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I was drawn to and continue to be part of World Can't Wait for its ability to act on a moral basis based on the reality of the situation in the world... a situation created for the most part by U.S. imperialism. The internationalism with which World Can't Wait acts speaks to the many whose conscience is horrified by the crimes of our government across the globe and who are seeking a way to resist and oppose these crimes.
World Can't Wait is relentlessly honest and unafraid to speak the truth, no matter how unpopular that truth-telling might be at any given time. Its very name and its mission corresponding to that name is based on a rock-bed understanding that all of humanity and the planet have a shared fate and that no group (such as being an American) stands above any other status.
I think this moment requires us to do one of the things we do best, which is to challenge people to question the conventional wisdom about the war on terror and bringing in the voices of those who are most affected by the crimes of our government. This is starkly missing from the scene, the voices of innocent Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release and have had their spirits and minds destroyed.
It's not just World Can't Wait, the organization of people who put humanity and the planet first, that depends on your year-end donations. It is the world which can't wait for us to act visibly to stop the crimes of our government.
Many of you were with us when we came together based on the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime in 2005. Tens of thousands united in the streets, funding full-page ads, walking out of work and school based on the urgency of rejecting a president, and a whole direction, which was such a clear danger. We gave people in the rest of the world a sense that there are people in this country who don't go along with war crimes, torture and indefinite detention.
But George Bush was not forced from office in disgrace, and is not yet facing war crimes charges. A new president gave a lot of people hope with a new narrative of inclusiveness. We began to hear from high school students that while they wouldn't go into the military to fight in Iraq for Bush, they would go to war for Obama, the "peace" president. We knew we had to stay on our mission, though it would not be so easy. Too many people got bamboozled into supporting, under Obama, what they protested under Bush.
Since 2008, World Can't Wait has sent an utterly consistent, insistent message from our supporters out to the world. "America first?" No. Humanity and the Planet Come First.
January through April 2013, World Can't Wait will:
►co-sponsor and build an inauguration day protest of the U.S. drone war in Washington; and prepare nationwide actions in April against drone manufacturers, researchers and bases.
►lead in protesting the content of the film Zero Dark Thirty, a CIA-shaped feature justifying the US war on terror
►join in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, and in working to protect women's access to birth control
►launch the We Are Not Your Soldiers tour to a back-log of waiting teachers, utilizing Skype and new videos to reach high school students around the country
►be part of a coalition to Stop Mass Incarceration in the country which has more prisoners per capita than any other: the U.S.
►sponsor the east coast tour by Andy Worthington, the UK journalist and foremost authority on the prisoners at Guantanamo and mark the January 11 anniversary of the prison with protest and outreach
►Join in protest at the opening of the Bush Library in Dallas, April 2013
We can only do this with the involvement and financial support from people like you. Join us right now by making a tax-deductible donation to make visible resistance possible.
Good wishes for the new year!
Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
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