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Mixed Media Report From Terry Schrunk Plaza

One of several activities protesting the Bush Inauguration which took place at Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland was a series of Tibetan Prayer Flags, hung to represent the loss of life in Iraq. Flags were strung out on a rope, one for each U.S. soldier, and one for each 1,000 Iraqis.
A view of the Prayer Flags representing  U.S. soldiers
A view of the Prayer Flags representing U.S. soldiers
Close up of one of the flags
Close up of one of the flags
A photog of both displays,
A photog of both displays,
It was a dramatic reminder of the enormous loss of life and the suffering of those who remain behind to morn the extravagant waste of human life, for whatever reason.

This visual display was organized by Compassion Action League, and other local groups. According to one of their members, these displays are especially important because of U.S. regulations prohibiting photographing the coffins, or anything which might portray the tragic side of this war. And tragic it is, for the soldiers, their families, the Iraqi people, and too, for the American people, whose ignorance has permitted and often supported this "preemptive" invasion of a foreign country.
For a one minute video of the Tibetan Prayer Flag display at Terry Schrunk Plaza:
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Last summer another visual display was organized at Laurelhurst Park. It was called Rise In Remembrance. At that event, the loss of life was represented by a release of black balloons carrying the name tags of soldiers who had lost their life in Iraq. This Thursdays display had more flags than balloons, as we can be sure that in the near future, the next display will certainly feature more names than were on the prayer flags.
For a short video of that event:
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The rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza, from 11:00 to 1:00, featured many speakers. A 14 minute audio file of Linda Marshall, speaking for Military Families Speak Out Linda gave a perspective of what many of the soldiers and their families are going through. She also speaks to the lack of proper equipment, the incidence of PTSD, and finishes with what the citizens of the U.S. can do to assist in ending this war.
Also, there is a drive to convince Governor Kulongoski to pull our troops from service in Iraq. Postcards were handed out asking the Governor to do this, in hopes that this might start an avalanche of other states doing the same.
Linda Marshall

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