On the busiest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving, Bay Area Iraq Veterans Against the War will occupy the shopping district of downtown San Francisco.
Operation First Casualty (OFC) is about bringing TRUTH - the first casualty of war - to the people. To make the action a success we need volunteers to pretend to be Iraq citizens suffering under the occupation of U.S. Forces.
Thank you to everyone that met up at Dolores Park today for OFC training. After today we are confident that this OFC will be a major success, keep up that energy for Friday and everything will be fine.
For those who were unable to make today's training you can still take part of the action this Friday. Today's training ensured that enough people would have a good idea if what was going on, that the "untrained" would be able to follow along by watching what was happening to others. We will also have coordinators day-of to answer questions that pop up, and guide people to where they should be.
Please invite your friends, and if you were at the training today fill them in on what they missed.
DETAILED SCHEDULE (closely estimated times)
WHEN / WHERE
10:30am / NW corner of Union Square (at the Heart - look for people in white shirts)
...show up early for breakfast foods and arm band. Must be in uniform to participate; blank white Tshirt. Civilian squads will be placed at their particular locations.
11:00am / Geary side of Union Square
...Mob Freeze to bring attention to the action ~10minutes.
11:00am / Union Square
...Action starts! Groups posted to Cafe, Ice rink, Geary and Powell corner, and St. Francis. Extra squads will be spaced out throughout Union Square.
11:30am / Geary and Stockton -> Yerba Buena Gardens
...Torturees (6) to Yerba Buena Gardens, patrol pushes down Stockton (~15minutes) and meets up with waterboarding demonstrator at the MLK fountain.
...All others remain at Union Square guarded for a bit (should be a really good visual). After escaping, this group will head down Powell towards the Powell Turnaround at Market. Be at the Turnaround by 12:00 noon, flyer the demonstration, chill til we get there.
12:00pm / Yerba Buena Gardens > Metreon > Bloomingdales
...IVAW will regroup after the extraordinary rendition, torturees will head over to Powell Turnaround where we will join soon.
...IVAW runs through Metron
...IVAW police patrols Bloomingdales and Westfield, enters on Mission and exits at Powell Turnaround on Market
12:15pm / Powell Turnaround
...Checkpoint > Iraqis trickle through our checkpoint, get harassed for a few minutes
...Taking Fire > Sound machine will sound and we will "take fire"
...Eddie's hit! > We'll take him out of the way and return fire on everyone
...Die - in > Blood packets for those who want 'em, pile up and remember to be dramatic!
12:45pm / Walkover to UN Plaza (2 blocks)
...Civilians go on ahead at normal pace, assemble and start
protesting, carrying signs, and chanting "U.S.!", "Out of Iraq!".
1:00pm / UN Plaza
...IVAW squad will arrive later because we'll be marching at patrol speed. Once we arrive we work on riot control.
...Depending on the reaction from the crowd we can drag this out or end sooner, we'll get a feeling for it. But the result will be U.S. Forces being overthrown by PEOPLE POWER, we will retreat to the UN Plaza Fountain to deliver the press conference
~1:30pm LUNCH! Thanks to Food Not Bombs.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Nov 23rd, 2008 8:22 PM