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PPRC: MLK Day Peace March, Dick Cheney Visit, Volunteers Needed!

Dear Friends of Portland Peaceful Response,

The coming nine days will be busy for the local peace and justice community. Sunday evening the War Resisters League and PPRC will be holding a phone bank to do outreach for the January 19th Martin Luther King Day March for the Dream. This coming Tuesday, the premier war profiteer VICE Resident, Dick Cheney, is in town for a Republican fundraiser, next Friday is our regular rally and march from Pioneer Courthouse Square, and then Monday, January 19th, we're out on the streets for the Sisters of the Road Cafe's 12th annual MLK Day peace march! Check out the details below!

- PPRC General Meeting
In this PPRC Announcement:

i) Volunteers Needed: Sunday night phone bank for MLK Day peace march!

ii) War Profiteer, Dick Cheney, visits Portland: Protest at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Airport Way & 82nd

iii) Monday, January 19th, 5:30pm, Martin Luther King Day Peace March!

iv) Planning for the March 20th Global Mobilization Against Wars and Occupations!


i) Sunday evening phone bank!
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This Sunday evening, 6:30-9:00pm, the War Resisters League and PPRC will be holding a phone bank to do outreach for the January 19th Martin Luther King Day peace march. If you can help out this Sunday evening, please give John a call at 503-287-9891 or just show up:

MLK Peace march phone bank
Sunday, Jan. 11
6:30pm - 9:00pm
LOCATION: the offices of Neil Kelly Designers, 804 N Alberta Street (the Southwest corner at the intersection with N. Albina Avenue)

Many dialing hands make quick work! Please consider helping out this Sunday evening! Below are some announcements about the event on the 19th!

Community Calendar Announcement
For Immediate Release

Event: Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Peace and Justice
Date: Monday, January 19th, 2004
Time: 5:30 p.m. gathering, 6:00 p.m. march
Locations:
(1) Sisters of the Road Café, 133 NW Sixth Avenue (at corner with NW Davis)
(2) Lorenzen Conference Center, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, N. Graham Avenue (at N. Gantenbein Avenue, just West of N. Vancouver Avenue)

Contacts:
Sisters of the Road Café
 info@sistersoftheroadcafe.org
www.sistersoftheroadcafe.org

Sisters of the Road Café's 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day March for Peace and Justice

Portland's Sisters of the Road Café will hold its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day March for Peace and Justice on Monday, January 19th, gathering at two different locations at 5:30 p.m.. As in past years, marchers will gather either at the Sisters of the Road Café (133 NW Sixth Avenue, at corner with NW Davis) or at the Lorenzen Conference Center of the Legacy Emanuel Hospital (N. Graham Avenue at N. Gantenbein Avenue, just West of N. Vancouver Avenue). Both marches will converge on the Oregon Convention Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. For more information, please call Sisters of the Road Café at (503) 222-5694. Check their website at www.sistersoftheroadcafe.org for updates.

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ii) Protest Dick Cheney's Republican Fundraiser
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The local Sierra Club folks are reporting that Cheney will be at the Embassy Suites out at the airport this Tuesday for a fundraising dinner. Below is their press release. Parking may be a problem, so give some thought to car pooling and alternative means of transporation. It's difficult to say whether the FBI and Whitehouse security will require shutting down streets or bus stops or Max stops. Try to get there early, comrades.

From the Sierra Club, Portland Chapter:

Cheney Rally at the Embassy Suites - Airport
Let's welcome Cheney in a big way!
Tell Vice President Cheney that we can do Better!

What: Rally for Clean Energy
When: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 4:30pm-7:00pm
Where:
Embassy Suites Hotel - Portland Airport
7900 Northeast 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR

Vice President Cheney is coming to town on Tuesday, January 13th for a fundraising dinner at Embassy Suites - Airport. Come join us in telling Mr. Cheney that there is a better way! Oregon is a leader in renewable energy and the Bush administration should be looking to Oregon as an example instead of investing in dirty power.

At this point it is unclear as to where exactly we will be rallying the day of the event. Most likely - for security purposes - there will be a free-speech zone sectioned off somewhere for protesters. As details become available, we will pass them your way.

As of now, Nat and Kendra plan to be on the grounds at 4:00pm. For those of you who are available, we encourage you to join us at that time. Otherwise, please come when you can! Look for Sierra Club - we will make ourselves visible!

If you have any questions, please contact either Nat or Kendra at the above numbers.

See you on the 13th!

Contact:

Kendra Kimbirauskas
cell: 503.997.7438
work: 503.243.6656

Nat Parker
cell: 503.705.3874

Sierra Club
2950 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214

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iii) Monday, January 19th, MLK March for the Dream
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Sisters of the Road Cafe's 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day March for the Dream
Event: Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Peace and Justice
Date: Monday, January 19th, 2004
Time: 5:30 p.m. gathering, 6:00 p.m. march
Locations:
(1) Sisters of the Road Café, 133 NW Sixth Avenue (at corner with NW Davis)
(2) Lorenzen Conference Center, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, N. Graham Avenue (at N. Gantenbein Avenue, just West of N. Vancouver Avenue)
(see above for details)


iv) March 20th Global Mobilization Against War and Occupation
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Event: Local Peace and Justice Groups Organize for March 20th Global Mobilization Against War and Occupation.
Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Contacts:
Peace & Justice Works
(503) 236-3065

Local Peace and Justice Groups Build Momentum for Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation Set for March 20th, by William Seaman

A "Global Day of Action" is now being planned for March 20th, the one-year anniversary of the US' most recent bombing and invasion of Iraq, and local groups are beginning the work of drawing in greater involvement from the community. In Portland, a rally will be held in Pioneer Courthouse Square in solidarity with the worldwide events. "There were well over 150 groups involved in the peace and justice marches leading up to this illegal war, and we know that opposition has only been growing," said Marcia Meyers, a member of Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC), one of the many local groups actively opposed to the US war and occupation. "More important than the actual day of action on March 20th, we will be renewing and strengthening the network of groups and communities that have a different vision for the future for our country and for the planet that we all share."

Meyers said that local organizing around the Iraq war has always been a work in progress. "We're all involved in 'on-the-job-training' in the local peace and justice movement," said Meyers. "We're learning about range of issues that different communities and groups are tackling here in the Pacific Northwest, and we're struggling to forge alliances that are part of a larger social movement that can really challenge the corporate interests that have so corrupted our democracy."

Planning for the March 20th mobilization is still in the beginning stages. "We have not yet decided on the themes for this next rally and march," said Jody Heatlie, another member of PPRC. "We hope to draw greater involvement in the decision-making process with organizations from the faith, labor, queer, environmental and other movements, as we did before the war."

Organizations that would like to send representatives to planning meetings are urged to contact Peace and Justice Works, another one of the organizations working on the March 20 event, at (503) 236-3065.

The theme for the last large-scale peace march, held on September 21st, was a call to bring US troops home from Iraq. "We also were calling for aid to rebuild Afghanistan and Iraq, and for an end to the military and corporate occupations of those countries," said Heatlie. Speakers at the September rally challenged US support for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and called for defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights from escalating attacks by the Bush Administration. "Whether it's adequate funding for our schools, the urgent need to confront police violence against people of color, or the fight against hate crimes here in Oregon, our peace and justice community is committed to being a truly inclusive movement," said Heatlie. "We've made a good start, and now it's time to continue the long-term struggle to truly transform this city, this state and this country."

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This mailing prepared by Will Seaman for the PPRC General Meeting.

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