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Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched. Based in New York City, she leads World Can't Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants. She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence. Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions. Debra says, "Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!"
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 30, 2015 What Sorts of Public Gatherings Get Banned During a Crisis?
Leaders of 150 governments are meeting this week for the UN climate change conference. A huge protest was planned for Sunday, but was banned.
Soccer games, shopping and festivals continue; it's only protests against polluting governments -- and presumably, war -- which are banned.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Obama Wants U.S. "Comfortable" with Vast Surveillance
Barack Obama pulled out the "we're not Big Brother" line again Friday in the ongoing to effort to bamboozle people alarmed about the vast National Security Agency surveillance of whole populations exposed by Edward Snowden. The important thing to him is not that the surveillance is curtailed, but that you feel comfortable with it.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Indict the Criminals Responsible for Vast Government Spying -- Hands Off Edward Snowden
WE DEFEND Edward Snowden for his courageous action in revealing vast, unlawful surveillance by the United States.
WE CALL on others to join us in opposing the U.S. government's plans to gain custody of him, to try and imprison him on espionage charges.
WE JOIN with a large section of the U.S. population and billions worldwide in outrage at the unconstitutional, illegitimate surveillance of whole populations by the U.S
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2013 Why Obama Can & Should Close Guantanamo NOW
Obama, however, as people rightly point out, has promised to close Guantanamo. For his own reasons, whatever they may be, he repeats what most of the world thinks, that the continued existence of the illegal prison in Guantanamo, set up to avoid U.S. law by the Bush regime, doesn't serve the U.S. public image as the land of freedom and democracy.
(40 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 2, 2012 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
Were you opposed to the policies of the Bush regime? Did you used to think critically and attend anti-war protests but now find yourself justifying Obama's wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan & Pakistan?
Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democrats
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2012 Torture called legal for 10 years, but "we don't torture"
Ten years ago today, lawyers for the Bush Regime sent memos up the chain of command which quickly reached the military and the CIA. The August 1, 2002 "torture memos" authored by attorneys in the Office of Legal Council at the White House gave the green light to torture, calling it "harsh interrogation" and completely legal.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2012 War Criminals to Meet in Chicago, But Somehow Protest Will be the Danger?
The most heavily armed empire in world history occupies and has destroyed whole countries, has a system of indefinite detention and torture for Muslims in place, and is expanding secret military operations across the region.
But the biggest danger to peace is some hundreds or thousands of people protesting the Chicago meeting of the NATO military alliance next week?
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 28, 2011 Despite Police Violence, Occupations are "SO Not Over"
Occupy Oakland is back, bigger than ever, and for the time being, the city has backed off with the heavy police presence, at least for now. Occupy Wall Street is sending them $20,000 and new tents.
We need our own version of mass support for the occupations. If you can't get to one right now, get into print, get online, get on the phone, and weigh in:
"Hands off Occupy!
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 10, 2011 To General Atomics: Stop Making DRONES
General Atomics is a manufacturer of parts for drones. Given the 10th anniversary of the US occupation of Afghanistan, and the mobilization of an occupation/encampment which began on October 6, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, we quickly decided to protest General Atomics.
SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Why is the U.S. war in Afghanistan such a central issue?
With more than 1,100 U.S. bases in countries around the world, U.S. power amounts to a world-wide empire, and the U.S. has a larger military budget than all other countries combined. Think about the destruction of the global environment caused by this military machine, the largest user of fossil fuels in the world, again, more than most countries.
SHARE Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Caught in between; searching for alternatives to Empire & Fundamentalism
Our approach is not to throw up our hands, saying "there is no good solution," but rather to seek solutions that would be in the interests of humanity. Hearing those ideas will in turn stimulate people to see beyond a simple polarity of U.S. empire or Islamic government, both of which currently reinforce each other.
(43 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 31, 2011 This is no "Humanitarian Intervention" in Libya
I've talked to a number of people in the last 10 days who describe themselves as "hoping for the best" from the US intervention into the North African country of Libya. They choose to believe the US arguments that the intervention is 1) for humanitarian reasons limited to "saving civilian lives"; 2) is legitimate because it has the backing of the UN and NATO.
But the facts don't support those hopes.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2011 This is no "humanitarian" intervention in Libya
The people of Iraq suffered under a no-fly zone for 12 years, when 500,000 children died due to the sanctions. No-fly zones are hardly no-killing zones; they only mean that much of the killing is from the air. There is no way an anti-war movement should support this U.S. intervention.