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(en) US, Pittsburgh, POG Shuts Down Military-Recruitment station

Date Sun, 21 Aug 2005 19:50:38 +0300


Police attack with tasers, dogs, and chemical weapons. Six arrested,
two hospitalized, many injured. Urgent solidarity and help needed!
Today in Pittsburgh, 100 people showed up in response to a call to
shut down military recruitment in Pittsburgh. For the second time in
a month, Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) was able to successfully
shut down the main recruitment station in Pittsburgh. This marked the
sixth time in recent months that recruitment in Pittsburgh was
disrupted by anti-war activists. Prior to the start of the march,
word was received that the station wouldn't be opening for the day
due to the protests.

At 10:45am people began to march towards the Oakland Recruiting
Station in order to celebrate this victory, ensure there was no
chance of the station reopening that day, and to focus attention on
the continuing demand for its closure. The march took over Forbes
Avenue opposing traffic and met only limited police interference.
Upon arrival, the march moved completely onto the sidewalk and
blocked the doors to the center. Speakers from POG talked about the
need to confront recruitment and the ongoing war in Iraq. More
information on the overall campaign can be found at
www.organizepittsburgh.org

As the speech finished, someone taped a cardboard sign to the
stations door reading "No Lies Told Today, Recruitment Center Has
Been Shut Down." At this point, a cameraman from Fox News shoved his
camera into the face of a protester who was standing by the sign.
When that individual asked that it be pointed somewhere else (instead
of his face) the cameraman became aggressive. An altercation ensued
at which point he started screaming to the cops to arrest people for
assaulting his camera. Police from the City Of Pittsburgh and the
University of Pittsburgh promptly began to attack the crowd on the
sidewalk. The first person arrested (and according to the police, the
person Fox is pressing charges against) was hit and pepper sprayed,
during which time a cop held a taser two inches from his face. After
that, a women in the crowd was grabbed, hit, pepper sprayed in the
face while on the ground, and then tasered, all while three large
cops stood around her. She is currently in the hospital and we are
unsure of her condition. A male protester was also arrested, pepper-
sprayed and tasered. An overwhelming police presence started ordering
people to disperse from the sidewalk, and a police dog began pursuing
people. Cops hit and shoved people, while the dog lunged forward and
bit a 68-year-old grandmother who was walking away with her back to
the dog. The police also let the dog bite a videographer, who
narrowly avoided injury as the dog only got his pants. Further
outrages occurred as the police grabbed a 17 year-old girl off the
sidewalk and slammed her to the ground. Her crime? She questioned the
legality of their earlier actions. Pepper spray also hit a group of
children and the police knocked over a man in a wheelchair.

While a total of six people were arrested, many other people were
successfully un-arrested by activists who pulled them away. All of
those arrested are facing multiple charges; exact charges and bails
are unknown as of this time. There is an urgent need for bail money
and legal costs, along with solidarity calls and emails. Here is how
you can help:

You can donate to legal costs online through paypal -
www.paypal.com/cgibin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=pog%40mutualaid%
2eorg&item_name=POG%
20Legal&no_shipping=0&no_note=1&tax=0¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%
2dDonationsBF&charset=UTF%2d8

- You can also mail donations (please mark A20 legal costs) to POG
c/o TMC 5125, Penn Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15224

Please call the following individuals to demand that they:
- Investigate the conduct of police at the Aug 20 anti-war protest in
Oakland and increase oversight of the Department
- Publicly speak out and work to get those arrested released and the
charges dropped
- Support an immediate moratorium on the use of police dogs at
protests and tasers -- which city council recently funded only due to
promises they would be used in situations which threatened an
officer's life and would therefore save lives.

The more people you call the more you help :)

Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy at (412) 255-2626
Pittsburgh director of Public Safety, Robert Kennedy (412) 255-2038
Pittsburgh City Council:
Doug Shields: 412-255-8965
Sala Udin: 412-255-2134
William Peduto: 412-255-2133
Twanda Carlisle: 412-255-2137
Luke Ravenstahl: 412-255-2135
Daniel J. Deasy: 412-255-8963
James Motznik: 412-255-2131
Len Bodak: 412-255-2140

Call Assistant Chief of Police Nathan Harper- 412-323-7821 (when
calling police, simply voice your disapproval of the police handling
of events and let them know you've asked the city to investigate)

If you were on the scene and a witness to what occurred (regardless
of whether or not it happened to you) you could file a complaint with
the Pittsburgh Civilian Police Review Board. Although the Board can
only investigate and recommend that officers be disciplined, it's
still important to document.

www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cprb/html/complaints.html
www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cprb/html/complaint_form.html

The police are violent and are an inherent piece of enforcing and
maintaining the U.S. Empire. While the military enforces our will
overseas, police agencies are utilized to ensure domestic
tranquility. A tranquility that must be disrupted because we are not
satisfied with the state of this world. This system and its
manifestations are what we oppose and seek to change. We know that
when the state is challenged it will respond with little
consideration to what is "legal," but at the same time it is
important that social movements work through whatever means we have
to maximize our rights. We believe in the necessity of direct action
to bring to the surface the inherent violence of this system.

POG put a significant amount of time and resources into the Aug. 6
and Aug 20 events, but the truth is these protests are just one piece
of our larger counter-recruitment campaign whose aim is to confront
military recruitment in the city through the utilization of a
diversity of tactics. In the coming months, we will be gearing our
efforts more towards educational work within the schools, holding
forums and speakouts and, of course, continuing to organize protests
and direct actions. We hope you will consider attending and
supporting this work.

POG sends out its most heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed up
today. You all are an inspiration to us in the continuing fight for a
peaceful and just world. It is because of your participation that the
military chose to shut down rather than face the generation it is
killing, and it is our hope that this is but a small beginning.

In love, rage and solidarity,
Pittsburgh Organizing Group

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* POG [Pittsburgh Organizing Group] are anti authoritarian initiative

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