Reports on Protest & Resistance

Justice Department Blockaded to Stop Torture, Shut Down Guantanamo; No Arrests Made

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January 11, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Contacts: Frida Berrigan - 347-683-4928, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WASHINGTON – Sixty anti-torture activists blockaded the entrances to the Department of Justice for an hour and a half this afternoon. The action was to protest Washington's failure to close the Guantánamo detention center and continued use of torture against detainees at Guantánamo and other prisons that comprise the “gulag” operated by the military and security agencies around the world.

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Judge Dismisses Cases Against Military Veterans and Anti-war Activists Following December 16th Washington, D.C. Arrests

Press Advisory
January 4, 2010

Contact: Ann Wilcox (202-441-3265)
Tarak Kauff (845-249-9489)

Anti-war military veterans and other activists celebrated a breakthrough victory today in DC Superior Court, when charges were dropped, following arrests in front of the White House, on December 16, 2010.  Over 131 people were arrested in a major veteran-led protest while participating in non-violent civil resistance in a driving snowstorm.  US Park Police charged all 131 protesters with “Failure to Obey a Lawful Order,” when they refused to move.  All remained fixed to the White House fence demanding an end to the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and further US aggression in the region.

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Failure to Obey a Lawful Order

Leah Bolger on White House fence

Leah Bolger (right) on the White House fence December 16.
Photo by Ellen Davidson

By Leah Bolger

Imagine you are taking a walk in a park and you witness a mugging. What would you do? Would you look the other way or would you try to stop it? If you are one who would try to stop it, then what would you do when it is your government that is committing the crime? As citizens we are told that we should call our Congressman or write a letter to the editor when we are dissatisfied with our government. But writing a letter to the editor is no more effective at stopping the crimes of our government than it is at stopping a mugging.

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Determination is Part of Stopping Unjust Wars

2003 NYC Protest

In 2002 and 2003 millions flooded the streets around the world, trying to stop the Bush regime

By Debra Sweet

Since hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. marched against the Iraq war in 2002/2003, I’ve been part of hundreds of conversations with people who wonder: what happened?  Those mass mobilizations (which happened because the Democrats were so paralyzed they could neither get out in front of them nor offer a peep of resistance to the oncoming war themselves) were not futile.  Worldwide, that was the largest, quickest mobilization against a war in history. Our combined action deprived the Bush regime from having the coalition it wished for, when the “willing” nations dwindled in the face of world public opinion.

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Censoring Protest: Black-Ops & Media-Whiteout

Veterans for Peace arrestedBy libbyliberal

QUESTION: If a dramatic Veterans for Peace-led protest happens in the very front of the White House, Dec. 16, 2010, and 250 activists at least assemble in the cold and SNOW, and 135 of them stand tall in front of the White House fence, some even chaining themselves to it, and those 135 are arrested, but the mainstream media including progressive corporate media don't see it and report on it ... or saw but chose not to report on it more accurately ...

... did it really happen?

Yes, yes, yes! but shame shame shame shame on our propaganda selling out fourth estate!!

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12/3/1970: Confronting Nixon 40 Years Ago

Nixon Told to Get Out of War by Madison Girl

Face to face with Nixon in 1970

By Debra Sweet

There’s a longer story to be written here, but for now I’m glad to put this off because there are contemporary heroes making immediate contributions to stopping the current wars, and we are busy defending them and digging into what’s coming out every day in the leaked US cables from Wikileaks.  So, today– the brief version of what happened to me 40 years ago, tomorrow…

I was an activist in my high school years, for which I got a series of awards, leading up to receiving the Young American Medal for Service of 1970, annually given by the US President.  I learned of that in June, 1970, while I was at The Hague in Holland, attending the World Food Conference, as part of a rag-tag US youth delegation. We had just disrupted a US event there with an anti-Vietnam war protest, “embarrassing” the ambassador and getting us nearly booted.  At first I thought the letter from The White House must be a joke, but no, the Department of Justice had called my parents, and was trying to set up a date for the family to come to Washington.

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Tale Of A Pissed-Off Peace Activist

I waved my hand at Bush. He waved back and I yelled. "Who would Jesus torture?"

By Dede Miller

On Monday, November 29th, I attended an event at Saddleback Church, or, as I now call it, Sodom and Gomorrah, in Lake Forest California. George Bush was the guest Philistine. Sodom and Gomorrah is located deep in the heart of VERY conservative Orange county California. I, and my fellow defenders of good and justice, were literally in the belly of the beast..
 
The "church" grounds are massive and I must note here, looked a lot like a Disney design. There were Cafes and hangout spots for teens. Sports facilities, shops "all the halls were decked…” Christmas Muzak coming from all the bushes could be heard over the sound of the electric meters spinning and the lady behind me talking about her thought process on whether she should have worn her mink stole.
 

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War Criminal Bush Protested in Houston

By Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement 

On a bright and sunny morning in Houston, war criminal George W. Bush came to River Oaks to sign copies of his book "Decision Points." Some fans of Bush camped out as early as 5 a.m. to get in line.
 
The police and Secret Service were out in force blocking off parking spaces and harassing peaceful protesters. The Houston Police department had several officers on horseback. About 25 protesters from several organizations turned out to raise awareness of Bush's war crimes and torture policies.

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Bury Bush’s Ground Breaking Lies

By Debra Sweet 

I'm sorry to have missed the protests this week in Dallas, where I was scheduled to speak and participate in opposition to the ground-breaking ceremony today at the George W. Bush Library site at Southern Methodist University.

Activists call it W's "Lie Bury." 

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Hundreds at Philly Courthouse Demand Justice for Mumia

By C. Clark Kissinger 

The largest courtroom of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals was packed with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal as a three judge panel heard the latest oral arguments in his case. Outside hundreds more marched and chanted.
 
People from all over the Eastern United States were there, including a whole history class from Hunter College in New York. There were also delegations from France and Germany.

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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.