Demonstration at the White House demands “Bush step down!”
6 February 2006. A World to Win News Service. The following report was posted on The World Can’t Wait organization’s Web site (www.worldcantwait.org)
Leading up to, during, and after Bush’s State of the Union address, the growing movement to drive out the Bush regime took new steps in its determination and breadth. In an intense political situation, with Bush’s spying and lying more exposed and much talk of impeachment, the demand “Bush step down – and take your programme with you” resonated throughout society. Acting on its Call, The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime dove into this situation in which the future is in the balance, mobilizing people outside of the killing confines of “politics as usual” to stop Bush’s fascist remaking of society.
A full-page ad in the New York Times with signatories including politicians, movie stars, artists, activists and voices of conscience broadcast this demand to the world. Echoing and elaborating on this demand were statements from prominent voices such as Daniel Ellsberg (former State Department analyst official and leaker of the government documents exposing the U.S. intervention in Vietnam known as the Pentagon Papers), Michael Ratner (prominent human rights lawyer), Mark Ruffalo (actor), and Gore Vidal (novelist), as well as calls to action from students at Hampton University (an historically Black college in Virginia) and Georgetown Law Students (in Washington) who turned their back on Attorney General Gonzales. The Bush Crimes Commission held its final session, and released preliminary findings of the Bush regime’s guilt of war crimes and crimes against humanity. And 31 January saw thousands of people in over 68 cities taking to the streets to drown out Bush’s lies during his State of the Union address.
In the wake of all this, the 4 February rally of several thousand in Washington, DC, and march around the White House took the demand that Bush step down right to the regime itself. It was marked by its determination and breadth of participants, all united around this single demand. And it garnered media coverage in the Washington Post, evening and morning TV news, and more.
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