I received this report this morning from E, a World Can't Wait activist. I will be updating as more reports come in.
Vets for Peace and other groups have put together a newspaper called War Crimes Times. It’s a newspaper that exposes the crimes of the government. Elaine Brower, Col. Ann Wright and Michael Ratner were some of the writers in this issue.
On Friday, Vets For Peace and Elaine and I went into the newseum, which is a museum of news (that, by the way, has absolutely no record of major protests against the Iraq war or impeachment). About 11 people participated in the action.
When we got inside people did a huge banner drop from the second floor that said “Prosecute War Criminals Bush and Cheney.“ There were quite a bit of people inside and they were completely shocked. People outside and inside were very responsive to the demand that Obama arrest Bush and Cheney. Then World Can't Wait hung out near 18th and Constitution with a banner that read “From Gaza To Guantanamo Stop The Endless Wars of Terror and Torture. “Tons of people were taking pictures with the banner. So many, in fact, that we had a hard time leaving because people kept wanting pictures.
The Arrest Bush group was there and they came and hung out with us for a while. We had a really good scene going on. We were challenging people around Obama on the bullhorn and the war and that people shouldn't get sucked into supporting things under Obama they wouldn't have supported over Bush.
Exposure of Obama was surprisingly well received and the flier that we have did even more exposure, pointing to the need for mass resistance. We are getting our message out to about a million people. It is similar to Denver [during the Democratic National Convention] but with even more people from all different backgrounds and political perspectives.
Today is the Shoe Bush protest. We will have a rally at Dupont Circle that Debra [Sweet] is speaking at and then march to the White House to throw shoes. We expect others from the outreach we did to be there and they liked the idea of the shoe protest. We really want people outside of DC to know what World Can't Wait is doing so people should repost articles and pictures on different blogs, Myspace, Facebook, texts and email lists.