Friday, February 23, 2007

Anti Robot Action Planned

An olde time civil disobedience action is planned for Pittsburg on March 2.
The organizers, Pittsburg Organizing Group, plan to shut down the National Robotics Engineering Center, at Carnegie Mellon University with a blockade. Uh oh.

They chose ths target because, "The military research done by CMU and NREC is a glaring example of the increasing militarization of academia; students and faculty are knowing, and often unknowing, cogs in an expanding and terrifying war machine."

The schedule so far:
7:00am: Gather in Friendship Park (Friendship Ave and Mathilda St in Bloomfield)
7:30am: March to barricade NREC facility (40th and Willow St in Lawrenceville)

But there will be some surprises in store.
"Alongside large marches, there is a need for actions that are direct and compelling: actions that speak to public refusal of the war, that are demands -- not requests, that directly confront militarism itself rather than one particular manifestation of it."

They seem like they are planning for a loud event. The webpage even includes tips on how to prepare - like dressing in layers and bringing quarters for a phone call after you are arrested.

I applaud their efforts. Someone needs to raise the ethical issues and force engineers and scientists to confront them.
However, unless they bring some robots of their own, they won't stand a chance.

Barricade the War Machine in Pittsburgh

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Cristobal said...

Yeah I know. All these chickenhawks in favor of sending robots into combat....But would they be willing to send THEIR robot over to Iraq?

7:05 AM, February 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would send my robot if I could, but lets be realistic! Who would vacuum my carpets?

11:41 AM, February 24, 2007  
Anonymous ED-109 said...

YOU ARE TRESPASSING ON GOVERNEMT PROPERTY. YOU MUST DISPERSE IMMEDIATLY.

YOU HAVE FIVE SECONDS TO COMPLY...

11:01 AM, February 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds job for Crusher.

6:52 AM, February 27, 2007  

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