June 02, 2009 6:32 PM
"KFDM news has learned four hundred jobs are coming to Southeast Texas, and while they're temporary, they could have a lasting impact on the lives of American soldiers.
The Army has hired a staffing company to find men and women to put more armor plating on Stryker military vehicles at the Port of Beaumont." (Texas)
August 06, 2009 6:11 PM
"Today the vehicles were loaded onto a ship at the Port of Beaumont, ready for a trip thousands of miles away.
The Army is loading up Strykers and getting ready for a mission.
Dozens of soldiers are driving hundreds of Stryker vehicles onto a ship at the Port of Beaumont, preparing for a trip overseas."
As both of these stories show, the 4-2 ID which is based at Fort Lewis, and trained this year at Fort Polk, Louisiana, did not even leave the West coast, much less the Salish (Puget Sound). They left the Gulf of Mexico for the occupation of Iraq. This is the most stark proof yet that PMR, as a tactic, worked. The 3-2 ID and 4-2 ID did not leave through Tacoma, as did the 5-2 ID in the first week of May 2009. (The 3-2 ID likely used the Port of San Diego about six or seven weeks ago)
What comes next? By itself, this resistance didn't stop the wars - but it did significantly effect "business as usual" by first removing the military convoys from daytime operations, then removing them from the Port of Olympia, then removing them from the Puget Sound (Salish Sea) entirely. This is what winning looks like. This is what a civil resistance campaign can win.