Event: PPRC Friday Rally
Date: January 10th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
PPRC Friday Rally Calls for Volunteers to "Get Out the Marchers!", Promotes City Council Resolution Against War on Iraq.
In preparation for the January 18th Rally and March for Peace, this week the PPRC's Friday rally will call for volunteers to join the campaign to "get out the marchers". "We need to bring our friends and family out today, to join together at the Friday rally, stock up on posters and handbills, and get out into our community to promote the January 18th peace march," said Camilla Simon, a local PPRC organizer. The PPRC has printed up thousands of store-front posters, flyers and quarter-page handbills which will be available at the Friday rally and at many stores and coffee houses throughout Portland. "One very important contribution that we can all make to stop this war is to get the word out to everybody in Oregon and Washington about the January 18th peace march," said Simon. The Friday PPRC rally takes place each and every Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5:00 p.m..
In addition to spreading the word about the January 18th Rally and March, the PPRC is urging the Portland City Council to pass a resolution against a war on Iraq. Joining up with cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, Portland could be the next city to adopt such a resolution. The resolution is expected to be taken up by the City Council on January 22nd.
On October 5th, Portland drew 10,000 people to the streets with the message "Not in Our Name." Just six weeks later, on November 17th, Portland came out in even greater numbers to say outright, "No War on Iraq!" As the January 18th Rally and March approaches, with an ever expanding alliance of community organizations joining the effort, it is widely expected that many more people will turn out to show their condemnation of an attack on Iraq. "Support for peace and justice and the willingness to take action has gained such momentum in this city," said Simon, "the next logical step is to pass a resolution that clearly expresses Portland's stand on a war with Iraq."
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