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Mission Statement

The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed. This direction cannot and will not be reversed by leaders who tell us to seek common ground with fascists, religious fanatics, and empire. It can only be possible by the people building a community of resistance - an independent mass movement of people - acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution, of these crimes.



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We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour


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Coming to Los Angeles starting January 15

The Close Guantánamo NOW Campus/Community Speaking Tour January 9-17

If, as Obama says, "the war on terror" is winding down, why will this government not close Guantánamo? Five years after Obama's first promise to close Guantánamo, it remains open. Now the prisoners are so desperate, they would rather starve themselves on a hunger strike than "live" in the torture of indefinite detention. What is our responsibility to see that this immoral prison closes once and for all?

With expert testimony from UK journalist Andy Worthington and challenging analysis from Debra Sweet, director of World Can't Wait, the tour will begin in New York City and go to Washington DC to join in protests at the White House demanding the immediate closure of Guantánamo.  From there it will go on to the San Francisco Bay Area and southern California. The tour will hit key college campuses, reaching law students and a whole generation of young people who have never heard the stories of the Guantánamo prisoners.

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Sustainer Drive

In 2012, Join Collective Conscience in Action:
SUSTAIN World Can’t Wait!

July 9-31 we are on a campaign to increase our sustainer community by 40 individuals so that we can ready our people, materials, and organization 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." Find out more and get involved!

World Can't Wait strongly endorses:

Wednesday June 20th protest against Judge Bybee and defend 1st Amendment right to free speech, 9th Circuit Court, 9:30 a.m. 125 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena. Silent protest due to gag order. Mouths will be taped and tape provided.

Please contact Sharon or Susan below:

Thank you!
Sharon Tipton,CodePink OC/LA
949 653-1097
Susan Harman, CodePink SF
510 866-6743


Jay Bybee, a judge on the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the second highest court in the land, was found guilty of war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, May 11, 2012.

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Report on Orange County CA Yoo Protest

By Sharon Tipton
April 10, 2012

On April 6, 2012, at a luncheon hosted by The Federalist Society of Orange County, John Yoo spoke to a room of about twenty people at Gulliver's Restaurant in Irvine, CA, about his new book on globalization. Outside protesters from World Can't Wait, War Criminals Watch, Code Pink, Military Families Speak Out, Occupy Orange County, Orange County Peace Coalition and Friends of KPFK wore orange jumpsuits and held large signs educating passersby about the crimes of Yoo. Inside, the crowd included two Code Pink protesters who, while blending in, were getting ready to issue an arrest warrant to Yoo. The protesters' chants outside were heard inside: "Arrest John Yoo!" and "John Yoo is a War Criminal!"

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Los Angeles World Can't Wait Protests John Yoo

April 6, 2012

John Yoo wrote the torture memo, August 2002 that set up the waterboarding and other methods of "enhanced interrogation" that the Bush regime used on thousands. But Obama doesn't want to "look backward." We are fortunate that there are people who don't forget the crimes.

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John Yoo gave "legal" Cover for Torture and Other War Crimes.
International Law Cannot Be Ignored

John Yoo argues that "everything is permitted" to the national security state (read U.S. President).  Laws, treaties, moral principles, nothing can stand in the way!  His legal memos provided not just the "legal cover" for totrue, but also indefinite incarcerations without trial, rendition, massive spying, and agressive war.

John Yoo is unrepentant for his part in justifying immoral and illegitimate war on Iraq and boldly advocates for expansion of American imperialism in the Middle East, urging Republican presidential candidates to "begin preparing the case for a military strike to destry Iran's nuclear program." National sovereignty by damned!

UC Berkely Law Professor John Yoo and Julian Ku, Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School are in Southern California discussing their new book Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order

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Save our kids from the Military Industrial Complex

NO!!! You Can't Have Our Kids...

Join us weekly M-W-F 2:30pm-4:30pm


MAP OF DOWNEY RECRUITING CENTER directly across the street from Downey High School

The Michael Slate Show

May 14 2010

Topics: Rendition, Obama, Marriage Equality

Steven Watt and Jennifer Turner of the ACLU, on the request by a Spanish prosecutor for authorization to arrest 13 CIA agents for "extraordinary rendition." Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and a signer of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them," a statement initiated by The World Can't Wait. Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign supporting same sex marriage on their "Testimony: Equality on Trial," project.

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We Are Not Your Soldiers hits the ground running in San Leandro and Los Angeles...

San Leandro:
Robin Long, another Iraq veteran against the war who recently spent a year in prison for refusing to fight in Iraq joined in, saying a few things about his experience - going to Canada, getting deported, getting court martialed. It made a big impression the students and the teachers. When they were brainstorming about things that the students could do, some people raised questions about whether there would be repercussions- would they get in trouble? Other people pointed out that Robin Long had been in prison for a year and this put the potential repercussions the students might face into perspective.

Los Angeles:
As they watched the video, Matthis continued to talk to the students, asking questions like, "does this guy look like a terrorist?" The students saw a cameraman walking down the street, so they answered, "no." Then the video shows this man getting shot from a helicopter. The students said things like, "Oh my god, why did they do that!?" When the video showed an injured man struggling to crawl away, the soldiers say things like, "c'mon, pick just pick up a weapon," so that they could have clearance to kill him.  Matthis asked if it sounded like the soldiers wanted to shoot the guy on the ground. Are these soldiers protecting freedom? Is this soldier a hero? The answer from the students was a resounding NO!

Friday, the tour will be in Santa Barbara. You can tune into KPFK online and listen live at 10am Pacific to Matthis Chiroux, one of the We Are Not Your Soldiers speakers (and an Iraq War resister), interviewed on the Michael Slate show.

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Bush Deserves Prison, Not a “Pro-Life” Award

07 February 2010

We received this from War Criminals Watch

Honoring George Bush with a “Pro Life Award” is something like honoring an iceberg for sinking the Titanic--although the cost in human life totals hundreds of thousands, not hundreds. This is to say nothing of the millions of lives disrupted, families broken, and horrendous injuries, both physical and mental.


Illegal Wars causing the death of over a million people, including thousands of US deaths, sanctioning Torture, violating our Constitution, and smashing any hopes for world peace into the foreseeable future.

Bush received this award from the Catholic group Legatus at its annual Summit, Feb. 4-6, in Dana Point, Calif. In one of his of his last acts as president, Bush declared Jan. 18, 2009, as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Incongruously for one who declared not one but two illegal and immoral wars, he stated that “the most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent.”

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Beneath The Surface with Michael Slate KPFK 90.7FM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Larry Everest on eight years of unjust war and occupation in Afghanistan - a war that has fueled the Taliban, and killed thousands upon thousands of Afghans. President Obama and his generals are mired in debate over the hell of leaving and the hell of staying. Meanwhile, some in the progressive movements in the US talk about a "reasonable rate of withdrawal." We'll be talking about all this with Larry Everest, a reporter for Revolution newspaper and author of Oil, Power and Empire, Iraq and the US Global Agenda.

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What kind of surge do you want?

Bombs and troops?

Or righteous resistance?

On Saturday night, WCW National Coordinator Debra Sweet was out on the Ellipse with the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, originally put together by the American Friends Service Committee to commemorate, with empty boots, the US military lives lost in Iraq, and Iraqi civilians killed there as well.  For the first time, the display was just the 870 military killed since 2001 in Afghanistan. To the side was a spiral of shoes of all kinds and sizes, down to infant socks, commemorating the Afghani civilians, number unknown, who have died in the occupation.  Thousands of people came by, and hundreds walked among the boots, including active duty military and soldiers and Marine who had been in Afghanistan. They indicated a lot of questioning in the military right now.

Today, the first Monday in October, the Supreme Court's new session begins, and World Can't Wait will be there protesting torture. Then, the protest moves to McPherson Square, and a march to the White House. President Obama is holding an outdoor press conference around 11:00 am, I hear, so perhaps we'll get there in time to bring our loud anti-war message and make the news.  World Can't Wait will be displaying the Museum of U.S. Torture.

Many of you have seen parts of Rethink Afghanistan, the new film by Robert Greenwald. Listen to the voices of people trying to survive in Afghanistan after 8 years of bombing, occupation, and relentless war, and tell me to "give Obama's surge a chance!"

One father points to his 3 year old daughter standing in the mud with no shoes on and says:

"For God's sake, ...I want to sell this child, but nobody wants her. What can I do? I have nothing. I am poor. I don't have any blankets, I don't have any shawls, I don't have any clothes. There is no food that I can put in her mouth."

Watch this, and share it with others. YOU can be part of the 48-hour surge of resistance, helping to provide World Can't Wait with funds to run our National Office for the rest of the year, joining in from anywhere. One of the protesters expecting to be arrested tomorrow in non-violent civil resistance against the 8 years of occupation of Afghanistan, messaged me that she wants to donate, but is not sure she'll be out of jail by Tuesday. She, and you, can go right now to give the virtual fund raiser an early bump!


L.A. Chapter The World Can't Wait

P.S. Within the next weeks, President Obama will announce up to 20,000 more troops will deploy to Afghanistan in addition to replacing up to 14,000 support troops with "trigger-pullers." This will only mean increasing the death and destruction brought to the Afghan people. And U.S. involvement in Iraq is not only not over, but is becoming a permanent occupation.

Beneath The Surface with Michael Slate KPFK 90.7FM

August 18th 2009

Guests: Dr. Leroy Carhart, Debra Sweet

Topic: Defending abortion rights

Dr. Leroy Carhart is one of the only remaining providers of late abortions in the U.S. Operation Rescue is going to Dr. Carhart's clinic the weekend of August 28 and 29. Debra Sweet of World Can't Wait talks of protests to defend this brave doctor.

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Tortured past

Protesters hound federal judge who crafted torture memos for Bush

Pasadena Weekly

By André Coleman , Megan Sebestyen 07/09/2009

US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee had just finished hearing oral arguments in the case of Sprint v. Palos Verdes on Monday when Susan Harmon stood up and asked a question.

“We’re here to ask you when you’re going to resign,” said Harmon, a Bay Area member of the group Progressive Democrats of America, as she stared defiantly at the judge. Bybee did not respond while guards dressed in blue blazers removed Harmon and two other women from the courthouse.

“We will follow you,” Harmon vowed before being escorted out of the stately West Pasadena courtroom and rejoining a dozen protesters standing in front of the building.

Joining Harmon Monday were members of her organization and the anti-war groups Code Pink and the World Can’t Wait, all of which have been calling for Bybee’s resignation or impeachment since April, when President Obama declassified documents showing Bybee was an architect of former President George W. Bush’s torture policies.

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Standing Against the Murder
of Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller!

Speak-Out in Los Angeles

On Saturday, June 6th, 80 people gathered at a busy corner on the outdoor Santa Monica Promenade to “Speak Your Rage” to honor Dr. George Tiller and to resolve to keep abortion doctors safe. It was initiated by World Can’t Wait-LA, Libros Revolucion bookstore and the Revolution Club-LA, and quickly gathered endorsements from several NOW chapters, a student group, representatives from Planned Parenthood Pasadena and the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, and UCLA Law Professor Frances Olsen, an international feminist legal scholar.

Rev. Ignacio Castueras, National Chaplain of Planned Parenthood

For almost two hours, in front of an attentive crowd, a variety of people stepped forward to speak, from students to long-time veterans in the struggle for a woman’s right to choose. There were 20 speakers, including Planned Parenthood’s National Chaplain Rev. Ignacio Castuera (who travelled two hours each way to participate) and 3 NOW chapter presidents, one of whom is also a West Hollywood councilmember. An attorney read the powerful statement that lawyer Gloria Allred sent from Wichita (see below). Carol Downer who co-founded the Feminist Women’s Health Centers is organizing women to publicly tell their stories, as part of creating an atmosphere in society where women feel no shame for having abortions. People brought to life how Dr. Tiller bravely and compassionately saved the lives of women, and even young girls, who came to his clinic when there was no else who would or could help. A number of defiant young women (as well as men) spoke, including a high school student who came with her mom; a student from the Feminist Alliance of Santa Monica College; a young religious Black woman who decided at the end to speak and directed her story about having two abortions at the anti-abortionists standing around; 2 volunteers from Libros Revolucion who spoke to the dangerous “common ground” that Obama is calling for; and 3 members of the Revolution Club-LA shared the mike and told about the controversy in a class of pregnant teen-aged moms who had never seen anything like the photo display “A Fetus is Not a Child” from Revolution newspaper. Several anti-war groups were represented including Veterans for Peace and the Topanga Peace Alliance.

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World Can't Wait protest outside Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills

30 people gathered at the very busy intersection in Beverly Hills with a 20' orange banner that read "Release the Torture Photos!  Prosecute the War Criminals!  worldcantwait.org".  Orange-jumpsuited "detainees" and people with white masks and orange ponchos saying "No Torture" and "Prosecute War Criminals" stood next to the new large WCW posters across from the Beverly Hilton where Obama spoke at a fundraiser.  Unlike the coverage of our press conference last Thursday at West Hollywood City Hall (next to Beverly Hills), all the local TV news, both English and Spanish-language, covered the protest, as well as several radio stations, AP, UPI, and Getty Photos.

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Beneath the Surface with Michael Slate KPFK 90.7FM

May 26th 2009

Guest: Mark Ruffalo, actor and director, spoke at a press conference in West Hollywood last week on torture. He talked about why people need to demand that torture end, and that those responsible must be prosecuted.

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LA Marathon - May 25, 2009


City of West Hollywood and World Can't Wait Hold Joint Press Conference:

"No Torture" Banner at West Hollywood City Hall

May 21—The large orange banner hung down from near the ceiling in the lobby of West Hollywood, California, City Hall read: "No Torture." The City of West Hollywood, a community between Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, had taken a stand. And in that lobby, an important press conference was held: "A Call to President Barack Obama urging him to release torture-related photos and prosecute war criminals, ex-top officials of the Bush Administration." The press conference was called by the City of West Hollywood and The World Can't Wait.

City Council Member and long-time defender of human rights, John J. Duran said, "President Obama must do what is right for our country's future and shed light on the last eight years of the Bush administration's half-truths, abuse of power and human rights both abroad and here at home. We will never be able to put this behind us if the truth is not fully revealed and if we don't atone for the way our country behaved." He was joined by: Debra Sweet, national director of The World Can't Wait, the MC for the event; Mark Rapkin, a Los Angeles attorney who represented a prisoner unjustly locked up at Guantánamo and has continued to speak out against the continuing torture and imprisonment at that prison; actor John Heard; director and writer Paul Haggis, whose films include Crash and In the Valley of Elah; and actor and director Mark Ruffalo.

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Here's a front-page article re West Hollywood press conference that came out May 28th edition of the weekly Beverly Press:  http://www.parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com/pdf/5.28%20issue.pdf

Paul Haggis - Guantanamo - America's Shame

More videos from the West Hollywood press conference

Michael Rapkin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBoNZenOQX8&feature=channel

Mark Ruffalo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyX3mP0dcRA&feature=related

Mark Ruffalo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGIDXRh6dHo


April 23,2009

When the LA chapter of World Can't Wait joined others at Chapman University last Tuesday (April 21st) to protest Torture Lawyer John Yoo, hundreds of thousands saw photos of protesters in orange jumpsuits the following day, in the LA Times and the OC Register (see video here). Reports of our Teach-In Against Torture on Saturday even ran in the Chinese press!

Chapman Teach-In Against Torture

Teach-In Against Torture at Chapman University School of Law, April 18, 2009. Torture professor John Yoo is currently teaching at Chapman

Larry Everest

Larry Everest is autor of "Oil, Power and Empire" and writes for Revolution Newspaper.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Katherine Darmer

Catherine Darmer teaches at Chapman University School of Law

Part 1

Part 2

Michael Slate

Michael Slate is host of the Tuesday evening edition of Beneath the Surface on KPFK 90.7, and writes for Revolution Newspaper.

Watch here

"We Won't Live in a Torture State!"

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Social Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC)
a non-profit art gallery and community space - located in Venice, CA

At a private home in Santa Monica


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