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A community forum on the social, political and humanitarian impact of the U.S.-Saudi war on Yemen. 

Sunday, May 24th

2 pm

518 Valencia Street

San Francisco 

Speakers As'ad Abukhalil and Ashwak Hauter. 

Sponsored by Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

Photo: May 16, San Francisco World Can't Wait and CODEPINK joined the demand to Stop the War on Yemen. Members of the large Yemeni community in the Bay Area organized this street march and rally "calling on all to support their struggle for self determination against foreign intervention and imperialist wars." 

The political and media elite, and yes, Jeb Bush would have us put down the invasion of Iraq as a terrible mistake and move on.   

Well, let's not -- because that's a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it's false. The Iraq war wasn't an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war. 

-- Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist for the New York Times

Endless War

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U.S. and Gulf monarchies meet at Camp David, agree to flood Middle East with "missile defense" systems. Photo by Kevin Lamarque, REUTERS

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"..you can't understand Baltimore's unrest in isolation from the violence its residents face at the hands of their own government." 

-- Nathalie Baptiste, OtherWords

Nonviolence for Whom?

In his six years as president, Obama has killed more people than died on 9/11.

"Human Rights and Global Wrongs" law professor, writer and social critic Marjorie Cohn analyzes the President's wars of aggression -- and much more.

Punish the Real Thugs

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The authorities and the media grunt about "violence."  They get outraged about broken windows, but not the broken neck of Freddie Gray.  They get mad about the destruction of property, but not the destruction of Black and Brown children.  Violence?  What about the unending violence carried out against the masses of Black and Latino people all over America by the police?  What about the world-record violence embodied in a society in which a young Black boy has a 1 in 3 chance of spending time in prison before he dies?  The violence in which nearly one million Black men and increasing numbers of women are now languishing in prison?  The violence in which police behave like occupying armies in the ghettos and barrios--and the occupying armies of the U.S. behave like police all over the world?  This is America, and this whole system was built on vicious, unjust, endless violence here and around the world and it continues to carry this out.  These world-class criminals, and apologists for criminals, have absolutely no right to say anything about what the masses of people do when they are fed up, when they can't take it anymore, and when they must express this. 

"..on May Day, International Workers Day, Bay Area ports will be shut down to protest the racist police killing of mainly black and brown people.  This is the first U.S. union to take such action..."   --  ILWU Local 10 (International Longshore and Warehouse Union)  

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Friday, May 1

9 AM - Gather at Pier 62 on the Oakland docks (park at 6/7th & Adeline)

March to Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, for Rally at 11 AM

World Can't Wait has joined a strong list of organizations standing in community support of this port shutdown by Local 10's membership, and our endorsement of this ShutDown (including the march from the Port to Oakland City Hall) means we are calling on the whole World Can't Wait community to join in.  Make this a No Business As Usual Day (meaning NO WORK, NO SCHOOL!) because you won't tolerate the police running violently rampant in cities across America, assaulting and killing mainly Black and Latino people.For World Can't Wait, our focus on the crimes of our government very much includes the wholesale terror and brutality that police across America bring down on Black and Latino peoples.  And we see no big brick wall between what is done to America's victims here inside the "homeland" and what is happening to the lives of people in the many countries suffering U.S. imperialism. The drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan mete out the same terror and destruction as the police in Ferguson, Baltimore, San Jose, and Atlanta.

It's all got to be brought to a halt!  And there's nobody going to make that happen, but ourselves.

Bring your banners and signs - your posters with the names and portraits of those killed by police - your friends and family and all of your voices - this Friday morning.  Look for the World Can't Wait contingent.  We'll rally in support of the longshore workers who will have shut down the port, and then we will together march into downtown Oakland to rally, and continue our protest.

Too many people are accepting an expansion of the U.S. war machine on the basis that "something has to be done about ISIS." People living in the United States do have a responsibility -- to send a loud message to the rest of the world that we are completely against the killing, theft of resources, subjugation of women and denial of peoples' rights by Western leaders.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a response to U.S. occupations, bombs, economic exploitation, and support of every reactionary regime in the Middle East. Wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have only strengthened the basis on which ISIS operates. But no party in the fight, not Islamic militias or the new Iraqi government paid for by the United States, has "right" on its side. ISIS offers a disastrous future for the people, and is no damn good.


University of San Francisco presents Professor Stephen Zunes    

Thursday April 23, 7-9 pm

Fromm Hall, Maier Room #110 

2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco 


Pretense of "humanitarian aid" fails to disguise the true nature of U.S. imperialism. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 destroyed education, legal, medical, water, sewage, security and electrical systems. When Iraqis rebelled, Bush's "surge" in 2007 handed out arms to Sunni and Shia, supporting death squads on both sides. U.S. intervention left what had been a relatively secular country split along sectarian lines, with a weak puppet government, and a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule. 

Meanwhile, shifting international alliances have brought civil war to one of the poorest countries in the world. The human cost of U.S. hegemony in the Middle East is now being measured in Yemeni bodies. Washington's support for dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign helped create the  current crisis.Under Obama's proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force the Pentagon will be free to wage endless, expanding wars all over the world without geographic limits. All of this imperial military doctrine is absolutely illegal, whether Congress approves it or not. Nothing good can come from U.S. bombing, and we need to say so immediately and widely.

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Several hundred marched from the Mission district of San Francisco to city hall during a protest against police brutality and police killing minorities. Those participating chanted anti-police brutality slogans and called for an end to the violence.

-- Rem O'Donnelley, remsreports.com

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No More Stolen Lives

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After the protests of last year, after promises were made and investigations were launched, after hundreds of protesters were arrested... the police are still getting away with killing people, especially Black and Latino people.

The upsurge of conscience and resistance that was born in Ferguson last summer, and rocked this country into the winter, has to be renewed and sustained. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network sponsored a National Day of Resistance Tuesday to the criminal in-justice system that gives a green light to wanton shooting of unarmed suspects, mostly people of color, mentally ill, or both.

The impunity afforded cops who kill (officers are seldom if ever held to account for their actions) enables the abuse of power inherent in a legal framework of male dominance and racial inequality.

The lesson taught in the days of plantation slavery and later in the murders of Black Panthers was really quite simple: the rich have the right to kill, the poor have the right to obey notes Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack De La Rocha. 

Make no mistake, police shoot to kill. Former police chief Chuck Drago (City Of Oviedo, Florida) says that contrary to what you see in film, police aren't trained to shoot to disarm. "Officers are trained to shoot for center mass," Drago said. "They don't try to shoot the gun or knife out of his hand because ... he's probably not going to hit it, and those few seconds are lost." Police commonly shoot suspects multiple times to guarantee silence.

Shooting people with little reason has grown to epidemic proportions. Criminal Justice Reporter for ThinkProgress, Carimah Townes writes that police killed 111 people last month, more than twice the number (52) killed in the entire United Kingdom since 1900. 

Cops become ever more blatant with public accommodation of their crimes. Courageous resistance in the face of repression has never been more important. The real power behind stories of stolen lives rests on how we react. 

We refuse to live in a terror state.

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Emergency Rally 

Saturday April 11

12 Noon 

Oakland Federal Building

1301 Clay Street (near Downtown Oakland BART) 

The U.S. government has been trying to murder the internationally celebrated black writer, radio journalist and former Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal for 34 years. 

The MOVE organization with International Concerned Friends and Family stopped his execution in 1995 and 1999, and got him off death row. Now Pennsylvania prison officials are deliberately trying to kill him with medical neglect and intentional torture. The situation is urgent and couldn't be more serious. 

Flood Mahoney Prison Superintendent John Kerestes with calls ( 570-773-2158  Ext. 8102).

Murder by Police Has to Stop

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c/o The Daily Californian:

..the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and the Revolution Club hosted a "speak out" event Tuesday at the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center to call for an end to police brutality.

The event, which drew about 40 people, hosted an array of speakers, most of whom were family members of individuals who had been killed by police. The event's organizers were not affiliated with the campus.

"It's not every day that you get to hear from people who experienced the horrors of losing a loved one to ... police," said Rafael Malik, one of the organizers of the event.

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No Honor Among Thieves

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Shifting international alliances have brought civil war to one of the poorest countries in the world. The human cost of U.S. hegemony in the Middle East is now being measured in Yemini bodies. Civilian suffering is the common denominator in all of Obama's wars, from Afghanistan to Libya. 

"While the details can be confusing, one thing is simple. American imperialism and the war of terror unleashed on that region are ultimately at fault and continue to destroy nation after nation."

-- Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

World Can't Wait sustainers are a special group of people who donate monthly in support of visual resistance to the crimes of this government. 

Sustainer Drive Extended thru April 
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Interior Department confirms 75 percent spill risk. 

Environmentalists shocked!? 

"For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction." 

-- Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Shell has spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic and is already moving oil rigs to Alaska.


..it doesn't matter if you're in the right, it doesn't matter if a cop is in the wrong, it doesn't matter if you're being treated with less than the respect you deserve. If you want to emerge from a police encounter with your life and body intact, then you'd better comply, submit, obey orders, respect authority and generally do whatever a cop tells you to do.

The assurance of safety in exchange for compliance is a false, misguided doctrine that has us headed towards a totalitarian regime the likes of which the world has seen before... Resist!


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San Francisco ICE Offices, Wednesday April 1  photo by Oscar Salinas

By David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/content/television-commercial-california-asks-drone-pilots-stop-killing 


This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born.

A new 15-second television ad, a variation on one that's aired in Las Vegas near Creech Air Force Base, is debuting this week in Sacramento, Calif. Take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESdmex_AA3I

The ad was produced by KnowDrones.com, and is cosponsored by Veterans for Peace/Sacramento, and Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento. It is airing on CNN, FoxNews and other networks starting Tuesday in the Sacramento/Yuba City area, near Beale Air Force Base.

Producers and promoters of the ad campaign have planned a press briefing at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 31, at the main gate to Beale Air Force Base. The ad's appeal for pilots to "Refuse to Fly," they say, "is aimed at drone pilots, sensor operators, support personnel and their families as well as the general public."

While killing people with drones by the thousands has become so routine that elite lawyers argue for making "wartime" permanent, and the United States is selling armed drones to nations around the world without apparently the slightest consideration that any undesired consequences are possible, the reality of what is happening is rarely seen in U.S. media. Comcast cable has decided that the advertisement above cannot be shown before 10:00 p.m. because it shows a glimpse of what "targeted drones strikes" do.

Comcast is allowing the version below to air at all hours as it more closely resembles the rest of U.S. television content in hiding reality. It does state "U.S. drones have murdered thousands, including women and children."  "Murder," by the way, is the U.S. government's own terminology, and strictly accurate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEgPmlhlC7g

Nick Mottern, coordinator of KnowDrones.com, suggested that activists have focused on appealing directly to drone pilots because appealing to the U.S. government has become so hopeless. "The President and the Congress," he said, "refuse to respect law and morality and stop U.S. drone attacks, so we are asking the people who bear the burden of doing the actual killing to put a stop to it."

In fact, drone pilots are suffering post traumatic stress and moral injury in significant numbers, and dropping out in significant numbers. Information on all the factors involved in creating the current, and much desired, shortage of drone pilots is, of course, incomplete. For a discussion of the issue, listen to this week'sTalk Nation Radio with guest Brian Terrell.  Efforts are also alive and well to get armed drones banned or to at least stop the U.S. government from arming the world with them.

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