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Community gathering for peace: Sunday and Monday

Gandhi brought down an empire. So can we.

September 11, 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's first fast.

CodePink Portland invites you to join the hunger strike for peace Sept. 10th and 11th; or come and support the fasters.
Troops Home Fast - September 10 and 11 lineup

Code Pink Portland will join with People of Faith for Peace and other peace and justice organizations for a public fast on September 10th and 11th. Our mission is to unite clergy, lay leaders, peace groups and individuals from all persuasions and to bring attention to the urgency for peacemaking and provide opportunities for personal commitment, education and discussion - a reflective, supportive, joyous event.

Location: Shemanski Park, SW Salmon and Park (South Park blocks). Time: 10 am to 6pm, both days. Please join us! You can participate in many ways: as a faster, a supporter or just come to hear inspiring words and music.

Fasters and their supporters will be the center of the event. We will talk with others about why we fast, how we do it, and what it means to us. There will be information tables and exhibits set up by various peace groups of both secular and religious orientation. We will engage in teaching, talking, and activities, signing declarations of peace, pledges of nonviolence, letters, and peace prayers. Near the fasters, a Peace Curtain will be installed allowing visitors to write and affix their own peace notes, reflections, prayers, origami cranes, and other colorful and meaningful pieces.

Code Pink will have our Human Bean display on site - get a visual sense of the numbers: 2,667 (the current count of US military deaths in Iraq) or 100,000 (conservative estimate of Iraqi civilians killed since March 2003).

And the Rolling Rubble will make its debut appearance.

An inspiring lineup of brief top-of-the-hour remarks, prayers, dance, music, readings, and more will be hosted by or include the following

September 10, Sunday

10am - 1:00 pm:

Code Pink, music, drumming

At noon, members of Code Pink, Sister Spirit and the pagan community will facilitate an opening blessing, cast a circle of peace and protection around the park.

1:00 pm

St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church - Alcena Boozer

Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church - Matt Hennessee

Multnomah Friends - Marge Abbott

Code Pink - Bob Watada (Lt. Ehren Watada's father)


St. Francis Catholic Church - Valerie Chapman


Mo Mack and the Peace & Justice Singers


St. Luke Lutheran Church - David Knapp

Havurah Shalom - Joey Wolf

Bilal Mosque - Shahriar Ahmed


Dances of Universal Peace


Portland First United Methodist Church - Llowell Greathouse and Annie Heart

Or-Idaho Methodist Fed for Social Action - Chuck Cooper


Cindi Fisher (40-day faster) and Code Pink

5:30 - 6:00

Dances of Universal Peace

September 11, Monday

10:00 am

Nichiren Shur Buddhist Temple - George Jeffers


P'Nai Or - Aryeh Hirschfeld


Augustana Lutheran Church - Mark Knutson

Muslim Community Center - Muhammed Najieb

Ainsworth United Church of Christ - Lynn Smouse Lopez


The Café Shalom Dances of Peace


Zen Community of Oregon - chanters Patrick Green and Laura Martin

Sufi Community


Native American Community - Isaac Trimble

Christian Gospel Singing - Marilyn Keller


Muslim Educational Trust - Wajdi Said

5:00 - 6:00

Interfaith Focus - All Participating Faith Communities Close

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