ATK Protestors in Eden Prairie

I was on my to work this morning when I saw a group of protestors on the side of the road. I’ll confess, I only circled back because they had rainbow flags. Turns out they weren’t rainbows for The Ghey, they were for rainbows for Make Love Not Bumbs.

This group of 30 or 40 spry retirees was conducting the weekly protest of ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems). ATK is our friendly neighborhood purveyor of land mines and cluster bombs.

Make Love Not Bombs
Originally uploaded by swirlspice.

Strangely coincidentally, as I pulled up to the circle I saw an acquaintance of mine. She mentioned that they do this every week, and I it occurred to me that I’d actually heard of this activity before. I’d not seen them at this location in my year of commuting in this direction. I’m wondering if they rotate, or if ATK is putting folks in this newly constructed building.

They were passing a megaphone around. Each person would introduce themselves and make a statement about how they’d been affected (the couple of statements I heard were dubious) or why they were there. They had copies of the order of the ceremony printed and laminated and a big not-homemade banner. They’re clearly organized and practiced.

3 Comments so far

  1. greg on July 9th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    It looks like that lady is balancing a desk lamp on her head. Now THAT would be impressive!

  2. pepperwolf on July 11th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

    Thanks Erica for stopping by our vigil.

    Leave early for work sometime and you can join us – we start at 7 am and we are there every Wednesday morning, rain or shine sometimes we gather farther up Flying Cloud in front of their driveway.

    As you can see from some of our signs, we are a nonviolent bunch opposed to military contractors profiting from illegal weapon sales. This fortress is the new headquarters of ATK (Alliant Techsystems) just moved in April from Edina. Learn more about our group at

    Oh and the laminated papers are song sheets!

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