Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger and other leading members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, World Can’t Wait (WCW) is a direct-action movement whose initial mission was to organize “people living in the United States to take responsibility to stop the whole disastrous course led by the Bush administration.” The organization asserted that removing President Bush from office “will be like removing a forty-pound tumor from your gut.” WCW vowed “to send Bush, [Vice President Dick] Cheney and the rest of those fascists packing. … After that, there are people in ‘World Can’t Wait’ who are working for everything from reforming the Democratic party, to building a 3rd party, to revolution.”
On October 13, 2005, WCW organized a protest “encampment” near the White House. Participating activists spent the ensuing twenty days counting down to the “end of the Bush regime.” The campers were treated to visits from “national voices of conscience” who had endorsed their efforts. Most prominent among them was anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Sunsara Taylor, a WCW organizer, declared that the “encampment is a premonition. Soon, all the pent-up anger and outrage — of the hundreds of thousands of Black people betrayed during [Hurricane] Katrina, of the millions of women who refuse to give up abortion, of the immigrants who have been demonized and rounded up, of the majority that is fed up with the lies and lies and lies — will come forward in a movement to drive Bush out.”
The WCW movement encourages the harassment and intimidation of those opposed to its agendas. On October 24, 2005, two Los Angeles-based WCW activists infiltrated a West Hollywood appearance by conservative speaker David Horowitz. Professing themselves determined to “shut this fascist down,” the activists had to be forcibly restrained and removed from the theater, and later boasted that they had disrupted a “Nazi Rally.”
Another target of WCW attacks is Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo, who incurred the organization’s wrath after advising the Bush administration that the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were not eligible for Geneva Convention protections accorded to prisoners of war. In late October 2005 a number of WCW organizers stormed into Yoo’s class, accompanied by student activists outfitted in orange jumpsuits meant to symbolize those worn by detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
A number of college campuses host WCW chapters, and many of the group’s activities center on student organizing on both the college and high-school levels – exhorting young people to engage in civil disobedience, distribute political literature, and participate in such activities as “walkouts” and “campus shutdowns.”
A key date in WCW history was November 2, 2005. To hasten the coming of its eagerly anticipated communist revolution, the organization designated this date, the one-year mark of President Bush’s reelection, as a day of “society-wide resistance” in cities and college campuses across the United States. There were small-scale protests in a number of cities — including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle — aimed at helping to ignite the communist revolution for which WCW organizers candidly agitate. At the San Francisco rally, the festivities began with the reading of a statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party. That was followed by a taped message from convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, a supporter of World Can’t Wait. Cindy Sheehan also delivered a speech.
A comprehensive list of WCW’s individual and organizational endorsers can be viewed on the WCW website. Among these supporters are: the After Downing Street anti-war coalition, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Aris Anagnos, the ANSWER coalition of New York City, Ed Asner, Bill Ayers, Harry Belafonte, Medea Benjamin, Michael Berg, William Blum, Bob Bossie, Ward Churchill, Code Pink, John Conyers, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Michael Eric Dyson, Keith Ellison, Eve Ensler, Jodie Evans, Ralph Fertig, Jane Fonda, Gold Star Families for Peace, Mara Verhayden-Hilliard, the Islamic Association of America, the Islamic Circle of North America, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr., Mumia Abu Jamal, Ali Khan, C. Clark Kissinger, Frances Kissling, Michael Lerner, Cynthia McKinney, Mark Crispin Miller, the National Lawyers Guild, Armando Navarro, Not In Our Name, Major Owens, Sean Penn, Harold Pinter, Progressive Democrats of America, Michael Ratner, Rep. Bobby Rush, Susan Sarandon, Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Martin Sheen, Gloria Steinem, Lynne Stewart, Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, Maxine Waters, Leonard Weinglass, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn.
Virtually all of the foregoing individuals and groups were signatories to a December 12, 2005, WCW advertisement that appeared in The New York Times, accusing the Bush administration of “setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way” by “waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq … openly torturing people … moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule … [and] enforc[ing] a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.” Continued the ad: “People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so.”
On September 20, 2006, WCW ran another ad in The New York Times, promoting its upcoming October 5 rally “to drive out the Bush regime.” Billed as a set of concurrent “protests in cities all across the country,” the ad exhorted people to skip work and school that day in order to participate in the demonstrations. The declared aim of the protests was to bring “to a halt” the U.S. government’s alleged pursuit of “endless wars,” its routine use of “torture,” its indifference to the victims of Hurricane Katrina (in 2005), and its quest to transform the United States into a “theocracy.”
To fund its various protests and appeals, WCW relies partly on individual contributions and in the main on the Alliance for Global Justice, a Washington D.C.-based 501(c)(3) charity “focused on human, environmental and worker rights.”
As of 2008, WCW’s board of directors included former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, abortion-rights activists Rosemary Candelario and Warren Hern, California state assemblyman Mark Leno, former U.S. Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney, professor and author Mark Crispin Miller, attorney Thomas Olmos, hip hop performer Boots Riley, attorney Lynne Stewart, writers Gore Vidal and Sunsara Taylor, and historian Howard Zinn.
“The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global ‘war of terror’ of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed. This direction cannot and will not be reversed by leaders who tell us to seek common ground with fascists, religious fanatics, and empire. It can only be possible by the people building a community of resistance — an independent mass movement of people — acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution, of these crimes.”