Important update here.
March 19 War Anniversary Protest
Evict the military recruitment station, cage the recruiters!
When: Wednesday, March 19
March: Departs at 6:30pm for the Military Recruiting Station
Where: Meet at the dinosaur sculpture in front of Carnegie Library (4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
This March 19 hundreds of cities across the U.S. will hold events to mark the anniversary of the war in Iraq and remember the tragic toll the world has and continues to pay; nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed, 30,000 wounded, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, four million displaced, and nearly a trillion dollars squandered.
While there will be events in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, members of Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) feel it is important that there be a local event connected to our community’s long-standing, successful efforts to use education and action to oppose the war and undermine the militarism that leads to perpetual war(s).
On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We’ll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors. Of course, the station may be closed and recruiters may flee or hide behind the police apparatus that enables the war to continue. That is often the case, and we’ve seen in the past the overwhelming resources the state directs against these anniversary events because of their importance as a symbol of dissent. We believe in acting effectively, in confronting the war, at times and places of our choosing. When the state brings the resources necessary to suppress direct action against the war, it makes sense to hold a symbolic protest, and we still consider that a success, as it exposes the reality that it is ultimately on the local level that our countries war policy will be decided.
Robin Boyd has much more on the unhinged mob’s run-up to the Winter Soldier II hearings.
Bruce Kesler gives you an overview:
For an organization that claims 800 members, the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are mounting a major assault, beginning Thursday, on America and its veterans. In a well-organized replay of their mentors’ Vietnam Veterans Against the War fraud-filled Winter Soldier hearings of 1971, the IVAW’s Winter Soldier II will seek to paint America and its servicepeople as the latest incarnation of Genghis Khan.
Out of the millions of servicemen and women who have served since September 11, 2001, membership in IVAW is open to any, regardless of whatever their role, in war theater or not, or type of discharge. And, still IVAW has just managed to recruit about 800 malcontents to air highly-painted and exaggerated charges.
Last week, a Reporters Guide to Winter Soldier II began distribution, to help prevent press credence to unsubstantiated accusations.
The scope of IVAW’s propaganda effort is emerging. Although they’ve pleaded, with yet unknown results, for allies in Congress to give them the widespread publicity that Senator Fulbright gave to John Kerry in April 1971, IVAW’s campaign is still on a scale that their elder VVAW teachers would envy. Thanks to today’s available communications technology and the Left’s alternative media, IVAW is not just dependent upon the mainstream media to spread its line.
Video and photographic evidence will also be presented, and the Winter Soldier testimony and panels will be broadcast live on nationally Pacifica Radio and satellite television station Free Speech TV Channel 9415. Streaming video on ivaw.org, as well as audio at KPFA.org and warcomeshome.org will enable people to tune in across the world.
The War Comes Home site, which I edit and is associated with the San Francisco Pacifica radio station KPFA, will also feature bios, photos, and videos of the speakers. Online audio clips of the testimonials will be posted as the hearing progresses.
Space at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Washington, DC suburb where the hearings will occur, is limited. Antiwar activists are not being encouraged to show up, but are instead being asked to have listening or viewing parties in their own communities.
Independent journalist Aaron Glantz, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, has reported extensively from Iraq throughout the U.S. occupation. He is author of How America Lost Iraq (Penguin). He will co-host the Pacifica radio broadcast of the Winter Soldier hearings, along with veteran Aimee Allison and both of them will blog from the hearing at www.warcomeshome.org , where listeners will be able to leave their comments.
Denis Keohane has been doing yeoman’s work dissecting and documenting the IVAW’s march to Winter Soldier II. Today, in a lengthy column, Keohane exposes the deep involvement of freelance propaganda journalist Dahr Jamail lending his large English and Arabic audience to spreading the lies of Jesse MacBeth. Macbeth, before being exposed, lied about his service and that he’d committed atrocities against innocent Iraqis, and the IVAW supported MacBeth. The tracing of Jamail’s large international influence in spreading lies against America and its servicepeople is painstakingly described and linked by Keohane. Read it all, if you can keep your bile down long enough.