Speak-Out for Guantanamo Prisoners

1964 12-03 Sproul Hall by Jim Jumblatt crop 2.jpg
50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement
Rally, Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Noon to 1:00, Wednesday October 1

Join the rally in orange jumpsuits.
RSVP 415-864-5153 
to sign up!

A week of events celebrating the
 Free Speech Movement is underway in Berkeley. Programs, plays, parties, and panels are commemorating this historic student freedom movement born October 1, 1964 on the UC campus. FSM veterans are here for a reunion, mingling with students on campus now who want to know about this heroic history, and its meaning for today.  World Can't Wait joins friends of all ages in honoring this anniversary and the many FSM veterans gathered to mark it - not just with nostalgia, but with renewed commitment to present-day fights for justice, equality, and free speech.

December 3, 1964 photo by Jim Jumblatt
©FSM Archives 
Occupied Sproul Hall. F S M signs by Peter Wiesner

But! Here at UC, while everyone's celebrating Free Speech -- war criminal John Yoo not only continues enjoying safe harbor from accountability for his part in setting up Bush-Cheney's program of indefinite detention and torture. His presence is defended by the UC and Berkeley Law administration as an example of Free Speech and academic freedom! And taking this insult further: during the past year the law school has additionally rewarded Yoo, first with a co-chair appointment for its Korean Law Center. Now he's also been appointed to the oldest endowed chair at Berkeley Law, supposedly to honor excellent legal scholarship and work.


FIRE, DISBAR and PROSECUTE JOHN YOO, the principal legal architect of the Bush Regime's indefinite detention and torture programs.


The administration and leadership of UC itself and of Berkeley Law have turned a deaf ear to years of determined protest against the lawyer whose work enabled the government to establish illegal torture and other inhumane and criminal programs. Demonstrations, forums, direct actions and arrests, a Berkeley City Council-supported Berkeley Says "NO to Torture" Week, have been mobilized by World Can't Wait, the National Lawyers Guild, Code Pink, students at Berkeley Law, and others.


The torture at Guantanamo, at Abu Ghraib, at Bagram and at the CIA black sites is attorney John Yoo's work product. WHY is this criminal still on the law school faculty at UC?

Join us at this big rally celebrating the legacy of the Free Speech Movement - a legacy which demands that the university's shameful shelter for a war criminal be repudiated, and ended. Raise your own voice to make this demand - to speak up for the torture victims, to stand up for the Guantanamo prisoners, many of whom are STILL being tortured.

Honeywell International, Inc. is a world-class war-profiteer. It builds the TPE-331 engine along with navigational equipment for the Reaper drone, making it complicit in a a history of extrajudicial killing in Pakistan and Yemen and now in the illegal bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. Honeywell is also complicit in nuclear weapons manufacture, the Israeli war machine, fracking, and a variety of other environmental and human rights crimes. Find more information about this at BadHoneywell.org.

As reported on Apple Insider: "Honeywell is one of a number of manufacturers that have partnered with Apple to support HomeKit, the iPhone maker's new home automation standard introduced with iOS 8."


Join Boycott/Divest Honeywell International, Inc., the new movement to empower consumers to take action against this war profiteer, to call on Apple to sever their connection with Honeywell!

San Francisco Protests Endless War


"[President Barack] Obama owns this immoral and illegal action, the ultimate war crime -- invasion of a sovereign nation that poses no imminent threat to the aggressor. 'We' did not ask for or approve this war. NOTHING good can come from U.S. bombing, and we need to say so immediately and widely," The World Can't Wait said in a statement calling for people to show up with sign and something to say...

Anti-war groups take to the streets

Photo by Kale Williams for SF Gate: Julianna Cheng of Occupy San Francisco and her daughter, Arielle.

..if the new war President Obama is proposing clearly cannot be reduced to some simplistic battle between good and evil forces in the Middle East, what is it about?

The fact is the U.S. government has no interest in peaceful resolution of a conflict when such a resolution is deemed incompatible with American interest.

God Bless Another War?


Obama ended his executive declaration of more war with words that the military-industrial shills have slowly managed to turn into an obscenity: "May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America."

engaging in the game of war is always an act of defeat

New Snowden Leak


Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.

James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.

"It's one of the biggest abuses we've seen," Bamford quoted Snowden as saying...

NSA shared Americans private communications with Israel 

Note: Video of San Francisco Readings in Support of Edward Snowden posted here

Hands Off Syria


"..as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead."

Obama's fine rhetoric fails to legitimize U.S. incursion into the sovereign state of Syria. We must not allow people to be bamboozled into supporting the lie of "humanitarian intervention" -- again. We can stop the next war. Now.

David Edwards, editor at medialens.org considered some "Unthinkable Thoughts," January 2000:

"It seems to me that there are some very basic psychological tricks being played on us. One trick is, 'We have to do something, there's a genocide', so that any sane person sits there thinking 'Well of course we can't sit back, it's like the holocaust, we've got to do something.' And then Tony Blair says, in response to the charge of hypocrisy - he said it on the BBC's Question Time - 'I'm sorry, but just because we can't help everybody doesn't mean we shouldn't help the people we can help'. But of course if you look at Iraq where 800,000 children have died as a result of Western sanctions, at Cuba where children with cancer can't get anti-sickness drugs because of sanctions and are vomiting 28 times a day, when Blair says we can't help those people, what he actually has to be taken to mean is 'We can't lift our boots from their necks', because that's what helping them would actually mean isn't it? 

We need to debate "American leadership" in endless war as a society. That debate can be fueled by scheduling a vote in Congress. But ultimately our own "boots on the ground" protest is required to interrupt the march of Empire.

Who is this "we" the president conjures, anyway?

Challenging the Surveillance State


Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Iraq


Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington.  Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them.  They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy -- and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the "surge" years of the occupation.  In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise.  After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS's fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington's weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.

-- Tom Engelhardt, How America Made ISIS, TomDispatch.com   

Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.

The move to seize the land, in the Bethlehem area in the south of the territory, is the biggest of its kind in three decades...

Israel to annex 400 hectares in West Bank

Unlike the American media perception of US foreign policy goofily stumbling from one good-intentioned mishap to the next, the average person in the Middle East views the American military as a sociopathic power hell-bent on annihilation... 

see No-Win War on ISIS 

Map: Middle East, highlighting Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan

The U.S. has opposed Islamists in all eight of the turbulent lands stretching from Libya to Pakistan, yet has not managed to forge a solution in any of them. Are U.S. policies the problem, or is the region's upheaval beyond the reach of any outside power?

Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR 

Nobody disputes the brutality and extremism of ISIS, but that is a completely different question from whether the U.S. should take military action against it. To begin with, the U.S. not only ignores, but actively supports, all sorts of brutal and extreme parties in the region... 

Sunsara Taylor and three other Abortion Rights Freedom Riders were arrested today around 12:30pm, as they stood in the middle of Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX, sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency: if nothing changes, this Monday will complete the largest round of abortion clinic closures ever to hit a single state! Women are NOT incubators! Several UT students joined them right there in the street, blocking traffic. Also arrested was a member of Stop Patriarchy who was standing on the side of the street, taking pictures. She had participated in civil disobedience last week and was arrested so brutally that a ligament in her shoulder is torn. Today, she was only taking pictures. This is unacceptable! 

U.S. Expanding War in Iraq

Under cover of ISIS atrocities, Obama proposes deployment of an additional 300 troops to the 850+  in place and undisclosed thousands of security contractors who never left. 

"The United States, for its part, is not a charity organization, nor is it a neutral bystander. Washington is an active participant in the conflict. In addition to authorizing direct strikes, the Obama administration continues to arm the Iraqi government forces and ethnic Iraqi militias and paramilitary groups." -- Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee 

Ferguson Is America

The Dred Scott decision meant that to be black in America in the late 1850s was to live in a land that said you did not have a future... It doesn't sound all that far off from the situation facing black citizens today.
     photo by David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

Update: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's deployment of the National Guard to occupy Ferguson is as illegal as it is provocative.

From Oscar Grant to Michael Brown - the murder of our youth must STOP.

Bring your signs, sounds, banners, outrage and your love for the heroic people who have refused to subside in silence.


TWO LOCATIONS:  Monday August 18,  4:00 PM onward

Downtown OAKLAND

Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank Ogawa Plaza)

14th and Broadway


Powell and Market  


Today in Ferguson right after 18-year-old Michael Brown's memorial service, the people marched ­­again. Ever since the day Michael was murdered by a Ferguson cop, the people have refused to stop protesting and resisting. They have turned the eyes of the world to this police murder and their demand for justice. And with the whole world watching, the protesters have been violently assaulted by a military-style police force that makes Ferguson look like a war zone, time after time -- but the people in Ferguson keep holding their heads high, and they keep resisting.

"The only way out of the quagmire the Jewish people of Israel have gotten themselves into is by granting all living under the control of the State of Israel the same political rights and social and economic rights and opportunities." -- Henk Zanoli, talking about his return of Righteous Among the Nations medal
14762549009_700fc13bb5_z.jpgOn Saturday August 16, several thousand protesters marched into the Port of Oakland toward the berth where a weekly Israeli cargo ship docks to offload its goods. The weekly docking of a Zim Lines cargo ship at the Oakland port was the focus (Zim Integrated Shipping Services is the Israeli international maritime shipping line). A community picket line at its berth was called for 5 AM Saturday, to meet the longshoremen arriving for the day shift to offload its cargo. 

There's a history of dramatic mass demonstrations and occupations at this port, including when they've stopped cargo from Israeli and South African ships, and during Occupy.  This time, the focus was on the present U.S.-backed Israeli massacre going down in Gaza. With Israel blockading, besieging and slaughtering Palestinians in Gaza, why should anyone tolerate Israeli commercial "business as usual" here? The diverse protest crowd was called into action out of the past weeks of outpourings of mass protest to stand with Gaza and the Palestinian people. 

A few hours before the target time, word went out that the ship was now offshore, hanging out and  delaying its itinerary, probably to avoid the protest - so the mobilization time got reset - and at 3 PM, between 4 and 5,000 people met at the BART station and headed for the ship's berth. We chanted along the mile or so march, including "From Ferguson to Palestine, Occupation is a crime!"

The police blocked the actual entry to the berth so the march stopped. There was a rally, and then because it was announced the ship would not approach the port this day, a victory march took everybody back. The Israeli ship had been delayed for a whole day - a day of success for the people fighting to stand with and support the people of Palestine in Gaza!

Sunday late afternoon, word went out: the Zim ship would dock at 6:30, and the longshore union (ILWU) would recognize a community picket line. A few hundred people got themselves into the port and set up the picket line. No one crossed the picket line and so the cargo was not offloaded for another day. Organizers say that means TWO days of successfully preventing Israeli cargo from being delivered, and they are considering what can be done next to build on this success.