Tuesday, November 27th: Support all those arrested on September 25th when Bush came to the UN

Waging unjust wars based on lies and torture is CRIMINAL.
Resisting all this is NOT!
In fact, NOT speaking up is what’s criminal.
On September 25th, while Bush was speaking at the UN, deriding what he considers the “brutal regimes” of the world (while it his that has made torture legal, invaded and occupied two countries with one million people dead, and is making plans to attack a third country), hundreds of people were outside the UN in protest. A sea of orange filled the plaza, with a contingent marching in wearing the orange jumpsuits and hoods that Guantanamo detainees are forced to wear everyday, as well as a plethora of orange bandanas, flags, clothes, etc. The authorities clearly did not like this showing of resistance, cutting off the sound permit an hour early. When more than a dozen people sat down on a sidewalk just over the police barricade in an act of civil disobedience, police arrested them. And they also arrested three who protested the initial arrests and they were held overnight and slapped with more serious charges. This did not deter people, hundreds of people took off downtown, marching all the way from the UN to Washington Square Park. [see full report]


People are rightly disgusted with the way protesters are herded in pens, off to the side and marginalized. That people who sat down a few feet outside those pens, on a street already closed to traffic would be arrested is an outrage. Then several weeks later, rather than dropping these charges, the highly unusual step of adding additional charges against those who engaged in this civil disobedience action. This is an additional outrage which should be called out and reversed.

On November 27th, the three who spoke out against the arrests and then themselves were arrested are to appear in court and the initial group of 14 arrested are to appear in January 17. We call on people to stand with all of these defendants. Their actions should be applauded, not punished!
Pack the courtroom:
Tuesday, November 27th, 9:30 AM

Part A, Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, Manhattan
January 17th, 9:30 AM

Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, Manhattan

And beginning immediately, call or send letters or faxes to:

Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney:
One Hogan Place, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-335-9000
Fax: 212-385-9789
To demand:

NYC October 27: "Orange Alert" in unity with Iraq Moratorium - No Attack on Iran! Bush and Cheney Out Now!

It was a great day!

At 1pm,about 50 people representing World Can't Wait, Code Pink, Raging Grannies, Students for a Democratic Society, Movement for a Democratic Society, "Arrest Bush", a spirited delegation of students from John Jay College and others, joined in a press conference on the steps of City Hall. Six rousing speeches about ending the war in Iraq, not attacking Iran and Driving Out the Bush regime, along with several different pledges to resist an attack on Iran, including World Can't Wait's new Pledge of Resistance to a war on Iran (which over 1,000 people have already taken) where given in the presence of Columbia University TV and WBAI Pacifica Radio. Enlarged photos of one of the speaker’s family in Iran were used to demonstrate the human aspect of what is at risk if Iran were attacked. WBAI aired part of the conference on the radio later in the day.

Then in a joint effort with Students for Democratic Society, Code Pink and the Iraq Moratorium, over 100, and at times 150, converged at Union Square and then proceeded on a “resistance tour to midtown office of global criminals & enablers of the Bush regime.” The crowd was overwhelmingly youth and students. A sizable and spirited contingent from John Jay College led the way, along with a group from Fashion Industries High School, and students from Hunter College, Columbia University, New School, NYU, PACE and Queens College. We marched to the offices of “L-3 Titan”, where orange-jumped suited protesters knelled down in the entrance of this notorious “private contractor” similar to Blackwater operating in Iraq, then to Bechtel Corporation, a major military contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then to the Times Square Military Recruitment Center.

In the days and weeks leading up to the 16th, hundreds of people, mainly students at John Jay, Columbia University, and Hunter College took the Iran Quiz: Who Is the Real Nuclear Threat?, pointed to and documenting the extent to which people have been systematically lied to concerning basic facts about what is happening in the Middle East.

This "orange alert" was nation-wide and reports of actions around the country are being posted at worldcantwait.org.
[all photos courtesy ThomasGood / Next Left Notes]

November 16: Orange ALERT to PREVENT Bush Bombing Iran

The moves towards a U.S. attack on Iran should be alarming every peace and justice loving person on the planet.
Just a couple of recent examples: Bush invokes “World War 3.” Cheney is reported to be cooking up plans for Israel to attack Iran , and then for the U.S. to dive into the war when Iran counter-attacks. The massive concentration of U.S. naval power off the coast of Iran puts the U.S. in position to attack at any time. Unfortunately, this is just a small part of the evidence of preparations for an attack that is extensive and growing.

Where are the voices of opposition and resistance to this? Where the voices of people determined to PREVENT a new war beginning in Iran, which could quickly engulf the whole Middle East and beyond? Many people are closing their eyes to this threat, are in a state of paralysis and/or denial. Meanwhile the Bush regime, the leaders of the Democratic Party and the major media are all pumping out and repeating blatant lies to keep people in the dark about what is really going on there.

We need to change this situation and fast! “We” is all of us, coming together, bringing together our anger, our creativity, our determination to act. Here are some plans and proposals:
Friday, November 16th – “ORANGE ALERT” – PREVENT Bush Bombing Iran!
On November 16th, and on campuses on the days leading up to it, there will be actions declaring: No Attack on Iran! Bush & Cheney Out Now! These actions are being planned in unity with Iraq Moratorium nationwide.

Plans in New York:
1:00 PM on the steps of City Hall, Press conference and speak-out with prominent voices will be publicly pledging resistance to an attack on Iran (details to be announced).

3:00 PM Union Square, rally with World Can’t Wait, Students for Democratic Society and many others (complete list to be announced).
This will be followed by a resistance tour to the mid-town offices of global criminals, benefactors and enablers whose hands are bloody from the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and endanger far more with a war on Iran.
There are many nominees for tour stops: the Times Square recruitment center, Fox news, the NY Times, Hillary Clinton's office, and various military contractors. Details will be announced at the rally.
People will be carrying photos of ordinary Iranians, young people, families, children – those facing death unless we PREVENT an attack on Iran.

Take/give the IRAN QUIZ in classes, dorms and town squares, and tabulate the results!
On campuses, November 13, 14, and 15, there will be speak outs and thousands will be taking the “Iran Quiz”. These will speak to important questions holding people back:
Many people ARE very concerned about the spread of nuclear weapons and worry of the real danger that they will get used. But Bush & Company are feeding people a massive, daily dose of lies and misinformation, so that people's just concerns are being manipulated and misdirected into supporting the very forces who are the greatest danger here. The extent of this is powerfully shown when lots of people take the WCW IRAN QUIZ. The questions on the quiz are very basic, elementary questions, that anyone ought to be able to answer. Yet most people who have taken the quiz in the U.S., under the barrage of misinformation from the Bush regime, Congress and their enablers and press agents in the mass media -- can't correctly answer all of them. Download the quiz in a form for passing out in classes.

What does it mean when you learn that you have been lied to and your concerns manipulated? Students shouldn’t “take our word” on this, in addition to the Quiz we’ll provide not only an answer sheet, but documentation. [
http://worldcantwait.net/materials/iran_quiz/IranQuiz-AnswersSources.doc] Taking and “grading” this quiz will document how much people are being lied to and manipulated. [Please send us the results so that we can document them nationally. nyc@worldcantwait.org ] It will be a real “eye opener” and makes many angry and needing/wanting to act. The campuses need to be alive this coming week with discussions, debate and planning for mobilizing to PREVENT the next war, and to drive out the criminals responsible for such massive war crimes.

Wear Orange Everywhere!
Why an “Orange” alert? Because launching yet a third unjust and criminal war is part of the larger “package” of Bush crimes. Orange is the color that those they torture in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib must wear. Wear orange everywhere to declare that torture, that “waterboarding” must stop, that the wars must end, that all the crimes of Bush & Cheney must stop, that these war criminals need to be impeached and driven from office.

http://nyc.worldcantwait.org/ for updates and more details between now and November 16th.
Contact us to share your plans, to invite a speaker to come to your school, class, or community center, to give the Iran Quiz and speak about the danger of war against Iran.

Come to House Party on Monday, Nov. 12th with Cristina Page and Debra Sweet!

Come to an empowering evening with Cristina Page and Debra Sweet at Upper West Side supporter of World Can't Waith. Suggested donation $100, refreshments provided.

Debra Sweet will speak about the danger of an attack on Iran, and The World Can't Wait's plans to prevent such an attack. Cristina Page will give a presentation on the Bush Regime's assault on reproductive rights.

Cristina Page, author and spokesperson for birthcontrolwatch.org will give a presentation on the Bush Regime's assualt on women's reproductive rights.

If you are interested in coming email to: nycmle@yahoo.com or nyc@worldcantwait.org
or call 347-678-5905.

If you cannot attend please consider making a donation at nyc.worldcantwait.org

*Cristina Page is the author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War On Sex", and a spokesperson for birthcontrolwatch.org. Page is also a consultant for several national pro-choice groups, and her policy proposals have been adopted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New Jersey State Legislature.
* Page has worked in the editorial departments of Glamour and Ms. magazines, ran a gubernatorial campaign in New York, and edited The Smart Girl's Guide to College. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Newsday, Guardian UK, Tampa Tribune, Baltimore Sun, the Huffington Post, and TomPaine.com

Jazz for Peace benefit for WCW on Monday, Nov. 12th at Bowery Poetry

Please invite friends to these events benefiting The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime!
MONDAY NOVEMBER 12th 8pm to 10pm:
The Russell Branca Quintet plays "THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER" with Russell Branca-bass, Ada Rovatti - sax, Tom Beckham - vibes, Heather Bennett - piano, Ken Salters - drums, This will be a very special program saluting one of the all time great saxophonist/composers in jazz. One of the last "living legends".

Wayne Shorter

MONDAY DECEMBER 17th. from 8pm to 10pm.
RADAM SCHWARTZ & “CONSPIRACY FOR POSITIVITY” with Radam Schwartz – organ, James Gibbs III - trumpet, Anthony Ware – alto sax, Misha Fatkiev – guitar, Joe Brown Jr. – drums With his Hammond B3 organ, Arabesque Records recording artist Radam Schwartz energizes every room he plays with the joyous groove of hard driving modern jazz. "Jazz for Peace" is organized by misician Russell Branca (of theResistance Cinema). It is held at the Bowery Poetry Club where it gives a
performance space to jazz musicians and benefits various progressive
organizations. For Monday, November 12th, WORLD CAN'T WAIT, is one of the
four beneficiaries. Tickets cost $8 each. WCW receives $4 for each
ticket we sell. The ticket can then be used on either November 12th or
for a different performance on December 17th.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 12th 8pm to 10pm:
The Russell Branca Quintet plays "THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER" with
Russell Branca-bass, Ada Rovatti - sax, Tom Beckham - vibes, Heather
Bennett - piano, Ken Salters - drums, This will be a very special program
saluting one of the all time great saxophonist/composers in jazz. One of
the last "living legends".
You can reserve your tickets by emailing http://us.f531.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=stephanie@worldcantwait.org (I
will hold the tickets for you, upon receipt of payment) at the door.
This is the kind of event that appeals to a sector of the population that
may not necessarily by interested in other kinds of events. Please ask
your neighbors, coworkers, family and friends. And, get back to me ASAP
at http://us.f531.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=stephanie@worldcantwait.org.