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(en) US, Anarchists gather in Pittsburgh for annual celebration - The future belongs to the daring

Date Sun, 09 Jul 2006 11:03:29 +0300


A mid-afternoon sun was shining, young children played on the ings, 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!"

www.organizepittsburgh.org

- This report is from one attendee and is not an official report from
the organizers
I'm not too bright with the picture posting, but if anyone else here is
there are some awesome photos from this event at
www.organizepittsburgh/sandbox/gallery.php
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