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Rise Up Against the Evil Empire
September 19, 2006
Photos by Stanley Rogouski
Today, while George Bush stood before the United Nations and claimed to want peace, thousands of people converged in the streets of New York City to declare their defiance to the path of military dominance, corporate profit, and fascist control that the Bush administration is taking us on.
In an act of civil disobedience organized by the Bush Crimes Commission and the World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime, 16 people were arrested outside the UN. The civil disobedience brought the verdict from the Bush Crimes Commission, released Sept. 13, that the Bush administration is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity on five accounts. Serious charges have been brought against two of those arrested (see full report below).
Despite the demonstration taking place on a workday morning, the crowd was significant and included students (including some who cut school to protest), veterans, religious leaders, unions, parents and children, and many others. The message was clear: four years ago, Bush stood before the UN in a run-up to the attack, invasion, and occupation of Iraq; now he is displaying a repeat performance to justify attacking Iran, and it is up to us, citizens of the United States and the world, to prevent this recurring nightmare from continuing.
This administration is illegitimate, having stolen not
one, but two elections, and waging a war for their own profit against
international law and opinion. Today, thousands of people gathered in
Report from Civil Disobedience
From Bush Crimes Commission press release:
16 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SERVE BUSH COMMISSION
VERDICT ON BUSH AT U.N.
Shortly after noon, right as Bush stepped to the podium
to deliver his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, a line of 13 anti-Bush
activists stretched across
The civil disobedience action was organized by the Bush
Crimes Commission (www.bushcommission.org) and The World Can't Wait - Drive
Out the Bush Regime (www.worldcantwait.org). Protesters included a former
State Dept. official, a priest, military families,
"We have come to the United Nations today to engage in
non-violent civil disobedience. We demand the war on
"These crimes must come to a halt. As the Not In Our Name Statement of Conscience (Jan. 2005) said: 'It is our responsibility to stop the Bush regime from carrying out this disastrous course. We believe history will judge us sharply should we fail to act decisively.'"
* Ann Wright. one of three State Department officials
to publicly resign in protest of the
* Elaine Brower, mother of U.S. Marine stationed in Fallujah and a spokesperson for World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime (www.worldcantwait.org)
* Fr. Luis Barrios of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
* C. Clark Kissinger, convener of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration (www.bushcommission.org)
* Beth Lamont, the American Humanist Association's UN representative
Their action follows the delivery to the White House on September 13 of the Verdict from the Bush Crimes Commission. The Commission found the Bush administration guilty of crimes against humanity on five counts. A few days later, Bob Herbert wrote: "One of the biggest concerns of the administration is the possibility of evidence emerging that could lead to charges of war crimes against high-ranking officials." (NYT, 9/18)
Many of the CD participants are calling national protests across the country on October 5, which will be the subject of a full-page ad sponsored by World Can't Wait in Wednesday's USA Today.
The moral clarity at the civil disobedience and protest
is exactly what is needed going into the Oct. 5 protests.
Stung by the fact that the protesters got through intense police security and that they were calling out Bush as a war criminal, two of the demonstrators were hit serious bogus charges:
Father Luis Barrios, a respected Episcopal priest, a tenured professor, columnist in El Diario, and long-time activist for social justice, was arrested yesterday in front of the United Nations. He was held all night, and charged with 2nd degree assault, because a police officer says Father Barrios touched him. Footage of Father Barrios being pushed to the ground by police was run all last evening. Father Barrios today says "we did the right thing" in protesting, and to everyone: "The World Can't Wait!" These outrageous charges must be dropped. We'll tell you soon how you can be involved.
Geoff Mallard, a disabled Iraq war vet, was charged with resisting arrest went he fell down trying to board the police wagon.
Demand the Charges be Dropped by calling or emailing:
C. Clark Kissinger, convenor of the Bush Crimes Commission, holding the Commission's verdict.
Elaine Brower, a spokesperson for World Can't Wait, whose son is currently deployed to Fallujah, Iraq.
Ann Wright, former US diplomat and judge at the Bush Crimes Commission.
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