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(en) US, Aug 20, POG* Call for an Anarchist Convergence in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Date Wed, 10 Aug 2005 13:37:32 +0300

On August 20th, Pittsburgh activists plan to attempt a shutdown of
military recruitment in the city. This effort is based on recognition of
the urgent need to take direct action against the war.
This won’t be a mega protest. There won’t be tens of thousands in the
streets. There won’t be days of marching. There won’t be dozens of
speakers linking together dozens of issues. There won’t be fundraising
buckets or peace marshals lining the route. There won’t be debates about
diversity of tactics or whether wearing masks is bad. What there will be
is a convergence of people who believe the time for this kind of action
has come and a determination by all those assembled to see that it succeeds.

We believe this action is strategically important for the
anti-war/counter-recruitment movements, and the direct action
tendencies within them. The attempt to actualize it, regardless of
whether it is ultimately successful, could be a huge boost to the
movement and provide a needed impetus for compelling actions
during the Sept 24-26 anti-war/IMF/World Bank mobilization in DC.
We are sending this call out to let our fellow anarchists know
what’s happening, and to encourage them to come to Pittsburgh
and participate in these events.

August 20th
Gather- 10:30am at the Dinosaur sculpture in front of Carnegie
Library (4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

March- 10:45am to the Recruitment Center in Pittsburgh, the main
base of operation for military recruiters in the city.

As with all effective actions, a call to shutdown recruitment asks us
all to be willing to risk some of our privilege and resources, to put
our bodies on the line. To be daring, bold, creative, and to take risks.
A heavy police response is inevitable, and there is a definite chance
of police violence and repression. A lot of media attention will be
focused on these events.

Our goals are these:
- To contribute to the primary announced goal of the day’s
events: to expose, confront, and disrupt military recruitment in the
- To take part in, and assist the ability of the main march to make it
to the recruitment center.
- To use this convergence as an opportunity to exchange
information while building trust and respect between local and out of
town activists.

We encourage those attending to come in an affinity group or be
prepared to join one. Bring goggles, bandannas, and any other
defensive protection as needed.

Email POG- pog@mutualaid.org - if you need housing
More info from us to follow…

- Pittsburgh anarchists
* POG [Pittsburgh Organizing Group] are anti authoritarian initiative
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