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Press contact: 1.877.572.5727 Shutitdown@ureach.com
RADICAL ACTION PLANNED AGAINST THE UPCOMING WAR
Thousands anticipated to shut down SW Portland on outbreak of war.
When: 4 PM the day that bombing in Iraq begins. If the war starts after 4 PM then the protest will be at 4 PM of the following day.
Where: The rally and march will start at Terry Shrunk plaza (3rd and SW Madison) but will move throughout downtown.
Why: There must be a radical reaction to the start of this extremely unpopular and undemocratic war. Millions around the world have voiced their opposition to war in Iraq and it is important that Portland shows solidarity with what will be likely the biggest day of antiwar actions ever. Millions around the world have found that the only way to be heard is to directly protest the impending invasion.
Who: This action is being organized by community members just like you and we are looking for additional help. Anyone interested in contributing to the plan or providing material or financial support should call (1.877.572.5727) or e-mail Shutitdown@ureach.com.
Plans call for the complete shutdown of Portland's business district through nonviolent blockades, marches and large rallies. The crowds will meet at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 4 PM and leave with multiple breakaway actions at 5 PM.
There will be space for all kinds of nonviolent direct action from sign waving to sit-ins to tactical blockades of key intersections. Every one is welcome and a diverse crowd of protesters is expected.
Protesters are cautioned to come prepared for unpredictable police and weather. There will be legal hotline and lawyers on call, medical support and child care will be available. Protesters must be sure to bring water, lights (it will be getting dark) and whatever else they need to participate at their comfort levels. Call 1.877.572.5727 to reserve child care , find out current information and help us plan this ground breaking action.
"In response to escalation in the war we must escalate our protest."