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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
Protesting for the NATO Victims. NATO and US drones are responsible for thousands of deaths. Debra Sweet speaks out in front of the Canadian embassy May 17, 2012 with images of some of the victims of NATO.
Emma of World Can’t Wait doing a mic check on what we are in Chicago to do: saying NO to NATO and U.S. War Crimes and speaking up for the victims of wars for empire.
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Stop the wars! These NATO victims are are why we’re against NATO/US War crimes.
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Taking our message “humanity and the planet come first” in multiple languages to local communities in Chicago before NATO summit.
Friday / Saturday / Sunday:
Stop the Drone War Weekend @ Fordham & Radio City
WarCriminalsWatch.org, also a World Can’t Wait initiative, is organizing protest starting Friday through the weekend against the war and the drones the US uses around the world. On Friday, urge Archbishop Dolan to speak out against the drones controlled out of Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, NY, which is part of his eccelesiastical province. Saturday, protest the awarding of an honorary degree to John Brennan at Fordham University. Sunday, protest the awarding of an honorary degree to Congressman Edolphus Towns, at Radio City. Details here.
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Scene of devastation in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after 17 civilians were massacred in March 2012. This isn’t “humanitarian intervention” and this isn’t the way “forward,” it is a war crime!
by Emma Kaplan, World Can’t Wait Steering Committee Member
I am protesting the NATO Summit because I care about the people of the world. I am protesting NATO/U.S. war crimes because I don’t want a world where children have their limbs blown off or their parents murdered by the U.S. government. I am protesting NATO because NATO has given the U.S. free rein to bomb wedding parties, use unmanned drones on civilian populations, install puppet governments and devastate the lives of millions of people in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am protesting because these wars need to end now! I am protesting because people in my generation have never known anything different than the global war on terror and all the repression that comes with it.
What happens at the NATO summit is going to impact the lives and futures of people around the planet and we cannot leave that future in the hands of U.S. government. The U.S. is a criminal government that has carried out some of the most vicious war crimes in the name of freedom, prosperity and security and it is long past time that young people stand up boldly to say that humanity and the planet comes first!
The main focus of the NATO summit this year has been outlined as deciding the fate of Afghanistan, expanding the use of unmanned drones and drawing in other countries to take part in partnering with the U.S. agenda. I am going to be in Chicago with World Can’t Wait to articulate exactly what is wrong with these three things and why people should oppose all of them! There is a lot of potential to get this message out to the general public and the world. This is a potential that not only World Can’t Wait sees but the powers that be also see. The City of Chicago and the secret service are making preparations that seek to prevent the general public into joining with these protests. They are have been talking about having a highly visible police presence on the streets before NATO happens, mass evacuations and the closing down of public transportation. This is intolerable! Some of the most violent people on the planet are meeting in Chicago and the main concern is those who are protesting them?
This tells me that protesting the NATO summit is EXACTLY where we should be. Can you help me get there?
Folks in Chicago are ready to house Emma, can you help cover airfare costs? $500 is needed for her round-trip ticket. You can help get Emma to Chicago by making an online donation here and putting Emma Kaplan in the “in honor of” field. Donors will receive a special, personal update from this young activist live from the NATO protest.
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