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(en) US, Pittsburgh: July 2nd Anarchist Picnic, an alternative July 4th celebration

Date Thu, 15 Jun 2006 13:05:47 +0300

Anarchist Picnic Sunday, July 2nd 1:00-6:00pm Overlook Shelter, Schenley Park
Reclaim and celebrate the best aspects of U.S. heritage.
Tabling! Games! Frisbee! Face Painting! Food and Drinks!
[This was a really fun event last year. it's also probably the largest
explicitly anarchist event in Pittsburgh. If you're an anarchist from
outside our city we'd love to have you stop down for the day. good
people, good food, good times. for anarchy's sake]
An Alternative Fourth of July event to celebrate the too often
forgotten history of people's struggles in the United States
Rain or shine (we have a pavilion) All ages welcome, kids extra welcome!

Preliminary Schedule:
1:00- 2:00pm Gathering and potluck
2:00- 2:30pm Opening welcome: July 4th and American Traditions,
Anarchism and radical movements
2:30pm Drawing for free raffle*
3:00-6:00pm games and general socializing: 3 legged race, Frisbee,
face painting, water balloon tosses/fights.
-there may be an anarchist procession/parade after the event. details
are still being worked out.

*Raffle prizes include Red and Black Flag, Fair Trade Coffee, Gift
Certificate to our local radical bookstore, along with a variety of
activist documentaries and paraphernalia, and more!

What you should bring: food or drink to share. We'll take care of
plates, cups, and silverware.
Where: Scheneley Park- Overlook Shelter is right past the entrance
to the ice skating rink on Overlook Drive)

No selling or distribution of state socialist materials please.

This picnic is organized by anarchist members of the Pittsburgh
Organizing Group.

Why an alternative Fourth of July celebration?

On the fourth of July weekend millions of people in the United
States gather for celebrations commemorating the struggle for
independence from British rule and in celebration of the United
States and its values.

The weekend is also a day used by dominant institutions of power,
from politicians to corporations to the mass media, to push a
particular idea of what the United States was, is, and should be. In
this narrative we are a nation of freedom and equality, where
opportunity abounds, and the highest pursuit of a nation of
consumers is to get ahead. With freedom at home we benevolently
seek to spread it abroad. It's a narrative that spins our values as
superior to others and where patriotism means allegiance to our
rulers; no matter what decisions or wars they might wage. This is
however, not the only story of the United States or its people. There
is also the uninterrupted and ongoing struggle of people's
movements against militarism and tyranny, against those who would
subjugate others lives for their benefit, who would exploit for profit
and plunder. This American tradition of resistance to oppression and
exploitation was forged by millions of acts of rebellion and resistance
to the prevailing order that have created an uninterrupted tradition of
struggling for the betterment of humanity. To reclaim the 4th of July
is to celebrate those aspects of United States History that are
libratory in nature, that show the common decency and incredible
courage of millions who've given their lives in the pursuit of true
freedom. To reclaim the day is not only a part of forging a collective
identify among ourselves, but also of forging an alternative narrative
to that with which we are constantly bombarded.
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