Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The World Can't Wait

November 2nd, 2005

If people in the ’60s had limited themselves to only voting, lobbying, and volunteering, Black people would still sit on the back of the bus and women would still die from back-alley abortions.  Hurricane Katrina, the Roberts nomination, and the war on Iraq cannot be stopped with “politics as usual.”  That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn – or be forced – to accept.

"Wednesday 11-2-05: A massive day of repudiation of the Bush Regime, launching a movement to drive Bush himself from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed."

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Here's a vision for Wednesday, November 2nd from a member of the NYC World Can't Wait.

"We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.  On November 2, the first anniversary of Bush's 're-election,' we will take the first major step in this by organizing a truly massive day of resistance all over this country.  People everywhere will walk out of school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to JOIN US.  They will repudiate this criminal regime, making a powerful statement: 'NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US!  AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!

"November 2 must be a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY."  From the Call for The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime.

This will be a day that sends shockwaves throughout the world where people step out of the paralysis of politics-as-usual and step into an unprecedented movement that seeks to change history not pinning its hopes on "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics.  From now until November 2, debate will rage across the city and beyond.  Where will you be?  What will you be doing?

From sun up to sun down the climate and "look" of New York will be charged and alive with the sights and sounds of resistance.  High school students, and yes, middle school students, will leaving school from all five boroughs, marching and breaking others out, coming over bridges, packing subways.  College classes emptying, from the public colleges to the elite universities.  People from all walks of life pouring into a massive noon-time convergence, manifesting that from this point forward WE WILL NOT BE RULED IN THIS WAY!  And setting out to march from there, spreading the spirit and determination to DRIVE OUT THIS REGIME because THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT.

The convergence will be a powerful statement of the collective strength of those who have been silenced, stigmatized, isolated, locked down, disillusioned, demoralized, and disoriented.  No more!  They will rally and call on others to join.  The convergence and city will be infused with people bringing symbols or visuals that convey why the Bush regime needs to be driven out (there's no shortage of that).  Pictures of murdered Iraqi and Afghani children, tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Fallujah and Guantanamo –and many more -- each with the caption: "Another reason The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime"

Starting now, the city starts buzzing.  "Resist or Die! No School November 2!  The World Can't Wait – Drive out the Bush Regime!" is in the air, on t-shirts, radio, banner drops, debated in the classrooms and at home.  Parents, teachers, and yes, even administrators start to take a stand in support of the kids walking out without being pinned down, brutalized, and hauled off by the police.

Clergy and others in the religious community mobilize.  Workers everywhere don't go to work and bring the strength of their ranks to the day; immigrants and people of all nationalities step out of the shadows.

Soldiers coming home after witnessing the horrors and hypocrisies the U.S. is carrying out in Iraq will come to tell the TRUTH and condemn the U.S. for their continuing unjust occupation.  Librarians, scientists, artists, doctors and health workers, all the thousands and millions who are deeply disturbed and outraged act on this day to begin to meet the enormity of the challenge.

The mood as people march from the convergence, will be: "what else is happening, we're not ready to go home yet!"  Cultural events, teach-ins, block parties, spontaneous street gatherings, debates in the parks, critical mass bike rides, candle light vigils, street festivals, banner drops, and many other expressions will take place through the city into the evening.  The night will be a reflection of the day; people will coming together in a myriad of ways, forging organization and a whole ethos and spirit as part of a growing national network and movement -- something momentous that will take off from there -- imbuing people with a sense of "this is what the world needs, I've never seen anything like this before and it's just getting started."

On November 3, the day after, the city is infused with people sporting buttons, shirts, posters, stickers, etc, stating to the world that they participated on the day everyone will look back at and recognize as THE DAY THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE and the people began the resistance that unseated the most powerful and brutal regime in the world: "I WAS THERE NOVEMBER 2.  The World Can't Wait!  Drive out the Bush Regime!"


At 10/06/2005 2:49 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Have you seen that in today's speech Bush changed his terminology from "Terrorists" to "Islamic Radicals"? He's broadening the group... It's just a matter of time before it's "Islamic citizens".

We are in for the end of true Democracy and the rise of the new Christian Empire.

At 10/06/2005 7:18 PM, Blogger Alan said...

That is interesting. It could be there is a specific group he has in mind for the time being.


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