Portland, in solidarity with anti-war activists worldwide, will demonstrate its continued resistance to the American invasion and occupation of Iraq with a rally set for Noon, Saturday, March 2004 at the downtown North Park Blocks (Park & Burnside streets).
This date marks the One-Year Anniversary of the Bush Administration's Unilateral Attack on the Iraqi Nation and People. Since that time, an estimate 16,000 Iraqis have been killed, and at least 500 American servicemen and women have died as the result of their government's illegal actions.
IT'S TIME TO GET BACK IN THE STREETS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2004
AND SHOW THE CITY, THE NATION AND THE WORLD THAT PORTLAND
WILL NEVER ACCEPT THIS BARBARIC AND MURDEROUS INVASION
INTENDED ONLY FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF OUR CORPORATIONS AND THE
POLITICAL GAINS OF OUR ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT.
In the event the police attempt to create a cordoned off "Free Speech Zone" at the site, DO NOT ENTER! The North Park Blocks is a large enough area that we will be able to move away from Burnside toward the other end of the grassy area. They can't enclose the entire North Park Blocks.
After a rally to denounce the administration's war crimes, anyone willing and able should be ready to hit the streets for a demonstration march through downtown. The environment at the rally & march will be completely peaceful and non-violent, because that's what we're about! Any tension will only come about as a result of the presence and actions of police and other law enforcement officials. Remember to be flexible and ready to move as the situation warrants.
ALL THE PROTESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS PRIOR TO THE 2003 INVASION
WERE SO NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT. BUT NOW IT'S EVEN MORE
CRITICAL THAT WE PUBLICLY DISPLAY THE CONTINUING OPPOSITION
OF AMERICANS TO THIS BLOOD-DRENCHED MADNESS, THIS CRIME
AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED DAILY IN OUR NAMES.
Now it's time to show how much we oppose the killing, how much we oppose the lies, how much we oppose the government cabal, and how much we oppose a future dominated by violence and bloodshed created and perpetrated by our nation.
SEE YOU AT NOON, SATURDAY, MARCH 20 IN THE NORTH PARK BLOCKS !!