For the fourth consecutive Friday, students and community members in Eugene took to the streets to demand investigation into 9.11 and to expose the lies being told by the government and corporate media. This Friday's was the biggest action yet, with twenty people altogether participating.
People gathered at the EMU building on the UO campus with a proliferation of signs.
One of the students brought a bullhorn which anyone could use. I stood up and read a letter that I had delivered to the offices of Senator Smith, Senator Wyden, and Representative DeFazio on my birthday, the day before. The letter accompanied a petition, on which a friend and I had collected 108 signatures. The petition said: "We, the undersigned residents of the State of Oregon, hereby request that you, our elected officials, participate in a full, thorough, and public investigation of the Bush Administration and the U.S. Government's intelligence agencies surrounding the events of September 11, 2001."
The cover letter said, in part: "Though an investigation into September 11 has begun in Congress, its scope is smaller than that requested by this petition, which also seeks to investigate the Bush administration, not only the intelligence agencies. Also, this petition requests a 'public' investigation, and most of the current investigation is set to take place behind closed doors at this time." The letter also mentioned these regular protests around the issue that had been happening here in Eugene, and closed with, "This is not an issue of 'Democrats vs. Republicans' or 'Right vs. Left'. This is an issue of Truth. It is my sincere hope that you will honor the wishes of those who signed this petition, and of those who have been taking to the streets, and that you will participate in full, thorough, and public investigations into September 11. Show me that the system works, and that it can uncover its own errors and abuses."
I then added, over the bullhorn, that I am doubtful if the system will actually uncover it's own abuses, and that it is not reform, but rEvolution that will be necessary.
As we marched, students delivered speeches through the bullhorn. Talk about making a joyful noise! The rhetoric was filled with rage, and drove home the importance of finding out the truth. We attracted a lot of attention and handed out a bunch of flyers to people. Like last week, reception was mostly positive. "Fuck yeah!" one spiky-haired punk shouted.
Down 13th Street.
We took a detour through the Eugene transit center and handed out more flyers.
At the Federal Building.
This was my favorite sign: "Americans DIED. Government LIED. Bush better HIDE".
Most of the crowd was students, so it's uncertain how big future 9.11 LIES actions in Eugene will be, since most of them are leaving town next week. Response to this issue from the activist community in Eugene has not been very big yet.
May 31: Students in Eugene march to expose '9.11 Lies'; Police cite two for handing out flyers
May 24: Rally in Eugene: "Bush complicit in 9-11 terror"
May 17: Citizens in Eugene rally to demand 9.11 investigation, launch signature campaign
[Signature campaign updates: 9.11 signature campaign already a success | Your Voice is Important! ]
Flyers for Public Distribution (informational; not specific to any time or place)
Petition to Oregon Congresspeople, demanding a 9.11 investigation
handbills of WTC families: 'seething, angry' to show that victims' families want an investigation