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World Can't Wait - Portland! General Strike OCTOBER 5th at noon - South Park Blocks

Help us spread the word about the GENERAL STRIKE on October 5th. No work. No school. Be THERE. Help us drive the Bush regime out! At noon on October 5th at the South Park Blocks at SW Main and SW Park. Show the country that Portland can't wait to drive Bush out!
WCW - Announcement
WCW - Announcement


This is not about partisan politics.

This is not about religion.

This is not about the right to choose or the right to life.

This is not about gun control.

This is about maintaining our basic civil rights. This is about having the freedom to choose what we believe. This is about preserving the ideals of our Constitution and re-establishing a democracy.

Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler ? and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn ? or be forced ? to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will to try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

Learn more here.

For more information about how you can join the local movement, please send an email to through the myspace link or by emailing portland@worldcantwait.org


homepage: homepage: http://www.myspace.com/portlandwcw

More Info? 02.Oct.2006 11:45


I have looked all over, but can't find more info on what will be happening. Is there a march? What else will be going on? Any direct action? If it's secret, that's cool, but can anyone give any more info about plans for the day?

Even more info? 02.Oct.2006 12:28

still curious

And what about this no work/no school thing? Is anyone doing that? Any reports of organizing on campuses around town?

I like all the rhetoric on this hear thing, but want to know if there's a strategy.

Details for World Can't Wait protest 02.Oct.2006 15:55


I went to the organizational meeting Sunday. The plan for the day is very unstructured. There will be a stage and lots of speakers from various progressive causes. There is no march permit but if the crowd is very large, who knows. Sidewalk marches are planned throughout the day starting at noon to various venues around downtown.

Freeway blogging 04.Oct.2006 10:22

Joshua Peace Seeker

Lets get a bunch of people to pledge holding up signs over thhe freeways and bridges during the protest. I saw a sign over I05 near Salem today tlling peple to strike on Oct 5th. Lets fill the bridges over our freeways and show people how many of us care.


Davie B

I am avail. for PM action, anyone else? I can meetup at 6pm downt. I hate Bush. I am committed to letting the world know that I and my fellow citizens of usa dont support the cheney money maker or the cazy Rumsfailed (seriously scary dude)WE NEED TO BRING BACK TENT CITY and get the word out that we exist and are down for sending a clear message that bush is a war criminal and an idiot pupppet. It would be nice to contact other cities for some solidarity as well.....Do it