It has come to my attention that the websites for the organizers of this week’s protests in Pittsburgh, http://www.organizepittsburgh.org/ and resistg20.org/
have both been blocked. I found the following schedule of events at another anarchist site. Down with the global state!
Date Sat, 19 Sep 2009 17:19:49 +0300
A semi-comprehensive overview of G-20 related events in Pittsburgh this coming week.
Schedule of G20 Events and Logistical Information —- Note: Plans are in flux and there
is a lot going on, we apologize in advance for any inadvertent errors. —- List of G20
Related Spaces: —- G20 Convergence Center, *This is where to go if you’re just getting
into town and looking for information, maps, having trouble with housing, etc. 4374 Murray
Ave in Greenfield. The Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project (PGRP) is going to try and keep
it open at least 12-8pm —- Thomas Merton Center, 5125 Penn Ave in Garfield —- Health/
Wellness Space, tba —- Media Convergence Space, 5125 Penn Ave, 2nd Floor, in Garfield
Bail Out the People Tent City, Monumental Baptist Church, 2240 Wylie Ave —-Women’s
Refugee Tent City, Point State Park —- Three Rivers Climate Convergence Tent City,
Important Phone Numbers!
PGRP Legal Number: 412-444-3553
This number is to report police harassment and police violence, if you are arrested or
witness arrests or want to check if someone was arrested
Convergence Center Number: tba
Call this number to find out about open hours, location of events, etc.
Pittsburgh Indymedia’s G-Infinity Radio: 412 444-3569 (FLOW) This number is used to give
news reports related to the G20 protests for air on the G-infinity radio program.
Rides: There is a rideboard up at http://resistg20.org/ride-board
While we know most folks already have a way here some have asked for a way to coordinate
rides. If you need a ride or want to request one please post as soon as possible.
Housing: See http://resistg20.org/housing and request your housing as soon as possible,
space is really tight due to the number of requests.
Schedule of Events:
All Week: Rustbelt Radio, a project of Pittsburgh Indymedia, will be running its
G-Infinity Media Project- a week of reports and a couple days of live, streaming audio.
The project is a non-corporate, participatory media forum for the voices of the people who
will not be in the room during the summit, who are affected by the G-20 economic policies
but whose stories go largely untold. Indymedia is also attempting to coordinate breaking
news web updates, http://www.indypgh.org
SUNDAY, Sept 20
Start of Three Rivers Climate Convergence camp, Bail Out the People, and Womens Coalition
Tent Cities. Iraq Veterans Against War and Veterans For Peace will be participating in the
Women’s Tent City and Climate Camp, more details TBA.
2:00pm An Introduction to Participating in a Mass Action, G20 Convergence Center, 4374
2:00pm Bail Out the People Movement March from Monumental Baptist Church
2:00pm G6 Billion Spiritual March, United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street.
6:00pm Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project: Welcome to Pittsburgh Presentation, at the G20
Convergence Center, 4374 Murray Ave. This event will give an overview of the week, find
out how to plug in and help, and allow people to ask questions.
MONDAY, Sept 21
Coal Affected Communities Day of Action
4:00pm Climate Change: Which Way Forward? Roundtable USW HQ
6:30pm Showing of Coal Country documentary, discussion panel on the coal industry. Melwood
7:00-9:30pm People’s Summit: Ending World Poverty, Reversing Economic Decline in Our
TUESDAY, Sept 22
9:00am-4:00pm International Peace,Justice & Empowerment summit Hosanna House, 807 Wallace ave
? Possible Civil disobedience against PNC banks urging them to end mountain top removal mining
2pm Funeral Procession and March Calling on G-20 to fight AIDS! Grant and Liberty Ave. in
5:00-7:00pm – Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project No to the G20, Yes to Community Gatherings
@ Friendship Park (Friendship Ave and S. Millvale Ave in Bloomfield.
7:00-9:45pm People’s Summit: Another World IS Possible Presentation
WEDNESDAY, Sept 23
9:00am International Peace, Justice & Empowerment summit Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave
9:00am Human Rights, Global Justice, and the G-20 USW HQ, Stanwix & Blvd. of the Allies
12:00am, Poets on the loose, Reading for Free Speech Rights, Commonwealth Place at the
entrance of Point State Park
12:30-2:30pm ‘Peoples Voices’ Forum with 4 Global South Finance ministers, 4215 Fifth Ave
3:30-6:00pm ‘Peoples Voices’ Panel with "experts" talking about how the G-20 affect
communities. Monumental Baptist Church, 2240 Wylie Ave
4:00-6:30pm Health and Safety For Activists, Convergence Center, 4374 Murray Ave
5:30-7:30pm Screening of "Terrorizing Dissent", U. of Pitt, 3990 Forbes Ave. Room 111
6:00pm Rally and Concert For Clean Energy Jobs, by United Steel Workers, Al Gore, and others.
7:00pm G20 Resistance Spokescouncil to Discuss Thursday and Friday Actions: The
spokescouncil is a place for affinity groups to share decisions that they have made and
identify things that they need to do and decisions that they need to make. If you are
planning on attending, PLEASE READ this page: http://resistg20.org/wednesday on the
8:00pm Merton Center Film Showing of I.O.U.S.A., 4130 Butler Street
?pm Radical Caroling Organized by Students, after the Spokescouncil.
THURSDAY, Sept 24
11:00am-2:00pm, Student Meet-up and Lunch at Friendship Park in Bloomfield (Friendship Ave
and S. Millvale)
2:30pm, Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project Mass March on the G-20 Summit: The People’s
Uprising! from Arsenal Park. Student contingent will arrive from Friendship Park. This is
not a state-sanctioned event, plan accordingly.
6:30-8:30pm Peoples Tribunal putting G-20 policies on trial, Calvary Methodist Church 971
7:00pm, Revolting Enthusiastic Creators for Total Liberation! (RECTL) U. of Pitt, Public
Health Auditorium Corner of 5th and Desota
10:00pm, Bash Back Night March for queer liberation
FRIDAY, Sept 25
?am-11:30am PG20RP Decentralized Actions throughout Pittsburgh: see this map for ideas and
folks are also encouraged to join the publicly announced activities as well.
?-11:30am Palestine Action, info TBA.
9:30-11:30am People’s Voices from South America, David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh
?-11:30am Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, Non-state sanctioned march
(probably on sidewalks) and rally probably from Climate Camp to Soldiers and Sailors Field.
10:00-11:30am Mass Meditation for Peace, Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park,
12:00pm– Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee Opening Rally at the corner of Fifth and
Craft Avenues in Oakland, then a march down Fifth Avenue to the City-County Building downtown.
Jail solidarity for those arrested during previous days events
SATURDAY, Sept 26
12pm-3pm Financial Meltdown Animal Adoption, Friendship Park
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.::September 22-25: Resist the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh::.
Important!!! For information about the G20 mobilization, calls to action, housing, schedule of events, and other logisitcal information, see the awesome Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project at: http://www.resistg20.org
G20 Resistance Organizing Updates:
Aug. 18: Update #7 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update7
Aug. 7: Update #6 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update6
July 24: Update #5 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update5
July 17: Update #4 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update4
July 10: Update #3 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update3
July 4: Update #2 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update2
June 26: Update #1 www.organizepittsburgh.org/G20Update1
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Schedule of Tactical Training Initiative Events! 1, 2
Call To Action: September 22-25: Resist the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh
Join Thousands at a Three Day Convergence of Action, Resistance and Hope
Pittsburghers didn’t ask the G20 to come here, but it is our intention that the worldview the summit represents will die here.
This September 22-25 Pittsburgh will host the next summit of the G20, a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s largest economies who meet twice yearly to discuss and coordinate the international financial system. Around 1,500 delegates, including heads of state, will be here along with more than 2,000 members of the media, and thousands of police and security agents tasked with squelching dissent.
This summit, and the predecessor meetings this past April in London, occurs on the heels of the worldwide financial meltdown that has been severely impacting hundreds of millions around the world. Since its inception, the G20 has been a tool used to promote a world vision based on the ability of capital to move as it pleases, at the expense of labor, human rights and the environment.
Now that the system these leaders have forced on the world is in crisis they continue to operate as if they have the answer. We know that they do not. To save countries, they propose we turn to institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an entity that has historically imposed murderous structural adjustment programs on the world’s poor.
G20 summits, alongside other meetings of institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization, have rightfully been targeted by hundreds of thousands of people around the world because they represent a global vision based on war-making, social and economic injustice, and corporate greed. Pittsburgh will take its place alongside people around the world who have protested and resisted such gatherings in their hometowns.
Pittsburgh was chosen as the host city because of its history, and because the President is looking to buttress his working class credentials. It is true that our city has much to offer the world in terms of progress, we just happen to disagree with the politicians on what these words mean or what others should take from our experience. Pittsburgh has experienced 50 years of population loss and industrial decline as well as more than 150 years of industrial class conflict. We have gained an instinctual knowledge that you get what you are willing to fight for. We celebrate that worker and community self-organization has often succeeded where government, bosses and the supposedly enlightened have failed.
What has carried us through the tough times has been our relationships, the tight knit nature of our mostly non-corporate dominated neighborhoods, a do-it-yourself ethic, the unpretentious manner in which people treat each other, and a sense of local pride that isn’t based on salary or one’s place in some hierarchy. Pittsburgh never died, and the currently-in-vogue talk of "rebirth" measures success, growth, and progress in terms of the number of corporations based here, the multi-national profits, or the success of our politicians at going from Mayors to County Executives to Governors.
For our measuring stick, we look to whether or not all have the resources needed to lead and pursue rewarding lives, and if we are meeting community needs without the involvement of the state. We look to the health of our environment and the treatment of other living things, the equality of educational opportunities, the degree to which we lessen our participation in the exploitation of others, and how successful we are in moving towards a new kind of society in which your success and ability to survive is not at the expense of others.
And in these respects, our city is making progress. We find inspiration and common cause in the efforts of the multitude of other projects and initiatives that are transforming Pittsburgh into a more just and sustainable place to live, efforts that are in a conflictual relationship with state power, and will be joining resistance to the G20. And truly, if the G20 were about anything besides state power and money it would be these efforts that other countries would be coming here to discuss and look at, because there is much that we have to offer in creating a better world.
Pittsburgh is not without its problems, and there is much that needs to be addressed. During the summit and its lead-up little will be said about the troubling grip the UPMC medical industrial complex and others hold over the region, the chronic illnesses caused by the extremely high levels of particulate matter in our air, the troubling ethical questions posed by the warfare robotics that are being pioneered here, the police violence and acts of unaccountable brutality against the public, a stacked deck against labor organizing, a depressingly inadequate public transit system, and a political process marked by a lack of ethical accountability and transparency.
We should be clear then, we love our city, and in so far as we see the G20 as a threat to our collective health and well-being we intend to be an obstacle to its ability to function. This is an unavoidable decision given what the summit is, and what it represents. The presence of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh will be a major – if short-lived – disruption to the city and the people who work and live here, with or without protests. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has acknowledged as much, stating the summit will result in "chaos" due to security cordons, increased traffic, etc.
The government has already staked out its position: the needs of 20 politicians justify whatever disruption and cost to our city, and the responsibility felt by thousands to participate in resistance to the G20 and to articulate an alternate vision for society is more than unimportant, it’s a threat.
Based on past summits the media will play the state game by focusing on whether protesters will be able to disrupt the ability of the summit to meet, using ominous and sensationalist stories with unsubstantiated claims of evil outsiders come to wreck havoc on the good people, because these stories, even if refuted and later disproved, serve to justify attacks on the public’s liberties and dignity. This must not, and will not, deter resistance. The stakes are too high.
The real value of this summit, to its participants and those resisting it, is not in the substance of the "leaders’" discussions. Our power is not in whether or not we have the ability to prevent a bunch of finance ministers and heads of state from talking. The real importance is in the way an undisrupted ceremony reinforces the dominant worldview. If that view is flawed, it must be rejected, and the spotlight such a gathering creates must be one in which people will manifest liberating social conflict.
We therefore believe that the necessary attempts of thousands to interfere with the summit are not an ends in and of themselves, they are a critical part of the means we can use to achieve the victory we are collectively organizing for in September: to heighten existing social resistance, and to present an alternative narrative of why our world is the way it is. We must make it clear that the world need not be this way, and talk about our vision for a movement towards a new society based not on profit and coercion but rooted in meeting collective needs for both material comfort and the freedom to pursue fulfilling lives of opportunity and dignity.
In this effort we invite and encourage your participation!
Pittsburgh Organizing Group
If your group would like to endorse this call, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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