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Press Release: Ministers, Others to Engage in Civil Disobedience to Stop NYPD “Stop and Frisk”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21.2011
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Civil Disobedience in Harlem Demands:
STOP NYPD’S STOP & FRISK
 
Who:  Cornel West, Professor, Author, Public Intellectual
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of Riverside Church
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Rev. Omar Wilks, Unison Pentecostal Church
Prof. Jim Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Elaine Brower, Military Mom and World Can't Wait
 
Joined by “OCCUPY WALL STREET” & others
 
When: Friday, October 21
1:00 PM Rally at Harlem State Office Building, 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
1:30 PM Non-Violent Civil Disobedience at the NYPD 28TH Precinct, West 123rd Street & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
 
New York, N.Y., October 21, 2011 The NYPD’s notorious program of STOP & FRISK will be the target of a new movement of non-violent civil disobedience tomorrow as professor and author Cornel West and Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party are joined by the Reverend Stephen Phelps (interim senior minister of Riverside Church) and several other clergy, professors, teachers in front of the 28th NYPD precinct in Harlem to stop what has been documented to be a “racist, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional policy.”

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Protesters around the planet: A better world is possible!

Occupy EverywhereIn cities all over the world and across the U.S., thousands of protesters gathered yesterday inspired by Occupy Wall St - hundreds were arrested in various cities around the U.S. More reports to come!

Photos are being posted here.

New York City

The day started with an anti-war march through Manhattan ending at Zuccotti Park / Liberty Plaza (which still hasn't been shut down). An estimated 15,000 people shut down Times Square, chanting, "We are unstoppable - another world is possible!" Thousands more gathered in Washington Sq. Park and marches and rallies popped up across the city. World Can't Wait organizer on the scene reported "people are high on struggle like I haven't seen in decades." 

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Snapshots of resistance to war and empire

See World Can't Wait on Facebook for the latest, including videos, links to news coverage, and more photos from the occupation of DC and protests in Chicago, LA, and San Francisco.

Cornel West speaks out against the war

Cornel West speaking in LA.

Protesting the drone exhibit at the Air and Space Museum in DC.

In Chicago.

In Los Angeles.

The Museum of Torture on display in DC.

San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Guardian
: Protesters blast Wall Street and war; support OccupySF

San Francisco: Protesting Ten Years of U.S. War in Afghanistan (video)

Los Angeles
At Los Angeles Anti-War Protest, Anti-War Religious leaders get arrested (KTLA Video)

Washington, DC

Anti-War, Anti-Wall St. Protest Hits DC (The Progressive)

Debra Sweet at Freedom Plaza, Occupy Washington (thepeoplesvoice.org video)

Wall Street Protest Spreads to DC (AP Raw Video)

Photos of the drone protest October 7

March against drone warfare in DC: Protesters disrupt business at General Atomics (October 7 video)

Antiwar activists storm General Atomics, maker of Predator drones (LiveLeak video)

Pepper spray used on demonstrators at Air and Space Museum (CNN October 8)

Pepper-Sprayed for Peace (warisacrime.org)

DC Occupation takes Freedom Plaza Drone Protest to National Air and Space Museum, with a Pepper Spray Coda (Irregular Times)

Reporter and Occupy Wash DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum, But Protest Shuts it Down (OpEdNews)

 

Chicago
Anti-war protesters demonstrate downtown (ABC News)

Protesters rally in downtown Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

Fremont, CA
Afghan Community Marks War Anniversary in Fremont, CA (ABC News video)

Crowd in downtown Oakland protests execution of Troy Davis

Carrying signs that read, “Execute Justice not People,” and hoisting a large peace sign embellished with yellow, pink, and white flowers, about 40 people gathered Friday at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland to protest the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia.

Davis, who was put to death Thursday night after more than a decade of controversy over his case, was convicted of the murder of an off duty police officer, Mark MacPhail, on August 19th, 1989 in Savannah, Georgia.  He was sentenced to death two years later.   Objections over the case’s resolution emerged as seven out of the nine eyewitnesses recanted their testimonies, and Davis’ impending execution gained national and international attention from organizations such as Amnesty International, and the NAACP. World leaders, including Desmond Tutu, urged the court to review his case, and it was reported that “Pope Benedict XVI’s US envoy sent a letter pleading for his life.” Former US President Jimmy Carter, called the decision “unjust and outdated” and urged Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole to review Davis’ conviction. Global protests commenced in the streets and online, where Twitter users exchanged messages under the hash tag “Too much doubt.” The board ultimately denied Davis clemency and he was put to death by lethal injection at 11:08 pm on Thursday.

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Bay Area Protest of Obama

Women from World Can't Wait and Code Pink agitating and bannering from on top of plywood submarine at gate of Moffett Field.

Silicon Valley, California. On Sunday Sept. 25, an emergency protest called by Code Pink Women for Peace, World Can't Wait, and the ANSWER Coalition was at the gate of Moffett Field when Obama landed for a campaign fundraising trip here.

Obama's motorcade took him right past our signs and shouts and banners, and the "Guantanamo prisoner" in jumpsuit, hood and chains. An activist from San Jose arrived with a pile of bold antiwar picket signs that covered the fence the motorcade drove right by. Some of the protesters climbed up on a large plywood fake submarine displayed at the Moffett Gate with our banners and bullhorn.

We shouted at the Commander-in-Chief as he drove past: "War Crimes are War Crimes No Matter Who Does Them!" "Ten Years of U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan!" "Torture Is A War Crime!" “Drone Attacks – War Crimes!” "Got Security? Stop Drone Attacks!" "The War In Afghanistan Is Still Wrong!” "Obama, Obama, There's blood on your hands -- From Iraq and Libya to Afghanistan!"

In her White House press pool report, Carol Lee wrote about our demonstration: Some people were outside along the route from the airport to the highway, waving and snapping photos. There were also some anti-war protesters who held signs like, "Stop the wars," "The war in Afghanistan is still wrong," "Endless War" and "Afghanistan 10 years of war crimes."

Despite lack of mainstream press coverage, the action WAS covered by major Chinese language media (KTSF-TV, and key newspapers Sing Tao, World Journal, and Ming Pao). So, even if you can’t speak Chinese, get a sense of the protest as told to this audience from this KTSF news clip (Channel 26)

Sing Tao's coverage:

Photos from Sing Tao:

奧巴馬來籌款 示威者難接近

( 本報記者王碩舸莫菲特基地報道 )
總統奧巴馬為明年競選連任前來美西地區吸金,昨日到訪灣區,今日會在南灣舉行社區大會。昨日下午接近6點,總統乘坐的空軍一號專機從西雅圖抵達山景城的莫 菲特基地(Moffett Field),南灣官員及一批民眾前往迎接。此前,反戰人士則在基地外抗議總統奧巴馬未有兌現競選承諾去結束長達10年的阿富汗戰爭。
反戰人士在莫菲特基地附近的國家太空總署(NASA)門外抗議,但人數不多。來自World can't wait、Codepink等反戰團體的幾位人士在現場高舉標語,指奧巴馬沒有兌現其競選承諾,敦促他趕快從長達10年的阿富汗戰爭中撤軍,不要再誤導年 輕士兵、謀殺美國青年。抗議者不滿警員以「聯邦財產不允許抗議」為理由,讓示威者移步較偏僻處的停車場。
總統一行下機時,聖荷西市長喬克力(Chuck Reed)、山景城市長Jac Siegel及太空總署Ames中心主任Pete Worden還有大約70名民眾在機場迎接。奧巴馬花了幾分鐘與前來歡迎他的民眾和官員握手、簽名,之後就乘車前往籌款會場地。
據知,他昨晚先到Symantec總裁John Tompson在林邊市(Woodside)舉行的籌款會,之後又到Facebook營運長Sheryl Sandberg為他在Atherton舉行的籌款會。
今日上午,奧巴馬將在山景城參加LinkedIn組織的社區論壇,討論創造就業、振興經濟方案。為此,LinkedIn特設網上討論區,屆時若想通過網絡直擊會議,可登陸LinkedIn.com或者到WhiteHouse.gov/live參與。
............(更多新聞,請閱 <<星島日報>>)

'Davis execution reminiscent of slavery and lynching'

Coverage from PressTV

The recent execution of Troy Davis, a black man convicted of murdering a white policeman, is reminiscent of the "terrible history" of "slavery and lynching of the black people," says Debra Sweet, director of World Can't Wait.

She says African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately subject to death penalty and incarceration in the United States.

"If you look at the 2.3 million people incarcerated, mass incarceration of black and Latino people in this country, the death penalty has always been disproportionately carried out on black men," Debra Sweet told Press TV's U.S. Desk on Sunday.

The 42-year-old Davis was put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday in the state of Georgia. Davis maintained his innocence till the very end of his life. Seven of the nine witnesses at his trial recanted their original testimony. The witnesses have presented sworn affidavits stating that the police pressured or coerced them into testifying against Davis. However Georgia rejected his appeal for a retrial.

"Whenever a policeman dies in this country somebody usually dies and it's very often a black person whether that person was connected or not," Sweet noted.

"And in this case, of course we know that Troy Anthony Davis was innocent," she said.

She concluded, "It was unconscionable for the government to kill him and yet they did. It's just an outrage."

Police arrest Wall St. protesters 'brutally'

Coverage from PressTV

Watch Police arrest Wall St. protesters 'brutally'

U.S. police have “brutally” arrested around a hundred people during a peaceful demonstration on Wall Street in New York City, according to Debra Sweet, Director of ‘World Can't Wait.’

She was speaking about an "Occupy Wall Street" event which is an ongoing peaceful demonstration that began on Sept 17th in New York City. The demonstrators are calling for changes in American social and economic policies.

Sweet told Press TV's U.S. desk on Sunday that “many of our comrades are in jail from a brutal arrest yesterday. Mostly young people were marching and it was a Saturday and the police arrested upwards of a hundred of the marchers brutally. They pushed them into nets and they used pepper spray and mace on people who merely were marching down the street.”

Sweet said that they were being arrested and “having a difficult time finding public space to convey our message against the war, against the great disparity of wealth in this country, against the huge numbers of people that are incarcerated. United States alone, which is only 5% of the world’s population, has 25% of the people in prison, in the whole globe. This is becoming a police state and like friends all over the world, we very much know that it's up to us to stop the crimes of our government.”

Protest of War Criminal Dick Cheney in Chicago

Protesters made a statement against torturing prisoners gather in front of the Union League Club, where former Vice President Dick Cheney was appearing with his daughter on Sept. 19, 2011. Coverage by the Chicago Tribune:

Dick Cheney protest

Activists to Protest Former Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes & Demand Accountability in New York City

Press Advisory

Activists to Protest Former Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes & Demand Accountability in New York City 9/8 &9/9

Contact:
Stephanie Rugoff, War Criminals Watch, 646-807-3259
Nancy Mancias, CODEPINK, (415) 342-6409

WarCriminalsWatch.org

New York – When former Bush administration officials come to New York to speak, NYC activists from organizations including War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait, CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture will be ready with outside protests demanding accountability and justice for the lies they told the people and crimes they committed during their time in office. The visual and vibrant protests will take place in various Manhattan locations.

Donald Rumsfeld
September 8, 2011, 11:00 am
Hudson Union Society – Outside Carnegie Hall, 57th St.

John Yoo
September 8, 2011, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University Club, 1 W. 54th St.

Donald Rumsfeld and Michael Mukasey
September 8, 2011, 7:00 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall,
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

John Yoo and Michael Chertoff
September 9, 2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
New York Law School,
185 West Broadway

“These are the people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives. They should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners,” said Stephanie Rugoff, coordinator of War Criminals Watch.  “People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials.”

Demonstrations will continue for the rest of the month when George Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, John Negroponte and Henry Kissinger speak at other NYC venues.  Press releases on those events will be sent soon.
 

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