Hundreds of folks needed to protest G. W. Bush's visit to Portland. We are protesting the war in Iraq in general, but also Bush's complete abandonment of the troops, the people or the U. S. A. and the world. Go to Powells on Sunday at 5pm if you are interested.
Middle America has proven to us that they just do not care about dead Iraqis, violated constitutions and a chief executive with a single digit IQ, but they do care (or at least think they care) about dead US troops. Fine, we can work with that.
We will dress in green clothing (camo is better) and duct tape the names of slain U.S. Soldiers to our chests, and stage a die-in at Bush's appearance. The news will show this graphic reminder to middle America that Bush is not just killing foreign people they will never meet, he is also killing their next door neighbors, friends and relatives. The troop names will be downloaded from the news wire the day of the protest. We estimate that around 280 troops will be dead in Iraq by the time Bush gets here, but it could be more and we may need many more bodies. Also, keep in mind that hundreds more troops are being crippled in Iraq as well.
True, our nation's losses are eclipsed by Iraq's, but we are trying to erode Bush's approval rating, and the people that approve of Bush simply do not care about Iraq's dead/crippled/violated citizens. They (claim to) care about ours though.
We need as many people (or manaquins, stuffed jumpsuits, whatever), we need as many green clothes (or white t-shirts that can be dyed olive green) and oreganizers. People from other activist organizations are encouraged to attend as well, we may be able to combine our die in with your march and wind up with twice as many people for both.
Military veterans (such as myself) are highly encouraged to attend! Even if you are not a regular activist, even if you are not even the protest type, we still need you!