Skip to comments.Tacoma Mall Protest (Massive Anti-War Anti-Military protest)
Posted on 03/12/2008 6:49:47 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
Ive received a warning from a couple of different sources, some military and some retail. (actual warning to follow)
It warns people (particularly those with stickers on their car that allow them access to military bases) to avoid the Tacoma Mall on Saturday March 15th from 12:00 to 5:30 PM due to protests.
Its not a worry to me, because I loathe the mall and what it represents, and avoid it like the plague.
I believe in lawful protest, and I have myself protested this illegal and amoral occupation of Iraq, the lives being lost, the money being wasted and the permanent damage its done to our foreign relations.
But THIS protest pisses me off (for lack of a more articulate term)
You see, they not only want to target the recruiting station (one was recently bombed in Times Square, which is taking things way too far) but they want to shut down business (people who have nothing to do with this need to feed their families) and harass anyone entering the mall who may have ties to the military. (theyll be looking for base stickers on cars)
So some poor mother, alone with her small children because her husband is deployed (just doing his job) is at risk of being harassed, her car vandalized and possibly injured by whack jobs.
Anti-War Protestors will be out in force this Saturday 3/15 starting at noon at the Tacoma Mall with an agenda to disrupt commerce in protest of the military recruitment center in a building at the Northwest corner of the Malls property.
Tacoma Mall will be closed between noon and 5:30 p.m. March 15 because of a planned anti-war protest at the commercial center of Pierce County.
Local anti-war protest groups have announced their intention to "shutdown" the Tacoma Mall, specifically the military recruiting station in the commercial tower located on the north side of the property.
Military officials warn that protesters plan on distributing anti-war and anti-military literature as well as confront local recruiters or interact with soldiers, family members and civilians who appear to be military affiliated.
There are about 20,000 Soldiers at Fort Lewis, 5,000 Airman (USAF) and about 15,000 Sailors and Marines in the Puget Sound area. I think March 15th should be Military Appreciation Day at the Tacoma Mall. There is expected to be 100-200 of those anti-military protester there. We can out number them with a peaceful demonstration by showing our support. Please if you can show up and show up early so these freaks cant get close to the recruiting station. Bring a flag, a banner, a sign, and most important a friend. Conservative Talk Radio KVI-570 is also putting a call out to its listeners to show up.
Even if you dont live in the area call the Tacoma City Council or Mayor and demand the city of Tacoma do their job and enforce the laws and ensure public order be kept and property protected.
perfect spring break trip!
Perfect Monday morning quarterback hollering at the TV set with all the “right” plays. Those protestors are there partly because of you. An “illegal and amoral” occupation? That is precisely what they believe, so be prepared for them to key your car, too. Then vote for the guy that opens the door so the “occupied” can visit here. Then you will get to show us what NavyCanDo.
Recommend that DOD affiliated personnel, family members, retirees and civilians avoid the Tacoma Mall area on 15 March 2008 from 1200 to 1730 hours.
Local protest groups have announced their intention to shutdown the Tacoma Mall and the recruiting station located at the mall to call attention to the upcoming anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. They want to Make it impossible for business as usual to continue as the Iraq War approaches its 5th year.
Anticipated activities include distributing ant war and anti military literature, confront local recruiters or persons trying to enter their facilities, and attempts to interact with soldiers, family members and/or civilians who appear to be military or have DOD decals on their vehicles.
Recent protests against the war at the Port of Olympia have been marked by increased levels of violence. DOD personnel, family members and civilians should avoid contact, to include conversations or dialogue with protesters. Protesters may be filming activities for reporting in independent media or use in legal actions.
Commanders and supervisors should strongly encourage their soldiers, family members, and civilians to avoid the Tacoma Mall area during this time and to report incidents of violence to local police.
For incidents of violence, call 911
For non-critical information, contact Washington State Police at (253) 536-6210 or Tacoma Police Department at (253) 594-7800.
This may prove to be interesting. This is because I expect there to be lots of thugs, creeps and anarchists who plan to use the anti-war rally as cover to vandalize and maybe loot stores in the mall.
This also means that pro-military counter-protesters might be put in a situation where though they are typically non-violent, they may be forced to act to prevent felony crimes.
Granted, there should be more police there, but there is no guarantee.
Have you also protested the “illegal and amoral occupation” of Germany, Japan, Korea, Kosovo and other places the US military is deployed around the world? Or do you only protest “illegal occupations” under Republican presidents? And can you please give us a detailed explanation of the illegality and amorality of the US “occupation” of Iraq?
thanks I just passed this to some military families
Start a rumor that a Klan rally will be held there. That should make it interesting.
Activism is just another name for anarchy!!!!About 4 years ago, as my wife and I traveled, I read in the Indianapolis Star an ad for activists to parade and be paid minimum wages. Then in the Memphis, TN Commericial appeal, the same ad. Then again it was in the Houston Chronical, and last in the L.A.
Times. And all this time (from the early 50’s until then) I was naive enough to believe it was only those with, pure intents!!!! Paid activism,and by who? how phoney!!!
Bus em over from Idaho!!
“Have you also protested the illegal and amoral occupation of Germany, Japan, “
WHOA! THERE. To start this thread I just posted the comments from the Tacoma News Tribune community forum - Them aint my words.
Having grown up in Tacoma, I wouln’t go so far as to say “the only people at the mall are gangs”, but yes out of all the malls in the Northwest Tacoma Mall has the highest ratio of gang members and gang wanna-be’s. Another bad one was Seatac, but it seems to have improved allot in the last few years.
I avoid the Tacoma Mall AT ALL COSTS! There are really a lot of creeps there and I worry for my daughter who works only 4 or 5 blocks away from this Mall. I am going to forward her the link to this story so she can be VERY careful on Saturday.
I hope the same fate (creeps, thugs, and misfits) does not happen at the South Hill Mall which is only a few minutes from my house. I tend to frequent that a little more often (but still not very much)!!!!
I think I made a BIG MISTAKE Staring this thread with comments from the Tacoma News Tribune community forum. More than one person replying to this thinks those are my words, including you. THEY ARE NOT MY COMMENTS
MY comments begin with:
CALL FOR FREEPERS SUPPORT THIS SATURDAY
Got it! Thanks for the heads up NavyCanDo. I just forwarded this on to my daughter. Keep up the good work!
That wasn't really a comment from that person to you. It's typical to post comments to the one who posted the thread as sort of a "catch all."
Then again Dutchboy88 did seem to take offense and somehow blame you NavyCanDo. Oh well.
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