Saturday, April 05, 2014

Don't miss this event this week - in NYC and live on the web:

April 2: Drones & Dirty Wars: Prelude to Drone Days of Action 2014
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Church 40 E. 35th Street, NYC

Afraid of blue skies
A live program & international webcast in support of the Spring Days of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization.

Madiha Tahir, film maker, Wounds of Waziristan An independent journalist reporting on conflict, culture and politics in Pakistan, she has followed the U.S. drone attacks there for years.
Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights who specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings, and war crimes abroad.

Carl Dix, Vietnam War resister & Revolutionary Communist Party. A leader of protests against police brutality, stop-and-frisk, & founder, with Cornel West, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

With information from the Granny Peace Brigade, kNOwdrones and World Can't Wait on what you can do to in your schools & communities to create a political situation where the U.S. is forced to back off from using targeted killing in our name.

Sponsored by kNOwdrones & World Can't Wait, Action for Justice Committee / The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist

More info: 866 973 4463 /

Flier in English

Flier in Spanish
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Monsters in the Sky: watch and share this video by Jill McLaughlin

Announcing the “Chelsea Manning Support Network” (formerly the Private Manning Support Network)

Messages from Chelsea Manning and attorney Nancy Hollander:
How Chelsea sees herself, as interpreted my artist Molly Crabapple.
How Chelsea sees herself, as interpreted by artist Molly Crabapple
Chelsea Manning writes:

“I would like to thank all of you for your support. Without your efforts–including organizing, fundraising, and public education–my court martial would not have been nearly as visible to the public, and many of the serious issues in my case would have gone unnoticed...

“I hope that you will continue supporting my fight for justice.  My case impacts important issues that affect many, if not all Americans.  These include the rights of an accused not to be subjected to harsh and unnecessary pretrial punishment, the right to a speedy trial, the right to timely and complete access to relevant evidence held by the government, and the right to a public trial.  Your support for my case going forward can even help to define the limits of power held by the military’s convening authorities, the Executive Branch, and the US Government.

“Again, thank you for your overwhelming support thus far.  I have stayed–and continued to be–optimistic throughout all of what has happened.  I sincerely hope that we can continue working together to change history.”

Bereaved Yemenis to Launch National Drone Victims’ Organisation

A group of people who have lost loved ones to US drone strikes in Yemen will next week (Tuesday April 1) launch a national organisation with the aim of supporting affected communities and highlighting the civilian impact of the covert programme.

Protesting the “Elder Statesman” War Criminal Henry Kissinger

From the Chicago Chapter of World Can't Wait:

Henry Kissinger, one of the top war criminals in the world, was invited to Chicago to give the key note address at a March 20th fund raising dinner for the Illinois Holocaust Museum. “Humanitarian or War Criminal?” was the question posed by a broad coalition of groups, with World Can’t Wait Chicago among the core, that came together to say loudly, “War Criminal,” a man who deserves to be behind bars, not dishonoring the memory of all who perished in the Holocaust. Over 40 people came out to deliver that message, including Gay Liberation Network, Jewish Voice for Peace, 8th Day Center for Justice and more.

Protesting KissingerRabbi Brant Rosen, author of “Wrestling in the Daylight” and a member of the rabbinical counsel of Jewish Voice for Peace who could not be present, sent a message stating, "I cannot understand how a man who was the architect of our nation's war crimes in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, who was instrumental in the brutal coup in Chile and other acts of illegal international intervention around the world could possibly be considered an appropriate speaker at a gathering that celebrates humanitarianism.”

Henry Kissinger has been dogged by protests any time he appears in public and many of us in Chicago were proud to continue that trend.

Cheers to “The California Department of Corrections!”

Thanks to the California Department of Corrections, which urges transparency in the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners. Or should we continue to allow the military to hide forced feeding and solitary confinement because the prisoners aren't "American?" Oh wait, they do that in California to "American" prisoners, too. See
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Thursday April 3 World Can't Wait Conversation
Invite your friends to the Facebook Event.

We'll be joined by Ross Caputi of the
Justice for Fallujah Project. Watch his film, Fear Not the Path of Truth... This documentary follows Ross Caputi, veteran of the 2nd siege of Fallujah, as he investigates the atrocities that he participated in and the legacy of US foreign policy in Fallujah, Iraq.
We are collecting questions now, so that we can make the most use of our one hour conference call. Send your comments, questions, or a particular area you'd like to explore in the conversation. You can also post questions on the Facebook event for this call.

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Upcoming Events
Thursday April 3 Public Hearing: General David Petraeus & His Legacy in Iraq & Afghanistan 6:00 - 8:00 pm Facebook Event CUNY Graduate Center 356 5th Avenue NYC

April 3-4 Stop Mass Incarceration Network Strategy Session to Plan an October 2014 month of resistance. John Jay College.
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Fri/Saturday April 11-12 Emergency Actions to Stop the War On Women. Contact
Stop Patriarchy.
Save the date: Friday May 23 Guantanamo is Still NOT Closed Nation-wide protests on the year anniversary of President Obama's second promise to close it.

World Can't Wait Needs YOU to Sustain Its Mission

Renew your commitment to sustaining the movement putting humanity and planet the first; sustaining an organization that won’t stop until the crimes do.

Hi, Debra --

Tho I often feel inundated ... underwater ... overloaded with email feeds on many issues in my stuffed email In Box, I just wanted to thank you for the accessible and readable and scannable email you sent "The State of the 'Union' from the Outside."

Hope to join the February conference call, especially on extreme cognitive dissonance of Edward Snowden vs.blather about keeping America "safe" ... and the travesty of left-behinds and hunger strikers at Gitmo.

Keep the flame hot!

Marie M.
Upstate NY

Hi Debra,

Thanks for the in-depth report on your encounter at the 'MSA West' conference.

I was amused to find myself surprised that the Muslim students you described were as ignorant of the drone war as the average American student is (I suspect without real knowledge) and then realized I was stereotyping them with the expectation that, as Muslims (and therefore with a presumably bigger 'dog in the fight') they'd be far more aware of the issues than your article describes rather than seeing them as just another segment of the American student population.

Nonetheless, it's evident that WCW did a great job of consciousness raising at that conference! 

I appreciate the e-mails you (all) send and continue to be proud how you put my small contribution to work for 'the cause'.

In solidarity,

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

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