In January, over 20,000 people took to Portland's streets protesting the US war on Iraq, making it the largest demonstration in the city's history. Clearly, the citizens of Portland want peace.
A resolution opposing a "unilateral, US pre-emptive strike against Iraq" was proposed in the Portland City Council. It had broad support in the community. Thousands wrote and faxed urging the council to approve the resolution, but the will of the people was disregarded. City council members Jim Francesconi, Randy Leonard, and Dan Saltzman ensured the defeat of the measure after receiving a single letter from the Franklin Kimbrough, president of the Portland Business Alliance (PBA). Unlike the other 110 U.S. cities that passed anti-war resolutions, Portland is now officially on record as NOT opposed to the war even though the people of Portland overwhelmingly declared their opposition.
The Portland Business Alliance has repeatedly used undue influence to corrupt city negotiations and decisions in violation of the will of the people. Eighty percent of the Portland Business Alliance budget comes from your tax dollars!
Here are some of the ways the PBA is trying to destroy the Portland that we love.
-Attempting to convert Pioneer Courthouse Square into an ice-skating rink, eliminating Portland's foremost public gathering space.
-They proposed to end "bus only" lanes in the downtown transit mall and replace them with parking space.
-Tried to replace the city's business tax with a payroll tax that would exclude schools from receiving any of the revenue.
-Proposed formation of a Political Action Committee (PAC) to funnel contributions to so-called "pro-business" candidates.
-Created a pseudo police force that tickets citizens and expels "undesireables" from downtown (such as signature gatherers!)
The members of the Portland Business Alliance are not doing what the people want, and we will use all legal means available to deprive them of profit until they back off and stop trying to intimidate and threaten Citizens and the city council.
UPCOMING ACTIONS & INFO: Check out www.geocities.com/peacepdx/
March 15th "Shop 'till they Drop - Deprive them of Profit!" action - info at www.geocities.com/peacepdx/ At the website, you can also help with the ongoing fax/phone/e-mail campaign to members of the Pro-War Portland Business Alliance.
To volunteer: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and mention how you would like to help.