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(en) US, Pittsburgh, Report on Anarchist Picnic

Date Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:32:47 +0300


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2006 Anarchist
Picnic. We look forward to a bigger and better picnic in 2007!
Below is a reportback and pictures from the 2006 Picnic.
Celebrating Anarchism and American Traditions The future belongs to the daring.
A mid-afternoon sun was shining, young children played on the swings, and
a giant black flag flew in the breeze. On July 2, 70 people gathered in
Schenley Park to celebrate anarchism and American traditions of resistance.
The alternative July 4th event was organized by anarchist members of
the Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) to celebrate the often
forgotten history of peoples' struggles in the United States and to help
foster the local anarchist community outside of protests and direct
actions.

Shortly after noon, attendees began arriving to the pavilion which had
been redecorated with dozens of anarchist flags. From pre-school kids
to folks in their 80s, it was a diverse community event bringing
together old and new activists committed to radical social change.
Educational materials were in abundance, from the anarchist history
of May Day to essays on why people wear masks. It was a potluck.
One of the most exciting things was the exquisite selection of food: a
giant cake that said "Pittsburgh Organizing Group," fresh veggies and
fruit, cookies and candies. Excess food was donated to Food Not
Bombs.

Dave kicked off the program with a short talk on anarchism and
American traditions. He touched on the incredible courage and
tradition of rebellion which has continued uninterrupted through the
country’s history.

The free raffle was slightly unorganized but a hit nonetheless. Nine
lucky winners left with their choice of DVDs (“Fourth World
War,” “The Battle of Algiers,” and “Bloody
Sunday”), free rentals at the local Dreaming Ant DVD store, a
framed picture of Subcommandante Marcos and his comrades
(donated by Mexico Lindo in Squirrel Hill), fair trade coffee, a
Zapatista t-shirt, Anti-Racist Action patches, and a “Recruiters
Are Child Predators” t-shirt.

Activities included two rounds of a balloon toss, followed by a water
balloon fight involving 30 people and 400 water balloons, games of
catch and an exhausting game of tag. Some attendees braved the
bright sun for a leisurely game of chess while most sought shade
under the pavilion or the surrounding trees.

The cop car piñata was a highlight for the youngest kids, who were
left to figure out how to bring justice and candy. One girl pleaded,
“Don’t hit the robber in the back of the car, hit the police!”
a sentiment echoed by the boy next to her who remarked,
“They’re evil.” Five minutes of team-work produced one
destroyed car and a stream of sugary treats.

Overall, it was a fun day that showed the incredible growth of the local
anarchist movement and the increasingly tight-knit community which
many in Pittsburgh are working to build. Contact information was
exchanged, connections were made and we strengthened our
collective determination that "anarchy is and will be!"

- This report is from one attendee and is not an official report from the
organizers
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