Reports on Protest & Resistance

Protesters greet Yoo

By Bill Silverfarb  

Protesters called for the prosecution of San Mateo Rotary Club guest speaker John Yoo, a former Bush administration attorney, at Poplar Creek Golf Course yesterday. Yoo gave a half-hour presentation on the power of the presidency.
John Yoo enjoys a good argument. In fact, debate is the foundation of a strong democracy, he told the Daily Journal yesterday.
Yoo gave a half hour presentation to the San Mateo Rotary Club yesterday afternoon on the power of the presidency to a crowd of about 100 as a small group of protesters rallied outside the Poplar Creek Golf Course calling for his arrest.


The Torturer’s Accomplice: Confronting John Yoo in Chicago, San Mateo

Reports from the Chicago and San Francisco chapters of World Can’t Wait  

The Chicago chapter of the Federalist Society hosted John Yoo on his book tour on Monday, Feb. 8. Yoo spoke at the exclusive Union League Club, together with with Bob Barr, former Republican congressman turned presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. There were no indications of the event postedBut you wouldn't have known anything about the event from the schedule posted or the signs in the lobby. They just indicated the room number for the chapter meeting. Stacks of Yoo's apologia for torture were evident only in the room where he spoke.
About a dozen people protested outsidethe Union League Club. Members of the World Can’t Wait, We Are Change, and other anti-war friends—passed out the brochure developed by Fire John Yoo chapter to passersby, most of whom had no idea what was going on inside.
See "Protesters Greet Yoo" from San Mateo Journal


Bush Deserves Prison, Not a “Pro-Life” Award

We received this from War Criminals Watch  

Honoring George Bush with a “Pro Life Award” is something like honoring an iceberg for sinking the Titanic--although the cost in human life totals hundreds of thousands, not hundreds. This is to say nothing of the millions of lives disrupted, families broken, and horrendous injuries, both physical and mental.
Illegal Wars causing the death of over a million people, including thousands of US deaths, sanctioning Torture, violating our Constitution, and smashing any hopes for world peace into the foreseeable future.


CBS, the National Prayer Breakfast - and the New Poster Boy for Theocracy?

By Debra Sweet  

Our lunch-time protest against CBS was very spirited – CBS freaked out and called the police on our relatively small gathering, but 6 of us managed to get in the doors and tried to deliver some of the messages that have been collected demanding the Super Bowl not feature Focus on the Family’s anti-abortion ad.
Shelby Knox was there: especially moving was her story about the 14 year old girl living in Lubbock, TX who ends up in a Crisis Pregnancy Center and is lied to, manipulated and told she just has to give birth. Sunsara Taylor was there too, her usual fiery self. Some NYU students as well as others came out; and a few people stopped on the street and joined on the spot.


Confronting John Yoo in San Francisco

By the San Francisco chapter of World Can’t Wait

“ not a polite debate.
Torture is a crime against humanity.
Torture isn't just a war crime.
Torture is an abomination and a crystallization of everything John Yoo stands for…
It is your responsibility here to not sit politely while John Yoo speaks.” – protester, January 27, Commonwealth Club San Francisco

Wednesday night, January 27, “Torture Memos” author John Yoo was confronted by about two dozen protesters at the San Francisco stop of his national book tour for “Crisis and Command”.


Howard Zinn Will Be Missed

By Sunsara Taylor  

Howard Zinn led a life of principle and resistance. His death today by heart attack is a tremendous loss to the people around the world. Few people so consistently used their platform and respect to shine a light on the crimes being committed in our names, to turn people on to the truths this system tries to hide, and to foster a climate and spirit of resistance and truth-telling. He stood against the U.S.'s unjust wars for empire. 
He excavated the buried genocidal history of this country. He challenged generation after generation to read and think outside the margins of acceptable academic discourse. I saw him speak not long ago at University of Chicago and got to watch the reaction of freshmen who'd never heard the kind of history -- radical and truthful history -- that Zinn brought to life... or the humor and friendly challenge to everyone in the audience to make their lives about something more meaningful than just getting a degree, a career, or a way for oneself. Zinn lived a life for the people and for a better future and challenged everyone he met to do the same.
Here is a link to an interview that Raymond Lotta did for the Revolutionary Worker (now Revolution Newspaper) with Howard back in 1998:


Doctors Without Borders Plane Not Allowed to Land in Haiti

 Press release from Doctors Without Borders 

(editors note – the U.S. military took over control of the airport at Port-au-Prince within hours of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. BBC news reports today that at least 2,000 more U.S. marines have landed in Haiti to provide “security”.
Yet a plane filled with desperately needed medical supplies was turned away Sunday and forced to land in the Dominican Republic – it could take days for the medical supplies on this plane to reach Haiti, at a time when every minute counts in saving lives. The following statements on this situation are from Doctors Without Borders.)


Saying NO to Obama's War Moves in Afghanistan

About 300 people came to protest the escalation Obama announced, more than we ever had protesting at West Point during the Bush era. Over and over, people talked about having voted for Obama, but now being disillusioned, and really "heart broken" as Matthis Chiroux, the Iraq war resister put it. The protest, by the way, was quite intense, as the group marched silently to the main gate of West Point. Once there, we chanted STOP THIS WAR NOW!
Reports on protests at here.
Articles on Obamas Speech by Ken Theisen; Dennis Loo; Larry Jones


G20 in Pittsburgh: Police State Ghost Town

By  Rob Kall

This is a slightly edited version of an article originally posted on OpEd news.
Pittsburgh is a ghost-town, emptied of workers and the usual pedestrians, but filled to overflowing with over 12,000 swat cops from all over the US.

Anti-war activist Bill Perry, a Viet Nam war veteran, has posted an incredible collection of images to flickr.


Prominent Polish Pianist Condemns Guantanamo, a War Based on Lies, at L.A.’s Disney Hall

 By Jessica Garrison and Diane Haithman

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, who is widely admired for his virtuosic performances and who famously tours with his own custom-altered Steinway, created a furor at Disney Hall on Sunday night when he stopped his recital to announce that this would be his last American appearance -- in protest of the nation's military policies overseas.

In a low voice that could not be heard throughout the auditorium, Zimerman, universally considered among the world's finest pianists, made reference to Guantanamo Bay and U.S. military policies toward Poland.

"Get your hands off my country," he said.

Then he turned to the piano and played Szymanowski's "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme" with such passion and intensity that the stunned audience gave him multiple ovations.

Earlier, about 30 or 40 people in the audience had walked out after Zimerman's declaration, some shouting obscenities.

"Yes," the pianist, known in Poland as "King Krystian the Glorious," answered, "some people, when they hear the word military, start marching."



Indian Springs, NV – Earlier this week, fourteen peace activists  were arrested at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The arrests occurred during a ten-day vigil whose goal is to raise public awareness of the increasing use of unmanned drones in the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Air Force personnel based at Creech pilot the Predator and Reaper drones being used in Central Asia.

The 14 people walked through the open main gate shortly after 3:00 p.m. Air Force security personnel stopped them after they walked into the base. They were seeking to engage in dialogue with the Air Force service members controlling the Predators and Reapers used in Central Asia. In a gesture of good will, they offered to break bread and share pizza with Air Force personnel.


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