“For every 10 to 15 people killed, maybe they get one militant….I don’t go to count how many Taliban are killed. I go to count how many children, women, innocent people, are killed.” This photograph by Noor Behram shows three children orphaned by one of Obama’s Drone attacks. Tell them you are voting for the lesser of 2 evils.
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This Monday, July 23 in Oakland, Barack Obama will speak to a big campaign rally at the Fox Theater raising funds for his candidacy and his program. As he speaks inside the Fox, anti-war protesters will be outside, saying NO to these wars and occupations, NO to the drones, torture, and kill lists — NO MATTER WHO THE PRESIDENT MAY BE!
Join World Can’t Wait – Afghans for Peace – Iraq Veterans Against the War – Courage to Resist – Code Pink – Bradley Manning Support Network – and March Forward, to assemble, rally, speak out and march against America’s illegitimate, immoral, horrendous wars and occupations and the whole package of crimes that are part of them.
OBAMA’s FUNDRAISING EVENT: Fox Theater, Telegraph btwn 18th/19th Streets, Oakland. Obama to speak in person. Program time approximately 6 PM-9 PM.
Doors open 4:30 to ticketed guests ($100-$1000’s each).
PEOPLE’S ANTIWAR PROTEST: Bring your signs, your friends, your voice.
Assemble starting at 3:00 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th & Broadway, Oakland).
March from Oscar Grant Plaza to the Fox Theater
[If you arrive after 3 PM, come as soon as you can, protest will be in the area 3-9 PM]
OUR MESSAGE: War is not an abstraction and lives hang in the balance. These wars mean the escalating, horrendous use of drone warfare as America’s “clean” weapon of choice. The torture known from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo is reaching new heights at Bagram today (with Guantanamo still open). Massacres of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen are daily routine and do not even usually make the news. Meanwhile, at the White House every Tuesday Obama signs off on a new assassination target list. We demand an end to all this, and we also demand that accused army whistler-blower Bradley Manning be freed, and Hands Off Wikileaks!
SHOULD YOU JOIN THIS PROTEST?
Some say: Don’t protest Obama now, you’ll only aid the lunatic Republicans. We should throw in with the “lesser of two evils” and go from there …
Some say: Obama’s foreign policy and these wars are a negative, but on the positive side he’ll do better for Americans with the economy and health care, so don’t undermine him now …
World Can’t Wait says: WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM! Consider yourself called to action! You’re invited to join us, to act in conscience, to stand with the people assaulted by your government.
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I ask this sincerely: what kind of country targets rescuers, funeral attendees, and people gathered to mourn? If a Hollywood film featured a villainous King ordering lethal attacks on rescuers, funerals and mourners — those medically attending to or grieving his initial victims — any decent audience member would, by design, seethe with contempt for such an inhumane tyrant. But this is the standard policy and practice under President Obama and it continues through today. Recall the outrage that was sparked when WikiLeaks released its Collateral Murder video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter during the Bush era firing on unarmed rescuers, who had arrived to retrieve the initial victims who had been shot and were laying wounded on the ground. That tactic continues under President Obama, although it is now expanded to include the targeting of grieving rituals.
- Glenn Greenwald
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