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Mini Reports from the January 2009
Fri., Jan. 16th: Stop the
U.S.-backed Israeli Massacre in Gaza!
About 100 people gathered across from the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills
with banners and signs to oppose the Support Israel rally that was held under
the guise of a special citywide religious service, complete with a presentation
on Israel's recent Gaza action, Q&A with the Israeli consul general and a
4-point action agenda of how to support Israel. Their event ran from 8 to 9:30
p.m. but protesters were out beginning at 6:00 with many staying until 10 p.m.
Our posters "From Guantanamo to Gaza - Stop the U.S War OF Terror and
Torture" and "Stop Thinking Like Americans and Start Thinking
about Humanity" were visible to cars rushing by Wilshire, some stopping to
read the signs and honking their support. A call and response was taken up; Air
Strikes-War Criminals; Blockade-War Criminals, Occupation-War Criminals,
Settlements-War Criminals. Even though no bullhorns or amplified noise was
allowed by City of Bev Hills, the youth were key to the spirited and determined
protest to the massacre being committed against the people of Gaza by the U.S.
backed and funded State of Israel. Channel 7 news reported on the event that
While the news report that Israel entered into a cease fire so as not to detract or
embarrass Obama's inauguration, Obama's and his cabinet's position on Israel
doesn't differ from the Bush Administration.
Read "Team Obama and Israel - Fact Sheet" here.
Sun., Jan. 18th: "No Common Ground with Bigot Rick Warren!"
Seven of us drove down to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest to join with AllorNotatAll.org
initiated protest. We took pink triangles to symbolize the historical precedent
in Nazi Germany of his anti-gay message. These were taken up by the
majority of the 100+ protesters there. What we learned that day was the
homosexuals were kept in the concentration camps for a full year after the
camps were liberated. Our posters read "No Common Ground with Bigot Rick
Warren" and our banner read "No to Marriage of Church and
State". People took up chants of No to 8, No to Hate, No to marriage of
Church and State. There was agreement in the crowd that adding a gay
minister to the Sunday service in DC does not erase the tremendous
danger of having Rick Warren speak at the inauguration, though not all see
him as a Christian fascist. A report on National Public Radio about
Warren mentioned this protest as representing people who are not pleased with
the invitation to speak.
On Monday, Sunsara Taylor, WCW National Advisory Board Member and writer for Revolution
Newspaper, disrupted Rick Warren as he got up to speak at historic Ebenezer
Baptist Church, shouting "Rick Warren is a bigot! No 'Common Ground'
for Bigot Rick Warren". Following Sunsara, several other people
turned their backs on Warren and were also forced out of the church.
Earlier in the day, about 100 people protested outside the church in a
demonstration initiated by Black LGBT coalition and joined by GBLT ATL, TILLT,
World Can't Wait, and others. The protest was spirited and
attracted a lot of media.
Mon., Jan. 19th - No to U.S. War of Terror and Torture!
About 100 people marched together as part of the Anti-War/Peace contingent during the MLK
Parade. The contingent included Vets for Peace, School of Americas Watch, World
Can't Wait, Topanga Peace Alliance, Aztec dancers, and more. The contingent
marched with coffins, others wore black, with white masks and Palestinian
scarves, two of us marched as Guantanamo detainees with placards that read:
Stop U.S. War of Terror and Torture. These messages and visuals stood in stark
contrast to the numerous HS ROTC groups, the military, the over 100 LAPD
cadets. The law enforcement presence was overwhelming and included one cop
stationed for every 10-15 people on either side of the street in addition to
cops on bikes, motorcycles, and horses. The contradiction was not lost given
the prevailing activity of police brutality in these communities and the recent
cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland by a BART transit officer which
was caught on cell videos and went viral quickly. However, also seen in
the crowd were t-shirts celebrating Obama as the new commander-in-chief, and we
got into lively discussion in the contingent about what role Obama will play
(they are greatly troubled by his statements about Afghanistan and Israel, but
still hold out hope).
Cheers to the
hundreds of students who protested Karl Rove's lecture
Cheers to the hundreds of students who protested Karl Rove's lecture at
Claremont McKenna College on Sept. 16.† They braved pepper spray to detain Rove
for an hour and attempt to deliver a citizen's arrest of this war
Los Angeles: Nancy Pelosi meets protest on book
WCW Orange resistance greeted commuters
outside Nancy Pelosi's book signing in Los Angeles on August 11th. About
50 people gathered with many banners demanding impeachment and calling out
Nancy Pelosi for her complicity with the Bush Administration. One
activist was arrested after he spoke out inside and when released from jail the
next day answered the question Was it worth it? - "Absolutely. One
of the best things I've ever done. The look on her face was
priceless. Deer in the headlights X 10."
LOS ANGELES - FREEZE ATTACK ON IRAN - UNION STATION - 8/6/08
Fifty-three years after the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on a civilian
population, a group of twenty from the LA area converged on Union Station to
"freeze" against an attack on Iran. Leading up to the planned
meeting time, orange began to emerge through the station, with activists
wearing ribbons and t-shirts getting out flagging-tape orange ribbons to
bystanders eager to take up the color of resistance.
One of the participants brought his only orange t-shirt that featured Mickey
Mouse, but he turned it inside out and it worked just fine. As people joined
the group, preparing to initiate the "freeze," we learned that a
number of the people heard came to the action from outlying areas, taking
public transportation to get to Union Station.
Aug. 2 -
International forces in LA say Stop War on Iran!
Saturday, August 2nd: A crowd of 150 to 200 rallied in downtown LA's Pershing Square to
oppose an attack on Iran, as part of a series of actions in the area over the
summer to draw people from political complacency to a principled stand against
another U.S. war of aggression.
Initiated by Stop War on Iran Coalition, World Can't Wait joined the International
Action Center, Union of Progressive Iranians, BAYAN-USA, and others. Despite
short notice, people did come forwardówith a good measure of enthusiasm.
It was a very international crowd: Iranian families, Filipinos, Aztec
dancers, Palestinians, Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico, Central
America, and the Basque region of Spain, and U.S.-born people of all
nationalities from different progressive or revolutionary movements.
People walking through the area stopped to check things out and some stayed for
the rally and march. A common view among many people was that an attack on Iran
was likely at this point, "and I wouldn't be here if I didn't think
so." Among the energetic youth and passers-by who joined us, there was the
sense that it takes someone in the family or someone in a circle of friends who
sees the importance of taking a stand, being vocal and encouraging others to be
Report on the Jan 10th forum
"Shut Down Guantanamo! Drive Out the Bush Regime"
On Thursday, January 10th in Los Angeles, seventy people gathered at the
Echo Park United Methodist Church to hear Michael Rapkin, an ACLU lawyer who
represents a Guantanamo detainee, Dennis Loo PhD. who is a member of the World
Can't Wait national steering committee, Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution
newspaper and member of the World Can't Wait advisory board, and John Heard, a
noted actor and activist, speak about the horrors of codified torture and why
we must all act to put an end to it and the Bush program that seeks to justify
Michael Rapkin shared his profoundly disturbing first-hand experiences in
coming face to face with atrocities visited on detainees as they languish in
inhumane conditions at the prison in Guantanamo, and have little legal recourse
or hope toward a day of release and return to their homes and families. The
depth of the cruelty that he has uncovered toward detainees as he has worked
tirelessly for their release left the audience breathless with horror at times.
Report from World Cant Wait Los Angeles - 1/6/2008
Report from World Cant Wait Los Angeles: The Annual Rose Parade
Meets the White Rose Coalition
January 1, 2008 began the evening before as tens of thousands gathered in
Pasadena to camp out, securing front row seats to watch the Rose Parade.† World
Cant Wait Los Angeles and San Francisco joined the White Rose Coalition to
spread the message throughout the crowd; fascism must be repudiated and torture
in our name is immoral and unacceptable.
On New Years Eve, we dressed in orange, and passed out flyers and orange
flagging tape to those willing to declare their opposition to the Bush Regime.†
Orange was already a prominent color in the crowd as the Illinois football team
scheduled to play in the Rose Bowl use orange as their team color. Our message
was greeted with a variety of responses. Our brand-new Torturers:† Drive Them
Out! t-shirts were grabbed up by some,† young and old.† A few yelled at us about
how they support torture. Some engaged with us about this, saying that they
thought that the US should torture terrorists, and that they felt that citizens
of the US were not in any danger from their own government and only from
terrorists who needed to be tortured first, before they tortured us.† Others we
talked to had never heard of Guantanamo, nor did they have knowledge of the†
passage of the Military Commissions Act† and its implications. These people took
our flyers with interest and thanked us for informing them.
The World Can't Wait / LA rally October5 / "Cold Criminals
TOWN MEETING REPORT FROM LOS ANGELES
JULY 12, 2007 7pm
On a warm evening in Los Angeles, about 175 people gathered at
their town hall meeting at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Blvd.
It was mostly a middle-aged crowd, punctuated by some youth, and distinguished by a number of seniors exuding a
notable and fiery stance against the Bush regime. Others seemed new to
political life. The overall spirit of the crowd was high and determined as
people sat listening intently, orange ribbons that had been given to them at
the door bedecking their clothing in a variety of ways. Each speaker was received with applause,
cheers and a few standing ovations.
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