About Debra Sweet

Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  In 2012, Debra was named Humanist Heroine of the Year by the Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association. Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

Read Debra’s past writings on worldcantwait.net here.

She can be reached at debrasweet (at) worldcantwait.org.

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  1. #1 by Reynolds on January 26, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    Hi Debra…my computer will not submit a comment..so now I will try again ..of course the media focuses on the75,000 right to lifers when the March for Women’s Lives in 2004 had over a million people. I do not have the patience to talk to right to lifers…but I think that it is good that you do it. At least ab only has now been defunded so the brainwashing money stream from the federal government will dry up. A good example of the Orwellian thinking on this issue is the gag tape when they are the ones who perpetuated the Global Gag rule!

  2. #2 by Reynolds on January 26, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    Hi Debra..I’m trying once last time to make a comment..I love how the media focuses on 75,ooo right to lifers when the March for Women’s Lives was the biggest protest in DC history with over a million people. The problem with right to lifers is that they don’t have a life and the Catholic Church is an endless source of money (much of it made in their adoption racket). At least ab only has FINALLY been defunded so the brainwashing our our tax dollar will dry up. A good example of the Orwellian thinking is the gag tape when the Right to Lifers are responsable for the Global GAg order (now at least we can talk about abortion on the international front)! I am glad you were there..Thanks for holding up the Choicestandard!

  3. #3 by Ed Tant on March 22, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Thanks for what you’re doing, Debra. I’m a columnist with the Athens Banner-Herald (onlineathens.com), the daily newspaper here in Athens GA, and a volunteer with the Athens Human Rights Festival (www.athenshumanrightsfest.org). Our 32nd Annual Athens Human Rights Festival comes up on May 1 and 2. I was at the massive March for Women’s lives mentioned in Reynolds’ posts. To see photos of that event and many other marches and rallies I have photographed since 1976, visit my website, http://www.edtant.com. Thanks!

  4. #4 by Marilyn Hoffman Fuss on December 3, 2010 - 5:46 pm

    Keep up the very good work! By any chance are you related to Susan and Michael Sweet? I grew up in Madison with them. We all lived on Van Buren St.

  5. #5 by Bill McLaughlin on January 18, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    The body count – as well as the number of maimed and tortured – from America’s almost continual wars of aggression since WWII rivals that of Nazi Germany. We have long wondered how the “good Germans” could have remained silent as the smoke drifted by from the crematoriums. Now “good Americans” for the most part, also remain silent even as even main-stream media, recount the horrors of predator attacks and the ongoing torture of innocents and the evils of white phosphorous and depleted uranium. So keep up the good work you are doing…hopefully there will come a day when the “new rulers of the world” give up their militarism and barbarism and live in peace with others on this earth….something I had once hoped might begin to happen under Obama but now despair. It will only come about through the continuing work of people like yourself.

  6. #6 by amin on October 22, 2011 - 3:53 am

    God bless you. good luck

  7. #7 by Nancy Klitsner on August 31, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    Hi Debra,
    While watching the news reports on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this past week I referred to an old copy of Fannie Lou Hamer’s memoir that I have and happened to see your photo with her. I immediately recognized you from Madison where I grew up and my sister knew your brother, Jeff. I have been living in NYC since the mid-70s. I admire your dedication to causes that matter to all of us. Keep up the great work!


  8. #8 by Andrea Apuy on September 3, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    Hello Debra,

    I was referred to you through the No War With Syria Rally New York Facebook page. I am a producer over at CNN New York and we are looking for students and university faculty members who would be interested in participating in a live studio audience town hall-style special program this Thursday on CNN. The program will explore and discuss the current issues surrounding the Syrian conflict. We are looking for students and faculty who are interested and well-versed on the issues as well as those who may have a personal history with the Syrian government (immigrants or children of immigrants growing up in the United States)

    The program will be hosted by CNN’s “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and will be broadcasted live domestically and around the world on Thursday, 9/5 at 9pm.

    Below is the reservation flyer and link. We would love to have you attend and if you could forward this to other individual who you think would be interested in attending including those active in the Syrian-American community.

    Thank you for your help in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Andrea “Andy” Apuy
    o: 212.275.7585 | c: 818.288.5767 | andrea.apuy@cnn.com

    CNN NY NEWS GROUP | One Time Warner Center, NYC, NY 10019

    Join our audience: “The Crisis In Syria: A CNN Town Hall” Thurs. Sept. 5th
    Join us this Thursday Sept. 5th, for a special Town Hall titled “The Crisis in Syria”- hosted by Chris Cuomo
    With a congressional vote on Syria looming, guests with a wide range of opinions will share their perspectives; Former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, Crossfire Co-Host Newt Gingrich, and many others will join Chris Cuomo to discuss today’s most controversial topic in the world- what to do about the crisis in Syria, the ramifications for the region, the United States and the Obama legacy.
    This show will feature a live studio audience that will have their own questions for our expert panelists.
    Would you like to attend?
    Would you like to ask a question?
    Please let us know and email RJ at rjhurley@ymail.com.

  9. #9 by Gary Brumback on October 1, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Dear Ms Sweet,

    I cite you in my pending book, America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying.

    If you would like to see a preview copy please-mail me.


    Gary Brumback

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