"Smart Bomb" the city
TWO MARCHES AND DIRECT ACTION 8:00AM
N. PARK BLOCKS (NW BURNSIDE & PARK)
S. PARK BLOCKS (SW PARK AVE. & SALMON)
WORKER'S PEACE RALLY @ 12 NOON
PIONEER SQUARE (SW BROADWAY & YAMHILL)
CALL TO ALL UNIONS AND WORKERS TO JOIN AGAINST THE WAR
STOP THE WAR!! GET INVOLVED!!
* As Oregon and the rest of the US make drastic cuts for spending on healthcare, education and other social services, the US government will spend $100-200 billion on direct costs of the war in Iraq. (Wall Street Journal, Sept 16th, 2002)
* We consider this war a crime against humanity. Over 500,000 children under the age of 5 are estimated to have died in Iraq due to the U.N. economic sanctions from 1990-1998. (www.unicef.org/media/ iraqfactsheet1.htm) How many more will die in this war?
* This war is to establish U.S. corporate and political control over the Middle East. A subsidiary of Halliburton, the firm formerly headed by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney, is one of four US corporations that bid for billion dollar contracts to rebuild and manage Iraqi oil resources. (The Guardian, March 18th, 2003).
* This war is a violation of international law and establishes that the U.S. government will disregard the international community. This will increase Anti-American sentiments and increase the risk of further violent attacks against U.S. citizens at home and abroad. International negotiations are the only way to create a more secure global community.
* This war is not about the "freedom or liberation" of the Iraqi people. The goal of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq is the establishment of a pro-U.S. regime in Baghdad. Historically, the US has supported many dictators around the world, including Saddam Hussein. ( http://www.cjr.org/year/93/2/iraqgate.asp)
* UN inspectors never established that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. However, the US military has by far the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction in global history, and is the only country to ever have used nuclear weapons against a civilian population. ( http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2431587)
* We support the troops. We want them at home with us alive and well.
How to get involved:
* Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, everyone.
* Attend local protests and actions. Portland Peaceful Response hold rallies and marches every Monday and Friday at Pioneer Square at 5pm and spontaneous protests have every day since the war started.
* Educate yourself. Look beyond the corporate media at: http://portland.indymedia.org, http://www.zmag.org, http://www.fair.org, http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw, http://antiwar.com, http://news.bbc.co.uk, http://news.ft.com, http://www.guardian.co.uk, http://news.independent.co.uk.