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Day of bombing march and action

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.
For immediate release.
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."

phone: phone: 877-572-5727


Citizen arrests are being planned 17.Mar.2003 15:00

J. Dodge

Just a note that there are those preparing to make citizen arrests, hold them for the police, and block demonstrators in San Francisco who commit violence or attempt to shut down businesses. This apparently has come about by anger at the March 14 action where a banner was carried around saying "We Support Our Troops When They SHOOT Their Officers."

This has been spread around many RW websites and weblogs and may spark real trouble on the streets.

don't be too concerned 17.Mar.2003 15:34

asdfea

Yes, it's importnat to be aware / prepared for any possibility, but the likelyhood of large scale "citizens arrests" are slim.. the reactionary right is not that big (on the war issue) and their main tactics tend to be trying to make alot of noise and intimidate anti-war activists. So if you come across these people on the streets, just ignore them and continue what you're doing, because what you're doing is much more important than what they are. If they try and physically detain or assault you interpret it as an act of aggression and act accordingly. Do not be intimidated.

already shut down 17.Mar.2003 18:55

wantamessage

i'm hungry for radical response. but portland's business district (such as it is) is already shut down at 5pm. other cities are choosing the blockade-type actions to happen during the day, when they'll likely have some direct effect. blocking the commute home for folks, many of whom are working shit jobs, is not hurting "the system."

why not call for a more visual, more mournful action on the night-of, like a giant die-in at pioneer square, or something, and then have the shut-it-down action the next day?

solidarity, y'all.

More theatrics 18.Mar.2003 01:50

Jane Doe

A die in would be wonderful.I don't see any reasoning in trying to create a war with the police when it is not the police who need convincing but the mainstream public, if we somehow divert their attention from their daily lives, and inspire them to question maybe theyll begin to open their minds a bit. When people ask why I attend protests I respond that I like to see that other people have the same beliefs I do and are willing to do anything possible to make those known, I also tell them that I hope that maybe someone will question why we are there. Last protest, I felt alienated because I don't happen to know every member of the black bloc and felt that not many people knew what the hell we were doing. Someone asked me what black and red stood for...we need to disperse information...we need to draw attention...we need to create families, rather than spout solidarity without even knowing each others names

Bridge Blocs 18.Mar.2003 13:00

willie lowman

The most visible and effective means to shut down Portland is to shut down the main bridges -- Hawthorne, Morrison and Burnside.

Shut down those three major arteries and the radical antiwar faction in Portland really will have accomplished something.

re: Bridge Blocking 18.Mar.2003 22:41

Katt

If you block the bridges, I will make a point to drive by and laugh at you when you either get peppersprayed by the cops, hit with sticks by SERT, or squished by a truck.

I'll bet you didn't know that a car at idle uses more gas and creates more pollution then a car moving at the speed limit. Your little protest will only ensure that everyone stuck waiting for the Portland Police to scrape you off the pavement will go out and spend some more money on oil products, or further smog-ify our air.

Hope that's what you really intended to do.

die in? 18.Mar.2003 22:41

buendia

As much as I admire the creativity of the protests, they often tend to marginalize groups who would not come. Taking to the streets, fine. But a die-in? I know many people who regretfully choose not to protest because they think this type of thing is humorous at best.

Shutting down the city is stupid 19.Mar.2003 11:05

vic

OK... WTF are we supposed to accomplish by shutting down the city? I have been to almost all of the peace rallies for a long time now. I don't know if anybody else here has noticed but 95% of the people at these rallies are normal, everyday people (mainstream america). People that come precisely because these are peaceful, permitted rallies where they can come and represent their opinion.

This *shut the city down* philosphy is going to alienate all these people and cause the anti-war effort to lose a great part of its credibility. That image of mainstream america participating in the anti-war movement will go straight down the toilet.

I've got plenty of other drama in my life and I can't *afford* to get arrested and I don't think many other people can either. Promoting this event as a *become a martyr party* is absurd. Instead of the 30,000-40,000 people that showed up on Saturday there will be at most 500.

Please tone this event down. Don't promote it as *martyr party*. Don't instigate shit. The police aren't the ones flying the F18's over iraq. Get a grip.

how to antagonize the public 19.Mar.2003 14:20

Laura

I am all in favor of peaceful, nonviolent protest. When someone told me about day-of-bombing protests, I thought it was GREAT. However, think it is not only foolish, but dangerous to blockade our fellow citizens from traveling in the streets. Yes, let us take to the streets and protest the war; "NOT IN MY NAME". But let's not antagonize the very people we want to understand our point of view. Let's not stop parents from going home to comfort their children. Let's not block law enforcement from implementing necessary security measures. The threat of terrorist retaliation is very real, even to this liberal pacifist. I will protest, but I will block no thoroughfare.
"NOT IN MY NAME".

Liberal wasteland 19.Mar.2003 15:02

Batista

To the liberals bitching about shutting the city down;

Obviously your silly peace "protests" and "marches" (more like a suburban block party) didn't do much to stop the war. Do you really think that george W bush gives a fuck if yuppies go out once a month and walk around in streets they paid for, even though they already belong to the people? do you think singing "we shall overcome" and chanting is going to make him stop his oil war? he's probably happy about it. By paying that fee for your permitted march, you just help fund the war on iraq. You Liberals are so terrified of people thinking your "radical" or hard-core that you sacrifice legit action. Personally, i don't give a fuck what people think of my actions. If every city had enough hard-core actions, the government would be forced to stop the war, before anarchy breaks out. Don't tell me that he'll stop because he's afraid he wont get re-elected. I don't see any republicans, his supporters, marching. He didn't get elected in the first place. Remember the civil rights movement? Malcom X and the Black Panthers, Fighters for social justice, weren't quietly walking in the streets. Even Martin Luther King got pepper-sprayed, beaten, and jailed. And he conducted sit-in's and protests that disrupted day to day life for allot of people. So go ahead and sit on your asses and do your stupid marches while the REAL revolutionaries take the streets. then go ahead and take the credit for stopping the war. Then get in your SUV, stop by starfucks and McMurder, and GO HOME!

thoughtful actions 19.Mar.2003 15:57

anonymous

I don't want to judge any group or individual's response to the war, or method of peacemaking, but I do want to share some thoughts I have about civil disobedience and this idea of "shutting down the city". In my understanding, civil disobedience is a thoughtful, purposeful way of making an important point. I don't understand how stopping people in their cars- some of whom might be trying to come down and join the rally, going to visit a dying mother, picking up their children, etc., and who very likely are on our side anyway- is making a valid point or acheiving anything positive. i'm all for blocking off government building doorways when legislation is being passed, etc.- this has a clear purpose and might acheive something helpful. I also think we need to understand and support each other, though, regardless of our different beliefs- we all want peace.

You should remember your history ... 19.Mar.2003 18:41

Proud American

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. If it was'nt for WAR with the British then you would not even have a chance to voice your OPINION about anything. If it was not for WAR with Germany then the world would have been eradicated of all jews. If it was not for war with Japan you would be eating fried rice for dinner every night.

If we do not romove this mad man from IRAQ who uses chemical weapons on his own people, who is to say he won't or has not given the same weapons to a terrorist group that will use it against a local target?

And you response to all of this is to block traffic and create cival unrest...

You people are the reason that tis country needs a NAtional Gaurd. To protect us from nutballs like your selves.

Get a life and respect your country and the people that are protecting your freedom with their lives.

Signed,

Disgusted with the Anti-American movement

Show up for a peaceful protest 19.Mar.2003 19:53

C

I plan to be there tomorrow, but I will not be participating in any bridge stoppage or other action that inconveniences and possibly alienates the wrong people. I do not plan to get arrested. I don't plan to be radical. I encourage other people like myself to also come down to show our numbers. Let others go off and do their radical actions. Every type of protest -- peaceful, liberal, radical alike -- may do some good in the long wrong. Who are we to say?

See you there.

God damn America 19.Mar.2003 20:30

Proud American Patriot

Proud American Warmonger, go crawl back into your hole. You have nothing to be proud of but all the American lies that you have been indoctrinated with since birth. Sorry to disappoint you, but your fellow citizens are starting to wake up and face the truth that most people in the world already know: America is the true Evil on this planet.

"You should all be ashamed of yourselves. If it was'nt for WAR with the British then you would not even have a chance to voice your OPINION about anything."

You should be ashamed of your delusional American lies. Your Slaveowning Founding Fanatics didn't fight for free speech. They fought to create their own American Empire instead of paying taxes to the British Empire.

"If it was not for WAR with Germany then the world would have been eradicated of all jews."

No thanks to America. It was the Soviet Red Army that did most of the fighting.

"If it was not for war with Japan you would be eating fried rice for dinner every night."

Nice racist comment, Proud American fuck. I'd rather have fried rice than your Fascist.....I mean Freedom fries anyday.

"If we do not romove this mad man from IRAQ who uses chemical weapons on his own people, who is to say he won't or has not given the same weapons to a terrorist group that will use it against a local target? "

Still repeating the Weapons of Mass Destruction war lie, bitch? Even the CIA has questioned your often repeated "Saddam gassed his own people" propaganda line.

 link to www.nytimes.com

Speaking of gassing its own people, ever heard of WACO? If anything, it is America that needs to be disarmed. It is American Weapons of Mass Destruction which are the true threat to world peace--not the mythical WMD which Hussien might or might not have. Your bullshit "but Saddam might give them to a terrorist group" is the standard whine that mainstream American fantasists spew as they piss in their pants and wrap themselves in duct tape.

 http://www.ccmep.org/

Even your own goddamned CIA claimed that the only way Hussein would give his alleged WMDs to terrorists is if he were threatened with attack. In other words, America's war seeks to provoke and instigate the very scenario that it claims it wants to prevent.

"And you response to all of this is to block traffic and create cival unrest...
You people are the reason that tis country needs a NAtional Gaurd. To protect us from nutballs like your selves."

You mean like a Gestapo or American SS? Seig Heil to you too, Proud American fascist.

"Get a life and respect your country and the people that are protecting your freedom with their lives."

You need to go back into your twisted White Middle Class world that your crawled out of and respect the people that are fighting against your evil Empire not to mention your War criminal troops who wage aggression around the world--even as they pathetically try to portray themselves as "defenders of Freedom." The only Freedom American represents is the Freedom to exploit, the Freedom to bomb, and the Freedom to enslave the vast majority of people on this planet.

Signed,

Disgusted with your Pro-AmeriKKKan movement

Candlelight Vigil 19.Mar.2003 21:07

whiteraevyn nlefevre@gladstone.uoregon.edu

Is there still going to be a candlelight vigil at Waterfront park?

OK!! 19.Mar.2003 21:47

boscogoose

So they started bombing...I know it's a surgical strike, but the point remains...is the protest a go? Is it Thursday?

Organize 20.Mar.2003 11:38

anony mouse

point your IRC client to irc.indymedia.org and check out channel #portland to organize live.