Two years after Katrina: August 31st, 5:30 PM Union Square

Two years after Katrina -- Neither forgive nor forget the continuing crimes of the Bush regime!
Declare It Now - Wear Orange: Drive Out the Bush Regime!

Two years - since the names Katrina and Lower Ninth Ward seared into the world’s vocabulary, along with Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Falluja, as one of the monstrous crimes of the Bush Regime.
Two years - since the world watched in horror as bodies fl oated in the streets of New Orleans.
Two years – since the Bush Regime allowed tens of thousands of people – overwhelmingly Black people – to suffer, starve, dehydrate and die in the unbearable heat and humidity and toxic sludge of a fl ooded city, and people trying to escape were turned around at gunpoint by racist police at the Gretna city line.
Two years – since tens of thousands of people were packed into the Superdome and Convention Center of New Orleans, in horrifi c, murderous conditions that recalled the enslavement that had originally brought African people to the “new world”.
Two years - since tens of thousands of Black people were scattered throughout the country, separated from their families.
Two years – tourist sections and a football stadium have now been restored while public housing is shuttered and surrounded with barbed wire, returning people evicted by SWAT teams, and the public hospital remains closed, never to reopen.
TWO YEARS TOO LONG – the verdict is in; the Bush Regime is guilty, guilty, guilty, of towering crimes against humanity. (see Bush Crimes Commission Report and DVD, available from World Can’t Wait).
One more day of this regime is too long. Now is the time for people everywhere to act with a defi ance, rage and determination that is as radical as the times demand, fully determined to wrest the fate of our planet and its people from the likes of Bush and Cheney, determined not just to call them out for their crimes but to put an end to them.
The urgent color of orange -- the color that has been assigned to those detained and tortured with no due process in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib-- must become the color of a gathering sentiment to drive out the Bush regime and reverse its program.
As people gather to mark the two years that have gone by since Katrina, the color orange needs to burst out in neighborhoods, workplaces, on campuses.
The monstrous crimes committed against the people of New Orleans and the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast of Katrina by Bush and his crew can never be forgiven. They
must be driven out.
Spreading orange everywhere is a vital way of breaking the paralyzing choke hold the tag team partnership of Bush/Cheney and the Democratic Party leadership has put on the people.
By impeachment, resignation or indictment, this regime must be held accountable for its crimes and driven out!
August 31st, 5:30 PM Union Square
Wear orange, bring your friends, pick up lots of orange bandanas, ribbons, buttons, T-shirts and more. Rally, reports fromNew Orleans, speak outs, New Orleans Jazz Funeral march, bring instruments, and more.

World Can’t Wait – Movie showing & discussion:
Hitler: The Rise of Evil

Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00 pm
MLK Labor Center/1199, 310 West 43rd St, 7th Floor

With the government sanctioning of torture, massive wire-taps, a recent “Executive Order” to declare martial law when they deem it necessary, many people are rightly concerned and debating the issue of fascism in America. As the World Can’t Wait Call points out:

“People look at all this and think of Hitler - and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.”

Much can be learned from historical experience. In that spirit, instead of our regular organizing meeting, this week NYC World Can’t Wait will be showing and discussing the second part of Hitler: The Rise of Evil. The movie opens with a quote from Edmond Burke, which provides a theme for the whole series: “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.”

Hitler: The Rise of Evil was originally aired in the U.S. as a CBC two-part mini-series in 2003. However, Ed Gernon, the longtime head of the movie and miniseries division of the Canadian-based production company that produced the mini-series for CBS, was fired after an interview with him in TV Guide reported:

"’It basically boils down to an entire nation gripped by fear, who ultimately chose to give up their civil rights and plunged the whole world into war. I can't think of a better time to examine this history than now,’ Gernon said. Gernon tells the upcoming TV Guide that he, [actress Julianna] Margulies and director Christian Duguay believe it's a good idea to look at the Bush White House through the prism of . . . Germany's genocidal psychopath."

Despite being a powerful production with a star-studded cast, including Robert Carlyle as Hitler, Julianna Margules, Liev Schreiber, Mathew Modine and Peter O’toole, since 2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil has not been available in the U.S. – the copy presented Thursday by World Can’t Wait was obtained from Canada.

Due to the length of the mini-series, and our desire to have some discussion afterwards, we are only going to be showing the second part of the mini-series, and not the part on Hitler’s childhood and early development, to focus on the parts showing his rise to power. We encourage people to come and see the movie, and join discussion afterwards. The whole DVD will be available for “house party” showings in people’s homes, community centers, churches and schools. Contact us.

See you Thursday!