Saturday, January 18, 2002
Rally and March: Take Action for Peace and Justice - No War at home or Abroad!
Rally: 1:00 p.m.
March: 1:30 p.m.
Place: South Park Blocks (S.W. Salmon & 9th), downtown Portland
January 18th Alliance
c/o Peace and Justice Works
Rally and March:
Take Action for Peace and Justice: Stop the War at Home and Abroad
The next large-scale Portland-area mobilization against war has been set for the weekend celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, Saturday, January 18th, at 1:00 p.m., at the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland. All are invited to begin gathering at noon for music, literature tables and community networking and to get to know the many organizations involved.
The theme for the rally and march will be "Take Action for Peace and Justice: Stop the War at Home and Abroad." As with the last two peace marches of October 5th and November 17th, the more than fifty organizations expected to be involved will each bring a unique perspective and focus for other concerns to be highlighted at the event. The loose alliance of organizations planning the January 18th rally and march have identified themes including:
* No War on Iraq!
* Defend Civil Liberties
* Stop Racial Profiling
* Fund Education Not War.
During planning for the event, many organizers cited Martin Luther King Jr's speeches and letters. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Although planning for the event is still ongoing, the groups, churches and church social justice committees that are co-sponsoring or endorsing the January 18th event already includes most of the same organizations involved in the previous two peace marches.
A partial list of co-sponsors includes the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Friends Service Committee, Oregon PeaceWorks, Catholic Archdiocese of Portland's Office of Justice & Peace/Campaign for Human Development , East Timor Action Network/Portland, War Resisters League-Portland, Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Multnomah Meeting of Friends (Quakers), Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, Unitarian Universalists Economic Justice Action Group, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch),Palestine Action Group, and others.
Endorsers include Northwest Veterans for Peace, the Rainbow Coalition of Portland, Palestine Arab-American Association, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Friends of Peace and Justice in the Holy Land, and others. ----------------------
Oregon PeaceWorks Fund
104 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301