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Smart Bomb the City...

Come and pick up flyers from Pioneer Square tomorrow, Monday March 24, at 12 noon. Let everyone know about the action on Tuesday March 25.
Smart Bomb the City...
Smart Bomb the City...
"Smart Bomb" the city

TWO MARCHES AND DIRECT ACTION 8:00AM
YOUR CHOICE

N. PARK BLOCKS (NW BURNSIDE & PARK)
OR
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.
See everyone on Monday at 12am!!!! 23.Mar.2003 21:39

mj

Lets get a big turnout on Monday at 12pm to cover the city with flyers and get ready for Tuesday morning. The pressure does make a big difference.

The UN is considering a special session to condemn the war.

The US government does not want us to see the pictures of the war and the troops that are now POW's. That is what turned the Vietnam war around, seeing American troops dead and captured.

Let's pick up the pressure now! Some of us are discussing the Portland Business Alliance - they have apparently pressured the city council to vote against the anti-war resolution. Look up who is on the board of directors. Does anyone know exactly what there position is?

That is 12 noon tomorrow!! 23.Mar.2003 21:44

mj

We will meet at 12 noon tomorrow at Pioneer square to leaflet.

Comment 24.Mar.2003 00:36

J Riseman

Interesting opinions on this website. Thank God that the vocal minority that follow such misguided propaganda are not the people that lead this great nation. Its unfortunate that there are individuals that would justify the shutting down of the city as a means to stop a legal,moral and just action being conducted by our great nation. Its amusing that groups aspousing peace feel that more drastic measures should be taken,including the use of violence. Very poignant that the anti Bush,anti America,and anti Government supporters have decided to demonstrate on a local level,what our great nation has been forced to do on a global scale. Thankfully,because of heroic actions taken by our leaders and our honorable military,you will continue to be free to feel it is your right to cause strife and discontent. Im hopefull that our Portland Police will finaly take swift and punishing action on lawbreakers that conduct themselves in such a manner in the name of peace. I hope that further disruption by such people is met with the appropriate pepper spray,baton,less lethal munition and bootprint that is oh so deserving. And as such actions unfold,the citizens of Portland will sit back and observe with glee and delight that masked,misguided,flag burning,lawbreaking creatins are getting their just due. Its fortunate for your cause that our dishonorable mayor is in league with your actions and holds back the boots of our noble Police Bureau. The city of Portland will be patiently awaiting for local Law Enforcement to put you in your proper place. Enjoy your freedom speech.

Correction 24.Mar.2003 04:17

R Jizzman

I think what you meant to say was; illegal, immoral and unjust actions of this tyrannical government. Just clearing things up for anyone who might have gotten confused.

Riseman's right 24.Mar.2003 05:37

hedgerow

Riseman is correct. Fortunately the liberal Mayor of this city watched the actions of this little group of lawbreakers and noticed the difference between the law abiding protesters and the law breakers.

Since the initial protest after the start of military action, the law abiding protesters are gone. They don't want to be associated with these punks. They truly just wanted to march and let their view of the military action in Iraq be known and heard.

The law breakers are just that, law breakers. We have seen the same faces over and over again. They are the weak, non-contributing members of this community. They have been identified and now that the Mayor has seen their current agenda, the police will be allowed to deal with them as the lawbreakers that they are.

It will be a pleasure to see them dealt with this week.