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agit-prop on Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:12:38 +0200 (CEST)


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To our correspondents, supporters, comrades, and those in whom a passion for
justice burns,

We received the following call to action from a European group. After
discussing it with our General Command, field agents, l'Internationale des
Anarchos-Pātissiers (International Pie-throwing Anarchists), and fellow
pie-slinging militants abroad, we've consensed on the following document. May
this be a further reminder to the rich and alledgedly powerful: if the people
pie, the leaders will swallow. 

Signing off, "And here I end, having put my Arm as far as my strength will go
to advance Righteousness:  I have Writ, I have Acted, I have Pied, I have
Peace: and now I must wait to see the Spirit do its own work in the hearts of
others, and whether Amerika shall be the first Land, or some others, wherin
Truth shall sit down in triumph." --Agent Apple (1999), after the Digger
Gerrard Winstanley (1650)
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FEED THE RICH! 

Call for solidarity with the 'Cherry Pie 3' and 'Creamy Genes'

On February 24th, San Francisco Judge Goldsmith sentenced three people to six
months in prison. The 'crime' that the three were found guilty of was
throwing a pie at Willie Brown, the Mayor of San Francisco. 

The pie action was meant as a protest against the Mayor's extremely bad
policy regarding the city's thousands of homeless people. Instead of offering
them cheap housing, he hard-handedly removes them from the inner city. 

Two of the three pie-activists (members of the Biotic Baking Brigade, which
performed quite frequent pie-actions throughout the last year), Rahula and
Justin, have been held in custody for two months and were taken to prison
immediately after the verdict. The third activist, Jerry, was temporarily
released to undergo treatment because of a benign tumour, but has now joined
the others. 

Naturally we understand that the state has to do its job; catching and
convicting people who perform actions for idealistic reasons undoubtedly is
part of that job. We also put up with the fact that our taxes are used to pay
a lot of people for performing useless tasks. After all: judges, police
officers, mayors and prison guards need to be kept busy. But there are things
which overstep the mark by far. Keeping three friendly idealists hostage for
180 days, when all they did was throw a pie, for very good reasons too, is an
unforgivable stupidity. Besides that, it creates a dangerous precedent: what
will happen next? Three weeks jail for shouting an unwelcome slogan? Six days
for hanging up a poster the authorities don't like? One year for stopping a
limousine during a sit-in? 

Across the country in New Hampshire, another crackdown on pielitical actions
is in progress. Agent Creamy Genes (AKA Dave Pike) of the Biotic Baking
Brigade Nor'eastah Irregulars (BBB-NI) has been arrested and charged with
simple assault and felony conspiracy to commit criminal mischief for the
pieing of geneticist and animal cloner Neil First.  On the charge of simple
assault, Dave faces up to one year, and on the charge of conspiracy, a
maximum of 3 to 7 years in jail.  Dave has consistently been there for many
of us, and the Earth, now we need to be there for him. 

Pie actions or comparable direct actions are performed all over the world. In
a certain sence we are connected because we aim at the same targets, or
'fight' for the same or comparable reasons. International solidarity is our
answer to such a form of abuse of power. As protest and to draw attention to
this crime, WE CALL FOR A WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LOCAL MAYORS,
POLITICIANS, CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, AND SELL OUT NGO 'LEADERS' until the
Cherrie Pie Three are released and the felony conspiracy charges against
Agent Creamy Genes are dropped. Naturally, local reasons/issues can and
should also play a part in this campaign. This will teach them that sick
tricks like this one do not diminish the number of actions, but on the
contrary will increase them. As Judge Goldsmith reminded us, there are
500,000 elected officials in Amerika alone. The BBB says: pie 'em all and let
God sort 'em out! 

P.S. It seems there are cities with mayors who handle things rather
progessively. We leave it up to everyone to spare their mayor and choose an
alternative target (chief of police, head of a multinational, Amerikan
political and business representatives abroad, etc.). 

Freedom for Rahula, Justin and Jerry! Freedom for Dave Pike!
All power to the pie-throwers!
Fight for your right... to pastry!
A pie for an eye!

Call to action endorsed by:

BBB--Ecotopia (California, Amerika)
BBB--Cascadia (Oregon, Amerika)
BBB/P.I.E.--London (England)
BBB--Noreastah Irregulars (New England, Amerika)
BBB-Nijmegen (Holland)
Actiegroep T.A.A.R.T (Leiden, Holland)
Les Entartistes (Montreal, Canada)
L'Internationale des Anarchos-Pātissiers (International Pie-throwing
Anarchists, Belgium-based)
Meringue Marauders (Vancouver, Canada)
Balaclava Bakers (Winnepeg, Canada)
Mad Anarchist Baking League (Amerika)
International Gay Pie Day '99 organizers (San Francisco, Amerika)
American Yippie Pieman Aron Kay
Autonome A.F.R.I.K.A. Gruppe
Earth First! Journal (Oregon, Amerika)
Luther Blisset
Commando Kwekkeboom
Liberal Animation Prods.
Whispered Media (San Francisco, Amerika)
Sonja Bruenzel
And many others (feel free to join the call...)
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Please spread the message around after the cream hits the
man by contacting the Dutch group contrast.org, who have offered to receive
and disseminate info on this action campaign. Contrast.org is an
"organisation and workspace for contra-information, and
 contra-expertise, on the Internet - from a radical-critical perspective."
They can be reached via afrika {AT} contrast.org, as well as through their
website:  http://www.contrast.org

"Never doubt that a small, committed group of people with pies can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Subcommandante
Toffuti,
                                         somewhere deep within Headwaters
forest

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