In this post
-Reports on March 19th and 20th protests against U.S. Wars and Occupations on the 8th Anniversary of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq. This also includes the protest at Quantico Marine Base demanding that Bradley Manning be freed. Read Nick Egnatz’s piece on Bradley Manning.
-Analysis from writers on the U.S. attack on Libya and a call for an emergency protest.
-Walk 4 Choice on Saturday March 26th. Stand up for Women’s Rights to Abortion and Birth Control.
-Donate to We Are Not Your Soldiers. Watch World Can’t Wait organizers Elaine Brower and Emma Kaplan talk about why youth need to resist being recruited into the military. Read a high school girl’s account of why the We Are Not Your Soldiers presentations matter.
On Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, a message was sent by thousands in this country to the people of Iraq and the world. On the eighth anniversary of “shock and awe,” the beginning of the horror that continues under Obama, we said these wars are NOT fought in OUR name. Together, we are ending the silence. Read reports and see photos from around the country here. These protests also included the demand that Bradley Manning be freed from prison at the Quantico Marine Base where his treatment is not unlike the abusive treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and Bagram detention facilities. Read Nick Egnatz’s article here
That same day, yet another country came under the gun, or in this case, Cruise missiles, of the US.
But US military intervention is NOT a solution for the people of Libya! Here’s why:
“Western Frenzy Grows in Libya,” by Chris Floyd
Listen to Raed Jarrar, from Baghdad, Iraq, on why he opposes the attack on Libya. He says American tanks can’t liberate the women of Iraq, they must liberate themselves.
Glenn Greenwald writes on “Libya and the familiar patterns of war.”
Ken Theisen: “[J]ust because the US does not use ‘ground troops’ does not mean the US will not be heavily involved in this war, in fact orchestrating it…”
Emergency protests have been called in cities around the country. Here in Chicagoland, come to Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams, in downtown Chicago, at *5 pm*, *Thursday*, March 24.
Why Another Walk for Choice?
Here’s why: “We are under weekly, if not daily, attack.” Women must be able to control their reproduction or they are no more than slaves. In addition to defuning Planned Parenthood nationally, laws proposed in two states would legalize the murder of abortion providers, heroic doctors providing what are (still) legal medical procedures. Did you know the GOP wants the IRS to conduct abortion audits? Read about it here. The anti-choice hordes are relentless – will we be? Walks for Choice are happening around the country. Join us in the Loop this Saturday, from 2 pm to 4 pm, exact location to be announced. Stay tuned here and on Facebook. Invite your friends!
Please Support the Fund “Surge” for We Are Not Your Soldiers Now.
This past Friday, Elaine Brower and Mike Ferner of Vets for Peace screened the “Collateral Murder” footage for high school students in several classes in the DC area. Their teacher told us how many of her students had been thinking about joining the military – before they heard the truth about these wars, that is. Watch some of the highlights.
Kathy wrote World Can’t Wait on Facebook, ““I am so happy to see a group talking to high school students about the atrocities of warring before the students consider joining the military… for too many years there has been only the military recruiters talking in high schools.”
You can help make this happen by making a donation today!
- Watch Emma Kaplan, youth and student coordinator for World Can’t Wait, speaking at the anti-war rally in Seattle.
At the high school WCW visited in DC on Friday, students were stunned by the Collateral Murder footage and the callous attitude of the troops shooting people down from the helicopter. One girl asked if they had been given drugs to make them aggressive. Another said this this was how they emotionally deal with what they are doing. Almost all students of color knew someone who had been in the military.
These presentations have a huge impact. Lauren, an 18 year old intern at WCW, explains why. We see it every time we speak to high school students and youth. NOW we need your donation to fund a tour of Iraq vets and anti-war activists. You can help change young lives, and the world they will inherit.