"Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances." -From the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Fact Sheet
As part of the March on the Pentagon, World Can’t Wait plans a contingent of 200 dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods representing the detainees held indefinitely and tortured at Guantanamo Bay and around the world. The orange jumpsuit has come to symbolize the crimes of the Bush administration.
Silently, but powerfully, the “detainee” in an orange jumpsuit makes the case against the horrors of the Bush wars. People are forced to examine a vivid image of what cannot be denied: the Military Commissions Act of 2006 legalizes torture, indefinite detention, and the abolition of the historical right of habeas corpus. To be part of this contingent on March 17 th (or March 18 in NYC march) email firstname.lastname@example.org. A return e-mail with details will follow.
Dems Lay Down for Bush's Next War:
The People Must Go "From Protest to Resistance"
Saturday, March on the Pentagon!
By Sunsara Taylor, 3/14/07
Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran...The measure provides nearly $100 billion to pay for fighting in two wars, and includes more money than the president requested for operations in Afghanistan and what Democrats called training and equipment shortages. -AP, March 13, 2007
For all the criticism on the left, Democratic strategists say they are counting on most of the antiwar lawmakers to realize that this current spending bill is the best they can get . N Y Times, March 14
You could close your eyes and pretend it isn’t happening.
Pretend that the new Democratic Congress -- after four years of torture, mass murder and war crimes against the people of Iraq -- didn’t just promise the War-Criminal-In-Chief that they would do nothing to stop a new and even more dangerous war against Iran.
Pretend that these same Democrats -- who have sold you out so many times and at the cost of so many lives -- didn’t just promise to give the president more money than he even asked for to fight his current wars!
Pretend that somehow history -- and the people of the Middle East -- will forgive you for meeting this news with passivity, silence or at best &ldquorotest as usual.”
Or you could open your eyes and confront the nightmares engulfing millions of people in the Middle East and endangering people around the world that only people living in this country can bring to a halt.
You can get on a bus, hop on a train, purchase an airline ticket, or pile into a van and get your butt to Washington DC on March 17 to march across the bridge and encircle the Pentagon, before the eyes of the world! Read more…
Director, The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime