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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom demo in Pioneer Square

WILPF demo, 7/3/02. Photos taken by PDX Dragon, edited by photoshopping rebel boy.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held a demonstration against War in Pioneer Square today.

Military expenditures (shown in blue in the above graph, on the left) make up 53% of the federal budget, and threaten to go up as long as the so-called 'wasr on terror' continues.

WILPF holds demonstrations every Wednesday in Pioneer Square from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

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.

The two women on the left met WILPF people today and said they would join the demonstration next week.

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."

This gentleman comes out for these demonstrations during his lunch hour. They are very well scheduled that way; not only is an anti-war message presented on the street during a busy time, but it's easy for folks to join the effort: holding a sign, passing out flyers, conversing with other people.

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.

Appreciation for your cause 05.Jul.2002 11:14

Rebecca Burgess hempweaver@earthlink.net

I'm 22, just moved to the San Francisco Bay area and I am searching for a branch of WILPF around here. I admire the history of your organization, and would like to be a part of the revitalization of the women's movement for peace and equality. If anyone has information about how to start a branch if one does not already exist. I have the energy to make it happen.
Thank you for your work.
-Rebecca

Contact info for WILPF 06.Jul.2002 10:50

ppb

The contact information for the Portland Branch of WILPF is:

1819 NW Everett
Portland, Oregon 97209

503-224-5198

They are in Pioneer Square every Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. (usually at the NW corner, by the Starbucks, in my experience). The invitation to join them is always open.