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PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition

After a feisty rally & Portland's premier writer, and one of the world's great Sci Fi writers led a march to Congressman Wu's office to deliver the Writers and Artists petition against the War on Iraq. (article 1)
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
PDX's most famous writer leads Fri. nite march, delivers anti-war petition
In the first picture Ursula K. Le Guin, center, listens as Douglas Lain reads from the "Writers and Artists petition against War on Iraq" that he co-wrote:

"Artists have both the ability and the moral obligation to combat deceit and distortion. It is this ability to illuminate even difficult truths that defines an artist.

"Truth has been one of the casualties of the "War on Terrorism". Assassinations, bombings, and chemical and biological attacks, whether perpetrated by individuals or states, are crimes. They should be dealt with by the rule of law, and not by the use of indiscriminate force. With this in mind, we condemn the US "War on Terrorism" and call upon both the US government and the "anti-terrorist" coalition to end this war, which benefits no-one but those who are making money from it, and which is sowing the seeds of future terrorism and violence."

You can read the rest of the petition and, if you wish, sign it (according to Lain writing on Indymedia is more than qualification enough), at this site:

 http://www.douglaslain.com/aawii.html

After the Douglas Lain's talk Ursula K. Le Guin led the march to Congressman Wu's office. (Hopefully, someone else will post a good picture of her leading it. My picture shows the spirit of the march as it left the Congressman's office.)

The third picture shows Ms. Le Guin turning the petition over to Congressman Wu's office manager. Among other things Le Guin emphasized Douglas's thought that, "Science Fiction writers have a special interest in the future and the US policy on Iraq is putting our future at risk."

Douglas Lain sent his thanks to Congressman Wu for opposing Bush's war resolution but urged him to do more, particularily to keep Bush from interfering with the U.N. efforts to find a peaceful way out of the current impasse.

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P.S.

These pictures are a little experimental, but I've been trying different things all year long different ways of capturing the spirit of Portland's anti-war resistance. I think the most successful thing I've done is set some of my photographs to protest music recorded live at the demonstrations. If you'd like to take a look back over the past year with me, the demonstration stuff is all at:

 http://www.rivertext.com/stuff.html

homepage: homepage: http://www.rivertext.com/stuff.html

Artist have some higher understanding? 20.Dec.2002 04:54

Anonymous

Okay, so just how do these people expect these laws to be enforced. I can agree that these are crimes against humanity; I can agree that many of the dictators of these countries are criminals. I'm no war monger. I don't want it, don't like it, don't get some kind of rush from it, but sometimes it is a necessity. Is it a necessity now? To be honest I'm not sure. Iraq has afflicted terrible crimes against its own people and we haven't done anything about it in the past. Why are we interested now? Because our homeland was attacked? Is this payback?

Artist have the ability and the moral obligation to combat deceit and distortion. So, let me see, because you have written a few science fiction novels (this is obviously an understatement. Left Hand of Darkness is brilliant. But it's still just a science fiction novel, not the magna carta) you suddenly posses a level of wisdom beyond that of common man. Because you are an artist, you are endowed with a much larger penis of discernment than anyone else is. What a crock of sh*t. I understand how art works. It is no more illuminating then any other work accomplished. The illumination is still translated through the artist. So it should just read, "We are an elite group, higher and better than the rest of you uneducated, unwashed masses, and by our great enlightenment we have decided to combat deceit and distortion; because, obviously no artist or writer has ever been deceitful or distorted the truth.

These people have a right to fight against this "war"; if it is, what they believe is the right thing to do. However, anytime a group gathers behind the guise of representing a higher authority then the rest of humanity for some greater truth, I worry. So how did the Nazis happen again?

Thank god there's still object people around 22.Dec.2002 12:10

Golden Rule

Nazism happened because of unobjective uncritical jingoistic sheep like you Anonymous. In case you forgot, it was Osama that attacked us, not Iraq, though the Bushites would dearly love to manufacture a connection to justify their nice little oil war.

Writers are the conscience and memory of this nation (certainly not the corrupted media, and certainly not the politicos); they (and every citizen, or have you forgotten that Herr Goebbels?) have every duty and right to raise their voice in protest when they see the jackbooted thugs arrogantly usurp the power of the republic for private gain. At least the protesters are trying to make a difference, what have you done lately to enhance civic responsibility and good government? So stop your ignorant bitching and go read a book on US foreign policies and learn why 2/3rds of the world is pissed off at us (oh, I forget, you only watch television).

Way to go Ms. Leguin; glad to know there are still decent objective people of good will left in this country.

stratigic hegemony 18.Jan.2006 00:16

themnax of lananara

for decades american forign policy has been underwriting, perpetuating and supporting, dictatorial govenments of every stripe, with the one proviso that they allow nothing to interfere with the rape of their nation's resources and their population's labour. if these lapdog dictators want palaces we give them palaces, if they want guns we give them guns. not as good as our own guns, mind you, and don't dare they make any of their own. likewise their palaces, often defacto bordellos for visiting american corporate and political 'dignitaries.

but let them dare to spend any of that largess on the well being of their nation's people, unless they do so in such ways that will perpetuate the dominance of the dollar, and sometimes even then, on hospitals and schools, or worse yet, defend any segment of their population, especialy any less previledged segment, or the natural health and well being of thier environments, against american, or any other northern/western, corporatocratic deprivations, in short let any of them begin to develop a conscioncious, or even hint that they someday might, and down comes the hammer.

i've heard iraq refered to as a war for oil. this is not entirely wrong. oil is certainly part of the picture. but it is a part of the picture because it is a stratigic element in it.

the real war, is against any concept of international law, or indeed any sort of legal restraints against a runaway corporatocracy with no one truely at the helm. stratigic control of remaining oil resources is a stratigic stepping stone in that war. a lever toward the pseudoconservative goal of unilateral world domination.

i don't think i'm saying anything anyone who'se taken the trouble to acutaly look hasn't already seen for themselves. i'm only mentioning it here because no one seems as yet to have done so. or if they have, please forgive me for having missed it.

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