Candlelight Vigil when the Oregonian announces 2000 Americans have died in Iraq
At 7:00 pm on the day they announce 2000 American deaths, line the railings along Waterfront Park and the Esplanade between Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges.
Bring a candle, and join us in vigil to bear witness for all who have died in this war.
No leaders, no chants, just candlelight across the river bearing witness.
Westside will be at Waterfront Park, east side along the Esplanade.
There might be 25 of us, or 250, or 2500. Our number isn't the point. The horrendous numbers of deaths is the point, and our moral opposition to this war is why we will be there. Please spread the word and keep your eye on the Oregonian's count.
Sometime in the next week or month, or by the end of the year, the strange milestone of 2000 Americans killed in Iraq will be announced. Every death in this damnable war is tragic. The loss of every child, grandparent, sister, brother, father, mother of any nationality, religion, or region because of the hell the US has unleashed in Iraq is a cause for grief and outrage. This war does NOT need to be happening. This war is immoral and our opposition cannot be quelled.
This sad and bloody milestone will probably be acknowledged in the front section of the Oregonian. Milestones reach even those who are not regularly connected to their own sense of sorrow and outrage. At 7:00 pm on that day, all of Portland is encouraged to bring a candle and come down to the river to stand by candlelight and affirm our opposition to this war. May our love and our efforts to end this war shine brightly across the river to bring comfort in the night.
Living Earth: Gatherings for Deep Change
PO Box 86960, Portland, OR 97286
www.livingearthgatherings.org ~ 503.788.7311