The USNS Soderman left the Port of Tacoma late on Tues., Mar. 13, or in the early morning hours of Wed., Mar. 14, bound for, in all likelihood, Kuwait, where Stryker vehicles for the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will be offloaded and eventually reunited with the 3,800 soldiers of the unit which held a deployment ceremony at Fort Lewis on Mon., Mar. 12. -- The shipment of Stryker equipment through the Port of Tacoma was the occasion for a port militarization resistance movement that saw 37 protesters arrested, daily vigils and demonstrations that attracted hundreds of citizens against the war, and the failure of outrageous attacks with tear gas and rubber bullets by police on peaceful demonstrators to dent their determination to protest. -- A further port militarization resistance event will be held on Thurs., Mar. 15. -- The daylight gathering at East 11th St. and Thorne Rd. hear the quay from which the USNS Soderman departed will begin at 4:00 p.m. -- Participants are urged to wear mourning clothes, as this event will mourn the deaths of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians as the result of the Iraq war and occupation....
MOURNING FOR IRAQ WAR DEAD
WHAT: Mourning for Iraq war dead
WHO: Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), Olympia Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 2007 -- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Port of Tacoma -- East 11th St. & Thorne Rd.
Daylight gathering at the Port of Tacoma -- Thurs., Mar. 15, 2007 -- welcoming communities in collaboration to end the Iraq war and occupation.
Wear mourning clothes, bring many flowers to honor the victims.
Gather at 4:00 p.m. at Thorne Rd. and East 11th St. on the Port of Tacoma.
The ship is gone and it is now time to mourn those who have died and those that will.
Directions to the Port of Tacoma:
From I-5, exit on 136B (Port of Tacoma Ave.)
Drive down to Maxwell, E. 14th, or Ross Way and park by curbs.
Walk west to Thorne, then North to 11th.
--Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), Olympia Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)