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a year of
peace & anti-war

final update: 11 sept 2002
The year after September 11 witnessed a sharp increase in peace and anti-war activities and consciousness. This section on portland indymedia is a collection of local stories from that period as they were posted to the site in that periods. In the spirit of indymedia, the newswire on this page leaves out all the "expert opinions", "professional journalism", or cut-and-pastes from "real" publications, and is instead devoted to contributions from regular folks who published to the site about 9.11 and its effects. These posts reveal TRUTH and prove that the untrained voice can sing with a quality unattainable by the well-practiced. And that is the heart of indymedia: Don't hate the media - become the media. Post your story.

This section will not be updated with stories past September 12, 2002, unless someone(s) would like to volunteer to do that. If you're interested, write to imc-portland-editorial@indymedia.org.

news + actions
[ sept 11—nov 2001 | dec 2001—feb 2002 | march—jun 2002 | july—sept 11, 2002 ]

CIVIL LIBERTIES11 SEPTEMBER 2002
Courthouse Vigil for Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye

From the open publishing newswire: "More than 100 Portland-area Muslims poured out onto the streets in front of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland Tuesday to show vigorous and vocal support of Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye. Sheik Kariye, 40, was arrested on September 8 at the Portland International Airport by members of the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force on charges of social security fraud.

[ Full Feature ]

WARTIME ANALYSIS8 SEPTEMBER 2002
Who profits? Try to think clearly in the Fog of War

From the open publishing newswire: "What treasures would be revealed within the waste of a Middle East suddenly more chaotic? Who would supply the needed weapons for the upcoming battles? Who would secure the world's oil supplies? Would we need more 'security' at home to 'protect' us from the growing evil and uncertainty? Who would profit from that security? Perhaps some more funding will be needed to help pay for the new 'War of the Righteous'? Who would truly profit from the ensuing madness?"

[ Read more... ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR8 SEPTEMBER 2002
Daily peace vigils held in Corvallis for over 11 months now

From the open publishing newswire: "They have stood on the street out side the Benton County Courthouse in Corvallis, Oregon since the day Bush and his regime began to bomb Afghanistan. October 7,2001 was the first day of the vigil that still continues to this day. Many of the protesters are affiliated with Alternatives to War, a loose-knit coalition of Corvallis peace activists.

"The participants hold their signs high and walk quietly back and forth in the sun, the rain, the dark or moonlight. At first the peace vigil produced a mixed response from the community: waves, honks, 'the bird,' yells -- even a naked butt or two. Slowly the number of those supporting the vigil has grown...

"The group is most of the time small but still remains posted outside the Benton County courthouse from 5 to 6 p.m. daily to protest the U.S. military response in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. And they'll stay, members say, until the U.S. exercises some common sense in the whole matter." [ Full story ]

Links to Peace Organizations: [ International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) | The National Network to End the War Against Iraq | List of on-going peace vigils across the nation | A list of protests across the globe | The United States continues to engage in nuclear weapons work at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN. The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance organizes to stop the bombs ]

[ Read more... ]

SANITY IN POLITICS 26 AUGUST 2002
Barbara Lee Given 'Integrity in Politics Award' in Eugene

Democracy that cannot be questioned is not democracy! Wise powerful words from a lone voice that stood up to the entire United States government in her refusal to support President (non-elect) Bush's war against terrorism.

The illustrious and courageous Congresswoman Barbara Lee, addressed an honored, overflowing crowd on Sunday at the Wayne Morse Commons at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Congresswoman Lee was invited to Eugene to accept "The Integrity in Politics Award", an award that was created to honor an elected official who exhibits the qualities of the late Senator Wayne Morse, one of two senators who opposed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which initiated U.S. military intervention in Vietnam.

Seeing Barbara Lee in person, hearing her speak with grace, eloquence and integrity, and witnessing her accept this prestigious and much earned reward for her steadfast commitment, was an important moment in my herstory. I left the ceremony feeling inspired and alive with hope, and strongly feeling that it is paramount for more women to take their rightful place in the political arena, to put (as Wayne Morse was famous for saying) "principle before politics".

* Today in herstory: On this day in 1920 women won the right to vote in the United States, ending a 72-year struggle against woman suffrage! [ Read more... ]

CITIZENS RESPONSE TO STATE REPRESSION 25 AUGUST 2002
After 9/11: A Forum on Civil Liberties and Social Justice

From the newswire: "Of the most affecting talks one was by Gulzar Ahmed, President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Muslim Alliance. He addressed some statistics gathered in a poll done by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR http://www.cair-net.org/). Of the ones I was able to record: 57% of American Muslims have experienced bias or discrimination due to their name or their faith. 87% knew or knew of a person of Muslim faith who had experienced bias or discrimination. 49% felt that their lives had changed for the worse. Muslims in America have faced their highest unemployment rate since Sept. 11, and the incidents of workplace discrimination have risen."

"Finally, we broke into smaller workgroups, mine was led by Dan Handelman of Copwatch (http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/) and Kathleen Jurgen... who has the honor of leading the absolute best chant at a Demonstration ever . Our topic, not surprisingly, was the renewal of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Another unknown (to me...) fact: there are Terrorism Task Forces set up attached to each US Attorneys? office. That total would be 93. My head just spun. 93 Anti Terrorism Task Forces. Where have i been? So here they all are: US Attorney?s offices: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/offices/index.html 93 of ?em." [ Read More ]

[ PORTLAND JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE UP FOR RENEWAL! | Petition the City Council to Oppose PATRIOT Act ]

PEACE AND ANTI-WAR 17 AUGUST 2002
Portlanders march to 'Beat Back Bush's War'

From the open publishing newswire: "Friday's peace rally and march in downtown Portland was the most spirited and lively I've seen since I moved back to town in late June. Led by a woman with a bass drum that was stamped with 'Beat Back Bush's War' and another woman who led the chants, the assembled crowd made a tremendous noise for their small numbers (about three dozen) and captured a lot of attention as they marched through downtown. I was totally caught up in the positive, vibrating energy of it. It was really inspiring. And definitely an instance when Emma Goldwoman's idea that men should 'step aside' and let women lead had fruitful results."

"Besides the bass drum, two men carried snares too and this percussion combo is what made the difference this week, during an event that has often been quieter and more staid in my experience. Some of us walked in the street part of the time. Add a couple more drums and a couple dozen more people and we could just take the streets outright next time." [ Full story and Photos ]

VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS 20 AUGUST 2002
Local activist shares experiences from recent trip to Iraq

From the open publishing newswire: "With a war on Iraq seemingly imminent (some say already in progress), the Palestine Action Group appropriately focused on Iraq at last Saturday's forum. This was the ninth in a series of forums on Palestine and related topics, and, as usual, I got a lot out of it. Local activist Dan Handelman spoke about his visit to Iraq in May (and also in 1987) with the group Voices in the Wilderness."

"Dan warned that the new 'smart sanctions' adopted by the UN Security Council in May are a 'propaganda ploy by the US' and not an improvement on the old system. The UN Sanctions Committee routinely rejects items such as bicycle tires and bolts of fabric, identifying them as 'dual use items,' meaning they can be used for both civilian and military purposes. The Committee now uses a 300-page goods review list of 'dual use items' to approve or reject a proposal from Iraq. Dan said that the US changed the policy because 'people now know that the sanctions are killing people and that it's the US's fault.'" [ Full story ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 14 AUGUST 2002
WILPF's message to young dissenters facing fearful times: 'Just get out there and do it'

From the open publishing newswire:"The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) demonstrates against the War in Pioneer Courthouse Square every Wednesday from noon to 1:00. When I joined them today, one of their regular participants, Bill, had just received a threat from a passer-by. Although not happy about the incident, Bill said, 'I don't intend to stop coming here.' A few minutes later another man came by and shouted 'Nuke 'em!' and then added, 'I vote.'

WILPF gets plenty of such treatment, one of the women told me. Additionally, the political climate under the Bush regime is the worst any of them remember: 'worse than the 50's' with the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings 'when we were intitiated.' [ Read more... ]

[ Women's International League for Peace and Freedom | previous WILPF demos: June 26 | July 3 | Aug. 8 ]

CONSUMER ADVOCACY 12 AUGUST 2002
Mass Marketing Death at the Clackamas Town Center


From the open publishing newswire: "Nestled this past weekend next to the Montgomery Ward was a National Guard exhibit, inviting consumers to buy into the national dream of righteousness through force. There were uniforms. There were machines of intimidation. Every purchase was rewarded with free gifts of blissful ignorance and false security!"

"Our shopper was looking for strappy shoes and was extremely displeased with this product and its high visibility placement. She told the death vendor that there are any number of products that should be on display in a mall. A few of her suggestions: the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the human rights treaties that have been of-late 'unsigned,' pictures of those unfortunates on the business end of the death product. However, the marketers weren't interested in her suggestions since they could only hurt their marketshare. The mall manager, Mr. Paul DeMarco, was not only disinterested but hostile." [ Read more... ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 9 AUGUST 2002
'It's bullshit, get off it, the cause of war is profit'

From the open publishing newswire: "Today at Pioneer square about 30-50 people gathered to show opposition to the coming war on Iraq, Israeli aggression, loss of civil rights, and U.S. foreign policy. The event opened with an open mic session of short speeches. The topics ranged from opposition to the coming war on Iraq, the anti-union activities being waged against the ILWU, and Israeli imperialism. One of the speakers emphatically denounced Bush's idea of an offensive war as warranting nearly all nations of the world to wage a similar war against America. Concerning the proposed war on Iraq the same speaker called it 'an invasion with no reason and no just cause'." [ Full story, with Photos ]

[ More Photos ]

SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE 9 AUGUST 2002
'When you're not looking for a way to preserve all life around you, you're doing something wrong'

From the open publishing newswire: "I spoke at length with Yvonne, who regularly participates in the Women in Black demonstrations. Yvonne has stood with the Women in Black in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1994, and in England and Italy. She, like many life-long peace activists, has a wealth of experience and stories to share that could fill an entire newspaper. Not that we often see such viewpoints in corporate media of course; instead 'experts on the Middle East conflict' are brought in for faux debates and 'balanced' with crooks from the military-industrial complex. Where are the voices of those who live with the consequences of war? Yvonne was in Sarajevo during the siege of that city. She has lived in Iran and Afghanistan and seen -- felt -- firsthand the effects of U.S. foreign policy." [ Full story & Photos ]

[ previous Women in Black demonstrations: August 2 | July 27 | June 28 ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 8 AUGUST 2002
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom demonstrates against war in Iraq

From the open publishing newswire: "The Portland chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held a demonstration in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Wenesday to oppose U.S. military action against Iraq. Though U.S. aggression against Iraq did not end after the so-called 'Gulf War' in 1991 -- the time since has been marked by harsh sanctions and regular bombings -- the Bush administration has lately been threatening an invasion of the country, ostensibly to oust its leader, Saddam Hussein. WILPF members stand in opposition to such escalation, and to the current policies of oppression. They were on the street on Wednesday to express that opposition and to educate members of the public about why they too should dissent."

"Those of us who dissent, even if it is merely in thought, sometimes feel alone. The fact that corporate media assiduously ignores public sentiment against the war is a major factor. The pretension of 'balance' claimed by professional journalists is a hollow lie. If local media outlets wanted to 'show both sides of the story' then why don't they contact WILPF, Women in Black, PPRC, or any other number of organizations when they pass along the latest 'leak' about the upcoming war in Iraq? Simple. Because corporate media institutions do not exist to be 'objective'; their mission is to uphold the status quo... Fortunately, WILPF is taking the truth directly to the people and organizing those who cherish the values of peace and justice." [ Full story and Photos ]

Upcoming event: WILPF is cosponsoring a "Forum on Civil Liberties and the Social Justice Movement" on August 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. "Citizens from a variety of organizations will address concerns regarding the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of the USA Patriot Act and the renewal and expansion of the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force." [ Details ]

[ Women's International League for Peace and Freedom | Iraq Sanctions: Humanitarian Implications and Options for the Future (just released, August 6) | previous WILPF demos: June 26 | July 3 ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 3 AUGUST 2002
Portlanders protest the war

From the open publishing newswire: "Over 50 people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition peace rally this Friday. This event attracts a fairly diverse crowd, with people of all ages. Skin tones also vary from white, though the Caucasian percentage is still disproportionately high compared to the population of the city.

"The highlight of the rally was a talk from a woman recently returned from a trip to Iran and Afghanistan. She gave us first-hand accounts of life there, including the suffering and the joys of those trapped in war-torn places. The U.S. government is dropping bombs on people everywhere, and they are normal people, like you and me, just wanting to work, fall in love, raise families, and live in peace. The speaker made these people very real through her stories. It was inspiring and I hope she has other opportunities to to share her experiences with people publicly. More people need to hear what she has to say.

"The crowd marched out of the Square and down Broadway. They had flyers that they passed out to pedestrians, which was a great addition to the event. Onlookers who appeared curious had something to take and read. Outreach. Right on.

"This was the first time in a few weeks when the crowd was big enough that 'Walk' signals didn't last long enough. This was somewhat of an issue. Most of the time the light would switch, people would wait, and the march would get split. Then the front half had to wait for the back half, and it messed with the rhythm. I corked a couple intersections long enough to help keep the thing together, but not all the participants appreciated this. So different opinions about tactics were present within the group" [ Photos & story ]

[ PPRC Friday Rally - Photos ]

PALESTINE, ACTIVISM, AND MEDIA 2 AUGUST 2002
The Women in Black: Media fails, but people stand up

From the open publishing newswire: "Every Friday near Pioneer Square you will find a Women in Black demonstration against the occupation of Palestine by Israel. What you'll never find in the next day's bOregonian or on that night's Channel 'X' news or hear on the drive-home radio news is a story about this event. The tiniest tid-bit of government-spun propaganda about 'terrorism', 'security', or 'protecting freedom' will be front page above-the-fold in the daily corporate rag or narrated earnestly by some blow-dried paperdoll on the boob-tube, but you won't hear a word about what real people think about it. Corporate media presents itself as balanced, objective and factual, but this stance is a cold conceit. 'The fourth estate' is a telling label; these lie-mongering institutions are part and parcel of the powers-that-be, distinguished only by the method of oppression they employ. Laws and pepperspray are for governments and the police; disinformation is the media's big gun, and they use it well.

"Why is it not 'news' that dissent is expressed publicly on the street on a regular basis? Why do the Women in Black deserve no mention? Because they are not stuffing the pockets of the media owners, and because their message runs contrary to the worldview of the ruling establishment, of which the media owners are members. We live in a culture that is increasingly controlled through fear and as far as I'm concerned, it's news every time anyone stands up bravely in this climate. That's why it's so great to see Women in Black there every Friday, and that's why it's news every time they're there." [ Full story ]

Previous coverage of Women in Black demos: [ July 28, 2002 | July 27, 2002 ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 27 JULY 2002
Portlanders protest Gaza Strip bombing

Every Friday, members of the local community meet in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland to protest war and demand peace. They hope to educate, activate, and motivate other people in the community with their public presence. This regular event has been occuring since shortly after September 11, 2001, when two commercial airliners crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. The perpetrators of this crime were unknown, but the United States government and corporate media immediately began a war against Afghanistan, Muslims, and the civil liberties of U.S. citizens.

Each week, the people who meet in Pioneer Square choose a different theme in order to highlight particular crimes of the U.S. government and demand their end. This week, they chose to focus on the recent attacks by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF, the Israeli army) on the Palestinian-inhabited Gaza Strip.

A gentleman got up in front of the crowd to speak. He was very passionate. He talked about how a U.S.-made F-16 fighter plane dropped a high-yield explosive onto a civilian neighborhood in Gaza, a narrow, densely populated region bordered on its south side by Egypt, its west side by the Mediterranean Sea, and it's north and east sides by Israel. The Israeli government claimed it was trying to kill a leader of Hamas, a group of Palestinians who use violence in their struggle against the Israeli occupation of their land. The speaker said that this type of action is considered "legitimate" by the U.S. government, and is treated so by the mainstream corporate press, but is actually "extrajudicial execution" and "illegal murder". "There was no jury and no judge. Just an exectutioner." [ Full story, with Photos ]

[ Portland Peaceful Rresponse | Palestine Indymedia ]

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE 27 JULY 2002
Women in Black continue weekly vigils in Pioneer Square

The Women in Black gathered in Pioneer Square on Friday at Noon to speak out for justice and freedom for Palestine. This has been a weekly event for over a year. This local group is an expression of the international Women in Black movement that started in Israel in 1988, where women began protesting Israel's Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Women in Black is not an organization, but a tactic. The recent attacks by the Israeli Army on a crowded residential neighborhood in the Gaza Strip which killed 14 civilians brought extra urgency to the Women in Black's message.

The Women in Black's message this week was focused on the money Israel receives from the U.S.: "The U.S. government gives aid and loans to Israel, whose GNP is higher than the combined GNP of its neighbors Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza. Israel's GNP is higher than oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has given Israel at least $91,500,000,000 since 1949. We have always given them their billions in a lump sum at the beginning of the year. Because Israel can't spend this much fast enough, they invest this money back into our government and earn millions more in interest from our government. One third of all foreign aid goes to Israel." [ Full story & Photos ]

[ Women in Black vigil, July 28 | A Women in Black website ]

STREET THEATER 14 JULY 2002
Homeland Security agents attack anti-war protesters?

According to a report from the open publishing newswire: "The weekly anti-war rally in Portland's Pioneer Square was marred by a violent visit from four 'Homeland Security' agents. Wearing shirts and hats that were clearly labeled, 'Homeland Security', they set upon a solitary protester approaching the rally, and then attempted to break up the rally itself.

"The man who was attacked first was carrying a sign that said, 'War kills children'. He was walking up the sidewalk on the south side of Broadway when he was picked out by a Homeland Security agent on reconnaissance there. Within seconds, three agents emerged from behind a Subway® kiosk, grabbed the man's sign, and forced him to the ground. When asked for an official statement, the recon agent replied, 'Officially, this didn't happen,' turned, and goose-stepped away.

"A few minutes later, an activist was delivering an anti-war oratory before a gathering of about two dozen like-minded citizens when the agents struck again. Without warning they penetrated the crowd from all directions, pushing their way to the front where they attempted to remove the speaker. Being outnumbered, they were forced into defensive positions, and an argument broke out.

"'It's not safe to have gatherings like this on the street,' said one of the agents. 'However, it's not safe to stay home, either. We're here to protect you.'

"Recon man then held up a pad of paper and a pen. 'Now if you'll all please sign this, and print your Social Security number on it, you'll make everything easier for yourselves.'

"Unexpectedly, the Homeland Security agents were forced to back down by a member of the private security firm that polices Pioneer Square. A guard named 'Houston' broke up the conflict by threatening to charge everyone with 'disorderly conduct'." [ Full story & Photos ]

HUMAN RIGHTS: WOMEN IN PALESTINE 8 JULY 2002
Marlene Eid and Emma Franks speak at forum on Palestine

Saturday's Forum on Palestine featured two powerful, moving and thought-provoking speakers, Marlene Eid and Emma Franks. This was the sixth in a series of forums, presented on the first and third Saturday of each month by the Palestine Action Group. About forty people attended.

Marlene spoke on the effects of war on Palestinian children, who, she said, "have seen nothing but destruction." Marlene was born and raised in Jerusalem, and now teaches psychology at PSU and PCC. In 1990 she went to the Gaza Strip and helped found the Gaza Community Mental Health Program.

The title of Emma's talk was "Where are the women?" Emma is an anti-racist, feminist and solidarity movement activist who visited Palestine on a delegation during the Gulf War. Originally from Uganda, her family relocated to the UK when she was a child, and she just recently moved to Portland. Her talk centered on the experience of women in Palestine and the links between different movements against oppression and between different communities and nationalities. [ Read More ]

The next Forum on Palestine will be held on Saturday, July 20th, 6:00 pm at the Campus Ministries Building at PSU (corner of SW Broadway and Montgomery).

MOVEMENT POLITICS 5 JULY 2002
Time to Reinvent Portland's Anti-War Movement?

On July 4, a poster to the open publishing newswire wrote: "Today's July 4 parade needed to be challenged. But it wasn't. I think it's time the anti-war movement here in Portland reinvented itself. I have been feeling this for a little while, but seeing tanks rolling down Broadway this morning, and no visible anti-war presence makes it more of a priority in my opinion... We need an anti-war movement or organization that: effectively challenges US imperialism, reaches out to folks most affected by US foreign and domestic policies (and is not mostly or entirely led by white men), recognizes and utilizes different kinds strategies and tactics, has good internal democracy, and is not dominated by authoritarian or alienating 'leadership'.

"I'm sure there is much more that is needed, but I just wanted to open the question. But I want to do it in a way that focuses on what we need, not in a way that overexagerrates our mistakes." [ Time to Reinvent Portland's Anti-War Movement ]

A participant at today's PPRC (Portland Peaceful Response Coalition) rally seconded these sentiments, saying: "I attended the weekly PPRC rally in Pioneer Square tonight. In the back of my mind was the newswire post published yesterday called 'Time to Reinvent Portland's Anti-War Movement'. I have to say I agree. Two or three dozen dedicated regulars were there tonight, bless 'em... [but] I got the same feeling I did last week, that we weren't really connecting with anyone... I believe public demonstrations are one tool to use to protest and educate, but they have to be better than this. More people, better ways of conveying information, and more creative tactics would all help." [ PPRC rally in Portland tonight ]

Another poster to wire writes: "Now that we have vented, where do we go from here? I have a few ideas. Let me know yours..." [ Reinventing Portland's Anti-war movement part 2 ]

JULY 4TH IN OREGON 4 JULY 2002
Ashland: Resistance in the Streets on July 4

People from all over Southern Oregon and beyond come to Ashland for the 4th of July parade every year. Enthusiastic and colorful contingents of costumed marchers and floats range from the traditional to the outrageous, and everything in between. Virtually every local person, family, affinity group, organization and business turns out. Visitors and guest marching contingents are very welcome.

This year, some marchers took up the theme of "Alternatives To War" and resistance to the Bush Regime. Spirited demonstrators for Peace and Justice to Save the Planet were colorful and well recieved. [ Latest New Photos! | More Photos! ]

The Southern Oregon IMC pod urges you to post Southern Oregon info to the portland indymedia open publishing newswire: Calls for Action, Organizational Alerts, Mobilizations, Campaigns and Events. Featured items appear on the global indymedia site. Become the media!

[ Ashland Community Action | Erin's Photos | Pre-Parade ]

Portland: "Wydenettes say STOP FAST TRACK" at July 4th Parade
Amidst the flags, tanks and rodeo champs, twenty highly visible, energetic and dedicated pro-democracy activists greeted politicians and crowds at Portland's "Celebrate Independence" parade. The activists from Cross-Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC) highlighted the appearances of Senator Ron Wyden, who voted this spring to give Fast Track trade authority to the anti-labor, anti-environment Bush administration, and Representative Darlene Hooley, who voted against it. The festive atmosphere inspired many of the activists to join in the parade, tagging along with Senator Wyden's entourage, reaching thousands of parade-goers with leaflets describing the dangers of Fast Track and how to stop it. [ Story & Photo ]

PEACE 3 JULY 2002
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom demonstrates in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: "The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held a demonstration against War in Pioneer Square today. WILPF was formed in 1915, and its members spoke out against war and oppression during the bloodiest century in human existence. We're in a new millenium, but unfortunately there is still a need for their message. WILPF people hand out printed materials and have dialogues with members of the public. This was a good day for such activity; many people stopped to find out what their message was.

"One of the demonstrators told me that he feels one-on-one personal communication with people you know is the most effective way to change minds and hence the world. However, public demonstrations like this one are also important. 'All people know is what's on TV and in the media,' he said. 'They need to be reminded there's an alternative.'

"WILPF's public invitation to join them for these regular demonstrations is always open. Can you spare an hour or even half an hour once a week for the cause of justice? Are you against war and the erosion of civil liberties? Then join WILPF on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:00 in Pioneer Square and help spread a message of peace and freedom." [ Full story and Photos ]

 

[ sept 11—nov 2001 | dec 2001—feb 2002 | march—jun 2002 | july—sept 11, 2002 ]

 

 


analysis + reflection
from the open publishing newswire

from September 11, 2001 to the present

What Makes Us Blind 11:39am Fri Mar 8 '02

Ashcroft says 'KNOW OUR ENEMY' (new agitprop net-art) 9:04pm Thu Mar 7 '02

Bush It! song by Darryl Cherney 6:28pm Wed Mar 6 '02

HOW MUCH DOES PEACE COST? 12:53pm Wed Mar 6 '02

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE MORALLY AND POLITICALLY BANKRUPT 9:59am Wed Mar 6 '02

Attn: Activists - Go for the Root 1:05am Sun Mar 3 '02

slowly 9:54pm Thu Feb 28 '02

Why do I pay taxes 12:19am Tue Feb 26 '02(Modified on 1:59am Tue Feb 26 '02)

Family Turns Back - Photo 12:14pm Mon Feb 25 '02

Planned Response to Iraq Invasion 5:49pm Sun Feb 24 '02

War Time News: Now Printable for Distro 10:01pm Sun Feb 17 '02

HEIL FREEDOM! 1:25pm Wed Feb 6 '02

George Bush's delusion 10:51pm Thu Jan 31 '02

In memory of Mahatma Gandhi 11:07pm Wed Jan 30 '02

Afghanistan, Enron, Bush, and Corruption 11:58pm Sun Jan 27 '02

What if 4:32pm Sun Jan 27 '02

PEACEFULLY we survive 8:04pm Thu Dec 27 '01

PEACE on the flag !! stickers to download 10:42pm Sun Dec 23 '01

help unjustly detained Iranian-American in Portland! 11:13pm Sat Dec 22 '01

"Allah bless Afghanistan" flag 9:33pm Tue Dec 18 '01

www.PrayersForPeace.org created by Portlanders 1:37pm Mon Dec 10 '01

Another xmas song: “Curb Their Liberties” 7:09pm Sun Dec 9 '01

love flyers to post around town 3:36pm Sat Dec 8 '01

in honor of john lennon 2:35pm Sat Dec 8 '01

Please Help: NO JOKE!! 10:58pm Wed Dec 5 '01

The Terrorism of War 5:40am Wed Dec 5 '01

Protest in Corvallis 4:44pm Fri Nov 30 '01

Corvallis police say they won't aid feds 6:47pm Thu Nov 29 '01

50 Protest War in Rural City of Twisp, WA 8:45pm Mon Nov 26 '01

Homeland Security Means Energy Security 10:31am Tue Nov 20 '01

Portland Youth Build Students Speak Out on the New War 11:29am Tue Nov 13 '01

War on Women 1:23am Sat Nov 10 '01

hitting the streets without fear 1:10am Sat Nov 10 '01

Protestors all white in Portland? 9:57am Fri Nov 9 '01

The Patriots 12:16am Fri Nov 9 '01

greeting card 12:20pm Thu Nov 8 '01

Portland Youth Build Students Speak Out On the War 12:40pm Tue Nov 6 '01

Love in wartime 2:45pm Sun Nov 4 '01

Millions of Bibles, falling from heaven. All over Afghanistan 11:49am Sun Nov 4 '01

Beautiful Moments Amidst Madness 11:10pm Sat Nov 3 '01

I Can be Neither “For us or Against us” 9:52pm Fri Nov 2 '01

NO BLOOD FOR OIL: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON 8:26pm Fri Nov 2 '01

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: NO BLOOD FOR OIL PART II 6:56pm Fri Nov 2 '01

i am not yet free... 2:25am Wed Oct 31 '01

Praise Jesus and pass the Humanitarian Relief 2:20pm Sun Oct 28 '01

My Rally for Peace 9:22pm Sat Oct 27 '01

Inspiration and crucial arts for anti-war demonstrators/direct actionists 7:20pm Sat Oct 27 '01

ONE thing that you can do to stop their war abroad and at home 8:57pm Fri Oct 26 '01

Universal Anti-Terrorism Statement: Request for Input 3:26pm Fri Oct 26 '01

USA Shows World - WE Value Human Life 2:21pm Fri Oct 26 '01

War on the Constitution: anti-terrorism bill passes Congress 3:13am Fri Oct 26 '01

Socialized Psychopath, George W Bush, America's Number One Evildoer 6:35pm Wed Oct 24 '01

What You Can RAISE Instead of the US Flag - Wear Green & Black 4:06pm Wed Oct 24 '01

PORTLAND JOINS INTERNATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST THE WAR 12:59pm Wed Oct 24 '01

We need a highly pulicized peace protest who wants to organize it? 11:14am Wed Oct 24 '01

LET'S RIP THE VEIL OFF THE CORPORATE MEDIA 7:28am Wed Oct 24 '01

Semiotics for Anti-war/Globalization Protestors 12:41am Wed Oct 24 '01

Space Militarization Teach In Notes (PSU 9/20/2001) 7:43pm Tue Oct 23 '01

Mind Control 5:23pm Tue Oct 23 '01

Starvation of a Nation 5:13pm Tue Oct 23 '01

One World - One People 5:26pm Mon Oct 22 '01

Do Bombs Wipe Out Terrorists...? 1:30pm Sat Oct 20 '01

Proud to be a dissenter poster 7:27pm Fri Oct 19 '01

The Walker For Democracy On War and Peace 3:39pm Fri Oct 19 '01

NEW!!! McDonald´s American Flavor 1:24pm Fri Oct 19 '01

media, activism, media activism 2:23am Thu Oct 18 '01

The Beginning of the End of the American Empire. 5:41pm Tue Oct 16 '01

Report on the Dialogue for Peace and Understanding 12:41am Mon Oct 15 '01

Action, Life, Death 9:45pm Sun Oct 14 '01

Thoughts on Protest and War 3:22pm Sun Oct 14 '01

Dragging the people along 1:01pm Fri Oct 12 '01

donate a $1? 5:51pm Thu Oct 11 '01

United States of Amnesia 2:59pm Thu Oct 11 '01

Poster advocating justice against ALL terrorists 6:09pm Fri Oct 5 '01

Fake Terror - The Road To Dictatorship 1:50pm Thu Oct 4 '01

Peace movement - analysis continued 11:36am Wed Oct 3 '01

Portland Rally and Peace Movement - news and analysis 4:33pm Mon Oct 1 '01

Global Capital and Technology: America's New War 5:44am Sun Sep 30 '01

No Blank Check For Undefined War 5:12am Tue Sep 25 '01

Take a Stand for Peace and Justice 9:14pm Mon Sep 24 '01

Tomorrow there will be apricots 7:12pm Mon Sep 24 '01

Fred Meyer getting rich off 9/11 tradgedy; like 4th of July all over again 4:11pm Mon Sep 24 '01

Cure for war 10:39am Sun Sep 23 '01

Who Had the Most to Gain? 10:36am Sun Sep 23 '01

Get Smart & Get Scared (Not News) 11:59am Sat Sep 22 '01

Finite Justice 7:49am Sat Sep 22 '01

Cycle of Abuse 11:08pm Fri Sep 21 '01

A True Holy War 8:35pm Fri Sep 21 '01

The Real Tragedy 3:04pm Thu Sep 20 '01

Earl is a liar 11:14am Thu Sep 20 '01

OHSU dental clinic is requiring valid ID: "security" 10:27am Thu Sep 20 '01

Earl remembers he's a liberal 10:06am Thu Sep 20 '01

Portland Refuses War Fever 8:05am Thu Sep 20 '01

Open Letter to Mr. Bush 7:14am Wed Sep 19 '01

Thousands of Peace Signs Cover Portland WTC Entrance Sidewalk 3:46pm Tue Sep 18 '01

Progressives - courage! 1:29pm Tue Sep 18 '01

Black Ribbon Campaign Against Violent Retaliation 1:44pm Mon Sep 17 '01

business as usual 9:22pm Sun Sep 16 '01

Sell Your Corporate Stock for PEACE! SUFFER THROUGH PEACE - NOT WAR! 2:37pm Sun Sep 16 '01

The Left Is NOT Quitting! 1:33pm Sun Sep 16 '01

Disturbing Fascism--no longer friendly 10:30am Sun Sep 16 '01

Chickens Coming Home to Roost 6:58pm Fri Sep 14 '01

Write to members of the government about 9/11, online & automatic 5:17pm Fri Sep 14 '01

Dissent against the mourning ceremonies, in particular the religious hypocrisy 2:02pm Fri Sep 14 '01

Liberty or Death 11:46pm Thu Sep 13 '01

Some things you can do to combat anti-Arab racism and rampant jingoism 11:56am Thu Sep 13 '01

SOLIDARITY CELEBRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD 6:36am Wed Sep 12 '01

Analysis of Early Media Coverage 11:13pm Tue Sep 11 '01

A suggestion to combat anti-arab hysteria 11:03pm Tue Sep 11 '01(

Who attacks freedom?: What Bush should have said 6:44pm Tue Sep 11 '01

emergency meeting tonight 11:01am Tue Sep 11 '01

US Under Attack 8:15am Tue Sep 11 '01

terrorist attack 7:40am Tue Sep 11 '01

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