On March 20, 2003 the United States of America 'shocked and awed' Iraq in a campaign to liberate the people from the regime of Saddam Hussein. Shocking awful is the human rights violations that the USA began on that day and continues to this day against the Iraqi people. The Portland Peace Encampment (PDXPE) addresses the issue of human rights violations by maintaining a twenty-four hour vigil across the street from City Hall.
PDXPE is a place where members of the community come together and talk about what is going on in the world and how we feel about it. The core ideology that the community members of the PDXPE share is creative peaceful solutions to conflict. Our current manifestation of this creativity is the Human Rights Art Installation that will 'open' May 26, 2003 at 6:00 am.
The installation will include:
La Memoria - expressions of thought written on maps that provoke synaptic firing of social consciousness.
The Hideaway Café serving digestive delights, other additions to complement are most welcome including the green to buy the veggies, as are libations (nonalcoholic). Please bring your own non-disposable eating gear (cup, bowl or plate, flatware).
Musical melodies by the PDXPE 'on the street' band.
Peace Cranes based on the story The Thousand Paper Cranes by Sadako.
The cranes made out of aluminum foil represent peace and the rainbow that reflects off the foil is the hope of justice. Too many communities know the health effects of war and how it continues to reverberate years after the initial impact.
Please join us at the 'opening' by being part of the living art that occurs when communities gather together with the common vision of justice.