Throughout the week, I have been working with other videographers from my media group in Seattle, Pepperspray Productions, to capture the week’s events at the Port of Tacoma on film. The actions this year have been different from previous Port Militarization Resistance protests, since the focus this time was not entirely at the port, where it is more difficult to perform the kinds of actions sought after. The focus has been more on autonomous actions near gates at Fort Lewis, drawing attention from the military community and the drivers on the highways.
by Joe La SacSaturday, August 2nd, 2008
This week a military ship, the USNS Brittin, was spotted loading equipment off in Tacoma. Resistance groups have mobilized, determined to stop the shipments from reaching their destinations.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Port of Tacoma Police Riots that thrust the issue of war resistance to the forefront of civil discussion across the Pacific Northwest. The well documented barrage of rubber bullets and gas-canisters ultimately became the unfortunate climax of a multi-day anti-war protest that initially drew support from city leaders and citizens of all walks of life before ultimately falling victim to conflicting accounts and unresolved questions of the parties’ intent. One year later, neither side has admitted fault nor failure for their cause.