, making it one of the largest prisoner hunger strikes in US history. From the very northern most tip to the very southern most tip of California, prisoners in Security Housing Units (SHUs), Administrative Segregation Units (Ad‑Seg) and general population are starving themselves because their human rights are being violated,' says Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 'We are not going to stand by while the CDCR tortures our loved ones.


Protests in Oakland & at Pelican Bay State Prison as hunger strike spreads

Support the Pelican Bay Prisoner's Hunger StrikeBy Laura G

On Thursday, September 29, supporters of the thousands of hunger striking prisoners held a vigil in downtown Oakland. Protesters hope that others will support the prisoners and "amplify" the voices of the men in the "control units". 

They point out that SHU prisoners, unlike those in the general population cannot make any phone calls.  Ever. They are each confined to their cell 22 1/2 hours per day. They receive their meals through a slot. When they are let out of their own cell to exercise alone, the "exercise yard" is just another cell. There is no sunlight in the "yard". There are no bright colors. This is isolation and sensory deprivation. Protesters at the vigil do not equivocate that this is indeed "cruel and unusual" punishment. They say, "this is torture."


Statement from the Steering Committee of World Can't Wait on the Occupation of Wall St.

We in The World Can't Wait express our enthusiastic solidarity with the morally and physically courageous youth of Occupy Wall Street and all others now forming occupations in their cities. They have not resigned themselves to accepting the way the world is, but are boldly exposing the towering crimes and audacious lies of this nation’s financial and political elites. They are righteously demanding that it all end and in doing so, enduring brutal attacks by police and the corporate media’s malign neglect.

These actions are an extremely welcome development and a gust of fresh air in the suffocating and poisonous atmosphere that the major parties, the Tea Partiers, and their billionaire sponsors have been propagating and imposing, in this, the "land of the free."


A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Five)


This is the fifth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.

On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.

Ending capital punishment is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more wealth than half of the country's population.

Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.

Ending police intimidation is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about being in spam filters.

Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.

On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.


Creative, Colorful Acts of Conscience: What Sustaining World Can't Wait Makes Possible

9/11 No License for Torture and WarBy Debra Sweet

Over the past week, in actions small and large, as many of you reading this were rightly disgusted by the 9/11 propaganda machine in overdrive, the work of World Can't Wait has centered around the idea that American lives are NOT worth more than other people's lives.

In New York City, as war criminals make the rounds, still claiming 9/11 gives them license to murder and torture anyone they want, we were in the streets and at their forums, speaking the truth and denouncing their crimes, exposed to the whole world for years now. Read more about the encounters with John Yoo, Donald Rumsfeld, Michael Mukasey, Ari Fleischer, and Michael Chertoff.

On September 11th itself, just a few blocks from Bush and Obama's event, the World Can't Wait Memorial to the Victims of the Global War on Terror was set up.


NYC remembers victims of US wars

Debra Sweet at 911 Global Memorial
As the world remembers almost 3,000 people that were left dead in the 9/11 attacks ten years ago, demonstrators have gathered in New York in a memorial for the victims of the “global war on terror,” Press TV reports.


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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.