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(en) US, POG* call: Oct 7 Anti-war protest Stand with Iraq War veterans against the war, confront military recruitment

Date Mon, 09 Oct 2006 09:44:47 +0200

What: Protest against the war in Iraq and military recruitment, in conjunction
with Uprise tour of regional CR activists and Iraq Veterans Against the War
When: Saturday October 7, 11-1pm
Where: Outside Oakland Military Recruiting Station, 3712 Forbes
Ave (between Atwood and Oakland Ave)
For a system that bills itself as a representative democracy, ruled by
an administration that claims to be considered primarily with
protecting the public, the war in Iraq isn't just about military
engagements on the ground. Without the acquiesce of the general
public, the complicity of the mass media, the continuing supply of
fresh recruits, and the basic unity of both political parties the war
could not continue in it's current form.

For anti-war activists, what may seem like overwhelming obstacles
are also opportunities. Within the problem lies the solution. No
matter how much money spent on propaganda, no matter how
clever the sound bytes, or how crafty the political frames used, there
is a true disconnect between what those in power say and what the
situation is for those experiencing its effects. It's the responsibility of
anti-war activists to help bring these contradictions to the surface
and to chip away at the institutions and individuals responsible for
the wars continuation.

Just as happened in Vietnam soldiers on the ground in Iraq have
seen first hand the contradictions, the lies, and they are taking
action. Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW) formed in 2004 to work
for the immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
reparations for the pillaging and destruction of Iraq so that ordinary
Iraqi people can control their own lives and future; and full benefits,
adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports
for returning servicemen and women.

As part of its efforts IVAW has linked up with the UPRISE! Tour, a
group of activists (including POG members) touring mid-west and
mid-Atlantic states to advance regional counter-recruitment efforts
and link the issues of war and military recruitment to corporate
globalization and environmental sustainability. The Tour consists of
a dozen activists traveling via a bio-diesel bus to cities both large and
small. At each stop, members of the Tour will organize and
participate in workshops, trainings, public forums, direct education
and outreach, all-out street protests, as well as concerts and other
creative performances.

On October 7, the tour will be in Pittsburgh to join POG in
protesting our local recruitment center in Oakland as part of our
ongoing efforts to expose recruiters and confront the war.

Join POG, UPRISE Counter Recruitment Tour, members of Iraq
Veterans Against the War, on October 7. You can help make a

In Solidarity,
* Pittsburgh [anarchist] Organizing Group

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