Around 350 people came out to the emergency rally to protest the start of the bombing of Afghanistan. Portland Peaceful Response Coalition organized the event, getting the word out on very short notice. Though the US war has been underway for a few weeks now, yesterday marked the start of overt military attacks.
The rally brought a good turnout, with some planned speakers, and an opportunity for people to speak as well. There were many good signs expressing peoples hopes and determination for a sane and humanitarian response to the Sept 11th attacks.
Life itself, in all its guises is precious and should never be destroyed indescriminately. The US has taken up the practice of bombing from a distance to avoid the danger to US lives. This policy indescriminately kills many innocent civilians around the globe under the label, "Collateral Damage"
Many people are deeply frustrated at the biased presentation of news by the corporate media. All the fancy equipment and satellite hookups cannot replace the devotion to truth.
Numerous people took turns speaking, voicing their criticism for US foreign policy, demanding accountability for US actions and expressing their hopes, fears and dreams for a more just, balanced and peaceful world.
Many people are disappointed in the US policies and the lack of dialog on issues as contrasted with the near dictatorial imposition of policy through media propaganda that currently exists.
History has shown this over and over again, and we see the same pattern at work now. People on both sides of the conflict have grievance and want retribution, which leads to more violence and the pattern continues. . .When will humanity ever learn?
Through signs and by a number of speakers, the point was made that the US imperialism around the world, while wrong in its own right, also fosters the kind of hatred that drives such acts as the attacks on NY and DC
Think outside the box. . .The reactionary psyche is narrow and fundamentalist. This creates a harsh dicotomy where the mind sees in mostly black and white. The mature psyche is not trapped in this white/black viewpoint and can see broader creative solutions.
What is most needed is a rediscovery of simplicity. Simple, perceptive innocence is the essence and gift of Life.