Official G-20 Website: The Pittsburgh Summit 2009: pittsburghsummit.gov
From the website: "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will host the G-20 Summit September 24-25, 2009. President Obama will chair this meeting of leaders from countries around the world that represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. At the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, leaders will review the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis."
Department of Public Safety: Official G-20 Information: www.g20safety.org
Official website from the City of Pittsburgh. Offers safety information, maps of the security zone, details on road closures, parking detours, and travel restrictions, and a place to sign up for emergency and general information text and e-mail alerts.
Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project: resistg20.org
From the website: "The Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project is a space where folks can come together and collaborate on ways to resist the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA this September 24-25th. Our goals are to provide a mobilization infrastructure & an information clearing house, create & distribute publicity and educational materials, build hype for the mobilization, engage in local outreach, and develop an action framework. We seek to help coordinate efforts among like-minded people."
Pittsburgh Organizing Group: organizepittsburgh.org
From the website: "Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) is an anarchist group based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our goal is the creation of a directly democratic, free society capable of maximizing human potential and freedom within a framework of collective responsibility, mutual-aid, and solidarity. In short... Anarchism."
Pittsburgh Indymedia, special G-20 section: www.indypgh.org/g20/
From the website: "Covering G20 From The People's Perspective: Join the G-infinity coverage team and send real-time field reports, photos, audio, or video recordings."
G20 Media Group: www.g20media.org
Thomas Merton Center G-20 Events: www.thomasmertoncenter.org/g20action.htm
From the website: "Welcome to the G-20 action site for the peace and justice community of Pittsburgh. Our goal with this page is to help diverse constituencies of activists reach out to each other for movement building and fellowship while in Pittsburgh."
G-20 Protest Links
From Bay Area Indymedia....
Friends of Tortuga: friendsoftortuga.wordpress.com
From the website: "On October 1st, 2009, at 6:00am, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (a union of local police departments and the FBI), kicked out the front door to our home—an anarchist collective house in Queens, NY, affectionately known as Tortuga. The FBI spent 16 hours ransacking our house before carting off boxes of our personal belongings, everything from computers, passports and even stuffed animals. The apparent reason for this predawn raid was the arrest of two members of our household a week earlier in Pennsylvania. Our two friends were arrested and charged with several felonies for sending twitter messages during protests against the G20 in Pittsburgh."
The same narrative pattern unravelingInspired by a protest philosophy similar to that during the St. Paul RNC, the "Pittsburgh Principles" have been announced, modeled after the St. Paul Principles, declaring mutual respect for "a diversity of tactics", and a commitment to non criticism of protest tactics.
The website offers—with a disclaimer stating that the "listing of a poster on this site does not necessarily imply endorsement"—a series of G-20 protest posters, many depicting various protesters dressed in black bloc attire, throwing stones and molotov cocktails, and armed with slingshots.
All of this is reminiscent of the images and language cited to justify the federal charges of "conspiracy to riot" leveled at eight members of the RNC Welcoming Committee in September 2009, whose homes were raided and who were preemptively arrested before the Convention started.
During the G-20 protests in London, in Spring 2009, similar preemptive arrests and raids took place of those associated with the "G20 Meltdown Welcoming Committee".
During the upcoming G-20 in Pittsburgh, the largest U.S. political protest event since the 2008 RNC, it seems inevitable—with the exact same narrative pattern unravelling—that we will see more of the same preemptive arrests and raids and a massive, expensive, out-of-proportion, and hostile police presence on the street towards all protesters.
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LOCAL MEDIA COVERING THE G-20 IN PITTSBURGH
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