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photos of local action:
J18 protest pictures by Stumptown
NO WAR PORTLAND 01-18-2003 by Eugene Keam
F15 PDX: photo collage in Pioneer Square by digicam boy
F15 PDX - the crowd at Terry Schrunk Plaza by digicam boy
Photo-essay: The sit-in and pepperspray on Feb. 15 by digicam boy
Images by Flash

global actions:
1 | 2

indymedia stories:
Rome: 2.5 million
London: 1.5 million
Barcelona: 1 million
Madrid: 1 million
Paris: 800,000
New York City: 500,000
Berlin: 500,000
Seville: 250,000
Melbourne: 200,000
Athens: 200,000
Oviedo, Spain: 200,000
Montreal: 150,000
Dublin: 100,000+
Brussels: 100,000
Lisbon: 100,000
Las Palmas, Spain: 100,000
Cadiz, Spain: 100,000
Amsterdam: 80,000
Toronto: 80,000
Stockholm: 80,000
Los Angeles: 75-100,000
Glasgow: 60,000+
Oslo: 60,000
Seattle: 55,000
Montevideo: 50,000
Stuttgart, Germany: 50,000
Thessaloniki, Greece: 40,000
Copenhagen: 35-40,000
Berne, Switzerland: 40,000
Sao Paulo: 30,000
Girona, Spain: 30,000
Vancouver: 30,000
Goteborg, Sweden: 30,000
Tokyo: 25,000
Budapest: 20,000
Newcastle, Australia: 20,000
Vienna: 20,000
Lyon: 20,000
Perth, Australia: 20,000
Irunea, Basque Country: 20,000
Montpeilier, France: 15-20,000
Luxemburg: 15-20,000
Buenos Aires: 15,000
Rio de Janeiro: 15,000
Helsinki: 15,000
Mexico City: 10-15,000
Canberra, Australia: 10-15,000
Trondheim, Norway: 11,000
Kolkata, India: 10,000
Johannesburg: 10,000
Minneapolis: 10,000
Zagreb, Croatia: 10,000
San Diego: 10,000
Philadelphia: 10,000
Edmonton, Canada: 10,000
Auckland: 8-10,000
Tel Aviv: 1500,
Bregenz: 1500,
Cape Town: 5000,
Durban: 3000,
Iraklio: 4000,
Patras: 3500,
Prague: 1000,
Quito: 250,
Rethimno: 2000,
Rhodes: 2000,
Santiago: 3000,
Tampere: 2000,
Tudela: 5000,
Turku: 5000,
Volos: 3000,


portland indymedia - J18 2003 - Take Action for Peace and Justice - STOP THE WAR abroad and at home
International day of action against War in Iraq

reports from southern cascadia and around the world - feb. 15, 2003

Feb. 15 was the single largest day of anti-war protests in history. At least 11 million people world-wide protested the threatened attack on Iraq by the United States corporate military machine. The global indymedia network shined during these actions, and hundreds of reports were posted to IMCs around the world. More complete coverage can not be found of events in Melbourne, Australia, Oceana, Eastern Europe, Western Europe [ 1, 2, 3 ], North America, South America, and the Middle East. Unfortunately, police violence marred some events. In the days that followed, however, many people began turning to direct action to protest the war.

In Southern Cascadia, people gathered in Ashland (on the 14th), Corvallis, Eugene, Grant's Pass (!), Portland, and Salem. The newswire here on portland indymedia was full of original reporting and photographs of these actions within hours. The coverage provided by the participants through open publishing was deeper, broader and true-er than anything the corporate media printed or broadcast. The voice of the people needs no editors!


Peace Mobilization in Ashland's Plaza

From the open publishing newswire: On February 14, 2003 at noon, citizens gathered in the Plaza on North Main in Ashland, Oregon to mobilize for peace, in opposition to the Bush administration's push to escalate the 12-year long war on Iraq. The demonstration, which did not have any central organization or sponsorship, drew at least 100 people.

Later in the afternoon, around 12 militant demonstrators vented their frustration by burning an American flag and an effigy of President Bush, followed by a march down North Main and East Main that finally returned to the Plaza. The marchers chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!" The march was trailed by police in trucks and on foot but the situation remained peaceful.

In addition to the demonstration, a tree-sit in Lithia Park continued for the second day in a row to protest the war in Iraq. The tree-sitters are on a hunger strike indefinitely. [ Read More... ]

[ Ashland Activists take to the trees to say, "END WAR!" (Feb. 13) ]

A Purple Heart & A Heart of Gold

From the open publishing newswire: Jim Jeffrey spoke last at the Southern Oregon Peace rally. The media had gone home, visibly I saw the local three network TV crews set up, shoot, fold up and then split... But, our labor video camera kept rolling! Here is Jim Jeffrey's speech. He said some very powerful words. He spoke from the heart. Jim's Speech on TV: Feb. 19, 21, 26; 6 PM, on cable channel 31, Rogue Valley Community Television, right here in Southern Oregon.

Hello! I know you're cold, and your feet are cold. Can you take five minutes, or not? Well, this is the first time I've worn my Purple Heart, and this is the first time that I've spoken in public. They asked me to speak and I was terrified. But the time has come for all of us to face and overcome our fears. I have a written text so that I can stay on track and I'll talk fast. I know that I do not need to tell you how horrible war is so that you will oppose it. Some of you have served, some have lost relatives or friends, true books about war have been written, and films of actual war have been made. But the present reason why I do not have to get you to oppose war is that we here today are helping to make history by working to prevent a war from starting. This is a dramatic and wonderful change.

After World War II people would ask me to tell them "war stories", and at first I enjoyed being the big hero. But I soon realized that they only wanted to be entertained, and were not really getting the message. Eventually I was told that the war was over and that I should forget about it and get on with my life. But I could not forget it, and the only way I could get on with my life was to work to prevent war. To show why, I will have to revert to telling a war story ...
[ Read More ]


Corvallis Peace March draws 1000+

From the open publishing newswire: Corvallis Peace March walked from OSU campus to downtown Corvallis to join the daily vigil held by the local peace group, Alternatives to War (it's been held from the day when the US dropped the first bomb on Afghanistan on October 17, 2001) at the Courthouse. Nancy Rosenberger, OSU Anthology professor and a member of Faculty for Peace and Justice and Rep. Peter DeFazio made a speech to more than 1000 marchers. This march was sponsored by Wrench, Alternatives to War, and Faculty for Peace and Justice. [ Read More... ]

Over 1000 Corvallisites March for Peace February 15th
Over one thousand citizens marched in Corvallis, Oregon on February 15th from the OSU campus to the Benton County Courthouse. The protest took place to oppose the U.S. war on Iraq. United States Representative Peter DeFazio spoke to the crowd while holding his copy of the U.S. Constitution. There were raindrops and rainbows in the sky. Peaceful citizens carried Earth flags, U.S. flags, signs, and banners. [ Read More... ]

Corvallis protest a disappointment!
Corvallis-area peace protesters could stand to learn a lesson from the success of Portland's "non-permitted" rally this weekend. I arrived at Oregon State's MU building on Saturday to find a crowd 1,000 people strong. My enthusiasm was quickly dampened when march organizers announced the "rules" for our event. First, we had no permit to march in the streets and were required to walk on the sidewalks. We were told that this would "increase our visibility" by allowing people to drive past and see us. Unfortunately, what it served to do was break up the march by holding up groups at every stop light along Monroe Avenue. Not only did this result in our "march" morphing into a number of small clumps of demonstrators, it also slowed us down considerably. [ Read More... ]


grant's pass
Grants Pass, Oregon Peace march numbered at 472

From the open publishing newswire: Saturdays Peace March was independently counted at 472. This number compares with the previous march several weeks ago at 450 to 500 people. The march started behind the Grants Pass post office and wound up 6th, down 7th and back up 6th through the old downtown. This is probably the biggest march in Grants Pass history. Saturdays Peace March was independently counted at 472. This number compares with the previous march several weeks ago at 450 to 500 people. The march started behind the Grants Pass post office and wound up 6th, down 7th and back up 6th through the old downtown. This is probably the biggest march in Grants Pass history. Yes evewn down here in the wild and wooly section of Oregon, folks are expressing their total disgust at the actions of this illegal presidency that not only rode into the white house as pirates but are now unleashing the greatest facist takeover attempt in history. "Your either with us, or against us", mmmmmmm?
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4000 rally and march against the war in Eugene

From the open publishing newswire: Rep. Peter DeFazio, activist May O'Brien, and other speakers urged the citizenss of Eugene to resist war and Bush's increasingly fascist domestic agenda. Protestors numbered an estimated 4,000 -- the largest protest demonstration in memory according to many participants. As the main rally winded down, an "anti-imperialist" splinter group of about 400 broke away and marches boilterously through downtown streets chanting, "No Blood for Oil!" and "Whose streets? OUR STREETS!" Trafic was snarled in various parts of the downtown core for about 4 hours. Just before 5PM police arrested several young persons for, "Failure to Dispurse." [ Read More... ]

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Eugene Peace Rally
More than 4000 rallied on February 15 in Eugene, Oregon to say NOT IN OUR NAME to war in Iraq and NO to militarism; and YES to domestic and global justice, peace, and the meeting of human needs. Marches from east and west Eugene converged en route to the federal building plaza at 7th and Oak. The police diverted traffic from the intersection, which was entirely blocked by participants for more than two hours. Representative Peter DeFazio, recent co-sponsor of a bill retracting the giving of war powers to President Bush, led off a roster of speakers that included local activists for peace, justice, labor, and the environment. The crowd was in a festive mood despite the drizzle, and responded with enthusiaism.
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Great Event -- Portland North Park Blocks Rally & March!

From the open publishing newswire: Today?s noon North Park Blocks antiwar rally and downtown march served as a vital bridging action linking the incredibly large and well-organized events on Oct. 5, Nov. 17 and Jan 18 with what?s to come in Portland. The everyday people who attended today?s radical gathering didn?t worry about the weather, they didn?t worry about permits, they didn?t worry about side-issue messages. A crowd estimated in the high hundreds to low thousands simply came together with little notice and no traditional organization via the Portland IndyMedia Web site and word-of-mouth communication to loudly say NO WAR!! [ Read More... ]

February 15 Peace March and Critical Mass Ride
I got to the North Park Blocks about 12:30. A decent crowd was assembled; I'm not that good at guessing the numbers, but I'd say at least 300-500 people, maybe more. There were lots of bikes in the crowd but only about half a dozen riders in the CM gathering spot. At various times during the march another dozen or more other riders expressed interest in participating in a CM breakout ride, but it just didn't happen. The CM riders ended up staying with the march, riding real slow and corking for the walking marchers along the way. [ Read More... ]

PDX ACTION: Unpermitted and all the better for it
to all the sceptics: today's march was one of the best in this town in a long time. yes it was limited in size but big enough to make a point. to all those who said you cannot pull off such an event wihout hundreds of hours of organizing- well you were wrong. you don't nee organization all the time. the march went where it wanted without any hassle from the police. we even took grand, walking the wrong way!! i thought thoday's events were great until we stopped at the intersection. as long as we kept moving we were making a point, causing some disruption but also encouraged by drviers/standers-by.

More: [ PHOTOS | Young women arrested for civil disobedience have been released ]

Portland: People choose beautiful over boring

From the open publishing newswire: Mainstream peace organizers take note -- The Feb. 15 anti-war march was a test case that has settled some debates, and not in your favor. It's time for you to change your tactics. The anti-war action here in Portland yesterday was smaller in number than the previous mass mobilizations on Jan. 18, Nov. 17, Oct. 5, but for sheer energy and verity of spirit, it trumped those days in a big way. The success of this event should bring to an end the debate about permits, in favor of those who have been saying that they are not needed.

It also showed how a well-planned set of speakers is not only unneccessary but undemocratic. And it revealed that the Portland police can behave in a way that they are not (for the most part) trampling on the rights of the people to assemble and march freely, without official police liaisons or peace cops taking charge. [ Read More... ]

PHOTOS: [ F15 PDX: photo collage in Pioneer Square | F15 PDX - the crowd at Terry Schrunk Plaza ]


From the open publishing newswire: Saturday night, February 15, 2003, Following mass attendance at Peace Marches and Rallies worldwide, a group of about 50 people gathered in a Candlelight Vigil and demonstrated for Peace at Laurelwood Park in Southeast Portland. Despite a dampening drizzle, spirits were high after the days events, events that were actually covered on local broadcast media and cable news channels. Thousands, millions gathered in the streets of their cities and towns all over the world to emphasize the fact that they do not want war, that there are peaceful alternatives that have yet to be exhausted.

Here at Laurelwood Park, people lit candles to illuminate the minds of people driving by, sang songs and read poetry to the rain. Yea, war is on the horizon, but so are millions of people marching with one purpose, casting a singular shadow, singing with one voice, lighting one candle for Peace and Justice for all.

One poem stated, "We are here because a voice inside us, a memory in our blood tells us....you are not just a trade body, you are the blind tip of a dark wave that has forgotten it's source...we're here by the insistance of spirit and by the authority of Nature.....we're not here to tinker with your laws, but to change you from the inside out....this is not a political protest, but an UPRISING OF THE SOUL."
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[ Philosopher Seed ]

Stories and photos from the sit-in and pepperspraying on Feb. 15

From the open publishing newswire: I want to give a big "Thank You!" to everyone on Saturday who supported the actions of myself and my friend/total strangers. What we did was completely spontaneous, and rose out of frustration and a need to do something more than march. Yes, I think that marching is effective, especially yesterday's, since it was unpermitted and was still a *great* success. And yes, what we did may have been more effective if more people joined us, but I can totally respect that some people aren't willing/don't have the money/don't want to deal with being arrested. But for those of you who marched, yet put down our action, and refused to stand in solidarity with us, I have this to say...

Officer who peppersprayed activists. "I believe his name is Marty Rowley, Badge #8969."
Portland Indymedia Reporter Pepper Sprayed At F15 Peace March
From the open publishing newswire: After police arrested the people who had linked arms, the police had grabbed a man who was holding up an anti-war sign in front of a vehicle. I saw physical abuse against this young man and was taking pictures as I was crossing the street. As I looked up from my camera, without warning, I was targeted and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. My eyes immediately filled with intense pain as I fell to the ground. I had several people washing the chemicals out of my eyes with lots of water. It was a very traumatic experience and it should not have happened! If anyone has pictures, video footage, names/badge numbers of police, names of pepper sprayed victims, witnesses etc. or any other information about this event please contact me.
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[ Photo-essay: The sit-in and pepperspray on Feb. 15 ]

Write to the Willamette Week and Demand Accuracy in F15 Commentary

From the open publishing newswire: In Wednesday's Willamette Week, the columnist writing under the guise of "the Nose" rails against the apathetic attitude of Portlanders on the F15 day of international protest. It writes:

"In Oregon, 1,400 people marched in Salem; 4,000 turned up in Eugene. Here in Portland, this state's largest city? Zilch. Well, not quite zilch. There was a two-bit rally on the North Park Blocks on Saturday, after which a few anarchists split off and took over a downtown intersection to stopper SUV traffic. But that's it-- unless you want to count the 700 who walked downtown Saturday to protest the loss in funding for school sports"
The reality, of course, is that close to a thousand people, if not more, marched in the streets of Portland that day, filling up the streets for 2-3 city blocks. They went all around downtown and even across the Burnside Bridge into Southeast Portland.

Perhaps this lazy and grossly incorrect reportage is what we have become accustomed to expect from the news media, yet the Willamette Week has a circulation of 87 thousand readers. Even if this column bills itself as an irreverant take on local news, it is important to demand at least a little bit of accuracy. [ Read More... ]

F15 arrestee speaks

From the open publishing newswire: so i posted this comment to the F15 photo-essay feature that went up, but due to technical difficulties, it was up for about an hour and then gone. i'm reposting this now because it is important to me to have my voice heard on this matter...

(original comment follows)-

thank you to the person who put this photo essay together. it's awesome.

i was arrested that day, and have since been unable to check indymedia because it is just too depressing.

maybe it wasn't THE GREATEST action to take, but ya know what? we all acted out of frustration and PASSION. i, for one, find it very difficult just to get through my days without completely breaking down and falling into a deep deep depression over the state of the world. [ Read More... ]


Salem joins the millions for peace

From the open publishing newswire: In what was described by many as the largest Peace demonstration in Salem history, over 1400 marchers took to the streets on a rainy Oregon afternoon, chanting the now familiar ?Drop Bush not Bombs? and ?Wadaya want? PEACE! When do you want it? NOW!? The un-permitted march began at the State Capitol, wound through the Salem business district for over an hour, and then gathered under the clock tower on the beautiful Willamette University campus to hear messages of peace and opposition to the preemptive war doctrine of the Bush administration. [ Read More... ]

Downtown Salem -- 1100-1200 people heard Peter DeFazio speak against War
Peter DeFazio, Peter Bergel, Johnny Lake, and other singers and performers sang and spoke out against Bush's unpopular War. About 1% of the population of Salem showed up today at Jackson Plaza, Willamette University. The university Chaplain and whe Willamette Students for Peace and Justice also spoke, as well as the co-chair of the Marion-Polk Greens. Oregon PeaceWorks collected Donations, 9-11 dollars were distributed, and Green Voice issues were also distributed. Overall, people were cheery despite the drizzle, where the theme of the event was that we must participate in Democracy to be heard. [ Read More... ]

Salem Rally!
The Rally in Salem today was encouraging, with perhaps 500-1000 attending. It was organized by Oregon Peace Works and Willamette Students for Peace and Justice. Although the organizers decided we would march on the sidewalk without taking the street, the mood of the marchers stayed positive as we wound for a few blocks through downtown Salem. We passed the offices of the Statesman Journal, a local newspaper, variously chanting "Hey Hey Ho Ho Bush's War has got to go!" and other slogans. The march ended up on Willamette's campus, where Willamette students energetically lead the crowd in some more chanting. [ Read More... ]