Monday, January 4, 2010

World Can't Wait 2010 Action Plan

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All of these events rely on the energy, time and creativity of volunteers.  If you have one hour a week to write emails, organize photos, make press calls, hand out fliers... you've come to the right place. 
Once you sign up, we'll get right back with you on how you can contribute to the work of the World Can't Wait.  Or call (866) 973-4463 anytime.

What people think is important: but what we do based on what we think is too.  I hope you will take the survey we're sending later this week.  These surveys are an important way World Can't Wait learns more deeply how you see things, and gets your suggestions.

Here are projects & protests we are involved in, starting this week:

January-May 2010: We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour.  Iraq & Afghanistan veterans giving students the reality of the US wars of occupation, and why they should resist the military recruiters in the schools.
BRING THIS to your school!  To volunteer as a speaker, or to organize dates, contact (347) 385-2195 or email.  Films, resources, a sample letter to teachers, help with organizing all available.  $100 per school funds a day of classes. Donate here!

January-May 2010: Stand Up for Women's Right to Abortion and Birth Control!  Campus tour featuring abortion providers & activists.  30 minute film, speakers available.  Contact tour organizers via email or (718) 825-9119.

January Events:

Thursday, January 7, 2010: Support Bagram Detainees for Habeas Rights, Washington, D.C.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington @ 3rd Street NW. 

Hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.  Vigil by the CUNY Law Students for Justice at Bagram begins 8:30am   Hearing in Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 20) There will be a rally/vigil after the hearing.
More information: and the International Justice Network representing 3 men detained without charges in Bagram. Bagram Detainees Seek Habeas Rights in DC Federal Court.

Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 22: Witness Against Torture Fast to Close Guantánamo, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, January 10, 2010: Screening of Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo and Discussion
7pm, St. Stephens Episcopal Church 1525 Newton Street, NW @16th St. NW

Monday, January 11, 2010: Eight Years since the opening of the Guantánamo Prison
11:30 am: Gather at the White House
(plaza between the White House and Lafayette Park) for "No More Guantánamos" Theater and Rally

Following a theater performance comparing the Bush and Obama records on human rights, indefinite detention and Guantánamo, speakers will address the White House, demanding that Guantánamo be closed, the rule of law restored, and those who designed and executed torture policies held to account. We will launch the Fast and Vigil for Justice, which will end on January 22, the administration's self-imposed deadline for closing the Guantánamo prison. Nearly 100 people from around the country (and 40 or so in Washington, D.C.) will participate in the 12-day fast.  We will have orange jumpsuits, hoods and signs at the White House.  Please join us, and bring colleagues and friends.

12:30pm: Guantánamo Prisoner Procession
From the White House to the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

1pm: Public Briefing with the Center for Constitutional Rights National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Human rights activists and lawyers from CCR, Witness Against Torture, and other groups will hold a public briefing. The briefing will include an update on conditions at Guantánamo and the struggle of detainees for justice, as well as the reading of letters from released and exonerated detainees addressing the Obama administration's failure to fulfill the terms of his Executive Order closing Guantánamo.

7pm: Eight Years Too Long - Resisting Torture, Indefinite Detention and Abuse at Guantánamo and Beyond: A Grassroots Conversation
Georgetown University Law School McDonough - Room 207 - 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

You care about justice, human rights and the rule of law. You had hoped that the election of Barack Obama and his order to shut down Guantánamo and end torture would mean a decisive break the Bush administration. Almost a year later, you are disheartened that more than 200 men remain at Guantánamo, frustrated that the administration promising hope and change is delivering too little of either, and worried about plans for a new system of indefinite detention at an Illinois prison.  And you are fearful, as the right again stirs up fear and hatred, that even the modest shifts away from Bush-era policies, such as plans to hold civilian trials for some detainees, will be undone.  You are not alone.

World Can't Wait calls for people everywhere to mark the 8th anniversary of Guantanamo with street protests and showings of the film Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo
Write for details on getting the film to show.

There will be protest events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago January 11-22.  Watch for details.

Tuesday January 12: University of California, Berkeley
Torture professor John Yoo scheduled to return to the classroom. Be there! To participate in plans to "greet" him, phone (415) 777-8623. UC students welcome. For complete coverage of the effort to prosecute and disbar Yoo, see

Wednesday January 13: CIA DRONE BRIEFING Washington, D.C.
7:00 - 10:00 pm Bus Boys & Poets 14th & V Street NW

According to, over 700 civilians were killed during the estimated 44 distinct drone attacks on the people of Pakistan. But what does this all mean? Sponsored by Peace of the Action.

Come listen to a discussion featuring Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, Former CIA Officer Ray McGovern, and Col. Ann Wright to find out the true impact of the CIA Drone bombings in Pakistan! Music will be performed by David Rovics.  Donations to cover expenses will be taken during the event and books by Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright will be available to purchase and be signed by the authors. Facebook event page

Saturday January 16: Langley, VA Protest CIA Drone Attacks
1:00pm - 4:00pm CIA Headquarters (Langley, Virginia)

It was recently announced that the White House gave the CIA permission to increase its drone bombings in Pakistan of which to date over one third of the deaths are civilian. The CIA is a profoundly violent and corrupt organization and, while we don't think the military should be using manned, or unmanned aerial vehicles, we think the drone bombings from CIA robots are particularly despicable. Organized by Peace of the Action (Its "Camp Out NOW" begins Saturday, March 13 in D.C.) Cindy Sheeahn, Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, and Bruce Gagnon speaking.

Monday, January 18: Vigil for Fahad Hashmi outside Metropolitan Correctional Center, Lower Manhattan
6:00-7:00 pm 150 Park Row at Pearl Street (one block east of Foley Square), NYC

US citizen Fahad Hasmi has been detained in solitary confinement under harsh SAM regulations.
Weekly presentation with special guests from Broadway and Off-Broadway. Sponsor: Theaters Against War (206) 312-2201, Read "One Day We'll All be Terrorists" by Chris Hedges.

Friday, January 22: Washington D.C. Roe v. Wade Anniversary Pro-Choice Presence at Supreme Court
8:00 am - all day; join in anytime. 

The anti-abortion "March for Life" annually fills the Mall and focuses on the Supreme Court, usually without much opposition.  This year we're calling on people to be in front of the Court from early morning, to be sure support for women's lives and access to abortion & birth control is represented. Spread the Facebook event.

Saturday, January 23: San Francisco Day of Action for Reproductive Justice v. Right Wing Anti-Abortion Rally
10 am Justin Herman Plaza Music Concourse near Embarcadero BART Station.  Sponsored by Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights & World Can't Wait (415) 864-5153.

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

P.S. See my blog for reports on all these actions. You can also find this and my previous e-newsletters there and forward it to friends, twitter, post to facebook, etc.

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