Counter recruiting vigils are held each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 in front of the miltary recruiting office at 1317 NE Broadway. Each week, pages with the names of the most recently killed US troops are laid at the doorway of the recruiting office. This is to help the recruiters inside see the results of their blood work. We light candles and leave them on the sidewalk. Passersby have been giving increasing support to our efforts, with many honks, thumbs up, and smiles. Groups of us, including Portland Catholic Workers, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, and Code Pink, have been doing this since July without incident.
Tonight was different.
Officer Brad Bailey and a young sidekick in uniform pulled up in the squad car with an attitude and a warning: Stay on the sidewalk, pick up the "litter" and the candles - or face arrest. He made it very clear that these were special rules which only apply to us protesters, that anyone else who "littered" or stepped into the street wouldn't be arrested. One of the Veterans for Peace and I told him we felt targeted, and he said, "You ARE targeted."
Come stand up against the war with us. Tuesdays. 5:30-6:30. See you there.