Monday, May 29, 2006

The World Can't Wait - Drive Out The Bush Regime!

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Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn — or be forced — to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

Endorsers of Statement include:
ACT UP, New York City Mumia Abu-Jamal, political prisoner, journalistImam Talib Abdur-Rashid, mosque of Islamic Brotherhood; Justice Committee, Majlis Ash-Shura, NYPam Africa, Move Organization and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal After Downing Street CoalitionVicente "Panama" Alba, Organizer, Laborers Union Local 108, New York"Alberto Lovera" Bolivian Circle, New YorkAimee Allison, army conscientious objector (Gulf War90)/counter-RecruiterTom Ammiano, San Francisco Board of SupervisorsAnti-FlagAris Anagnos, Los AngelesArab American Community Coalition, Seattle WashingtonCarlos Arango, director of Casa Aztlan*Edward AsnerAsociacion Tepeyac de New YorkAxis of JusticeRosa Ayala, Justice for Janitors*William Ayers, professor and authorRussell Banks, writerFather Luis Barrios, Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, New York Rev. Willie Barrow, Women Connecting*Ed Begley Jr.Harry BelafonteDave Berenson, Cleveland, OH, U.S. Green PartyMichael Berg, anti-war activistJessica Blank, writer, actorBlase Bonpane, authorBob Bossie, SCJ, 8th Day Center for Justice*Father Roy Bourgeois, MMSt. Clair Bourne, film maker Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, NYCCatharina Breinholm, musician (Nina Hagen)Jane Bright, Co-founder, Gold Star Families for PeaceCarol Brightman, author, "Total Insecurity: The Myth of American Omnipotence"Dennis BrutusGabriel Byrne, ActorCampus Anti-War Network(CAN)Tim Carpenter, Director, Progressive Democrats of AmericaCenter for Constitutional RightsChicago ADAPTCHOICE USAWard ChurchillCitizens For Legitimate GovernmentKate Clinton, humoristClothing of American MindDavid Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential CandidateCode Pink: Women for PeaceSteve Colman, poetJohn Conyers, US RepresentativeCarlos Cornier, percussionist, Funkadesi, Old Town School of FolkMusicBarry Crimmins, writer/correspondent, Air America Radio Culture ClashCharles W. Dahm (Father Chuck), Pastor, St. Pius V, ChicagoChris Daly, San Francisco Board of SupervisorsJulie Delpy, ActressDC Anti-War NetworkDemocrats.comCarl Dix, Revolutionary Communist PartyLeonard "Len" Dominguez, Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, IllinoisDominican Women's Development Center, New YorkAriel Dorfman, writerTom Duane, NY State SenatorMichael Eric Dyson, author, "Is Bill Cosby Right?"Steve Earle, musicianNiles Eldredge, curator of the Darwin Show at the Museum of Natural History, NYCEdwin Ellis, President of Veterans for Peace, LA*Daniel Ellsberg, author of "The Pentagon Papers"Eve EnslerMichelle Esrick, actress, poet, filmmakerDonelle Estey, artist, Artists Against the WarChristian Ettinger, exec. prod. of film "The Weather Underground"Jodie Evans, Code Pink Nina Felshin, curator, writerLawrence FerlinghettiRev. John FifeJane FondaProf. Barbara Forrest, Southeastern Louisana University (testifed in Dover against intelligent design)Michael Franti, musicianAaron Freeman, comdianSamina Faheem Fundas, American Muslim Voice*reg e. gaines, poet, playwrightMartin Garbus, NYCDeborah Glick, NY State AssemblywomanTed Glick, Climate Crisis CoalitionGlobal Justice and Peace Ministries, Riverside Church,New YorkFrances Goldin, literary agentSam Greenlee, poetAndré Gregory, theater directorAndy Griggs, US Labor Against the War, Exec. Board of United Teachers of LA*Jose Guerrero, artist and muralist, ChicagoLawrence Guyot, former SNCC member and former Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic PartyPaul Haggis, Academy Award Winning Director/Writer of Crash, screenwriter of Million Dollar BabyHaitian Coalition for JusticeSuheir Hammad, poetSam Hamill, Poets Against WarKathleen Hanna, Le TigreDavid Harris, founder of The Resistance*, writerJon Hendricks, jazz singer/lyricistJon Hendricks, artistWarren M. Hern, MD, MPH, PhD, Director, Boulder Abortion ClinicEric Hilton, Thievery CorporationHip Hop CaucusDorothy Hoobler, PENMarie Howe, poet and writerImpeach Bush CoalitionMesha Monge Irizarry, Idriss StelleyFoundationIslamic Association of AmericaAbdeen Jabara, past president, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*Rev. Jesse L. JacksonRon Jacobs, writerDahr Jamail, independent journalistPramila Jayapal, Executive Director, Hate Free Zone WashingtonAlan Jones, Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College*Bill T. Jones, dancerSarah Jones, poet and actorRickie Lee Jones, musicianEsther Kaplan, author of With God On Their SideJanis Karpinski, Brig. General (retired)Casey KasemM. Ali Khan, American Muslim CouncilC. Clark KissingerFrances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice*Yuri KochiyamaRon Kovic, author, Vietnam VeteranJonathan KozolJoyce Kozloff, artistJim Lafferty, Executive Director of the National Lawyer's Guild of Los AngelesRay Laforest, organizer, DC 1707, AFSCME*; member, Pacifica National Board*Beth LamontJessica LangeLewis Lapham, former editor, Harper's MagazineMartha Lavey, ChicagoMark Leno, California AssemblymanRabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazineJames Levin, co-director of Cleveland Festival of Arts & Technology (Ingenuity)Simon Levy, director, "What I Heard About Iraq" at Fountain St. TheatreToby Devan LewisBruce Lincoln, professor, History of Religions, University of Chicago Margarita Lopez, New York City Council MemberHaki R. Madhubuti, chairman, publisher, Third World PressDevorah major, poet & novelistMake the Road by Walking, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYMike Malloy, syndicated radio talk show hostLucinda Marshall, Founder Feminist Peace Network*Bill Martin, philosopherBill Martinez, Attorney, ProducerFather Matthius, Pastor, St. Pius V, ChicagoMalachy McCourt, actor & authorRosie Mendez, New York City CouncilAllen Michaan, owner, Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CACynthia McKinney, US RepresentativeEllen McLaughlin, actress and playwrightCamilo Mejia, conscientious objectorDave Meserve, Arcata California city council memberCarol Migden, CA State SenatorCarly Miller, Clothing of the American MindMark Crispin Miller, author, "Fooled Again"Alderman Joe Moore, Chicago's City Council Millions More Movement, Pittsburg /Antioch CA organizing committeeBill Mitchell, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace*Leon Mobley, musicianTom Morello, AudioslaveTracie Morris, poetAndrew Muñana, Images Salón, East Los AngelesSteve Murphy, editor of Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCecil Murray, Retired Minister First AME Church, Los Angeles Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to UzbekistanNational Lawyers GuildArmando Navarro, chair and professor, Ethnic Studies, UC RiversideThe Network in Solidarity with the People of the PhilippinesBill Nevins, teacher, AlbuquerqueNorthwestern College FeministsNot in Our NameMike and Julie NussbaumEfia Nwangaza, director, African American Institute for Policy Studies, Greenville, SCBrian O'Leary, PhD., author, former astronautBertell Ollman, prof. Dept. of Politics, NYUR. Tomás Olmos, President, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Los Angeles County*, Dean Emeritus, People's College of Law*Barbara Olshansky, Center for Constitutional RightsE. Rendel T. Osburn, Southern Christian Leadership Foundation*OuternationalMajor Owens, 11th Congressional District, D-NYOzomatliJose Padilla*, executive director, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)Cristina Page, author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America"Grace Paley, writerPatrick Henry Democratic ClubHarvey Pekar, American SplendorSean PennBill Perkins, New York City CouncilRosalind Petchesky, prof., Hunter College & Grad. Center, CUNYPeter Phillips PhD, Project Censored, Sociology Dept Sonoma State UniversityJeremy Pikser, screenwriter, BulworthHarold Pinter, Nobel Prize winning playwrightFrances Fox PivenSterling Plumpp, poetKevin Powell, writerSr. Helen Prejean CSJ, Moratorium Campaign to End the Death Penalty*Progressive Democrats of AmericaFrancine Prose, novelistPuerto Rican Nationalist Party - New York BranchQueers for Economic JusticeJerry Quickley, poet and playwrightMalik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*Reach Hip Hop CoalitionRaghava Reddy, stem cell biologist, biomedical scientist, film makerMaggie Renzi, filmmakerEric Resnick, Gay People's Chronicle* reporter, peace activist, one time candidate for US CongressAllan Rich, screenwriter/actorBoots Riley, The CoupWalter Riley, lawyerDennis Rivera, President of Local 1199 SEIUJoshua Rosenblum, Composer/ Director of Bush is BadMark Ruffalo, actorBobby Rush, US Representative, ChicagoDouglas Rushkoff, authorKalamu ya Salaam, Listen to the People Angelica Salas, executive director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles*JD Samson, Le TigreSonia SanchezRev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church, Watts, CASan Francisco Bayview NewspaperSapphire, poet, writerSheley Secrest, Attorney, President NAACP Seattle-King County BranchSusan SarandonJohn Sayles, filmmakerRinku Sen, Colorlines*Richard Serra, artistRev. Al SharptonLou Shaw, writer, creator of Quincy MDCindy SheehanMartin SheenStanley Sheinbaum, economist, LANancy Spero, artistDona Spring, Berkeley Council memberGloria SteinemMalcolm Suber, People's Hurricane Relief Fund*Serj Tankian System of a DownSunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaperStuds TerkelMarianne Torres, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane*Dwight Trible, jazz vocalistGeorge Tuttle & Ben Cushman, grapegrowersGore Vidal, writerKurt VonnegutAlice WalkerMaxine Waters, US RepresentativeWavy GravyLeonard Weinglass, lawyerRev. Dave Weissbard, senior minister, The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, ILCornel West, Princeton UniversityRev. Phil Wheaton, Episcopal Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Washington DCJoan Wile, Director, Grandmothers Against the WarSaul Williams, poetStandish E. Willis, National Conference of Black LawyersS. Brian Willson. Veterans for PeaceKrzysztof Wodiczko, artistAnn Wright, former US diplomat, resigned in protest of Iraq warDaphne Wysham, Institute for Policy StudiesLeland Y. Yee, Speaker pro Tem, California State AssemblyJuanita Young, courageous resister, leader in October 22nd Coalition*Dr. Quentin Young, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group*Dave Zeiger, filmmaker, "Sir, No, Sir!"Zephyr, graffiti artist, writerRobert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.Howard Zinn, historian, "A Peoples' History of the United States"David Zirin, author, "What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States"
*Organization for identification purposes only.


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