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Re-branding the World Can't Wait

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Ever been to a protest event and said to your self, “What’s with all the orange?”

The organization responsible for the prevalence of orange at rallies and marches across the U.S. (which calls attention to the Bush Administration's use of torture) has been the World Can’t Wait---Drive Out the Bush Regime.

Now that Obama has been elected, the organization is holding its national meeting in Chicago to discuss how to respond to the election of Obama and how to re-brand itself to create real change.

Allow me to give you an update on how the meeting is going---an insider’s point of view from an insider who really wants this group to succeed but at the same time wishes to objectively address this group’s status in America.

Obviously, World Can’t Wait---Drive Out the Bush Regime needs to be updated since on January 20th (provided that major incidents do not occur which conspiratorial nutcases will probably delight in bringing to my attention via the comments section of this article) there will be no Bush Regime to drive out anymore.

The group spent much time in the opening hours of the meeting discussing how when World Can’t Wait embarked on this audacious mission to drive out the Bush Regime it was not a foregone conclusion that the group would fail. Throughout these opening hours it was made clear that this meeting would be about the group doing some introspective thinking and about digging in to some real questions.

But, within all the reflective talk was this reality that the World Can’t Wait was not going to go away now that Obama was elected. Contrary to CODE Pink’s press release on the Obama victory, the war is not so over to the group and this was obvious during the meeting.

The World Can’t Wait organized behind a Call in 2006, which laid out several points of unity. These points of unity began with the phrase “your government.”

YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

YOUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

YOUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

Americans who agreed there was a need for resistance to what their government was doing organized to fight torture, wars, suppression, and theocracy.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)
 

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