First Saturday After War Begins, Protests Will Overwhelm The City
Citizens of Portland from All Walks of Life Expected to Rally in Downtown
Protests Beginning at the Waterfront
Rallies Coincide with Huge protests planned in LA, SF, NY and DC.
For weeks the citizens of Portland have been gathering together to express their objection to the Bush administrations war in Iraq. This is the first Saturday after the bombing of Baghdad started. Will the tens of thousands of Portland residents who turned out for the pre-war Anti-War rallies turn out to Protest the beginning of the war they were hoping to prevent?
Or, will they remain complacent, hoping for a quick end to the unjust war. Will they wait for another Parade permit, or will they gather in solidarity and exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights to assemble and petition their government?
There have been complaints about protesters blocking traffic and interrupting transit into and out of the city center.
I would like to remind all critics and especially all the brave protestors of the following:
The police do not have the authority to stop you from
expressing your opinion. Our right to assemble and
protest is protected by the Constitution.
Driving a car is a privilege granted by the state
government and is not protected by the Constitution.
THIS IS WHY:
The Constitution of The United States of America: Amendment 1
"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
While there have been no advertised plans for a march, no flyers distributed. I am telling everyone I know and I hope you will all do the same. Call everyone you know, ask them if they want their tax money used to kill people, ask them if they?ve seen the bombing, ask them if they know how many lives have already been lost.
And then ask them to join you downtown Saturday Afternoon for more action.
As the war escalates, so must the civil disobedience. Don?t forget, you don?t live in Saudi Arabia, you don?t live under a monarchy, you have the right to gather together, to make your voice heard.
Come together, walk together, block together.
Saturday, March 22nd at the Waterfront.