Religious leaders, committed pacifists to gather at City Hall at Noon for
Protest, Possible Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Action
For Immediate Release (March 19, 2003)
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
"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.