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Protest continues on the Morrison Brisge

Lower our flag to honor the National Guard and Reserves
7/14/05

Well, back to my Morrison Bridge protest tomorrow, I will use my sign from last week, we should all tell as many as we can that they are not safe because we invaded Iraq, they are in more danger. I worry about scaring the hell out of people, but they should be worried, very worried because Bush lies every time he opens his mouth.

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So, what my sign said this time was:

Lone Vet says

WRONG WAR

NO SAFETY.


Another action coming up is my appearance before the Portland City Council to request they petition the governor to lower our State Flag to half-mast until our troops return from the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. My date to appear is Aug 10 about 0930. I was hoping for a date in July but the mayor is on vacation and I need him to be present. There is no dialogue just me saying what I want for 3 minutes. There is the possibility that a member of a veterans group will also go before the Eugene City Council to request them to do the same. Next week I will begin my action with a new sign, which will announce the project. Something like,

SUPPORT THE TROOPS

LOWER THE FLAG

BRING THEM HOME

I am not sure but something like that----send me ideas.

In peace,

Joe

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"The LoneVet"

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR VETS

Oregon has been sending our National Guard and Reservists to the wars and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq for almost four years now. We cannot bring them home today but we can send them a message that we know they are in harms way and making great sacrifices for you and I.

We can lower our State Flag to Half-Mast until they return home. We can let them know that whatever our position on the wars, we know they are going to face terrible things and we will stand with them during this confusing time. We can also honor them by making sure our politicians take care of our vets and those who will become vets in the near future. We should send a message to all politicians that if they vote to cut veteran's benefits they will find that their constituents will run them out of office. The present and future planned cuts in veteran's benefits are obscene and must be reversed.

Here are some facts you should know as a citizen of Oregon and this country:
How many are now dead from Oregon------------------------Oregon 33+
How many are now dead from America------------------------America 1760+
How many are now permanently damaged---------------------15,000-38,000+
 http://icasualties.org/oif/ByState.aspx

How politicians treat our veterans:

 http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/index.cfm?Page=Article&id=3777&NoMenu=1
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/071105X.shtml

FLYING OUR STATE FLAG AT HALF-MAST IS NOT MUCH TO ASK. THIS WILL SAY TO OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS WE KNOW YOU ARE SUFFERING AND, IN OUR OWN WAY, WE ARE TRYING TO GET YOU HOME

Call Mayor Tom Potter's office, ask that he pass a resolution, and petition the governor to lower our State Flag to honor our soldiers and veterans:
503-823-4120