Reports on Protest & Resistance

Coverage of the Protests Against Henry Kissinger, "America's Oldest War Criminal"

Protesting Henry KissingerDemocracy Now June 1, 2011:

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came under protest Tuesday at a public event in New York City. A coalition of progressive groups organized the rally to call for Kissinger’s arrest for war crimes. Activist Richard Marini was ejected from the event after attempting to carry out a citizen’s arrest on Kissinger.

Richard Marini: "When he got up on stage, I stood up and tried to place him under citizen’s arrest for the murder of innocent civilians in Cambodia, Vietnam, Chile, Iraq, east Pakistan, East Timor. The list just goes on. I said he was convicted of war crimes, and I was placing him under arrest. Security then yanked me by my arm over three other people. People like this need to be confronted, so people need to get out in the streets and demand that war criminals like him and war criminals of the Bush administration are prosecuted. I mean, even today, these war crimes still continue. Obama is still continuing it. People need to demand that these criminals are prosecuted."


Torture Protest at Boalt Hall Graduation May 13


Berkeley Graduation Protest

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From the SF Bay Area Chapter of World Can't Wait

The world knows torture is a war crime, and silence is complicity – and judging by the 500 orange ribbons worn during commencement at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) last week, a lot of the Class of 2011 and their community know this too!

John Yoo was a key legal architect of the torture system built by the Bush Regime and continuing now under Obama. A tenured UC law professor, Yoo took two years’ sabbatical to join the Bush/Cheney Torture Team. Their ghastly program (think Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo) was maded possible by the legal work of Yoo and other attorneys.


Activists Confront Condoleeza Rice at Stanford University

Activists with World Can't Wait and other groups denounced Condoleeza Rice's war crimes May 6 when she spoke at Stanford University.

37 Arrested Protesting Drones at Hancock Air Base

By Tom Keogh
Member of the Brooklyn for Peace Anti Militarism Committee
(Note – this article is slightly edited from an email we received from Tom Keogh)

On Friday, April 22, activists held an anti -war, anti- drone protest at the Hancock Air National Guard base near Syracuse. There was also a protest at a drone base in Nevada yesterday.

People from Staten Island, the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn were there. Some were arrested. 37 people were arrested including Jerome Berrigan , 91, brother of Fr. Dan Berrigan and the late Phillip Berrigan. One TV station says that 200 were arrested which was not accurate.


Thousands in the Streets Against the War

JumpsuitsVia CBS New York:

Thousands attended an anti-war rally at Union Square on Saturday.

One woman had tears in her eyes as she talked about her nephews who are in the military and how she believed she may never see them again. Another man drove more than nine hours from Ohio so that his voice could be heard...

Carol Kennedy came from Pennsylvania and said that the killing of innocent people needs to stop.

"Anytime you have drones and other bombs—they kill people even if your intentions are to kill people like Ghaddafi,” Kennedy said.


'Tea-Partiers for Torture' Met with Righteous Protest: Report from SF Bay Area Chapter

Confronting Yoo

Confronting John Yoo, notorious Torture Professor

By Curt Wechsler

Tuesday night April 5, World Can’t Wait and members of Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America and 9/11 Truth mixed it up with teapartiers in Mountain View, California.

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley was hosting a speech titled “Presidential Power in time of Crisis” by John Yoo, the sometimes-professor of law at UC Berkeley (he spends most of his time hawking a book). Hardly the “conservative” organization it pegs itself as, this group espouses radical ideas of unlimited executive power and a rewriting of the U.S. Constitution. Yoo has been traveling the country in a fierce attempt to rehabilitate the history of his part in establishing the state torture program employed by the Bush Regime.


Malalai Joya, Noam Chomsky Denounce US Occupation of Afghanistan

Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky

Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky in Boston on Mar. 25, 2011. Joya said that the Administration did not want to give her a visa because her message exposes the lies that justify the U.S. war in Afghanistan

By David Swanson

March 26 - In two jam-packed appearances this weekend, Afghan feminist leader Malalai Joya reached at least 1500 people with her denunciations of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. She spoke with Professor Noam Chomsky to 1200 people at Harvard's Memorial Church Friday night and to 300 in Jamaica Plain this afternoon. The Harvard event was the largest single Boston area event focused on opposing the Afghanistan war since the war's start almost ten years ago.


Together We are Ending the Silence

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For the people of Iraq, March 19th marked the 8th anniversary of the occupation by the United States.  A whole generation is growing up watching their homeland destroyed, friends and family dead, imprisoned or made into refugees by an insatiable empire.

Today in the United States, because of people like you, a message to the people of Iraq and in fact the world, is being sent.  The message that US wars and occupations are not in our name.  Together we are ending the silence.

More reports and photos from protests yesterday and today on World Can't Wait's Facebook page, continuously updated. 


Daniel Ellsberg: Why I'm Risking Arrest Tomorrow

Daniel Ellsberg was arrested in front of the White House this afternoon.

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Ralph Nader, Raed Jarrar, others.

Elaine Brower

Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning—and PJ Crowley

Protest for Bradley ManningBy Medea Benjamin

When we heard on Sunday that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my CODEPINK colleagues and I knew we had to respond. How outrageous that yet another person gets punished for simply telling the truth—Crowley called Manning’s treatment “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid”—while the war criminals go free. I can think of a lot stronger words to use for the way the Pentagon is holding Manning in solitary confinement for 10 months now, before he has even had a trial or been convicted of anything.


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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.