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The World Can't Wait! Nov. 2nd @ Noon, Pioneer Square

We will be meeting in Pioneer Square on Nov. 2nd at noon. We will be making a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY!

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

Help the local Portland chapter now. Email  portland@worldcantwait.org or call 503-246-0041. We need every volunteer possible.
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We will be meeting in Pioneer Square on Nov. 2nd at noon. We will be making a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY!

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

Help the local Portland chapter now, email  portland@worldcantwait.org or call 503-246-0041. We need every volunteer possible.


From  http://www.worldcantwait.org

WEDNESDAY 11-2-05: a massive day of repudiation of the Bush Regime, launching a movement to drive Bush himself from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed."


HOW DO YOU DRIVE OUT A REGIME?


Here's what we have to say:


To the thousands we spoke to at September 24th's anti-war protests:


You met us. We listened to you. Almost all of you loved the idea of not waiting until 2006 or 2008, but the question you asked over and over again was: "How do you drive out a regime?" Here's what we have to say:


In recent years, millions have spoken out, protested, refused to comply with outrageous new repressive measures, given money, voted, and more. Still, the Bush juggernaut of war, repression and hurtful fundamentalist morality has rolled ahead. All this has shown two things:


1. There are indeed tens of millions who are deeply disturbed by and opposed to the whole direction that the Bush administration is dragging our world into.


2. The will of the people means nothing to the Bush regime. The people's will must be forged into an organized political resistance which repudiates and reverses the whole direction of society, and forces Bush himself from office.


Of course, everyone wants to know exactly what steps will be taken to create a political situation where these things happen. But setting out to drive out a regime, in particular this regime, in this country has never been done before and it is not possible to say exactly what steps will be required or what its final days will look like.


The future is unwritten. Right now, we need very urgently to start writing a new chapter.


Think about this: When four young people sat in at a lunch counter in the South, they didn't know exactly what forms of struggle the Civil Rights movement would develop or how many and who would join them. When women and doctors developed networks to provide abortions and held speak-outs to make it legal, they didn't know exactly what court ruling or piece of legislation would codify this right.


They did these things because living one more day without resistance was intolerable. And, by doing what was right and not compromising, they set new terms for society, changed what was deemed possible and realistic and were able to galvanize and activate many thousands more in ways that couldn't have been predicted.


Today we are facing an unprecedented situation. The challenge is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the window of opportunity is being hammered shut rapidly. There is a moment to seize right now while public support for Bush is at its lowest and millions are seething with anger and aching with desire to affect things. The world cannot wait. The Bush regime must be driven from power. But, we must leave the comfortable ruts of familiar territory and politics-as-usual if we are to stand a chance.


Think of how many people were inspired by the uncompromising and courageous stand of Cindy Sheehan. We are in a moment when one person stepping boldly forward, pointing out that the emperor not only has no clothes, but is a lying, callous brute, can change the whole national discourse. Imagine what can happen when hundreds of thousands, on one day, refuse to bite their tongues or stay at home.


November 2nd, 2005 will be a launch of a new kind of movement, a society-wide resistance. It holds the potential to break open new space and possibilities for the struggle going forward.


November 2nd, 2005 must be a day when history starts to turn.


November 2nd will be a day when those who hate and fear the future Bush is creating will pour into the streets together, out from beneath the suffocating "mandate" Bush claimed last November 2nd, out of the "acceptable" political framework that forces people to speak in "reasoned" tones about compromise positions, out of the dynamic of fighting Bush's outrages one at a time constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught, out of the logic of waiting... and waiting... and waiting for someone somewhere else to say what must be said and do what must be done, while each day people grow accustomed to unspeakable crimes.


On November 2nd, in society-wide outpourings - in large cities and small towns, emptying high schools and colleges and lining the highways in rural areas, buzzing through the media and provoking frank debates among families, friends and coworkers - we will say: NO MORE! WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY! BUSH DOES NOT REPRESENT US AND WE WILL DRIVE HIM OUT! THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT!


Everyone will be clear - this outpouring is just the beginning of a new kind of movement which takes the offensive in society and really wages a pitched political battle for the whole direction of the future. The gatherings will bring together the impatience of the youth who walk out of school, with the experience of those from the 60's generation, with the stature and voices of prominent artists and intellectuals, together with the anger and perspective of those who have been hardest hit by the Bush program of repression and heightened poverty and racism. The organizers will direct participants to trade phone numbers and emails with other protesters, to start up discussion groups and book-clubs about fascism and resistance movements, building communities of resistance going forward.


By bringing together hundreds of thousands nationwide in outpourings of many sizes which become the lead story in small towns and large cities on the news that night, this day will give heart and inspiration to millions of others who are looking for a way to stop this direction and will very quickly draw them into an organized resistance. It will put a challenge to many who still support Bush, causing them to question and, for some, begin to break with a program that is not in their interests. It will also give notice to the regime and its die-hard supporters that they will not have a free-hand in reshaping the world, leaving them further exposed in the eyes of millions.


This day alone will not stop the regime, but it will introduce a whole new dynamicand will enable millions to make a big leap towards a movement that can stop it. This day will embolden individuals and groups everywhere to speak up, to defend others who come under attack, to challenge the Bushian mentality and program everywhere it pops up - from the local school boards pushing "intelligent design" and Abstinence Only, to the pulpits promoting hurtful intolerance of gays and non-Christians, to the unjust war and continuing torture, and beyond.


November 2nd is a day for which thousands must immediately throw in all their energies and time, creativity and critical thought, connections, skills and finances to pull off on a scale that accomplishes this important beginning.


From there, further organization and planning will be required, but all of it will be in a new context and with new strength. As organizers of the World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime, we pledge to take responsibility for leading and broadening the core of those leading this all the way through. We will hold a national summit to chart our next steps, bringing to bear all the strength and momentum and lessons we have gathered and surge ahead on a higher level which impacts the terrain again nationally and internationally.


Years from now, when children want to know the character of their parents -- as they lived in a country that was normalizing torture, moving to condemn half the population to enforced motherhood or back-alley dangers, attacking science and critical thought, waging wars of preemption based on outrageous lies, snatching people off the street without lawyers or charges, and no major office-holder was making a stink - they will ask, "Were you in the streets that day, on November 2nd, 2005?"


Sunsara Taylor


An initiator of World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime!


Affiliations for identification purposes only.
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Mumia Abu-Jamal
Political Prisoner and Radio Commentator

Tom Amiano
San Fancisco Board of Supervisors

Reverend Luis Barrios
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, NYC

Michael S. Berg
Delaware

William Blum
Author of Rogue State

Professor Irwin Corey
Comedian

Nina Felshin
Author of But Is It Art: The Spirit of Art as Activism

Robert Forsberg
Interfaith Witness for Peace

Frances Goldin
Literary Agent Kathleen Hanna
Musician

C. Clark Kissinger
Revolution Newspaper and Initiator of Not In Our Name Statement of Conscience

Mark Leno
California Assemblyman

Travis Morales
Revolutionary Communist Party, San Francisco Bay Area

Steve Piercy
Artist

Jeremy Pikser
Screenwriter "Bulworth"

Frances Fox Piven
Author of Regulating the Poor

Ralph Poynter
Community Activist

Michael Steven Smith
National Lawyers Guild-NY Miles Solay
Outernational

Lynne Stewart
Criminal Defense Attorney

Reverend Taigen
Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Sunsara Taylor
Revolution Newspaper

Minimum Tek
Outernational

Saul Williams
Poet and Spoken Word Artist

S. Brian Willson
Veterans for Peace

Join us NOV. 2nd Pioneer Square at Noon.
Please help the local Portland chapter now, email  portland@worldcantwait.org or call 503-246-0041. We need every volunteer possible.

homepage: homepage: http://www.worldcantwait.org
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This whole idea 06.Oct.2005 08:11

notwaiting

"This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into 'leaders' who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people."

I've heard the radio ads and I've read the flyers. I'm concerned about the lack of focus of this protest and the general disarray of the progressive opposition.

No leader I know of has asked me to seek common ground with fascists or religious fanatics. What the hell is that all about?

When the British occupied India there were a lot of people opposing a broad range of British policies and actions. It was fervent, but also very disorganized. One leader unified this opposition. He did it by focusing the energies on a single policy, the salt ban. He marched to the sea and made salt.

We do need a leader. We do need focus. Maybe the world can't wait but I just don't get the point of this protest day.

I think you're right 06.Oct.2005 08:47

Lucid Apparition portland@worldcantwait.org

I think you're right. We need someone to think outside the current paradigme. Perhaps someone (or maybe even you) will organize your friends and peers. Then on Nov. 2nd you (or whoever has organized) will have many people with a common goal meeting at Pioneer Square.

The march to the sea would not have worked had not many people came along. Lets think of new revolutionary ideas such as this great example you used.

It has been shown that the old form of protest with its top down approach has been coopted and pacified. That is why we are not forcing any voice onto you. We are giving you a stage to speak. It is up to the people to cry out and become unified, or there may not be a world to wait for.

Organize now on which ever issue you feel strongly about. Chances are many more feel the same way. If you would like organizing material please contact us.  portland@worldcantwait.org (503) 241-0041

(503) 241-0041

Now is the time 06.Oct.2005 09:20

Dade Cariaga

Now is the time, people! If we don't stand up now, then we may as well just curl up in front of our televisions and wait for the Blackwater goons to kick in the door.

The Bush administration will not stop unless we stop them. Stand up, for God's sake!

what I think 06.Oct.2005 10:36

Darcy

The point of this call to go out on Nov.2nd is to get out and make the point that the world can't wait! We are the ones we are waiting for and I for one am not waiting any longer. I hope more of you out there will join us. I call all people that came out for the protests before the war to come out for the call.Forget your politics etc. and come down to the square.

Influence 06.Oct.2005 11:29

bEn

I think protests influence political officials to rethink their solotutions. I mean think about it, the Neo-Dems are conforming because they want to speak for the people. The message they're getting is that we like the way things are going. We like the Iraq war, thus John Kerry. You know, we fight amongst ourselves but we really need to come together. Seperate groups will not defeat this administration, one large powerful group will. We need to tell the Democrats in office that we don't like this crap. We have become more leftist as they lean more to the right. They think, because the corporate media tells them, that we all are for this stupid war. We are all for tax cuts that destroy our economy. We are for unemploying citizens for the growth of large businesses. So let's make it so the goddamn corporate media has to fucking listen to us. We have a louder voice than anyone else in this goddamn country but it is being ignored because we are stereotyped into freedom haters and "anarchists". When the corporate media doesnt even understand freedom haters and anarchy. They don't even understand that the real freedom haters are the ones in office. The ones taking away our freedom of not being in danger. The freedom of our forests. The freedom of our own people. We have the largest population inside of our jail walls for stupid things the government pins on the lower class. Last time I checked that isn't very free. Although, when your rich, you can get away with anything. You can lie about a war and kill 100's of thousands of people based only because you want more money, that you won't even share with the country. So goddamnit I'm pissed off. And I'm sure you all are too. But the lack of faith is what is making us weak. We can do this, the corporate media is finally giving us somewhat of a break. They finally told a story of Hurricane Katrina and told the story of Cindy Sheehan. So why don't we take this opportunity, and use it for the better of America. Unity, is what we need. Unity in which we link arms with our comrades and make a change. So stand the fuck up, put your damn fist in the air, and stop complaining whether or not democrats are right or wrong or if protests actually work, and get you leftist ass down in the streets to actually do something. I'll see you on the streets comrades.

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Beyond Bush 06.Oct.2005 12:20

Marik marik@aracnet.com

These world can't wait guys crack me up. They are really laughable, in a sad kind of way. They put all of their energy into condeming one man and one man only; Bush. Do I think Bush is a horrible atrocity, a bigot and a fanatic? Sure do. He's a perfect specimen of Imperialism. But am I naive enough to think that he's the only reason things are bad in America and the world? Of course not! Bush is a direct result of our system of monopoly capitalism (imperialism). And when these hacks from the world can't wait center their entire movement on removing the supposed 'one bad apple' from the bunch, they hurt and destroy the anti-war movement as a whole.

Some of you may think I'm jumping to conclusions. You might say "but hey, these guys say that a Democrat won't save us either!" If they truly want to stop the iraq war, they must start by telling people the truth about the war; that it is an _imperialist_ war, brought on by the WHOLE of the ruling class, not just one man and his cabal of neo-cons, and that the iraq war, like so many wars in the recent past and not so recent past, are inevitable in a system that runs on inequality and exploitation!

I started a thread on PIMC yesterday, a call to Portland's anti-imperialists to come together, think, debate, and organize. I encourage everyone who is spending time and energy to stop the current imperialist war in Iraq to participate in the forming of this group. Here's the link for the article:

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/10/326268.shtml

Feel free to e-mail me also, if you have ideas on the organizing of the group, or anything else.

How much longer will we trust our movement in the hands of people who will not speak the truth?


Contexts are crucial to understand 06.Oct.2005 17:44

Mime Slut

I agree somewhat with the last post but it doesn't go far enough. Bush and company are certainly horrible, deadly, hypocritical and scary people looking out for their own elite interests by force and deception. But they have only used the long development of capitalism and its ruling structures to cement themselves into their PNAC agenda thru the already bogus electoral ruse because the frameworks are embedded into the realm of everyday life. We are all trapped by capitalism, by our class dispossesion, by mystified racist notions, gender roles, religious fear, competition, rent, bills, potential police violence, etc.
Bush is only the most glaring example of the corrupt rottenness lying at the heart of capitalism's predatory core. Let's get rid of the Bush regime, but not stop there. We have the ability to reinvent our daily lives entirely because we make all the wealth that the elites use to repress us with. Blackwater Security goons are in it for the pay and maybe for the sadistic aspects of it, yes, but if there was no money in what they were doing they would probably fade. The U.S. military is full of poverty draft type people forced into shitty roles due to their life situations. Imperialism is yet another symptom of the capitalist, hierarchical mode of operating, not the ultimate cause of our problems.

Reply to Mime 06.Oct.2005 19:04

Marik marik@aracnet.com

Your absolutely right, and that's the line that we should be putting across in our mass actions. However, my point was that World Can't Wait, and organizations similiar to it in nature do NOT put this line forward, and do not show people the need to destroy imperialism. That is why I think anti-imperialists need to organize independantly of groups like World Can't Wait, ANSWER, United for Peace and Justice, etc etc. So that there IS a group, organizing and putting forward the anti-imperialist line. That is also why I supplied the link in my previous comment. It's an effort to form that anti-imperialist group in Portland. If your also interested in trying to get the Portland area anti-imperialists together, then I would enjoy hearing more from you, either on the IMC post or you can e-mail me.