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imperialism & war march 20, 2004

Never Mind the Censor Bullocks!!

Rally at Noon, March 20 at N. Park Blocks!
And now, unintentionally or not, the Noon, Saturday, March 20 antiwar rally & march at the North Park Blocks has been disappeared from the "March 20, 2004" header. At least the poster is still there, but for how long?

This is the antiwar rally and march announced long before the other two events. But no matter.
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For anyone with a real taste for anti-establishment and unpermitted antiwar rallies and marching, come as always to the North Park Blocks (Burnside & Park).

Yes, it might get interesting at Park and Burnside. No way do we go into a "Free Speech" holding area. No way do we get herded onto the sidewalks.

At least we won't be using the larger Pioneer Square event and march as a camoflauge screen. What an "effective" and gutless tactic.

The real Portland antiwar radicals have always rallied and marched from North Park Blocks. There is no reason to change now. If you're afraid of possibly getting picked off by the cops, by all means go to the larger Pioneer Square rally. If you realize the stakes, and understand what it means to act on your words, come on back to the North Park Blocks.

Just remember, it was the North Park Blocks that held the only Portland antiwar rally and march on February 15, 2003 when Stumptown otherwise ignored the International Day of Peace.

And North Park Blocks has held radical events on Oct. 5 & Nov. 17, 2002, plus Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and March 15, 2003. And more. It's a proud, defiant history we can all help to continue.

Now is really the time to put up or shut up, PDX radicals. So stand up at the North Park Blocks and stand up for your rights against the US war criminals and bloody butchers.

Or take a walk . . . . behind a squad car.
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Portland, in solidarity with antiwar activists worldwide -- Spain's just knocked out the ruling Shrub allied Conservatives -- 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 estimated 16,000 Iraqis have been killed, and at least 550 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 !!
Two Questions for Lars 15.Mar.2004 13:50

DJ Shadow

Question #1: Who is "we"?

"No way do WE go into a "Free Speech" holding area. No way do WE get herded onto the sidewalks."

Who are you puporting to speak for here, Lars? Is there anyone else working on this with you? Last time, all you did was make a flyer and post stuff here on Indymedia. Is anyone doing any other outreach?

Now you are talking smack about the spokescouncil, which is probably a little more representative of Portland's "radical" activists than you are. Why not try working with people in a more democratic process (I have not been, but apparently, the spokescouncil has included representatives from a number of Portland's radical organizations and affinity groups), instead of spouting this "real radical" talk, which really comes off as silly macho bs posing?

Question #2: Apparently, some of the homeless folks who hang out in the Park Blocks feel that these actions bring more heat down on that community, and have requested that we try to find other places to launch our actions. Are you willing to consider this request?

Justify the Love 15.Mar.2004 15:33

Lars

We are people who have done this -- rallied and marched from the North Park Blocks in the past. We've spoken early on with Wobblies, folks at the Cooperative at 17th and Clinton, people at KBOO, and Laughing Horse Books, to name a few. And we've put up dozens of flyers around town, including the Hawthorne, Belmont and Division districts, as well as PCC Cascade, PCC SouthEast, and PSU campuses.

Sorry, really, if this wasn't done the way you and others are fucking demanding.

As for the homeless, we sincerely don't wish in any way to add hardships to their daily lives. However, aren't there plenty of homeless folks in and around Pioneer Square? Are THEIR needs and desires being accommodated? I realize this doesn't make 'right' what we're doing in your eyes. But ask the question to the Pioneer Square folks, too.

Tell you what, if no one thinks it's condescending, I will personally ask for donations at North Park Blocks and distribute them on the spot to help mitigate whatever troubles this event may or may not cause. Hope you'll be there, DJ Shadow, to help chip in.

And, hopefully, you'll be there -- somewhere -- out in public making your presence known March 20.

See ya in the Streets!