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PDX Anti-War Rally March 20 at North Park Blocks!

In 60 days, Portland will mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Bush Invasion of Iraq with a rally on Saturday, March 20 at the North Park Blocks. Prepare & organize for this important event!
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 !!

I sure hope so 20.Jan.2004 17:17

Rebel Waltz

I hope this happens. I would like to hear about organizing efforts and how people can get plugged in.

Below is the call being put out by UFPJ.

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 http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=sub&sub=45

MARCH 20th: The World Still Says No to War

MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION



Major Protests Set for New York, San Francisco, and Chicago
Other Cities to Be Announced Soon
Click here to endorse

New York, San Francisco, and Chicago stickers are available now - just $20 per 500 (postage included). Send your check to UFPJ, P.O. Box 607, Times Square Station, NY NY 10108 with a note specifying the city and sticker quantity.

Momentum is building across the globe for the Global Day of Action against War and Occupation on March 20, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraq.

On that day millions around the globe will take to the streets to say YES to peace and NO to pre-emptive war and occupation. Joining with growing numbers of military families and soldiers, we will call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Bush's militaristic foreign policies. March 20th will be the first time the world's "other superpower," as the New York Times described us, will take center stage since February 15th, when more than ten million people across the globe expressed their opposition to Bush's looming war on Iraq.

The US protests will also take on the war at home. We will express the growing opposition to the so-called PATRIOT Act, authorizing political arrests, indefinite detentions, domestic spying, and religious and racial profiling. We will call for an end to the mass detentions and deportations of innocent immigrants in the name of fighting terrorism. We will say no to massive military spending amidst vast cuts in vital domestic social and economic programs.

In September representatives of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) took a proposal for a global day of action on March 20th against pre-emptive war and the occupation of Iraq to the preparatory meeting of the European Social Forum (ESF), the body that put out the call for February 15th. UFPJ was critical in moving delegates from Italy, the UK, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere to back global demonstrations on March 20th.

With strong support from much of the European anti-war movement, UFPJ's Steering Committee decided in October to formally call for a Global Day of Action on March 20th. We immediately promoted it on our website and in emails to our national listserves. At the October 25th protest in Washington, DC, UFPJ volunteers distributed thousands of leaflets that included a "Save the Date" notice for March 20th. Before thousands of demonstrators and on C-SPAN, UFPJ announced our call for actions on March 20th from the rally podium.

We anticipate the European Social Forum will formally approve this proposal later this week. UFPJ, the ESF, and other anti-war activists will then build support for March 20th at the January, 2004 meeting of the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India.

UFPJ is pleased to have played a vital role in initiating and building support for a broad-based, global day of action against war and occupation on March 20th. We envision regional demonstrations in key cities across the US and look forward to working with member groups and allies to build them.

Many member groups on UFPJ's Steering Committee are already actively building March 20th. Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, US Labor Against the War, Racial Justice 911: People of Color Against the War, Not In Our Name, and other anti-war forces have expressed strong interest in joining this call. A.N.S.W.E.R. recently announced they will participate in March 20th activities.

For March 20th to be a success here in the US, the broadest range of forces for peace and justice must be at the decision-making table and actively involved in building this day. UFPJ looks forward to contributing to that process.

It's not too early to begin building March 20th. Below are ideas on what you can do.

GET OUT THE WORD
Circulate this email wide and far. UFPJ will soon have flyers, stickers, and other resources available to help you get out the word.

HAVE YOUR GROUP ENDORSE MARCH 20TH
Click here
or call UFPJ (212-868-5545) to let us know your group is on board.

BEGIN PLANNING LOCAL MARCH 20th ACTIONS
Bring together local groups to plan March 20th actions in your community.



March 20 Organizers and Endorsers


Thanks Lars! 20.Jan.2004 18:32

tracy

Maybe you can put out the call on that afternoon radio show of yours.

I think a majot point of unity here needs to be US troops out NOW! None of this Democratic Party BS about UN supervision etc. US troops out now!

Lars, I wanna give a shout out to my peeps up in Lake Oswego, West Linn, etc. US out of Iraq!

graphic 20.Jan.2004 19:17

anon

any chance we can get that first graphic re-posted so that it can be printed out without the blurriness???

yes 20.Jan.2004 20:01

dale mchoffenspochenbockerlugersonowskigonzalez

thank god! It's about time we stepped up to the plate and challenged the junta again!!!

overjoyed 20.Jan.2004 20:34

mia

Im overjoyed to see the call out specifically geared towards a no free speech zone. i have made it a habit to no longer attend ANY marches/ralleys/etc that are within "free speech zones" or have permits purchased. its a travesty that they even exist, and TOTALLy deafts the purpose of free speech.

Hey Indymedia Techs! 20.Jan.2004 21:06

red suspenders

Put this article front and center with a big headline please!

The one year anniversery of Bush defying the entire civilized world must not be forgotten.

If we all take a little time to work on this we can get the kind of numbers we had in late 02, and early in 03 when 30,000 came out to say no to Bush.


Again, please put this front and center. Stopping Bush from killing people and making enemies out of the entire world is a lot more important than saying no to starbucks, and much less devicive.

graphic 20.Jan.2004 22:16

Lars the Infidel

resized poster graphic coming Wednesday AM, hopefully for feature posting.

There with bells on 20.Jan.2004 23:44

esparanza

Will be there without the free speech zone! Thanks for the info.

No Permits for This March! 21.Jan.2004 01:30

eric blair

Permitted marches are direct violations of our civil rights. We need no permit to petition for the redress of grievances on the streets of our cities. The First Amendment is the only permit we need. When the city requires a permit to protest, that request violates the First Amendment.

If someone does take out a permit, then they should be known as the fascist collaborator that they are

If a someone does take out a permit, those of us who are not cowardly collaborators must not join the permitted march.

A week before the war last year 30,000 people marched in a permitted march here in Portland. Media coverage was less than a minute, and strictly controlled by the media.

On March 20th, 2003, only 5,000 people took to the streets without a permit, forcing the media to dump their usual pre-planned first -day -of- the- war propaganda blitzkrieg and actually cover over 6 chaotic nonstop hours of the people of Portland rising up against mass murder to enrich the bloated capitalist pigs that control our policiticians.

Also, no politicians should be allowed to speak at the rally. Goddammit, hasn't anyone read "Animal Farm"?

These are my suggestions. I will see you on the streets.

Que se vayan todos!

graphic 21.Jan.2004 08:35

Lars the Infidel

I've re-posted the graphic here. If this is better, please use for feature. Many thanks!

Also, there will be NO PERMITS for this RALLY & MARCH!

It has got to be a real representation of the anti-war factions in Portland. That means NO SUPERVISION OR AUTHORIZATION EXCEPT THAT DEMANDED BY THE PEOPLE ! !

GET READY FOR THE REAL THING.

SEE YA IN THE STREETS

Permits 21.Jan.2004 11:46

Doug

Eric - I like it - good post:
"The First Amendment is the only permit we need. When the city requires a permit to protest, that request violates the First Amendment. "

The Second Amendment is the only permit we need. When the city requires a permit to carry, that request violates the Second Amendment....

Where is Little Beirut? 21.Jan.2004 11:55

teasel

All right, everybody. i know the war may seem like a more immediate problem than police brutality, and indeed, a march/rally may be more effective against a current problem (a particular war) than against a standing issue (police brutality).

However. The annual police brutality demo this year, the one in October, sucked! It was totally disorganized, and most of the speakers either didn't make any sense or didn't speak on the topic at hand (notice i said *most* of them, please, since my point is not to dis anyone), and it was pathetically small and quiet. i've recently come home to PDX after being away for three years. The "activist community" looks nothing like it did when i left -- though by 2000, when i left, it was definitely already dwindling.

Are people really planning to come out for this anti-war demo? Please? i want to see the energy i saw at Mayday 2000! Or better!

yes again 21.Jan.2004 20:26

multicultural man

let's do it !

Permits are constitutional 22.Jan.2004 12:08

Darrow

According to the Supreme Court, permits that place "time, manner, and place" restrictions on a gathering are constitutional as long as the granting of the permit is not decided based upon the content of the speech/protected activity of the gathering. That is, the permiting body's decision must be content neutral.

Those who make the statement that "The First Amendment is the only permit we need. When the city requires a permit to protest, that request violates the First Amendment" implicitly make an analagous argument to those of former supreme court nominee Bork (during the Reagan admin), Scalia, and other strict constructiionists (they strictly construe the language of the constitution) on the topic of abortion and affirmative action, among other things. Sure you want to go down that path?

Truth and justice 09.Mar.2004 16:28

gailo

Truth and Justice, Mr. Darrow, as you doubtless know, are situational. In this situation, not in every imaginable situation like abortion and affirmative action or anything else you imagine I would want to protect, protest is required to shed light on on Justice. Our country has weaned us on the expectation that our voices would be heard on matters that affect us, personally, like, um, war. If we are not heard, then I think we can argue that justice and truth are not being served and we should MAKE OURSELVES BE HEARD. If we can't speak or peaceably assemble, then we have a dictatorship or a monarchy. Sure you want to go down that path?

There's A problem 11.Mar.2004 11:02

V!

The radical spokescouncel has already made the plan and flyered to meet at the opposite corner of Pioneer Square at 1pm. 2 radical marches is a bad idea. Our numbers are already going to be quite low this year. 50 of us in one location and 50 in the other could suck pretty bad. Meeting separate from the larger group may be suicide. The pigz have been training and planning for this for 8 months and they have purchased new tazers. If you wish to be involved in the planning for radical DayX II then please contact one of the local radical groups.