9.20.2006

report

Here's a report from World Can't Wait on yesterday's protests and civil disobedience in New York. Scroll down for some powerful pictures.

I've heard some concern about the October 5 action, because it's during the week. "I have to work." "I have school." "I can't go on a weekday."

Please consider using a sick day or a vacation day, going in late, or walking out altogether. Work will survive one day without you. Think of it as a small sacrifice to the cause of preventing many much larger sacrifices. Think of it as a donation.

I know it's an inconvenience. Activism does not always fit neatly into our lives. It's just one day.

Allan and I skipped several (unpaid) days of work, at great expense, to attend massive rallies. I say that not because I think we're "better" or more committed than you or anyone else, but because I wouldn't ask anyone to do anything I haven't done myself.

From World Can't Wait:
Here is What You Need to Do on October 5

Demonstrate – take off work, don’t go to school or leave early, and congregate at rallies being planned in cities across the country. The rallies will be informative events where people can learn more about the analysis of World Can’t Wait that there is a coherent program represented by the Bush Regime that is a remaking society and changing all the rules in a fascist way and for generations to come. This movement is not “protest as usual” but a movement setting its sights on driving a sitting president from office before 2008.

After the rallies we will march through the streets calling on others to join us! Rallies are being held at central civic places, federal buildings, city halls, and rural post offices. If there is not an organized rally in your town go to the city hall at 12:00 pm with signs and meet people who feel like you do. Together, you can organize the next demonstration.

Here is What You Can Do to Make October 5 a Success

It depends on you. Make the commitment and get involved in the movement to change the course of history.

A basic plan for the next 15 days: funds, get the word out, volunteer

1. Raise funds to keep our Call and what to do on October 5 in the public eye and in the mainstream of the mass media, fueling the necessary discussion and debate and challenging people to act on what they know to be right. We plan to immediately follow up the USA Today ad with ads on Air America Radio, on MySpace.com and FaceBook.com (internet sites very popular with high school and college students), Spanish radio and newspapers. Keep up with worldcantwait.org for details.

2. Get the word out! There needs to be a visible wave of mass publicity through flyers, signs in store windows and bulletin boards, and spreading lawn signs. Send out announcements to your e-mail lists and have the organizations and associations (political, social, athletic, religious, professional) get involved in getting out the word to be there on OCTOBER 5.

3. Volunteer! Call the national office or the World Can’t Wait committee in your town (or form one if it does not exist) to join the many committees working at an urgent pace to take up all the different elements that go into making this movement what it needs to be to drive out the regime. Many people doing this have never been active politically before, so don’t hesitate to get involved. All you need is the passion of caring about the future and the political will to make a difference.

As the Call The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime concludes:
"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."

7 comments:

lucie said...

on an unrelated topic, i thought of you tonight, because i went to my first baseball game ever... and it was the blue jays and the NY yankees :) it seems the blue jays won but i'm still trying to figure out the rules of the game, huhuh.

L-girl said...

How cool!! Did you have fun?

I will be posting about a game shortly - we're going to a Blue Jays / Red Sox game with a few wmtc readers - so hopefully you'll comment more then.

Ferdzy said...

Laura, do you know if there are going to be any Canadian demos around the same time?

L-girl said...

Ferdzy, see here.

Ferdzy said...

Oh yeah, I saw that. Thanks.

lucie said...

yeah, i had fun, but i think i prefer basketball, it's easier to understand and to follow. . when is the redsox game? i live right below the rogers centre so it's easy for me to attend those games.

L-girl said...

The game is Monday night, but we already have tickets - you wouldn't be able to sit with us. Next year I'll be sure and invite you!

Baseball should be pretty easy to follow if someone tells you the basic rules. It's more complex than basketball, but you don't have to understand all the complexities to follow the game. You'll see - next year. :)