Caught a story in the PG this morning stating the Peduto won't retract his accusations that the Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) is responsible for vandalizing several Shadyside businesses. Peduto claims they fit the profile, given recent acts of vandalism at a military recruiting station and Carnegie Mellon University. The most recent acts were tied to opposition of the G-8 Summit,
POG representatives vehemently deny responsibility for participating in or organzing destruction of property. They don't condemn it either.
I have said before that I am no fan of POG's. Two years ago, they protected a member who had assaulted a cameraman from arrest, leading to a semi-violent confrontation with the police. They then turned that into a media frenzy. It may not be a popular interpretation, but it is consistent with the video evidence. I think POG and like minded grops do damage to the peace and justice movement, but they are usually their own worst enemies. Anybody remember Antifa from the anti-Dobson rally? However, in March, POG organized a protest at CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center that was, IMHO, excellent.
It makes me sad to drive by The Quiet Storm each morning and see the plywood in the windows. It makes no sense to vandalize two independent small-businesses as a protest of the G8 (the East End Co-Op was another target).
It is hard to think that members of POG would do this to businesses they probably frequent. I can't wrap my mind around connecting the Co-Op with corporatism. It doesn't make any sense. POG claims that they get blamed for any act of anarchy, in spite of the hundreds of anarchists around the region. They perceive this as an attempt to minimize the scope of anti-war movement. Hmmm.
But why would Bill Peduto make this up? What does he have to gain? He claims he has received threatening calls. What's up with that?
What's going on in this part of the world when G8 protests involve anti-war anarchists, a vegetarian coffee shop and Bill Peduto — on OPPOSITE sides? Geez.