Update 3/19 5:20pm Eastern: Via F/R, the 14th and L recruiting station in D.C., which has been targeted multiple times by anarchist thugs, is under attack again.
Update 3/19 3:02pm Eastern. Jonn Lilyea reports on the DC moronic convergence.
Update 3/19 10:38am Eastern: Via USAT, here are excerpts of President Bush’s speech marking the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq…”No one would argue that this war has not come at a high cost in lives and treasure – but those costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq. If we were to allow our enemies to prevail in Iraq, the violence that is now declining would accelerate – and Iraq could descend into chaos. Al Qaida would regain its lost sanctuaries and establish new ones – fomenting violence and terror that could spread beyond Iraq’s borders, with serious consequences to the world economy.”
…And WaPo has the latest on the anti-war mob’s activities…
About 9 a.m., one black-clad group of eight sat down in the intersection at 17th and L streets NW, roping themselves together with rubber tubing and blocking traffic. Police were using boltcutters and other tools to separate them from each other and make arrests. The intersection was closed to traffic until shortly after 10 a.m. At that point, the protesters began marching east on L Street.
After congregating at McPherson Square and Franklin Square, the main groups of protesters moved to the Internal Revenue Service building, the headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute, and other locations they had selected. About 20 protesters were arrested when they tried to break through security barriers and block the entrance to the IRS office at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
At the IRS, some demonstrators wore white ponchos decorated with anti-IRS slogans. Members of the group said they planned to blockade the front of the building and prevent it from opening. They blame the agency for helping fund the war.
Reader J. sends word that the professional protesters and puppeteers will be out in full force in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Given the still-unsolved Times Square recruitment center bombing and the escalating violence of the anti-recruiter mob, I hope the Capitol Hill and D.C. police are ready for this. A partial schedule of events:
Blockade the IRS at 8 am with War Resisters League, CODEPINK and friends at 12th and Constitution Ave. Help expose the real cost of war by shutting down the IRS first thing in the morning and making a clear statement to stop FUNDING war! Click here for more info. Email [email protected] to get involved with this action
Disrupt the War Profiteers with No War, No Warming, PeaceAction, Student Peace Action Network (SPAN), Campus Anti-War Network, and a whole host of student groups who are planning a variety of creative actions using nonviolent civil disobedience, mobile teams and delegations to offices in the K St. Corridor.
Self-Guided Monopoly Board Walking Tour will provide opportunities to creatively communicate with the War Profiteers in the K St. Corridor Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, the IMF/World Bank, the American Enterprise Institute, and lobbyists and lawyers for many, many more!
Separate Oil and State at the American Petroleum Institute in the early morning with No War, No Warming. Help create a People’s Green Zone in front the American Petroleum Institute. Big Oil pours millions into political campaigns and lobbying, helped get us into Iraq, is keeping us there in a planned long-term occupation and is obstructing the shift to a clean energy economy. Our Green Zone will highlight our opposition but also our commitment to building a future built upon wind, solar and other urgently-needed clean energy sources. Nonviolent civil disobedience, street theatre, creative props and leafleting and more! Click here for more info. Email [email protected] to get involved with this actions.
Veterans March for Peace will gather on the Mall at 7th Street at 9 AM. They will begin their march around 10 am and proceed to the American Indian Museum, several sites on Capitol Hill, the National Archives, Justice department and more, culminating with creative acts of civil resistance at the White House and Veterans Administration. Click here for more info and the call to action. Email [email protected] to get involved in this action.
Critical Mass: Kick the Oil Addiction that Fuels the War. We will ride around the city focusing on specific areas that support the war as well as riding by other actions to show our solidarity. We will meet in Dupont Circle at 5:30 pm and leave around 6pm. Please come with costumes or signs about no oil.
Granny Peace Brigade Knit-In: The Grannies will as they knit stump socks for soldiers returning from Iraq & Afghanistan with amputated limbs to draw attention to this virtual epidemic among Iraq veterans.and the lack of care provided our veterans.
Funk the War: Student Power Dance Party Against Empire with Students for a Democratic Society, Baltimore Algebra Project, and Our Spring Break in a dance party in the streets, touring the war profiteers, recruiters and media sites in the K St corridor. Click here for more info. Email [email protected] to get involved.
March of the Dead with Activist Response Team (A.R.T.) and other activists who join us will imagine what would happen if the dead, civilian and military, return to enter Washington to seek justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan because of U.S. foreign policy. In death masks, all in black, some wearing the name of someone killed, others with statistics measuring the scale of the tragedy, we will proceed through the city in small groups riding the metro, walking the streets and haunting the periphery of the other actions. We will then converge at a given time all-together to make the long march for justice with stops at the State Department, Justice Department and Supreme Court culminating with acts of civil resistance. We want to make this a very powerful presence so we are encouraging large numbers of people to join us. Contact: [email protected] if you are interested in participating in this action.
End Torture – Drive the War Criminals from Office! Join World Can’t Wait in acts of civil resistance. Gather in LafayettePark at 1:30 pm in an action against torture. Join with people in a sea of orange jumpsuits in solidarity with and representing those that are being tortured in Guantanamo Bay Prison, Abu Ghraib, Bagram in Afghanistan, and CIA “black sites” around the globe. A demonstration showing that waterboarding is torture is planned directly in front of the residence of the biggest war criminal in history. For more info, go to worldcantwait.org. Contact [email protected] to get involved with this action.
Die In at the CAT office on K St. Meet at 12:30 at 1445 K St. Demonstrate your opposition to U.S. foreign policy in Gaza and highlight the connections between the occupations of Iraq & Palestine. Organized by the Coalition for Justice & Accountability. Email [email protected] to get involved in this action.
The Silenced Majority Speaks: Through a number of permitted sites including McPherson Square (15 & K Streets NW), Lafayette Park, Farragut West and other areas around the Capitol, as well as organized marches and creative affinity groups activities people express their desire for true democracy, liberation and justice. We will call for respect of our basic political freedoms and rights while we show our disdain for the state of our union.
Surprise Media Actions! Depending on coverage earlier in the day will help determine our afternoon actions! The media has continued to stand by our warmongering president and Congress by refusing to conduct proper investigative reporting, withholding information, and giving scant coverage to voices opposed to the war. If they don’t come to us, we will go to them. Check in at the Public Assembly in McPherson Sq.
March on the DNC Headquarters! Gather at Reflecting Pool on the West side of the Capitol at 5:00 PM and march with pots and pans in a cacophony of resistance to the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. We want the Democrats to know~~-we hold them accountable for the death, destruction and lies, what kind of change and experience we want and that we will continue to take action and intervene in their business until our call for peace is honored and all of our troops come home. Email [email protected] for more info.