OCTOBER 5-- No Work, No School In Over 80 Cities and Towns -- MARCH AGAINST BUSH
On Thursday, October 5, people will walk out of school, take off work, gather in town squares, and MARCH in cities across the country, declaring their intention bring the Bush program to a halt.
In the last week, momentum is growing as the number of cities planning protests jumped from 50 to over 80. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is racing to bolt into place an unprecedented new law which would legalize torture and severely restrict habeas corpus, the basic right to legal redress first established in England in 1215.
"Face it. The Bush regime is remaking the world, very quickly, in a fascist way and for generations to come. Denial won't help. And the Democrats aren't stopping them. But WE must. And we can. There are millions of us…" This message calling people out on October 5 is being heard nationally on Air America radio spots. Thousands also contributed to publish a full-page ad in USA Today on September 20, reading in part: “Endless wars. Torture. Katrina. Theocracy… This regime does not represent us and we will drive it out.”
In the past week, organizers of October 5 marches have had to battle with police departments for permits to march through the center of the city in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. They see these obstructions linked to increased police state measures as Bush threatens a new war on Iran and the “Military Commissions Act of 2006" races through the Senate with bi-partisan support. Sold as a compromise, this “torture bill” legally enshrines the president’s category of “enemy combatant,” allows evidence obtained by torture to be admitted to trial by military tribunals, gives the President the right to interpret the Geneva Conventions, and eliminates the right of habeas corpus for those held by military commissions.
Debra Sweet, national coordinator of World Can’t Wait said Tuesday, “We are at a defining moment for this country and its people. There are millions who don’t want to live in a theocratic new Rome – but we don’t have unlimited time to stop this regime. Whether we act – or fail to act – right now will impact the lives of millions all over the world for generations. We are putting this to everyone: When all other avenues of change are blocked, what do people do? Hit the streets. This is the chance we have on October 5.”
The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime CALL has been signed by tens of thousands of people, including GORE VIDAL, HARRY BELAFONTE, DAN ELLSBERG, JONATHAN KOZOL, SEN. JAMES ABOUREZK, SEAN PENN, ERICA JONG, U.S. REP. JOHN CONYERS, MARGARET CHO, MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, CORNEL WEST, HOWARD ZINN, MARK RUFFALO, JANE FONDA, CINDY SHEEHAN, PAUL HAGGIS, ALICE WALKER, and REV. JESSE JACKSON.
September 27, 2006 Check www.worldcantwait.org for locations for October 5 protests. Interviews available with selected signers. For interviews, contact: Connie Julian, 718-825-9119