World Can't Wait White House Encampment

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Zero days...the movement is launched!!
















Our banner in front of the White House finally read, "0 days til the beginning of the end of the Bush regime." The encampment closed down as 11 am approached, our notice having been served and now it was time to open a new chapter in history. The World Can't Wait DC Convergence began in Lafayette Park across from Bush's house, and we served him a verbal eviction notice!

video of Nov 2 in front of the White House http://flow.mediavac.com/ramgen/sinkers/2005/washdcNov0205.rm


















A full report will be posted on the WCW home page. But for now, here is the list of speakers we had today in Lafayette Park. It was remarkable, in it's sweep, determination, diversity, and content.


  • Malachy Kilbride, affiliated with DC Anti-War Network
  • Jumana Musa, International Human Rights Lawyer
  • David Swanson, After Downing Street
  • Wayne Codding, DC Abortion Provider
  • Ann Wilcox, Code Pink
  • Doug Nelson, Vietnam Veteran and Vets for Peace
  • Tyler Brown, Howard University
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Sarah James, spokesperson for Gwichin, tribe in NE Alaska that organizes against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge
  • D.C. Guerilla Poets
  • Readings from "Fear Up," a play written locally based on real stories from Iraq, Guantanamo and more
  • Johannes Willians, local lawyer
  • Molly, high school student from Virginia
  • Duke Ellington high school students
  • and more!

















































Tuesday, November 01, 2005

one day






























The Center for Constitutional Rights held a press conference today in front of the Justice Department announcing a "Fast for Justice" starting tomorrow, Nov 2. There was powerful exposure by different speakers, including religious leaders, about the nature of torture at Guantanamo, and solidarity with hunger strikers there.

Also today, a young woman came by the encampment today, who told us she's been "tracking" this whole World Can't Wait movement since she first heard of us at the big anti-war demonstration September 24. Today, she finally made it down to the encampment. She stayed with us all day, including joining us to get out fliers at one of the Metro stops. Her government teacher gave her an "excused absense" for tomorrow, so she can 'report back' about what happened when this new movement gets launched Nov 2.

We also ran into a crew of young women from a local Catholic college who had already planned a walkout for Nov 2, and took tons of stickers to wear tomorrow. Students from Howard University and various high schools are making their plans to JOIN US tomorrow at Lafayette Park. Our encampment will be the staging area for the convergence tomorrow at 11 am. We have a number of speakers lined up, then all of us will SERVE NOTICE at the White House that there are ZERO DAYS until the beginning of the end of the Bush regime, and then we will march. See you all there!

Monday, October 31, 2005

2 days




















  • This morning, Bush announced his new pick for the Supreme Court. Judge Alito, who upheld a requirement for spousal notification in an abortion case, and also upheld a death sentence in the case of a man who argued that his lawyer had been ineffective. So we raced down to the Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood quickly organized a picket line. A group of high school students from Michigan loudly voiced their support for women's right to choose.
    Here's what 3 of them had to say.















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    Tonite, the World Can't Wait Encampment held a NO Torture, NO Repression Speak Out in front of the White House.

The speakers included:

Johannes Williams, DC attorney

Harold Nelson, anti-torture activist

Kit Gage, director of the 1st Amendment Foundation

Malachy Kilbride, DC Anti-War Network (DAWN)

Statements were sent from:

  • Justice for James Yee ad hoc committee
  • Jumana Musa, International Human Rights Lawyer

And members of DAWN also contributed to the event by wearing their orange jumpsuits and black hoods, invoking the chilling image of the detainees at Gunatanamo Bay.















Sunday, October 30, 2005

3 days
















Speak-Out at White House on TORTURE, DETENTIONS, and REPRESSION
Tomorrow, Oct 31 at 5 pm, at the World Cant Wait Encampment


Speakers include:

Edget Betru, Lawyer from Center for Constitutional Rights who represents detainees in Guantanamo

Representative from Torture Abolition Survivals Support Coalition International

Johannes Williams, DC lawyer

Kit Gage, First Amendment Foundation*


Survivors of Torture

"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 of night"
from World Can't Wait -- Drive Out the Bush Regime National Call

In response to a bill that would put limits on U.S. torture techniques, George Bush said that he would veto any limits on torture that would prevent them from carrying on the war on terrorism. As the detainees in Guantanamo continue their hunger strike to protest being held without charges and in conditions not fit for humans, the U.S military is force-feeding the prisoners by sticking feeding tubes down their noses without adequate sanitation or anesthesia.

On October 31 at 5:00 PM, the World Can't Wait encampment has invited lawyers who have been to Guantanamo and represent the detainees, U.S. organizations who have been exposing the conditions and treatment of detainees from Afghanistan to Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo, human rights activists, those exposing and opposing the U.S Patriot Act and the depletion of the right to dissent, and individuals who have been subject to political persecution. This will be a powerful statement right at the steps of the White House against these world class injustices being perpetrated by the U.S. government right now. DC activists will be at the speak-out dressed symbolically as detainees and victims of torture.


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Today, Al, a machinist from Detroit showed up at the encampment after driving 17 hours all night from Detroit to find out if the World Can'tWait White House Encampment was Real.

Al said; "I kept hearing hearing about this thing on Air America and was really excited to find the website. But you know, you can't trust everything you read on the internet. All I want to do is drive out the Bush regime and I wanted to find out if the World Can't Wait was really serious. It is so exciting to be here at the White House with the World Cant Wait. I can't wait to drive back to Detroit tonight so I can start working with our chapter in Detroit tomorrow."

Al is going to take an early retirement in December to begin working to Drive Them Out full-time. As we were packinging up this evening, three teenagers working with Americacorps preparing to go down to New Orleans to do disaster relief wanted to know if it was really possible to Drive Them Out. We told them it is already happening across America in over 100 cities. They volunteered 20 hours of flyering to help us get out the word during the final stretch.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

4 days-updated
















World Can't Wait Encampment holds a "Veterans and Families Speak Out" at the White House Gates Against the Iraq War

audio coming soon...sorry we don't have it yet, but it's worth waiting for
check out http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/130995/index.php

scroll down for list of speakers
































































The death toll of Iraqis has reached more than 100,000 and the US GI toll is now over 2,000 war dead, with over 15,000 mained and wounded. Today, for almost 2 hours, the voices of veterans and family members filled the air in front of the White House, declaring "NO MORE."

Speaking were:


  • Elaine Brower (Staten Island, NY). Her son is a Marine who served 4 years in Afghanistan, and is now facing deployment to Iraq.
  • Stephen Potts (DC). Air Force Military Academy graduate, active duty 1998-2003, member Iraq Vets Against the War.
  • Doug Nelson (DC). Vietnam veteran, Army 1967-71, Vets for Peace
  • Leonard Shelton (Ohio). Retired Marine, active duty Persian gulf War 1990-91
  • Joe Urgo (NYC). Vietnam veteran, US Air Force Security Police 1968, on of the organizers of the 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation into US War Crimes
  • Anton Black (Seattle). US Navy 1977-83, member Vietnam Veterans Against the War-Anti Imperialist
  • Bob Veith (Madison, WI). Korean War vet US Navy 1951-55, Vets for Peace, Green Party.
  • Willie Cunningham, disabled Vietnam Vet
  • Jim Goodnow (Terlingua, TX). US Coast Guard 1959-61
  • John Evans (DC). US Army, Vietnam 1968-69.
  • Travis Morales, World Can't Wait White House Encampment

In addition to the speakers, 5 statements were read by Kris (W. Va) and her mother Gloria. Statements were sent by:




  • Juan Torres (Chicago and Houston). Father of John M. Torres killed in Afghanistan July 12, 2004
  • Tom Wilson. Korean vet, US Navy
  • Veterans for Peace, Los Angeles
  • Stan Nishimura, US Army 1964-67
  • Eric Ross (Portland, OR). Navy vet, served in Gulf War 1992-93.

Friday, October 28, 2005

5 days




















Yesterday, Cheney's motorcade was getting ready to leave the White House, and I wanted to make sure he saw our 20' banner serving notice of the number of days til the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime...but we didn't have enough people to hold it at that moment. So I just started yelling, "we need someone to hold the banner." A woman I hadn't seen before came over, grabbed one end of the banner, and said, "I feel like I'm part of making history."

That's how I met Diane, a woman from Park City Utah.
Listen to her thoughts about the Bush Regime and Nov 2

Thursday, October 27, 2005

6 days...


































JOIN US SATURDAY
A Call to Veterans and Families of GIs against the Iraqi War
To Come Together at The World Can't Wait Encampment
In Front of the White House on October 29th, 2005


"YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sites."

So begins the call to launch a movement on November 2nd that does not intend to stop until the Bush Regime is driven from office.

Since October 14th, The World Can't Wait has held an encampment in front of the White House which has been joined by various individuals and groups in the DC area and very recently held a special press conference attended by Theologians who have joined the movement to drive out Bush. (See www.worldcantwait.org)

We are calling on Iraq and Vietnam era vets, joined by families of GIs opposed to the war and others, to gather at the encampment on October 29th at 2 p.m. to make a very powerful statement to the people of the US and the World and serving notice right at the steps of the White House that a movement is being launched that will not stop till this criminal regime is driven from office.

Millions of people are deeply disturbed and outraged by the war and the overall fascist way this society is being remade before our eyes. The regime cynically and calculatingly raises "support the troops" to smash any resistance and as a rallying cry for their reactionary endeavors. In such a climate, imagine the potential impact of the veterans of this war and others who have been on the front lines and have experienced these outrages deeply and first hand bravely stepping forward and exclaiming "no more!" right at the steps of the White House. Think of the impact this could have on the hearts and minds of people from every walk of life across the country, including the many millions of high school students eyed as new cannon fodder by the military. Think of the voice this would give to the many returning veterans shell shocked and speechless at the death and destruction they witnessed including more than 100,000 Iraqi war dead. The growing movement of Iraqi veterans, Goldstar and other GI family members and the GI resistance itself has begun to have a far reaching effect, and this movement must grow. This gathering at the White House on October 29th could contribute greatly to this and would also have real impact on drawing forward the most powerful beginning possible on November 2 to the movement to drive out the Bush Regime.

We urge you to throw in with these efforts, circulate this proposal and the call from The World Can't Wait and get as directly involved as possible with this gathering at the WCW encampment on October 29th. Draw forward prominent individuals and other ties you have to support this day at the encampment in any way they can -- financially, with statements of support and with their direct attendance on October 29th.

And in conjunction with this day at the encampment, efforts are underway to have days of mobilization in the communities of Washington DC and at the VA in the area inviting people, particularly veterans, GIs and their families to this event at the encampment and into the movement to drive out the Regime.

Any and all ideas (including in relation to press coverage) to help make this the most powerful event possible with the most far reaching impact will be most welcome.
Come to Lafayette Park on October 29th! On to November 2.

(Signed)
Travis Morales, World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime Encampment at the White House
Jeff Paterson, first military resister in 1991 Gulf War; Not in Our Name organizer
Beatriz Saldivar, aunt of Sgt. Daniel Torres, KIA Feb. 4, 2005 Iraq, killed 48 hours after learning he was going to be a father. (Fort Worth, TX)
Juan Torres, father of John M. Torres, killed in Afghanistan July 12, 2004 (Chicago and Houston)
Leonard Shelton, Retired Marine, active duty Persian Gulf War August 12, 1990-April 91
Ann Wright, Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired
Mike Ferner, member Veterans for Peace, USN Hospital Corps 1969-73 (Toledo, Ohio)
Michael Ross, former active duty Air Force member; brother and father currently in National Guard (Ohio)

Please add your name to become one of the initiators and endorsers of this Call. Please indicate how you want to be identified and include your telephone number. Email us at encampment@worldcantwait.org.



















Sorry there was no post yesterday (October 26), but the blogger was in the slammer!

Last night, Cindy Sheehan layed down in front of the White House, and about 30 individuals joined her in this act of civil disobedience. We layed in rows, head to foot, symbolizing how soldiers are buried at Arlington National Cemetary. And Cindy made the point that for each US soldier dead, there are 50 Iraqi's killed.

As the night grew darker, and the ground got colder, I felt a sense of history; the profound need for everyone to take responsibility for the future. This was especially heightened as we were surrounded by police, media, supporters... and also a band of fascists who were yelling "Send Cindy Sheehan to Abu Graib."

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 bust be STOPPED. And we must take responsibility to do it.












Tuesday, October 25, 2005

8 days...

2,000 US military deaths in Iraq


















World Can't Wait, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink in front of White House

















Die- In in front of the White House tonite
































Interview with an Iraq War Vet who came to the White House to stand with Cindy Sheehan and against the war on Iraq

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A Call to Veterans and Families of GIs against the Iraqi War To Come Together at The World Can't Wait Encampment In Front of the White House on Saturday, October 29th at 2 pm

YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sites.

So begins the call to launch a movement on November 2nd that does not intend to stop until the Bush Regime is driven from office

Since October 14th, The World Can't Wait has held an encampment in front of the White House which has been joined by various individuals and groups in the DC area and very recently held a special press conference attended by Theologians who have joined the movement to drive out Bush. (see www.worldcantwait.org)

We are calling on Iraqi and Vietnam era vets, joined by family of GIs opposed to the war and others, to gather at the encampment on October 29th to make a very powerful statement to the people of the US and the World and serving notice right at the steps of the White House that a movement is being launched that will not stop till this criminal regime is driven from office.

Millions of people are deeply disturbed and outraged by the war and the overall fascist way this society is being remade before our eyes. The regime cynically and calculatingly raises "support the troops" to smash any resistance and as a rallying cry for their reactionary endeavors. In such a climate, imagine the potential impact of the veterans of this war and others who have been on the front lines and have experienced these outrages deeply and first hand bravely stepping forward and exclaiming "no more!" right at the steps of the White House. Think of the impact this could have on the hearts and minds of people from every walk of life across the country, including the many millions of high school students eyed as new cannon fodder by the military. Think of the voice this would give to the many returning veterans shell shocked and speechless at the death and destruction they witnessed including more than 100,000 Iraqi war dead. The growing movement of Iraqi veterans, Goldstar and other GI family members and the GI resistance itself has begun to have a far reaching effect, and this movement must grow. This gathering at the White House on October 29th could contribute greatly to this and would also have real impact on drawing forward the most powerful beginning possible on November 2 to the movement to drive out the Bush Regime.

We urge you to throw in with these efforts, circulate this proposal and the call from the World Can't Wait and get as directly involved as possible with this gathering at the WCW encampment on October 29th. Draw forward prominent individuals and other ties you have to support this day at the encampment in any way they can -- financially, with statements of support and with their direct attendance on October 29th.

And in conjunction with this day at the encampment, efforts are underway to have some days of mobilization in the communities of Washington DC and at the VA in the area inviting people, particularly veterans, GIs and their families to this event at the encampment and into the movement to drive out the Regime. Once the time is set, in consultation with key participating groups and individuals, ambitious plans will also be underway to draw forward press coverage including live feeds into the WCW website, Indy media, CSPAN as well as network and other cable media

Any and all ideas (including in relation to press coverage) to help make this the most powerful event possible with the most far reaching impact will be most welcome.

Come to Lafayette Park on October 29th! On to November 2.


Special treat: A song written and sung by one of the WCW crew at the encampment

Monday, October 24, 2005

9 days...update
















9:35 pm update

It was a cold and rainy day, but then a group of folks from New Orleans came by. They saw our big "WANTED FOR MASS MURDER" poster, calling out the Bush Regime's crimes against the people of the Gulf in the wake of hurricane Katrina. They were taking pictures of each other giving the finger to the "mug shots" of Bush, Cheney, Condi, and Chertoff. We got to talking, and decided that everyone needed to hear their story.

Listen here

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PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BUSH COULD IMPROVE HIS PLACE IN HISTORY BY RESIGNING NOW
CONTACT: Don Spark encampment-press@re-sist.net
WHO: White House Countdown Encampment of the WORLD CANT WAIT
WHEN: 10 A.M. - 7 P.M. every day - 12 NOON daily delivering notice to the regime
WHERE: Lafayette Park AT THE WHITE HOUSE 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC

9 DAYS LEFT TILL THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE BUSH REGIME
On November 2nd, the World Can't Wait movement to Drive Out the Bush Regime launches.

"As we near the horrific total of 2,000 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis dead, and as a rain of indictments begins to fall, the only thing George Bush could do to improve his place in history is to resign now and take his whole crew with him," said Travis Morales of The World Can’t Wait. "The World Can’t Wait is launching a national movement on November 2 to drive out the George Bush regime as soon as possible."

"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!'"

The World Can’t Wait is sponsoring an encampment in front of the White House to countdown to the November 2 launch. Since October 14, World Can’t Wait campaigners have been talking with hundreds of Americans from across the country who come to White House.

"Every day, we talk with people who are just sick at heart over the crimes of the Bush regime," said Travis Morales at the World Can’t Wait encampment. "People tell us they’re glad that someone is finally indicting and arresting some of Bush’s crooked cronies. And even people who supported the war at the beginning are telling us that they made a mistake, and we should pull out as soon as possible."

Organizers for The World Can’t Wait have rallies and marches planned in over 60 cities around the United States on November 2, including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In Washington, The World Can’t Wait encampment will be open every day through November 2 in Lafayette Park from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Every day at 12 noon at the White House fence, they will announce "Today's Reason to Drive Out the Bush Regime".

For further information, see:
WHITE HOUSE ENCAMPMENT: http://encampmenttodriveout.blogspot.com/
WORLD CANT WAIT: http://worldcantwait.org/
WORLD CANT WAIT Call for November 2nd:
http://www.worldcantwait.org/orgmaterial

Sunday, October 23, 2005

10 days...
























Today, we got to hold up our banner right in the face of the Presidential motorcade! As Bush's "official" SUV limos were about to roll in, 3 young women from Boston (photo above) who were in DC for the Howard University Homecoming events, decided that they had to be part of making history and grabbed onto the banner, striking a defiant pose. They also took fliers and stickers to begin organizing Boston.

Some local DC activists with World Can't Wait joined us in the afternoon; one brought his ukelele, and another brought a booming voice. They held up our banner in front of the White House yelling, "Murderer, Traitor..." etc. Travis also got on the bullhorn, reading the latest developments from the WCW movement nationally, and then we all read the WCW Call in unison. There was a lot of controversy in the crowd outside the White House when Travis described the kinds of abuse and torture being committed by the Bush Regime against prisoners in Guantanamo and at Abu Graib.

A woman from DC came by the encampment who met WCW at the Sept 24 anti-war demo. She has already organized the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL she teaches at to come out for Nov 2. She will be bringing her kindergarden- grade 6 classes to Layafette Park!

And last but not least, a young guy from Britain saw us and said that he's been traveling around the US, and has seen WCW everywhere he's gone: New York, Philly, and Burlington Vermont! He wanted to add his voice to urge people in this country to mobilize for and be part of Nov 2. He told us that people need to do more than just say to Bush that "we don't like what you're doing...we need to say WE WANT YOU OUT!"

Listen to Sam.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

October 22

















Today, it rained a lot. Again. But there were still lots of tourists out and about.

I spoke to a woman from Britain who made a very heavy observation. She said that after the 2000 election, which everyone knew was stolen, people in Europe who oppose the Bush regime made a point to make a distinction between the US government and the people in the US. But after the 2004 election, and when Bush "won" again, people started to stop making that distinction...Think about it. As we say in the WCW Call, "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn--or be forced--to accept."

One man who talked to us is part of a group who stands in front of the White House every Saturday, puts on a Bush mask, waves around a monkey, and has tourists pose for pictures with him behind an "Impeach Bush" sign (photo above). He told us that he thought our encampment was really important, and really digs World Can't Wait because "we get it." That we get what time it is, that this will require more than protest as usual. And he really dug the fact that we were out here "serving notice" to the Bush Regime, but also that we were engaging and challenge everyone, including ordinary people and tourists AND activists to break out of business as usual. He told us that he is going to "suddenly remember" that he has a dentist appointment at 11 am on Nov 2, and join the resistance in Lafayette Park!

Today is also the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. 2 locals came to the encampment to mark this day with their own banner "The Police are the Real Terrorists." I apologize that the picture I took of them didn't come out!

And lastly, here is an interview with Eric. He is a homeless man who's been an active member of the encampment from the start. We took a break during the rain storm to do an interview. He talked about why he joined us, what it's like to be here doing this encampment, and urges everyone to step out on Nov 2.

Listen here.





Friday, October 21, 2005

October 21
































































Listen to our speak out/press conference today

We had a good turnout for the press conference, including a local videographer who will be posting the speeches, and some of our new "regulars" who come by the encampment almost every day now, to talk to people, talk to us, and generally give support.

Today it rained...and rained! But a friend of ours gave us lots of fleece clothing to wear and a thermos full of tea, and another supporter brought us big umbrellas. We had a few new people join us all day, and it was interesting to hear how they were answering people's questions, with their own perspectives and experiences.

Even with the rain, there were lots of high school students who came in big groups to visit the white house, especially from Ohio and Indiana. There were some big mass debates, on issues from the Iraq war to hurricane Katrina.

We were also interviewed by a film crew from Turkey. Yesterday, we were interviewed by an Iranian Film crew. And we've had video and photos taken of us from all around the world.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

October 20 update


















Ann Wright, former US diplomat who resigned in March 2003 in protest of the US war on Iraq, holding the World Can't Wait banner across from the White House
Listen to her interview at the encampment

































Join us tomorrow!
Stop the International Crimes Against Humanity
Speak Out at the White House Encampment to “Drive Out the Bush Regime”
Friday, October 21, 5:30 p.m.
Lafayette Park across from the White House


Join us to hear:

Chuck Kaufman, Nicaragua Network
Carol Moore, DC Anti-War Network
Henrik Voss, School of the Americas Watch
And others.

As the Call for “The World Can’t Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime!” says,“Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.” (See Call)

Join us to hear and discuss the international crimes against humanity of the Bush regime in Nicaragua, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, Central America, and beyond. The crimes discussed are just one small part of the daily crimes committed by this regime against the people of the world. In our short stay in Lafayette Park, we have met people from Canada, Peru, China, Japan, South Africa, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Pakistan, Malaysia, and other countries. Overwhelmingly, they agree, this regime must go!

Join us in the encampment in Lafayette Park to reach out to the people of the world and people from all across the U.S. with the message of “The World Can’t Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime!” We have the responsibility to stand with the people of the world against the crimes of this regime. The encampment is where we can speak directly to them and give them heart that there is a growing movement in this country that will be launched on November 2 that will lift this tremendous burden from their shoulders.

“We 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.” (From the Call)

Join us! We are here from 10 am- 7 pm EVERY DAY. And at NOON each day, we cross the street, on the sidewalk in front of the White House, and directly serve notice about the number of the days til the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime. At that time, we read the ENTIRE CALL, in unison. And WHEN, not if, you come to join us, whether for an hour, or a day, or a week, bring bagels, coffee, water, or any thing else to help keep us going. We will be posting more about what you can do to be part of this, and support this effort. But we want to reach many more people and build for November 2.

The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime! November 2!






















photo of Anna, a woman from New Orleans, who spoke to us about how she ended up homeless on the streets of DC. After being evacuated from New Orleans, she stayed in the armory in DC...until it CLOSED on October 15. She is now homeless and stuck here because FEMA won't pay for her bus ticket back home. Hear her interview when we first met her at the encampment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

No Theocracy Press Conference

11:55 pm Update

Listen to the press conference




















1:20 pm Tuesday, October 18

We just concluded our "No Theocracy" Press Conference, the first of many press conferences to come here at our encampment across from the White House.

Speaking today were:
Rev. Luis Barrios, assistant clergy at the City University of New York
Rev. Phil Wheaton, Episcopal co-pastor, Community of Christ, Washington DC
Rev. Graylon Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington DC
Travis Morales, an initiator of "World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!"

We made a audio recording of the whole press conference on MP3, and we will be posting it in a few hours...so check back! In the meantime, here are some photos.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Tuesday, October 18 Press Conference
















Religious Leaders Speak Out at White House Encampment to “Drive Out the Bush Regime”
Join us at the today at noon to hear:

REV. LUIS BARRIOS, assistant clergy at the City University of New York
REV. EARL KOOPERCAMP of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, New York City
REV. PHIL WHEATON, Episcopal co-pastor, Community of Christ, Washington DC

Rev. Luis Barrios and Rev. Earl Kooperkamp are among the signers of a statement by clergy calling on other clergy to “speak the truth from pulpits,” and to join with World Can’t Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime: “We pray that you will walk into a new future along with us on November 2nd as we resist the present evil face.” They are joining people across the country to“walk out of school, take off work, gather in the town squares and take off from there…” In these Orwellian times when Bush is using a person’s religion as bonafides for appointment to the Supreme Court, these clergy are urging resistance to the “immoral and illegal warfare based on lies, the justification of torture in the name of state security, the campaign of detentions of our immigrant sisters and brother, the demonization of gays and lesbians, the racism, the intensified oppression and repression of poor people... AND THE RELIGIOUS RHETORIC EMPLOYED TO JUSTIFY THESE DEEDS.”

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sunday, October 16 Report

















Greetings from the World Can't Wait Encampment in Washington DC.! Here are some photos of us holding our massive banner right in front of the White House on Sunday 10.16. We will be here EVERY DAY through November 2, from 10 am to 7 pm. (Since Lafayette Park is THE most restrictive place in the country, we are unable to pitch tents and sleep in the park.) We'll be posting on this blog every day from our encampment, giving you all a on site diary, sharing thoughts and experiences.

Why are we here? To directly face the White House with our lime green 3x20 foot banner, and BOLDLY announcing the number of days to the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime! Each morning when we arrive at "camp," we change the # of days left--counting down...18, 17, 16...til Nov 2.

Plus, the White House is probably the most visited tourist attraction in Washington DC. Hundreds of people come through a day from all over the world. Today we met people from Canada, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Syracuse, Denver, Texas, San Francisco, Washington State, Atlanta, Cleveland, Akron, New York City, Florida, Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Chicago, South Carolina, and DC. And we had a special treat! A music group called The Impossibles were in town making their music video with Chuck D on Chuck D's label, and when they saw us they asked if they could include us reading the Call and serving notice in their video.

Just holding up the banner created quite a stir of contraversy and discussion! People would first come up to us and say, "What does it mean? 17 days til the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime." And we would tell them that we're launching a new national movement on November 2 to drive him out. Sometimes we talked to individuals, other times we spoke to large crowds. The vast majority of people, while having differing opinions on many things, overwhelmingly expressed their angst and outrage about Bush. But it wasn't just that people were talking to us--they also began talking and debating among themselves on the questions and challenges of the Call to ACT on Nov 2. This is also part of what we're trying to do here--to start hundreds and thousands of people engaging broadly in society. 100's of copies of the World Can't Wait Call were taken by folks to take home and start organizing in their home towns. And it was pretty cool that for almost all the places that people were from, there was already something being planned!

Some of the questions we got were: what will happen on Nov. 2, what will happen after Bush is run out of office, and what is the plan to accomplishing this. On the question of if this country is moving toward a fascist state, some people saw it very clearly and others wanted to hear more on why we thought this. Some of the things that people were really concerned about was the destruction of the separation of church and state, the attacks on science and evolution, hurricane Katrina, and the war in Iraq.

A couple of particular stories: A parapalegic man went by in a motorized wheel chair, saw the banner, and did a u-turn. He couldn't speak, but used a voice computer mounted on his chair, and we had a conversation about the Call. I asked him what he thought, and after a few minutes of pressing buttons on his computer, a computerized voice spoke up and said, "I hate Bush." At the end of our talk, his computer said, "I appreciate what you're doing," and "I'm going to try to make it on Nov 2." I thought this and compared it to the still too many people who make excuses that they're too busy, or only want to change things if it isn't "too much trouble."

The tribal operations director of the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government in Venetie Alaska and Arctic Village Alaska, stopped by, and spoke with Travis Morales, an initiator of World Can't Wait. It turns out that since August 2, members of his tribe have been holding a vigil at the Native American Museum on the Mall, opposing oil exploration on the Arctic Slope. When we explained why we were here, he said, "we are part of the same movement." And when we talked about Iraq, he said, "I am a veterann of the US armed forces. I have a right to speak. They said there were weapons of mass destruction, and there were none. They said there were nuclear weapons, and there were none...as a Native American, I know about US occupation." Before leaving our camp, he hugged Travis and took World Can't Wait fliers to take back to Alaska.

If you are in the DC area, JOIN US! We are here from 10 am- 7 pm EVERY DAY. And at NOON each day, we cross the street, on the sidewalk in front of the White House, and directly
serve notice about the number of the days til the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime. At that time, we read the ENTIRE CALL, in unison. And WHEN, not if, you come to join us, whether for an hour, or a day, or a week, bring bagels, coffee, water, or any thing else to help keep us going. We will be posting more about what you can do to be part of this, and support this effort. But we want to get this off now.

The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime! November 2!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Photo and Schedule for Encampment



JOIN US to serve notice to the Bush Regime that Nov.2nd is te beginning of the End of the Bush Regime.

For Saturday ONLY the World Can't Wait encampment will be at the World Can't Wait table to be part of the Millions More Movement event.

The encampment will be back at Lafayette Park at 10 a.m on Sunday.

Hours of encampment 10 a.m- 7:00 P.m daily.