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Civil Disobedience at the Federal Building

Religious leaders, committed pacifists to gather at City Hall at Noon for
Protest, Possible Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Action
Religious leaders, committed pacifists to gather at City Hall at Noon for
Protest, Possible Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Action

For Immediate Release (March 19, 2003)

Contact:
Dan Handelman
503-449-3048
503-236-3065

Peaceful protestors, including religious leaders and committed pacifists,
will gather at Portland's City Hall today at noon to ring bells for peace
and protest the Bush administration's war on Iraq. Many in the group may
engage in acts of civil disobedience in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin
Luther King, Jr.

The group's goal is to model a Gandhian act of civil disobedience to inspire
others in the community to engage in similar acts to resist the Bush
administration's illegal and immoral war against the people of Iraq.

"As our nation prepares to launch an illegal, immoral, and unjustified war
that will put millions of Iraqis at risk and endanger hundreds of thousands
of U.S. servicemen and women, we stand here today to remind our leaders and
fellow citizens of our noblest ideals and pledge to resist, with bodies and
souls, our government's inhumane course of action," said Reverend Cecil
Prescod.

"We, along with hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world,
recognize that peace can only be achieved through peaceful means," said
Prescod. "We reject the concept of redemptive violence and, in the tradition
of Gandhi and King, are willing to affirm the redemptive power of love by
enduring temporary suffering in an attempt to limit the suffering of
millions of innocent people."

The group includes Catholics, Buddhists, Quakers, members of the Metanoia
Peace Community and others who have joined together in the name of peace.

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phone: phone: 503-449-3048

Too Late 20.Mar.2003 02:39

Warsick

The bell-ringing, Ghandian attitudes sound nice, but it's a little too late for that, don't you think.

Enough is enough.

Let's shut this motherfucker down.

Pray for Peace 20.Mar.2003 14:02

Season shepard

Yes the war is very disturbing to us all. I am all for Peace. But the protests and civil disobedience is not the awsner anymore, don't ya think? If it was going to help,it would have by now. If you wanna do something about this war then help the civilians and soldiers,Give Blood and Pray for their saftey and return. The soldiers and thier families need our support. Its a hard time for us all. May God be with us and watch over our troops and civilians.

It's getting old, and ridiculous 21.Mar.2003 09:44

portland citizen

The childish behavior of the "peacelovers" is getting pretty old now. Do you think blocking traffic and making things generally difficult for "peace wanters" and "Bush supporters" furthers "the cause"? I don't think so. People looked ridiculous on TV last night jumping up and down, laughing and pushing policemen around. Have you ever noticed that the people who get listened to are the ones who look and speak rationally? Well it's true, and when people get out in the street and stop traffic and break windows they look irrational.