The Anti-War crowd goes too f'n far, calling for a movement to disrupt recruiting efforts in Philly this Saturday.www.organizepittsburgh.org/
Where we’ve been and where we’re going:
Over the last six months POG has worked exhaustively on a broad based counter-recruitment campaign, which has included extensive flyering at local high schools and universities, large amounts of tabling around the city, bi-weekly protests at local recruiting centers, three unannounced direct actions that blocked the doors of local recruitment centers, and a variety of other educational and movement building events. These have produced results far beyond our initial expectations and are confirmation of the larger possibilities that a broad based CR movement holds for the anti-war movement.
The last three years have seen multiple national convergences attended by millions of people. Hundreds of smaller protests have occurred throughout the nation. These have not been in vain. Still, two things have clearly been lacking in the anti-war movement: a feasible strategy and compelling direct actions that together can actually impact government policy. In this respect, the movement’s record has been less than stellar. Generic mass protests have failed. The electoral route has proved unsurprisingly unsuccessful. Educational campaigns, while making progress in shifting general opinions on the war, have nevertheless failed because they lack a complimentary and compelling action strategy. We believe a Counter-Recruitment movement that utilizes a diversity of tactics is the way to go. And fortunately, this strategy has been taking off in Pittsburgh and around the country.
Now is a critical time to increase our efforts. We believe that a publicly announced, large-scale effort to shutdown recruitment will bring significant tangible gains locally and be a huge boost to organizing efforts in the rest of country. This is the next logical step and is in line with our central beliefs- that this war is wrong, that the human and material costs are unconscionable, that the government will not end the war unless the people resist, that the military will not cease lying and manipulating the young to enlist unless they are forced to, that even if we can’t stop recruitment consistant action against it will increase the pressure to reform how and when it occurs, and ultimately that the community here has the right and responsibility to say that there is no place in our city for centers whose sole purpose is the recruiting of people to kill.
"Gather - 10:30am at the Dinosaur sculpture in front of Carnegie Library (4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213)"
What they propose to do is flat out illegal. To wit:
Federal Law, US Code Title 18, PART I, CHAPTER 115,
§ 2388 - 'Activities affecting armed forces during war'
(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or
Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a).
(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as within the United States.
Meet these filthy bastards in the street. Contact every patriotic group / org you can, notify them of their intent to violate Federal law. Contact the Federal DA. Contact your local law enforcement and recruiting offices. Contact the local branch of Protest Warrior.
Stop these filthy bastards.