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Calling all readers

Please come support the City Council's adoption of a resolution to Bring the Troops Home NOW!
Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to ask something of you. It is not a difficult thing, all you have to do is go someplace and stand there as a witness to a historic and powerful event. I am asking you to come to City Hall on Nov 30th, that's a Thursday, at 2pm to support the adoption of a resolution by the Portland City Council to Bring the Troops Home Now! You don't have to sign anything. We don't even want signs, so you don't have to carry anything. Just come, help send a clear message to the City Council and the World by your presence.

I don't want the City Council to have any doubt that this is something the people of Portland want. I want to see EVERYONE there. I am envisoning a sea of bodies spilling out of City Hall, crowding the entire city block and across the street, anticipating the "Yes" vote....so many people that all the news comes out for it and the world press picks it up....so many people that when the "Yes" comes the windows rattle at the top of the Federal building from the cheers of the crowd...so many people that no one will ever say that just a few fringe elements with dubious motivations pressured the council by nefarious means.....so many people that perhaps our brothers and sisters around the world will know that the sleeping giant has always been the American People and we are waking up to demand an end to the Occupation! Come to City Hall, all of you, bring your friends and relatives and everyone you can think of to bring on Nov 30, 2006 at 2pm and let's show the world Portland wants our Troops Home Now!
Why then? 21.Nov.2006 17:59


I am certainly not up to speed on many things- is there something happening at that day and time in city hall? Is there something we should do beforehand?

The People of Portland 21.Nov.2006 18:16

Joe Anybody

Any chance you have some information on what this resolution entails

I am with you 100 % on .......bringing the troops home!

I just wanted some more info on the council bill (if you or someone had it)

Thanks for the post

Resolution text below 22.Nov.2006 08:21

me again

Urges Cessation of Combat Operations in Iraq
and the Return of US Troops

WHEREAS, the Portland City Council supports the men and women deployed in Iraq, and honors the memory of those who have lost their lives in the war; and
WHEREAS, U.S. involvement in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of more than 2,700 U.S. troops, and the wounding and disabling of more than 20,000 U.S. military personnel; and
WHEREAS, the costs of the call-up of Oregon National Guard members for deployment in Iraq has been significant, as reckoned in lost lives, combat injuries, psychic trauma, disruption of family life, financial hardship for individuals, families and businesses, interruption of careers and damage to the fabric of civic life in many Oregon communities; and
WHEREAS, the war and occupation have also cost as many as 600,000 Iraqi deaths, including men, women and children, according to an October 11 study by published by the British medical journal the Lancet; and
WHEREAS, countless more Iraqis have been maimed, traumatized and wounded, or have suffered the destruction of homes, schools, sanitation and water treatment plants, hospitals and the environment; and
WHEREAS, more than $333 billion has been appropriated by Congress to fund military operations and reconstruction in Iraq, rather than to fund desperately needed education, health care, housing, nutrition and other social services in the United States, and humanitarian assistance abroad; and
WHEREAS, the more than $407 million spent by Portland taxpayers on the war and occupation in Iraq could have provided one year's Head Start for nearly 54,000 Portland children; or one year's medical insurance for almost 244,000 Portland children; or one year's salary for over 7,000 public school teachers in Portland; or more than 3,600 additional housing units in Portland, or over 19,700 four year scholarships at public universities in Oregon, according to the National Priorities Project; and
WHEREAS, the Oregon AFL-CIO, in October, 2005 in convention, approved a resolution including, "...because there can be no more rapid return than now, the Oregon National Guard be immediately returned to their homes and families and that the health care benefits they receive while serving their country be continued upon their return home as long as they have no other source of equally comprehensive health care benefits," and
WHEREAS, in October 2002, the United States Congress adopted a Joint Resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces in Iraq on the basis of imminent threat of attack by Iraq, possession of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein and the role of Saddam Hussein in the 9/11 attacks on the United States, all of which have subsequently been disproved; and
WHEREAS, the war and continued occupation have resulted in the devastation of Iraq's physical and social infrastructure and led to widespread and continuous resistance to US occupation that threatens the lives of Iraqi civilians, and the men and women who compose the ranks of U.S. and other occupying forces; and
WHEREAS, the presence of United States forces in Iraq and the alleged torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other facilities have diminished our moral authority, and inflamed anti-American passions in much of the world; and
WHEREAS, 65 percent of people in the Portland area disapprove of the way President Bush has handled the war in Iraq according to a September Oregonian/KATU poll;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of Portland, on behalf of the people of Portland urges the United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq, and support efforts to rebuild Iraq; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the financial resources used to prosecute the war be redirected to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable portions of our population, including education, health care and full benefits for returning veterans; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution shall be sent to George W. Bush, President of the United States, the members of the Oregon Congressional delegation, the Oregon State legislature and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.

Adopted by the Council:
Commissioner Randy Leonard
Sara Petrocine :sp
October 25, 2006

Gary Blackmer
Auditor of the City of Portland