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Anti-war message at Portland nuke sub

Anti-war message at Portland nuke sub - 9 july 2002
It's always good to see public messages of resistance against war. I was biking along the east side bike path today, past the science museum, when i saw that someone had decorated the "lest we forget" monument set up by the nuke sub that's moored out there for visitors to see.

The colorful things are paper cranes, an internationally recognized symbol of the anti-nuke movement that emerged after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. My guess is that they were placed there on Tuesday, when a Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial was held downtown.

Here someone has taken the "lest we forget" theme and applied it to the issue of using nuclear weapons. Remember -- chalking sidewalks is legal in Portland. Because it is not permanent, it is not vandalism. I've gotten a local lawyer's word on this one. So go to it, everyone !!

There's been lots of visitors to the nuke sub the last few times I've biked by. I'm glad they're getting more of the story, thanks to the cool folks who placed the cranes there and chalked this message of truth.