September 2010 Archives

End the Silence

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...on the Longest War in U.S. History

The statement below has appeared previously in The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Humanist, and Rolling Stone online. Now we are publishing it in The New York Times to mark the start of the longest war in US history. Donations are urgently needed.

Crimes Are Crimes

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Last night, September 21, the Berkeley City Council adopted this Resolution. Approval by the official leadership of this "small city with a big reputation" will tell the country that ANY community can take a meaningful stand against the torture and demand its end.

Watch for NO TO TORTURE! banners on  City Hall and Old City Hall October 10-16.

DONATE to the campaign! Make checks payable to: "World Can't Wait SF" Mail to: 2940 16th Street, Room 200-6, San Francisco, CA 94103 and write "Berkeley Says NO" on subject line of your check so it goes to the right place.

"blowing the whistle", September 18

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"Bradley Manning is An American Hero" - Marjorie Cohn

You've been hating this war and the lies that keep it "acceptable" to way too many people? Thanks to Wikileaks, let's grab hold of the truth and run with it!

People around the world took to the streets to say "Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime!" 

640_b_4622.jpg original image ( 4279x2860)photo by Bill Hackwell 

Demonstrators rallied at San Francisco Veterans Building for a march to Union Square. Event featured Ray McGovern, Ann Wright and Daniel Ellsberg, all of whom will participate in "Berkeley Says NO To Torture" week October 10 thru 16.

Judge Unexpectedly Delays Drones Trial to Consider Defense Evidence 


What started out as an open-and shut case of trespass in Judge William D. Hansen's Las Vegas courtroom yesterday soon turned into a day-long reflection on the right of citizens to break the law in order to uphold a higher one.

Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM and thirteen others - including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly and Fr. John Dear - were on trial for entering Creech Air Force Base in April 2009.
They had gone to the base to dialogue with soldiers who direct drone bombings from video monitors in the Nevada desert. Instead, they were arrested.

The judge allowed the defense to put on a series of witnesses who soon engaged both the judge and prosecutor in a powerful conversation on the appropriateness of civil disobedience. 

These witnesses included Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, retired colonel and State Department Ann Wright (who established the US embassy in Kabul and who resigned from the department when the US invaded Iraq), and Bill Quigley, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The judge listened closely to the arguments and acknowledged that many important issues had been raised. 

Unexpectedly, he told the packed courtroom that he would take all the testimony under advisement and would take some time to carefully consider all the questions involved in balancing the tension between law and justice.

After setting the date for January 27, 2011, Judge Jansen left the bench and, with a smile, said, "Peace to you!"

The defendants and supporters stood up and applauded. As Fr. John Dear said afterwards, "It seemed the judge began to change before our eyes."

Click here to see detailed press release. For more information, visit Nevada Desert Experience and Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Bodies Upon the Gears

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"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Linkin Park channels Mario Savio in their new album, 
'A Thousand Suns'

FREE GREGORY KOGER! NO JAIL TIME!

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UPDATE: Gregory sentenced to 300 days in Cook County jail

 After 9 months of vengeful and unrelenting pursuit of a conviction by the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney and the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC, member of The American Ethical Union), videographer Gregory Koger was found guilty today of trespass, resisting a police officer, and battery for the "crime" of videotaping a brief but newsworthy statement by Sunsara Taylor (advisor to World Can't Wait) at the EHSC. Gregory was maced and brutalized during the arrest, and this was acknowledged by police at trial, yet he was the one charged and now found guilty.

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