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Seats are limited, and your advance registration helps us plan this exciting event!
$25 per person $10 students/umemployed (lunch included)
See you Saturday, Feb. 16!
At the opening plenary, Dr. Mark Potosnak of DePaul University will present the climate science and the scenarios ahead if we do not act. Carl Wassilie, a Yup’iak Alaskan, is coming from Alaska to bring us the story of the first climate refugees in the US. He will describe the struggle of Alaska’s Big Village Network to save 31 Native villages facing imminent threat from rising waters.
The science is clear, and the impact on those who have contributed the least to the problem will be evident. So what are some of the obstacles to acting on that science? At our second plenary, “Roots of the Problem,” Orpheus Reed, a writer with Revolution newspaper, will address the capitalist economic and political system. Bob Goldstein, a Lutheran minister, will critique the traditional Christian understanding of “man’s dominion over creation.” And Barney Bush, Native American poet and environmental activist from downstate Illinois, will outline the inheritance of colonial domination and the settler mindset.
And those are just the morning sessions! After lunch and a chance to network and visit the groups tabling, the afternoon will feature breakout sessions led by organizers working to stop various attacks on the environment, using a range of approaches. No one should leave without a way to act! Finally, we will come together to consider where we go from here in building a powerful movement.
After the conference, we invite everyone to stay for a send-off party for people from this area leaving Saturday evening to join thousands in Washington, DC, for the “Climate Forward” rally to demand “NO Keystone Tar Sands pipeline!”
Register today for this amazing event – space is limited, you don’t want to miss it!
On Friday January 11th about 75 people gathered at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago. In observance on the 11th anniversary of Guantanamo several organizations spoke out against the practice and policy of indefinite detention and torture by the U.S. abroad and here in this country. Participating groups were World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Christian Peace Maker Team, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, NATO 5 Defense Committee, Gay Liberation Network, Amnesty International, and Tamms Year Ten. The speakers covered related topics such as Bradley Manning, the need to stand up for Muslim Americans as a targeted population of FBI repression, the 5 young men known as the NATO 5 who are being held on bogus terrorism charges, Bagram detention center, and Zero DarK Thirty, a film that can oly be described as a propaganda film for U.S. torture. The rally and press conference emphasized the humanity of those still held at Guantanamo and highlighted 55 of the 86 cleared for release and yet remain in Guantanamo by having images of the cleared on posters and reading their names.
The names were read in a sequence of ten at a time and at the tenth name we were led in the song “Courage My Brother” a song that came from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. We changed the title Courage Muslim Brother”
We all felt it was important to give a name and a face to those still held by the U.S. because the film Zero Dark Thirty portrays those captured and held as the “worst of the worst” and not worthy of human rights. Once the names were read a flash mob was formed and the posters of those held were placed against the glass of the federal building.
then to the Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. Hundreds of people saw us and fliers were passed out. As we were leaving Millennium Park a group of school children on the other side of a median joined us in our chant, jumping up down with fists in the air, and doing the call and response “What we want?, Close Guantanamo! When do we want it?, Now!”We then marched to 600 N Michigan theater, and then onto AMC East 21 theater. Below is video of the rally and press conference by CAN TV here in Chicago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k6PloiSefo&list=UUSgXu3i7zx9V-MiAuLeOmtA&index=1
Yes, despite Pres Obama’s promises to close it, 166 people are still entombed at Guantanamo. This represents all that is wrong, morally and legally, with the “war of terror” the U.S. loosed on the world after Sept. 11 and the country the US has become. 86 of these men have been cleared for release – in other words, there is no evidence against them – yet our government refuses to release them. In September, the Obama administration released the names of 55 of those 86 cleared for release. Almost 3,000 people are also detained at Bagram detention center in Afghanistan, “the other Guantanamo,” without charges or right to counsel. And now all of this is being defended and celebrated in an award-winning film. Will you raise your voice with us to say, “No, not in my name?”
The Bush regime’s policy of indefinite detention has been institutionalized by the Obama administration. Now Obama has signed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) for 2013 that authorizes military detention of US citizens, anywhere, any time. The media has largely abandoned these issues, and a bipartisan consensus has emerged to commit permanently to these horrific policies. Summarizing how the “war on terror” has become institutionalized under the Obama administration, Glenn Greenwald concludes, “Only outside compulsion, from citizens, can make an end to all of this possible.”
Join us this Friday, Jan 11, the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, to say Shut It Down Now!
Where: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
What: Press Conference, followed by procession to River East 21, 322 E. Illinois
We now live in a culture where the CIA and Hollywood work together to rewrite history and get people to go along with these crimes by making false claims that torture produces “intelligence” that will keep us safe. We say that no matter what, indefinite detention and torture are wrong! Zero Dark Thirty = Zero Conscience.
From Federal Plaza, we will process in orange jumpsuits through the Loop to River East 21 where Zero Dark 30 is screening. This film is an “apology for torture” that presents the CIA’s view of the world. We as a people are brutalized and degraded by torture committed in our name and further degraded by the celebration and justification of it in this film. Torture produced no useful intelligence in the pursuit of Bin Laden. Even the government has admitted this. Yet this film claims the opposite. Download our flyer here and be part of promoting the truth about this film.
Participating organizations include Chicago World Can’t Wait, IL Coalition against Torture, Christian Peacemaker Teams, IL Amnesty International, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, 8th Day Center for Justice, Wellington UCC, Gay Liberation Network, TAMMS Year Ten, Committee against Political Repression, Northwest Indiana Veterans for Peace and more.
Feb 16 2013 – Climate Crisis Mobilization – IIT Kent in Chicago
The February 16, 2013, Climate Crisis Summit in Chicago will be a full-day working conference that will provide each participant with specific take-aways in three areas:
- How can I make sense of this? What responses are commensurate with the depth of this crisis? The science is clear; what IS blocking efforts to address the urgency?
- Which approaches to bringing about change make sense to me, and how concretely will I be involved in the days ahead? How can I get involved with key activist groups and make a real contribution?
- We need to build a movement — how can I help get the word out and engage others?
Morning plenary to be followed by afternoon breakout sessions to focus on action planning* and networking.
Participating groups include: Citizens Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW!) * Chicago Chapter, World Can’t Wait * Rainforest Action Network Illinois * IIT Kent College of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild * Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) * Occupy Kent * Protect Chicago’s Water * St. Luke’s of Logan Square, Social Justice Ministry * Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois … contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your group wishes to join this critical effort.
*The CHICAGO CLIMATE CRISIS MOBILIZATION will include planning for a large scale event on Earth Day 2013!
News from Climate Crisis Chicago
Meeting Sunday, October 21, 4pm, 659 W Diversey
Our next Climate Crisis Chicago meeting will be:
Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Next Door Chicago, 659 W. Diversey, Chicago
Our next Climate Crisis Chicago meeting will be an important decision-making meeting in regards to planning for a climate crisis summit. Specific proposals will be made and voted on for the summit. Please bring your proposals for consideration. Our network will start detailed plans for the summit after the next meeting. We can also discuss the 350.org divestment strategy and our network’s involvement. Please email Betsy at email@example.com with your ideas for the next meeting’s agenda.
Please extend an invitation to our next meeting to other interested groups and individuals. Let’s grow our network so we can fight the climate crisis together and plan a large-scale summit in Chicago.
In This Post
- Protest on the anniversary of the longest U.S. War on Sunday Oct. 7th
- Not One More Day In Jail For Gregory Koger: Sign the New Statement to Stand with Gregory
- Climate Crisis Chicago Meeting Sunday Oct. 7th before the protest of the U.S. War on Afghanistan
What do YOU have to say to the longest war in US history? To the vicious prosecution of a fighter against injustice? Join us to oppose both!
Protest with us this Sunday – No More Decades of War on Afghanistan!
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 pm
Where: Start at Tribune Tower Plaza (435 N. Michigan Ave.)
March to Obama’s Campaign HQ (E. Randolph & N. Michigan Ave.)
And on to Boeing Corp. HQ (100 N. Riverside Plaza)
On the 11th anniversary of the longest war in US history,
WE SAY NO TO ENDLESS WAR AND OCCUPATION!
… and NO also to Guantanamo and torture – prosecution/persecution of Bradley Manning and all whistleblowers – NDAA and all indefinite detention – drones – the threat of war on Iran …
Join us, Vets for Peace, CodePink and many others to show there are people living in the U.S. who say NO! to the crimes being committed in our name and demand an end to all of it. And yes, your presence is necessary. Friends, haven’t you heard? Some say we’re too hard on Obama. They say yes, he’s murdering civilians and laying waste to their countries – and signing off on assassination “kill lists” every Tuesday — but on balance, he has saved American lives with his enlightened health care and environmental policies.
What do YOU say to that? Debra Sweet, director of World Can’t Wait, has this to say: “[A]nyone who puts a preference on lives of people from this country over the rest of the planet, and who relegates the longest occupation in U.S. history to a side issue, is complicit in its continuance.”
If you can’t join us on Sunday, there are many other ways to support this action – forward this email to friends, “join” the event on Facebook and invite friends there to attend, and donate to World Can’t Wait so we can continue our work – thanks, because we can’t do it without YOU!
* Not One More Day in Jail!
*We Support Gregory Koger and Oppose this Wrongful Conviction!
Gregory Koger’s appeal of his outrageous conviction has been turned down by the Illinois Supreme Court. The State’s Attorney has moved to revoke his bond. The situation is urgent.
Chicago World Can’t Wait urges you to sign the above statement here. Even if you have signed previous statements opposing Gregory’s prosecution for videotaping a peaceful protest against censorship, this is a new statement opposing this new attack. It will be presented to Cook County authorities at an upcoming action – we will keep you posted!
We in Chicago World Can’t Wait believe that a climate crisis summit can attract both activists and (non-activist) people who are concerned – even distraught – about the devastation of our planet but have not seen a way to act to stop it. By coming together, we can form a network in this area and a foundation for coordinated actions, locally and even nationally.
Our next meeting will be this Sunday, Oct. 7, 11:30 am to 1 pm (so you can go to the Afghanistan war protest too) at Next Door, Blue Room, 659 W. Diversey, Chicago. Details and notes from recent meetings are available at our blog.
In this Post:
- Update from the event Iran:Internal Resistance & U.S. Interventions
- Following our blog “Climate Crisis Chicago”
- Chicago WCW at Fighting Bob in Madison, WI
- October 7 – No More Decades of War on Afghanistan!
IRAN: Internal Resistance & U.S. Interventions
On Thursday Sept 20 Saman Sepheri, an Iranian activist, spoke at Wellington Ave. United Church of Christ on IRAN: Internal Resistance & U.S. Interventions. The talk was given in the atmosphere of ever increasing threats of an attack on Iran by the U.S. and/or Israel. The event was sponsored by Protest Chaplains Chicago, World Can’t Wait, American Friends Service Committee, Buddhist Peace Fellowship and more. You can read more on the event here http://protestchaplainschicago.blogspot.com/2012/09/iran-internal-resistance-and-us.html
We in Chicago World Can’t Wait believe that a climate crisis summit can attract both activists and (non-activist) people who are concerned – even distraught – about the devastation of our planet but have not seen a way to act to stop it. By coming together, we can form a network in this area and a foundation for coordinated actions, locally and even nationally. Follow our blog and stay tuned for the next meeting.
Welcome, new friends in Wisconsin!
Chicago World Can’t Wait welcomes dozens of new friends we met last Saturday at the Fighting Bob Fest in Madison, where our friends in No Drones Wisconsin put the issue of drones and this administration’s extrajudicial killings front and center – literally! We had deep conversations with many people who are wrestling with the pull of voting for the ‘lesser’ of two evils. Please stay in touch and let us know what you’re thinking and what we can do together to stop the crimes of our government.
October 7 – No More Decades of War on Afghanistan!
If you are sickened by the continuation of the longest war in US history …
If this is not the “change” you were hoping for …
Join us on Sunday, Oct. 7!
Meet at 3 pm, Tribune Tower Plaza
(435 N. Michigan Ave.)
March to Obama’s Election HQ
( E. Randolph & N. Michigan Ave.)
And on to Boeing Co. HQ
(100 N. Riverside Plaza)
And invite your friends on Facebook!
On Sunday September 2nd the World Can’t Wait hit the streets of Charlotte, NC. A small but determined crew participated in the March On Wall Street South. World Can’t Wait was there to protest Obama’s drone wars and challenge the “lesser of two evils” argument.
The crew of activists had a drone replica which they wheeled through the streets of Charlotte. The drone replica drew much attention, press, and conversation. The activists chanted “When Drones Fly, Children Die!” and “Obama, Romney All the Same, No More War Crimes in Our Name!” For a time a group of young people marched along with the World Can’t Wait crew and on the spot came up with the chant “Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Obama Should Do Prison Time!”
At one point the protesters were waiting to proceed with the march and a World Can’t Wait activist began to agitate to the delegates to the DNC and residents of Charlotte gathered on the side walk about the grim realities of Obama’s drone wars for the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. It was during this point that the 12 Steps to Overcoming the Addiction to Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils was read to the crowd of an enlarged copy which had also drawn much attention through out the day.
Here is Elaine Brower just before World Can’t Wait marches talking about why we’re there:
Some media coverage:
The Associated Press article (reprinted in 70+ local papers) included this line:
Some 800 demonstrators marched through the streets of Charlotte around the convention hall, protesting what they call corporate greed as well as U.S. drone strikes overseas, said to kill children as well as terrorists.
From the LA Times:
Some groups got creative, with one fashioning a relatively large facsimile of a military drone. Most supported causes to the left though more than a few of the marchers took jabs at President Obama, with signs like, “Arrest the War Criminal Obama” and “Obama Murders Children with Drones.”
Elaine Brower was interviewed by Euronews:
Photos from SFGate.com:
* “Die-in” street theater along the beach was very powerful and reached many hundreds.of spectators.* The model drone was a great way to engage people in conversation about the realities of drone warfare.* The military recruiting effort at the Air Show was widespread and extremely offensive. Lego kits to make toy Lego weapons and toy army helmets were being given away at the recruiting tables. An announcer described events at the Air Show and this was blasted to all the spectators from speakers up and down the lakefront. It included a constant glorification of the military. I felt like the Air Show is used for military propaganda. I noticed corporate sponsors included Boeing. I’m so glad our peace contingent was there.- An activist who is a school teacherThe drone model did attract a lot of people who probably wouldn’t have stopped for anti-war protesters alone. Some people knew quite a bit about drones and were alarmed about them, while others repeated the line that they’re okay because they “save American lives.” We had a lot of conversations about what’s wrong with that! But most were almost completely ignorant, so our 4 page brochure was important.One young graduate student from Pakistan came over to the drone model expecting to meet US military personnel explaining how great they are. He was so taken aback to find us with our enlarged pictures of victims of drone attacks calling for an end to drone warfare and wars for empire, he took pictures and said he was sending them to friends in Pakistan as we spoke. He also contributed to help pay for our expenses.In addition to our anti-drone brochure, we also distributed 100s of copies of our We Are Not Your Soldier flyer, “Want to end wars? Sick of recruiters? Start in Your School!”The die-in was great! The message was powerful and provocative. While some who disagreed with our message chanted “USA! USA!,” other people applauded each time we finished (the die-in was done at least 10 times up and down the beach AND in front of the recruiters’ stands) and some people came up to find out more about what we were doing.One woman thanked me and said her daughter was getting out of the military after 20 years and she (the daughter) was disgusted with all the lies and propaganda about the wars, which they both thought were “unwinnable.” She said she had been a Republican, then supported Obama and now realized none of them would end these wars.Several of the young Occupy Chicago people told me that they had never really thought about what the A&WS represented but becoming active in Occupy had helped them “connect the dots” and now the glorification of war machinery made them sick and they were so glad to be part of this protest. One young woman wrote, “I’m so proud of OCCUPY CHI people today who came out and supported this action and I am also glad I was able to be part of it with you. It was especially important to me as a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who died of Agent Orange.”- A Chicago World Can’t Wait Activist