Your Government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and
utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sites.
Your Government is openly torturing people and justifying it.
Your Government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them
lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead
Your Government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious,
political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay
a terrible price.
Your Government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the
right to birth control and abortion.
Your Government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and
People look at all this and think of Hitler -- and they are right to do so.
The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in
a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is
in the balance.
Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They
recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot
find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and
people sense this.
There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal
elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a
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.
But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist
and mobilize to stop, you will learn -- or be forced -- to accept. There is
no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be
STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.
And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can
really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more
than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the
whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where
the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from
office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is
reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change
the course of history.
To that end, on November 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-election",
we will take the first major step in this by organizing a truly massive day
of resistance all over this country. People everywhere will walk out of
school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town
squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on
many more to JOIN US. They will repudiate this criminal regime, making a
powerful statement: "NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL
DRIVE IT OUT!"
November 2 must be a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE
RULED IN THIS WAY. November 2 must call out to the tens of millions more who
are now agonizing and disgusted. November 2 will be the beginning -- a giant
first step in forcing the Bush regime to step down, and a powerful
announcement that we will not stop until he does so -- and it will join with
and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need
and want this regime to be stopped.
This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us.
If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and
around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the
people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.
The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on
their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is
also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get
swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is
unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.
Please join us. This is our time.
National HQ: http://www.worldcantwait.org
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