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(en) US, Pittsburgh - April 17 Dick Cheney/NRA Convention Call to Action-Hunt the Rich-Orange Bloc!

From Pittsburgh POG* <pittsburgh_october@hotmail.com>
Date Wed, 14 Apr 2004 19:11:38 +0200 (CEST)


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Note: Although this is a completely real call, for those who don’t grasp it,
much of the rhetoric is obvious satire. This is a non-violent action.
>From April 16-18th, The National Rifle Association will hold their annual
meetings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dick Cheney is scheduled as their
keynote speaker. As the billboards they’ve plastered Pittsburgh with so
aptly say, “4 acres of guns and gear”. In response, hundreds of people from
our region will be gathering to protest what the NRA stands for.
Do you reject the patriarchy, homophobia, jingoism, and white supremacy of
the National Rifle Association, that fat cat lobbying organization which
raises funds under the guise of protecting so-called “gun rights” but exists
solely to protect and further the rights and interests of corporate gun
manufacturers and the pro-corporate right wing?

And do you also reject the moral rubric of the reformists which takes a
“guns are bad” approach without ever addressing the underlying systemic
causes of violence in our corporate capitalistic system. Are you looking for
a radical alternative? Then leave your black clothes at home and strap on
your safety-orange to join the “Hunt the Rich Bloc” on Saturday, April 17 at
8PM, at 10th Street & Penn Avenue adjacent to the David L. Lawrence
Convention Center. Note- if you don’t have orange wear what you normally
would.

The Hunt the Rich Bloc is an attempt to create a space where radicals are
free to voice their opposition to the NRA Convention in Pittsburgh, in a
venue where the dialogue regarding violence will not be monopolized by
simplistic liberal “guns-are-bad, unless you’re talking about the US
military using them to kill tens of thousands of people around the world, or
the police using them against predominantly black men in lower-income
neighborhoods” chants and slogans.

Given the State’s self-appointed role as the greatest and exclusive
perpetrator of violence, one cannot claim to be an adherent of non-violence
or a pacifist, while believing in the legitimacy of the State. As in
electoral politics, the middle class and liberal elite share the same agenda
as the gun lobby, but use different terms to describe their desire to
further disempower and exploit working class and declassed peoples. The
desire to play “white savior” is motivated less by charity and goodwill than
by the desire to protect their privilege and the prevailing social order
from the same “urban drug gangs,” “porous borders,” “home invasions,”
“terrorists,” and many of the other media boogeymen that the NRA are fond of
invoking to sollicit money from their membership and votes from their pet
politicians.

And so, come on out in your seasonal gear and help make the streets a safer
place. If the rich are free to roam around the shopping corridors and graze
in the grassy hillsides of urban sprawl, they’re bound to eat all the rose
bushes, overpopulate, and become diseased. It’s up to us to make sure it
doesn’t happen. Trust us, it’s for their own good. Come on out to our big
bright orange bloc on A17 and voice your dissent to the NRA.

POG NRA working group pog@mutualaid.org
Link: http://www.pittsburgh.indymedia.org/
The general convergence website for the NRA events is www.goodbyenra.org

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*[Ed. Note: POG are anti authoritarian initiative]


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