Rob Whitlock of Olympia took these photographs of Monday evening's port militarization resistance rally at the Port of Tacoma on Mar. 12, 2007.[1]  --  He notes that protesters "gathered and held an open and inclusive democratic meeting for nearly an hour in order to discuss and strategize the night's actions."  --  The photos document the positioning of snipers on the roof of a warehouse at East 11th & and Thorne.  --  This is also the first time I've seen that the vessel in the Port of Tacoma has been named; Rob Whitlock identifies the ship as the USNS Soderman.  --  For a written account of the evening before police used tear gas on peaceful protesters, see here.  --  For a review of some press accounts of the police violence unleashed later, see here....


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PORT OF TACOMA RALLY MARCH 12, '07
By Rob Whitlock

flickr.com
March 13, 2007

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/sets/72157594587773209/

Activists gathered at the Port of Tacoma to protest the deployment of the 4th Stryker Brigade (2nd Division) from Ft. Lewis to Iraq.

Participants gathered and held an open and inclusive democratic meeting for nearly an hour in order to discuss and strategize the night's actions.

Finally, the demonstrators took action, and the group, by some estimates around 200 individuals, took to the street and marched approximately 1/2 mile to an intersection nearby the USS Soderman -- the military vessel which is accepting Stryker vehicles for shipment to Iraq.

I told the police that I believed that their barricade was an obstruction of justice, as the activists gathered were prepared and willing to serve justice and uphold the rule of law by stopping the deployment of the Stryker Brigade via actions based on nonviolent civil resistance.

The federal government has failed us. To whom and where do we turn?

I think it is to us that we turn, to our communities, to our local governments and institutions.