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Sunday ~ March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!

Event: March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!
Date: Sunday, September 21st, 2003
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Terry Schrunk Plaza, S.W. 4th & Madison, downtown Portland
Downloadable flyer at:  http://www.rdrop.com/~pjw/sept2103flyer.pdf
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
 pjw@agora.rdrop.com
 http://www.rdrop.com/~pjw/Iraq.html

Community Calendar Announcement
For Immediate Release August 30, 2003


Event: March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!
Date: Sunday, September 21st, 2003
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Terry Schrunk Plaza, S.W. 4th & Madison, downtown Portland

Contacts:
Dan Handelman, Peace & Justice Works
(503) 236-3065
William Seaman, Portland Peaceful Response
(503) 888-7455


Portland's Next Big Peace March Adds Co-Sponsors, Momentum --
A Call for Peace in the Middle East and to Bring US Troops Home
An alliance of faith communities and peace and justice groups has been adding cosponsors and endorsers for the next mass action for peace. The theme for their next mobilization against war and occupation is "March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!", and will take place on Sunday, September 21st, at 2:00 p.m., starting off at Terry Schrunk Plaza at S.W. 4th and Madison in downtown Portland. While the march route has not yet been finalized, organizers say that they'll be stopping along the way to talk about the different subthemes adopted for this latest demonstration for peace. Issues to be addressed by the event include ending the US military and corporate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, ending US support for Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, protecting civil liberties at home and abroad, and calling for an end to pre-emptive war. For more information, please call Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065.

This event follows two weeks of other major social justice gatherings organized by various other groups, including Peace Quake (Sunday Sept 7, PSU Park Blocks, 12-6), an Anti-Corporate Globalization Rally (Sept 13, 12 noon, Holladay Park), and the Salem Peace and Justice Fair (Sept 13, 1-5 PM, Capitol Building).

Current co-sponsors of the September 21 event include Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), American Friends Service Committee, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (503-471-1535, www.pprc-news.org), Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986), War Resisters League-Portland (503-238-0605), Living Earth, Women in Black, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Palestine Action Group, Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem), Peace Justice and Environment Committee of the Portland Mennonite Church, Victims of Child Abuse by Churches Against the War, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Jews for Global Justice (503-299-4772), Augustana Lutheran Church, Northwest Ethnic Voice/Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund, Bridge City Preparative Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Cascadia Magical Activists, Black Monday Committee, St. Andrews Catholic Church, Rainbow Coalition of Portland-Oregon, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Peace and Social Justice Center of Southwest Washington, and others.

Current endorsers include PSU Progressive Student Union, Friends of Sabeel - North America, PSU Green Party, Northwest Veterans for Peace, In Other Words-Women's Books and Resources, Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, PCCM - Ecumenical Campus Ministry at Portland State University, Green Party of Clark County, Christ the Healer - United Church of Christ, Pride at Work, Yamhill Valley PeaceMakers, Concerned Parishioners at Vermont Hills United Methodist Church, Socialist Party-USA, and others.

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Page updated September 10, 2003

Cosponsors and endorsers of September 21, 2003 march and rally for Peace in the Middle East:
(60 groups with endorsers as of September 10, 2003):

Cosponsors include (36 listed):
Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065)
American Friends Service Committee
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (503-471-1535, pprc-news.org)
Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church
East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986)
War Resisters League-Portland (503-238-0605)
Living Earth
Women in Black
Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Palestine Action Group
Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem)
Peace Justice and Environment Committee of the Portland Mennonite Church
Victims of Child Abuse by Churches Against the War
Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
Jews for Global Justice (503-299-4772)
Augustana Lutheran Church
Northwest Ethnic Voice/Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund
Bridge City Preparative Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Cascadia Magical Activists
Black Monday Committee
St. Andrews Catholic Church
Rainbow Coalition of Portland-Oregon
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Concerned Parishioners at Vermont Hills United Methodist Church
Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Peace and Social Justice Center of Southwest Washington
Reedwood Friends Church
East Side Democratic Club
Columbia River Fellowship for Peace
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Islamic Center of Portland - Masjed As-Saber (503-293-6554)
Oregon National Organization for Women (NOW)
Portland Solidarity
Love Makes a Family
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
and others

Endorsers include (24 listed):
PSU Progressive Student Union
Friends of Sabeel - North America
PSU Green Party
Northwest Veterans for Peace
In Other Words-Women's Books and Resources
Freedom Socialist Party
Radical Women
PCCM - Ecumenical Campus Ministry at Portland State University
Green Party of Clark County
Christ the Healer - United Church of Christ
Pride at Work
Yamhill Valley PeaceMakers
Socialist Party-USA
Bridgeport United Church of Christ
Hollywood Neighbors for Peace ( Hollywood4peace@yahoo.com)
International Socialist Organization
Salem-Palestine Solidarity for Peace and Justice
Adelante Mujeres
Sisters of the Holy Names-Forest Grove
Portland Labor for Peace and Justice
Vancouver For Peace
Central Coast Patriots for Peace
Portland Jobs with Justice (503-236-5573,  jobswj@teleport.com)
Linn Benton Chapter of the Pacific Green Party
and others

homepage: homepage: http:// http://www.rdrop.com/~pjw/Iraq.html

Bring them home? THEY BETTER STAY 17.Sep.2003 08:55

Zak Atack

Yeah RIGHT. They can go over there and destroy those people country and kill like its a video game with some kind of false promise of "rebuilding they're country". Wave your flags now because the world is watching! STAY IN IRAQ UNTILL IT'S "REBUILT?" I don't even know what that means. The Baath Party is the only party in the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST which does not allow religious extremist in. And that includes apartheid Israel.
ZAK ATACK.

Umm 17.Sep.2003 10:32

James

"The Baath Party is the only party in the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST which does not allow religious extremist in."

Was that supposed to be a positive note? Because it's not.

Umm James 17.Sep.2003 12:10

Zak Atack

Are you asking me in if seperation of church and state is important?

Zak atack again 17.Sep.2003 12:17

Um James

I guess my point of view comes from a Middle Eastern descendant of DIRT FARMERS who were barely feeding themselves and be persecuted for being Christian. Not from unimaginable palaces.

Attn: PPRC 17.Sep.2003 13:10

?

Should I ask PPRC's permission for the black clad 'kids' to come?

Not a seperation of church and state issue 17.Sep.2003 13:25

James

It has nothing to do with seperation of church and state. If that's what you're talking about, Iraq and Syria are not the only secular Mideast countries. Look at Lebanon, for example. The Ba'ath Party was secular, but the Ba'athists were hardly the only ones espousing such views in the region.

Religious extremists existed in Iraq under Ba'ath Party rule, that much is clear. But they were violently oppressed. Mr. Hussein's regime went out of its way to persecute the Shi'a. That's just a tad different from seperation of church and state.

That's not to say everything the Ba'ath Party did was wrong. It was much more inclusive to women than others in the region, high literacy rates, et cetera. But if a secular government comes at the cost of religious freedom, what is the point?

dont ask pprc. become pprc. 18.Sep.2003 13:29

zippy.

dont ask pprc's permission for your free speech. but if you want to talk to a pprc person talk to will.

Important Immigrant Rights Event Before Peace Rally 18.Sep.2003 15:21

DJ Shadow

I know it's a little bit of a conflict, but folks should come check out the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride Send-off before the peace march. It's a pretty important, national effort to support legalization for millions of immigrant workers--folks who basically have no rights at all.

Some of the original civil rights freedom riders are riding these new freedom rides buses, and people all over the country are coming together to suuport this project.

The event is from 1 to 3 at Pioneer Square--it's a drag that it conflicts with the peace march a little, but it looks like the issues will merge nicely when the peace march comes by Pioneer Square at the end of the Freedom Ride event. Two actions in one! Or come by Pioneer Square on your way to Terry Shrunk plaza.

more info on the national effort: www.iwfr.org