Thanks to the new World Can't Wait Sustainers & loyal donors!
Over the month of July, 21 more people joined our sustainer community. It is a precious political act that these individuals took in making the monthly commitment to support visible resistance. Many people in this unpredictable financial situations could not commit to monthly donations but made one-time generous contributions totaling over $1,200. Others wrote statements of support or shared why they give. At a time when telling the truth and refusing to go along with the status quo is needed more than ever, this means a lot.
While we did not reach our goal of 40 sustainers, this effort and all those donations and donors made a real difference in readying for the fall and beyond, when people really need to hear our message that "Humanity and the Planet Come First - Stop the Crimes of Your Government."
World Can't Wait will continue to present people with the act of sustaining as a critical way to join collective conscience in action. Be sure to stay tuned for more of our plans to protest the Democratic Convention and the variety of ways you can be involved.
Early in September, Obama and the Democrats, who have carried forward some of the very crimes so hated under Bush, will gather at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC to affirm, bless, and continue US aggression around the world and unjust policies at home.
If you believed that wars of aggression, indefinite detention, torture, drone bombings, a presidential “kill list,” the outrageous suspension of core civil liberties, and the wars on immigrants and women were wrong under Bush, then they are just as wrong under Obama.
Crimes are crimes no matter who the President is. If we do not stand up and oppose these crimes, then we are giving our government and every subsequent U.S. administration, no matter what their party, the green light to act above the law and commit with impunity crimes against the people.
Re-electing Obama or electing Romney will not stop the crimes of our government. A visible mass resistance, however, from the people of this country can. History, especially from the 1960's, shows that decisive change comes only when people in our millions take a stand against injustice with such visible mass resistance that government leaders are forced to change direction. Being in Charlotte with a message that's clearly against the crimes of this government can help bring about that kind of mass resistance.
The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan know that no matter who wins the U.S. elections, their suffering will continue. They want the crimes against them to stop! And it's up to us to do just that.
Elaine Brower & Jill McLaughlin, World Can't Wait Steering Committee
World Can't Wait will be in Charlotte, NC September 1-6 to protest these crimes.
Latest from worldcantwait.net:
The New York Times Drones on About the Morality of Drones
By Conn Hallinan
“…it may be a surprise to find some moral philosophers, political scientists, and weapons specialists believe unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.”
—Scott Shane, national security reporter for the New York Times, The Moral Defense For Drones, 7/15/12
First, one should never be surprised to find that the NY Times can ferret out experts to say virtually anything. Didn’t they dig up those who told us all that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons? Second, whenever the newspaper uses the words “some,” that’s generally a tipoff the dice are loaded, in this case with a former Air Force officer (who teaches philosophy at the Naval Postgraduate School), a former CIA deputy chief of counterintelligence, and political scientist Avery Plaw, author of Targeting Terrorists: A License To Kill?
September 13: Blow the Whistle on Stop and Frisk!
From the Stop Mass Incarceration Network
To those who are tired of seeing police step to our youth with harassment, brutality and even worse; to those outraged because the NYPD stopped and frisked 684,000 people last year alone; to Black and Latino youth tired of knowing that every time you leave your house you might be descended on by cops; to parents who fear that no matter what you tell your kids about surviving an encounter with cops it won’t be enough to keep them safe; to people who know this will never happen to them but also know it’s wrong — join us on September 13th to “Blow the Whistle on Stop & Frisk!”
Latest from firejohnyoo.net:
Accountability for Torture a Priority
"we sincerely believe that torture is somehow different. Accountability for torture is not just one among many important issues. Rather, it goes to the core of who we are as a nation. If we allow our government to torture in our names, all bets are off. Aggressive, illegal wars; a political system that can be bought; consumers and workers with no protections; a health care/education/economic system that favors the rich. We can't consistently fight those injustices while acquiescing to torture with impunity..."
An open letter to Senator Klobuchar on 10th anniversary of torture memos
John Yoo's false flag plan
Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having "our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda's ranks, causing operatives to doubt others' identities and to question the validity of communications."
As Chris Floyd and many others have noted, this plan has gone live... Is America the World's Largest Sponsor of Terrorism?
Latest from wearenotyoursoldiers.org:
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night: The Tragic Death of Brian Arredondo
By Linda Pershing, with Lara Bell
Brian Arredondo never really recovered from his brother’s death in the Iraq War. When they were kids, Brian adored his older brother Alexander and tagged along with him whenever he could. They were often seen playing together in parks and schoolyards in communities surrounding Boston, Massachusetts, and Bangor, Maine, where they grew up. As teens the two boys were perfect targets for military recruiters: first-generation Americans on their father’s side (he emigrated from Costa Rica), working-class youth (Alex attended a technical high school where much of the curriculum focuses on job training), living with their mother after their parents divorced when they were young. Promises of career training, male camaraderie and “becoming a man,” appeals to patriotism, a $10,000 signing bonus, and funding for college enticed Alex Arredondo to join the marines, just a month before September 11, 2011.
Latest from warcriminalswatch.org:
From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Bargaining with the Devil
The saturation firebombing of German and Japanese cities during World War II seasoned the US government for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the first blast on August 6, 1945, which killed 100,000 residents of Hiroshima immediately, the grievous radiation sickness of Japanese survivors was not anticipated, nor was it believed when reported. Without any reconsideration, a second bomb - this one plutonium - was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing 70,000 people outright. The American military censored all documentation and photo images of the two bombs' unparalleled human devastation, sheltering Americans from the horrors of what our government perpetrated on mainly Japanese civilians: women, men, and children instantly reduced to ashes. Likewise, the post-war US occupying authority forbade Japanese citizens, under penalty of law, to own pictures of the atomic bomb destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy
By Robert Fisk
The West’s real target here is not Assad’s brutal regime but his ally, Iran, and its chemical weapons
Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy? A war of such cowardice and such mean morality, of such false rhetoric and such public humiliation? I’m not talking about the physical victims of the Syrian tragedy. I’m referring to the utter lies and mendacity of our masters and our own public opinion – eastern as well as western – in response to the slaughter, a vicious pantomime more worthy of Swiftian satire than Tolstoy or Shakespeare.