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Cross posted from Red Alerts
Pamela Hall of the United American Committee tipped me off to this one. Pittsburgh anarchists are planning a violent action at a recruiting station on March 19th as their contribution to that day’s chaos being proposed by a collection of violent anti-American groups. On their website they announce plans to “occupy” the station and assault and kidnap the soldiers there.
March 19 War Anniversary Protest
Evict the military recruitment station, cage the recruiters!
When: Wednesday, March 19
March: Departs at 6:30pm for the Military Recruiting Station
Where: Meet at the dinosaur sculpture in front of Carnegie Library (4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
This March 19 hundreds of cities across the U.S. will hold events to mark the anniversary of the war in Iraq and remember the tragic toll the world has and continues to pay; nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed, 30,000 wounded, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, four million displaced, and nearly a trillion dollars squandered.
While there will be events in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, members of Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) feel it is important that there be a local event connected to our community’s long-standing, successful efforts to use education and action to oppose the war and undermine the militarism that leads to perpetual war(s).
On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We’ll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors. Of course, the station may be closed and recruiters may flee or hide behind the police apparatus that enables the war to continue. That is often the case, and we’ve seen in the past the overwhelming resources the state directs against these anniversary events because of their importance as a symbol of dissent. We believe in acting effectively, in confronting the war, at times and places of our choosing. When the state brings the resources necessary to suppress direct action against the war, it makes sense to hold a symbolic protest, and we still consider that a success, as it exposes the reality that it is ultimately on the local level that our countries war policy will be decided.
The truth is, the anniversary of the war—much like symbolic casualty milestones—is not significant in and of itself. Just as each death is equally lamentable, so too is each day that we continue to engage in a brutal occupation, that we marginalize and repress progressive non-sectarian organizations, that we crack down on independent Iraqi trade unions, that we arm multiple “sides” of a conflict, that we work to maintain the economic advantage of U.S. corporations, that innocent Iraqis die, that the powerful operate with impunity. In short, each day we sacrifice more lives and resources in an endless, self-serving war, a cycle of violence and retribution.
But the anniversary has meaning for those who have suffered, for those who remember. And while the President will use the day to claim a new victory with new benchmarks on the horizon, we have an opportunity to present the people’s story, a counter-narrative. When the body count of American deaths decreases, regardless of how many Iraqis die in our place, the media attention lessens and the politicians move on. But our responsibility to work for peace and justice remains.
It is our sincere hope that you will join us on March 19 if only to stand with others of similar good faith to show that there is dissent at home, and there is a common humanity that binds the people of the United States and Iraq—the desire to create and sustain a new world based on mutual understanding and solidarity.
For peace with justice,
Pittsburgh Organizing Group
POG c/o TMC
5125 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15224
The POS are posting e-mails received including e-mail address’. Be warned.
These “peace” protesters are planning to kidnap soldiers. The left has become more and more violent as it fills up with the spoiled, rich, White spawn of a generation of people who refused to teach them personal responsibility. These people are announcing their intention to commit a felony on the Internet as if they’re planning a tea party. They see no difference between the violence they plan and a peaceful protest.
The Pittsburgh Organizing Group has been sending American radicals to Oaxaca to participate in the chaos there, and hold “tactical trainings” to teach their members, among other things, how to “defend” themselves from the police. They are in essence a far left version of the Militias the media warned us about so often in the 90s.
The difference is that the Militia threat was largely mythical while this group has participated in an ever escalating campaign of violent “direct actions” all over Pittsburgh. They are actually dangerous, and are openly planning violence against unsuspecting soldiers at home. Where are the breathless media reports on the dangers of Pittsburgh Anarchists?
Hopefully the U.A.C., Gathering of Eagles and other patriot groups can arrange a counter protest there to show those soldiers that not all Americans think these miscreants should be allowed to attempt their assault. And hopefully no one will be hurt by these people, although their track record on that account doesn’t inspire confidence.
Little jihadi wannabes. SPIT!
In related news.
Just be there! @ Old War Dogs
Have you had it with the left wing organizations demeaning and slandering our troops at every opportunity? Has the escalation in attacks against our recruiters across the nation, which progressed to the bombing of the Recruiter Station in Times Square last week, alerted you to the fact that we are fighting a REAL INSURGENCY in this country?
I am pointing you to this left-wing nut’s threat so you know what we are up against–and to ensure that the screencap is saved.
Scroll down for updates…2:27pm Eastern…just received from Melanie Morgan…here’s a pic of one of the Code Pink disrupters–ew–who crashed the MAF press conference on anti-recruiter violence….more below…Bruce Kesler: WS II “off to a lying start”…