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Defend Women, Defend Choice! Rightwingers Assault Both in Berkeley!

Seemingly out of nowhere, a horribly ugly assault on women and reproductive rights is happening right now at UC Berkeley. A Christian fundamentalist and Christian fascist road show calling itself the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform CBRMidwest [at] cbrinfo.org arrived at Sproul Plaza early this morning (Monday) to stage what it calls its "Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)." They state their mission is to "create debate" and "our main purpose is to disciple others to save lives." They appear from their websites to be a well-funded national campaign that is going to be travelling to campuses across the country; they see historically progressive (and pro-choice) UC Berkeley as especially crucial ground to take.
Center for Bioethical Reform, Genocide Awareness Project, Barack Obama, abortion, display early.jpgAll All day Monday this anti-abortion/anti-women group covered Sproul Plaza with (according to one outraged eyewitness) "...an elaborate huge huge display of bloody fetus pictures, targeting Obama, comparing abortion to Nazi genocide and lynching in the old south, and sporting a picture of Mario Savio as its "free speech" centerpiece." This horrendous display looks like it cost huge bucks, and they had a crew of dozens of anti-abortion "disciples" including their own "documentary" film crew and both speaker types but also plenty of them walking through the crowd dressed in pink or purple, mostly older but some younger, trying to engage students in conversations about the "horrors" of abortion. 

As of mid-afternoon, students from the Gender Studies Department and the local NOW chapter were texting everyone they know to get down to the campus, where they formed a line & locked arms in front of these creeps, chanting "Our bodies, Our choice" for hours. People hurried to bring signs they had at hand - "Abortion Doctors Are Heroes" - enlargements of a Revolution newspaper centerfold, "A Fetus Is Not A Baby" - and joined in. The situation was very tense. 

The GAP and the Pro-Life Institute are part of the same movement that has been terrorizing clinics and murdering abortion providers, most recently shooting down Dr. George Tiller in his own church on a Sunday morning. There can be no common ground with religious fanatics and Christian fascists, given their goals of ending women's rights to abortion and contraception. How could anyone who respects the dignity and humanity of women find common ground with people who murder and bomb to take those things away? 

The World Can't Wait movement is sounding the alarm: tell everyone you know: women and men, students and older people too -- get down to Sproul Plaza and make your presence count. This "GAP" assault is something about to hit other campuses and there has to be a resounding resistance seen, heard and felt in response. Come early (or any time) Tuesday - be with the students -- and take a stand. 

NOTE: The GAP display apparently will be at Sproul Plaza from approximately 9:00am until 5:00pm again on Tuesday. To check out this "Christian, life-saving" operation including its grotesque and totally unscientific lies about abortion, see http://www.abortionNO.org. 

40,000 more troops for Afghanistan?


"War Is Peace. Ignorance Is Strength." By John Pilger 

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World Can't Wait super-picket contingent

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Scott Horton Interviews Debra Sweet

Scott Horton, October 14, 2009

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait, discusses the post-Obama antiwar movement collapse, the strange confluence of The Feminist Majority and the Bush administration in selling the War in Afghanistan, the laughable notion that the Pentagon can be used to secure human rights, Afghan warlords allied with the Karzai government whose human rights records are no better than the Taliban's and how activists can make their voices heard on antiwar issues.

MP3 here. (25:46)

This is no "good war."


Listen to Obama's latest speeches: it is clear that no one in the top rungs of the U.S. government is prepared to end the Afghanistan war, an ongoing catastrophe that is now opposed by a majority of the American public. Within the next weeks, Obama will announce deployment of up to 20,000 more troops.  Will you just let this happen without response from those of us who live inside this country - those of us in whose names these crimes are being done?

Since the end of 2001 four wedding parties have been blown away -- murdered -- by U.S. air power in Iraq and Afghanistan. And there was probably at least one more. Back in May 2002, it was claimed that U.S. helicopters wiped out a wedding party in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, killing 10 and wounding many more. An Agence France Presse report at the time concluded: "A wedding was in progress in the village when people fired into the air in traditional celebration and US helicopters flying over the area could have mistaken it for hostile fire. An aircraft later bombed the area for several hours."

We have a responsibility to stop the death and destruction in Afghanistan. World Can't Wait joined October 7th anti-war action with a visible representation of the death and destruction caused over and over again by U.S. bombs raining down on Afghan wedding parties. Any normal social gathering of Afghan civilians may be mistaken for an enemy force and attacked by drones and missiles. This must stop! This is no "good war."


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