San Francisco Bay Area events this week where I’ll be
Conversation & Book-Signing with Dr.
author of "THIS COMMON
SECRET: MY JOURNEY AS AN ABORTION DOCTOR"
Benefit for World Can’ t Wait’ progarams &
Dr. Wicklund’s work
Sunday January 20
5:00 pm – 7:00
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way
Info for both events (415) 864-5153 or email
Taking the Reality of
Guantanamo Bay to Leadership High
School in San
Wait supporters helped organize a teach-in on January 9 featuring
revolutionary journalist Larry Everest. 4
teachers brought their advisory classes (about 60 students total) to
a large room for the presentation. On January 11,
over 50 students (out of 200 in the school) at Leadership wore
orange to school, and 6 students showed up for the orange jumpsuit
march down Market
Street, bringing energy and militancy to
the protest. Students write about it:
"Would you guys be
surprised if I told you that what’s going on in Guantanamo
would affect your whole future?" Yes.
"It’s a surprise because you’re being lied to by the media
and the government." Larry continued: "Do you
think Americans’ lives are more important than other people’s
lives?" Except for one student trying to be a
smart ass, all the students say No. "Should
people from another country, or another religion, or people who
aren’t white, be subjected to things that white
No. This set the tone of serious engagement that
continued for the rest of the presentation.
Students were rowdy at first, but before long you could hear
a pin drop.
for volunteers. A bunch of students step to the front of the
class. They are getting into it now.
"Imagineâ€¦ here we are in San
Francisco, in school, and all of a sudden a hundred
thousand heavily armed troops from Afghanistan parachute
into your country." Larry points to one of the
students: "You’re in a gang. Put on a
jumpsuit.." He takes money out of his wallet and
offers it to students to snitch out their friends, citing the ACLU
statistics that 95% of Guantanamo
detainees were turned over to the U.S.
for money. Pointing to another student, "Someone
turned you in. Get in a jumpsuit.
They said you were in a gang."
Soon, all the
volunteers were in jumpsuits, and the room was in
suspense. "We don’t tell you anything, you don’t
get a phone call, or a lawyer, you don’t get to talk to your
mom. We just tell you to come with us or we’ll
kill you. You can’t see anything or hear
anything. You don’t know what’s happening to you
and you don’t know when it’s going to end." One
courageous volunteer lies down on one of the tables as Larry
describes what it’s like to be waterboarded….read
the whole story and learn what a difference it makes if students
know what is being done in our names. VIDEO
at the Guantanamo protest in San Francisco.
STAY tuned for plans on THURSDAY January
31 for "No Business as Usual"
protest around the country v. the whole Bush program.
the Call. Here are a plans for several cities:
York City begins 12:30 pm at Columbus Circle with a
waterboarding demonstration by professional actors, and a theatrical
march toward Times Square.
begins 12:00 pm at the STATE OF ILLINOIS
BUILDING. 100 people in orange jumpsuits!
Waterboarding Demonstration! PROTEST FEMA, ICE and DEPT of HOMELAND
SECURITY! ACT TO PREVENT AN ATTACK ON IRAN!
Angeles: In a city where millions of immigrants face
increased attacks, including raids and deportations, we call on all
who oppose this anti-immigrant assault to plan for creative
protest on Jan. 31 at the ICE (Immigration & Customs
Enforcement) and Homeland Security offices.
Sweet, Director, The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush