After brief remarks by Laurie King, of Portland Jobs With Justice, the crowd marched north on 6th Avenue. The mood was festive, yet not flippant. Though a solomon occasion, the anniversary of a preemptive strike for reasons later proved to be mistaken, if not deliberately fabricated, the crowd celebrated their sense of community with witty signs, music and even laughter.|
Tightly packed and over two blocks long, the stream of peace moved through the city, stopping at the offices of the Oregonian, where Laurie King questioned the veracity of their coverage, especially the typical Corporate media habit of counting Israeli dead, but not Palestinian.
Upon arriving back at their starting point, a few more words were spoken, encouraging people to join up with peace groups and continue to resist the occupation and educate others about the true face of war.
The march follwed a Teach In which took place at PSU, starting at 10:00 in the morning. Also, at the FIrst Unitarian Church at 12th and SW Main, another gathering will take place this evening at 7:30.
Here are some photographs from the march. Video to follow sometime later in the week end.