World Can’t Wait 10/5/06 Brookhaven

THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 NATIONAL DAY OF RESISTANCE DEMONSTRATION AT SMITH HAVEN MALL Gather at main entrance to Mall on Route 25, Lake Grove, 12——6 p.m.

(Come when you can and stay for as long as you can)

The World Can’t Wait organization has designated Thursday, October 5 as a National Day of Resistance to the Bush administration policies. They are urging people: no shopping, stop what you’re doing, join the local demonstration. Here on Long Island, people are gathering at the main entrance to the Smith Haven Mall on Route 25, Lake Grove. People from peace and justice groups across Long Island will be there. The press has been alerted to be there between 4 and 6 p.m., so it’s important to have a large number at that time . However some hardy souls will be there from noon so whenever you can come, it would be wonderful. Some people are going to flyer across the street but that is optional, of course. Please bring your flags, signs, drums, for this non-violent protest against this wasteful war.

If you need any more reasons to resist this administration, please take a minute to read the following, which Amnesty International sent out on September 29:

Yesterday, the Senate joined the House in approving an ill-considered and sweeping piece of legislation, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, that discards key human rights protections——and our best American traditions.

Our representatives in Congress have just passed legislation that:

Establishes a new judicial system to try a wide variety of people in military commissions that lack the minimal safeguards regarding coerced evidence may deny the right of the accused to examine evidence against them. A person could be sentenced to death under this flawed system.Strips prisoners in Guantanamo——and other alleged “enemy combatants” in U.S. custody——of the ability to file a writ of habeas corpus and challenge their detention. Many of these prisoners have been held for almost five years without charges or meaningful judicial review

Expands the definition of `unlawful enemy combatant” to allow the U.S. government to detain people, on or off the battlefield, indefinitely without charge or access to judicial review for an act as minor as writing a check.

Provides retroactive immunity to those who may have been implicated in creating policies or participating in abuse and other acts that most of us would consider torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

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