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Upcoming Port events in Tacoma

In Tacoma, Washington, we are witnessing Bush's "surge" right here, right NOW. The armored Strykers are being brought from Ft. Lewis to the Port of Tacoma. We expect the Strykers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry will be loaded onto military ships bound for the Persian Gulf starting Friday, which normally takes three days. That gives us less than a week to act. By slowing or stopping the Strykers from being loaded, we are drawing attention to the criminal escalation of the Iraq War against the will of the American people. Join the Port Resistance!! KEEP THE 4TH HOME!!! Tues. March 6th to Sun. March 12th or until Strykers have left the port.
Not cancelled! Here's what's up in Tacoma:

FORWARD WIDELY throughout the Northwest!

NW Call to Action--Converge on Tacoma to Resist Escalation of the War

Rally Against Iraq Escalation Friday from 4-7 PM
To be followed by acts of war resistance down at the port

In Tacoma, Washington, we are witnessing Bush's "surge" right here, right NOW. The
armored Strykers are being brought from Ft. Lewis to the Port of Tacoma. We expect the
Strykers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry will be loaded onto military ships bound for the
Persian Gulf starting Friday, which normally takes three days. That gives us less than a
week to act. By slowing or stopping the Strykers from being loaded, we are drawing
attention to the criminal escalation of the Iraq War against the will of the American people.
Join the Port Resistance!! KEEP THE 4TH HOME!!! Tues. March 6th to Sun. March 12th or
until Strykers have left the port.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th

4-6 PM Vigil Against Escalation and War Over I-5
Called by the Tacoma Puppetistas. Come one, come all!
Pacific on bridge over I-5
[Driving Directions: Take Exit 133 to City Center Take 21st St. Exit, take LEFT On Pacific
Ave, take another LEFT
Take Right on 28th St. and park. Walk a bit up the hill and wave at the 1,000s of cars
driving past.

Public Transport is an excellent way to arrive just a few minutes walk from the courthouse.
Simply step off the bus or Sounder train, walk on Puyallup Avenue TOWARDS downtown,
take a LEFT on Pacific and walk up the hill a couple blocks to the bridge over I-5.]]

THURSDAY, MARCH 8th

4-6 PM Vigil Against Escalation and War Over I-5
Called by the Tacoma Puppetistas. Come one, come all!
Pacific on bridge over I-5
[Directions same as above.]

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th

4-6 PM Rally and March Against Escalating the Iraq War
Called by the Tacoma and Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (PMR)
Federal Courthouse at 1717 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. (directions below)
Large Banners visible from nearby freeway welcome.

6-7 PM Strategy and Affinity Group Discussion at or near Federal Courthouse

[Driving directions: Take Exit 133 to City Center...Take 21st St. Exit, take LEFT...Continue
on 21st past Pacific and look for a spot to park. Then come back down the hill to Pacific
and look left.

Public Transport is an excellent way to arrive just a few minutes walk from the courthouse.
So are AMTRAK and Greyhound. Simply step off the bus, Sounder or AMTRAK train, walk
on Puyallup Avenue TOWARDS downtown, take a LEFT on Pacific and walk four blocks to
the Federal Courthouse. Or ask anyone where the LINK streetcar is (one block off Puyallup)
and take it (for FREE) from the Dome Station TWO STOPS to the Federal Courthouse/WA
State Hist. Museum. Mass transit is a really great option to get to this Tacoma action.]


Events are developing rapidly--MORE TBA soon!

Need or offering housing in Tacoma? Contact  facilitator@tacomasds.org

The Iraq war is now being brought home in profound ways.

Protests began late Sunday night as the Army started moving Stryker vehicles through the
port of Tacoma . Monday morning three individuals, one veteran and two students were
arrested for trying to block a shipment of Stryker Brigade armored vehicles and were held
in jail on $10,000 bail.

Caitlin Esworthy, was arrested within seconds after the Tacoma Police Disorder Response
Team confronted the protesters. Wally Cuddeford, a navy veteran, was then brutally
dragged on his stomach just after his arrest was captured on video http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PdJDRzQEU0 Another protester, Jeff Berryhill was later shot
by a rubber bullet as he nonviolently held a sign at the edge of the street. Police also
aimed shotguns and tasers directly at protesters. The Tacoma police appeared to become
less violent after the TV media finally arrived. Media who want eyewitness testimony of the
arrests should call Zoltan Grossman at 360-359-8871 or Patrick Edelbacher at
925-518-9060.

OUR ACTIONS ARE NOT AGAINST THE TROOPS. Block the Strykers; save the troops from
escalation of the war. Approximately 300 Stryker vehicles that are being shipped to Iraq
from the Port of Tacoma IN ADVANCE of the deployment of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry
Division from Fort Lewis . The 4th Brigade is being deployed earlier than planned, as part
of George Bush's suicidal "surge." They are being deployed so quickly that they are forced
to skip their final desert training in California . THE WORST THING that will endanger the
troops is to ship them over to Iraq. Our actions are being conducted out of concern for the
lives of US soldiers and, equally, the lives of Iraqi people.

The protests are part of a continuation of actions that begun last year against the use of
the Port of Olympia to ship offensive weapons to Iraq . (Background information http://
www.omjp.org click Port 2006.) Last year the shipments were made during broad daylight
and the Olympia community responded with strong resistance. This year the military
decided to avoid the Port of Olympia instead using the port of Tacoma under the cover of
darkness.

We expect the Strykers will be loaded onto military ships bound for the Persian Gulf on
Friday. That gives us less than a week to act. By slowing or stopping the Strykers from
being loaded, we are drawing attention to the criminal escalation of the Iraq War against
the will of the American people. Join the Port Resistance!! Mon. March 5 - Sun. March 12
or until Strykers have left the port.

For more Port Militarization Resistance information check:

 http://ufppc.org
 http://tacomasds.org
 http://omjp.org
 http://seattle.indymedia.org

Newsflash: War Resister Augustin Aguayo was convicted March 6th. Naval veteran Wally
Cuddeford was arrested (part II) for speaking out at the Tacoma City Council against
repression of the Tacoma Police Department against non-violent protesters. Meanwhile
war criminals and chickenhawks Bush and Cheney go free.

For info on war resisters in the military, check:


 http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/
 http://thankyoult.org
 http://www.ivaw.org