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Alert: Rose Festival brings the war to Portland

A display of military power during Rose Festival places the whole region at risk. .Navy ships, including a cruise missile carrier, will dock at the waterfront. Eleven military marching units, a troop carrier and a tank will participate in the Grand Floral Parade June 9. The military presence in the Parade provides an opportunity for people to object to turning a parade honoring flowers into a glorification of war.
War is Not The Answer
War is Not The Answer
Although the majority of Portlanders oppose the current war of occupation in Iraq, a display of military power during Rose Festival places the whole region at risk. Navy ships, including two guided missile cruisers, a guided missile frigate, and a guided missile destroyer, will dock at the waterfront. Eleven military marching units, a troop carrier and a tank will participate in the Grand Floral Parade June 9. The military presence in the Parade provides an opportunity for people to object to turning a parade honoring flowers into a glorification of war.

There are two opportunities to protest the military presence in Portland:

1. Come to the Waterfront or to the Broadway or Steele bridges on Thursday, June 7 from 2-4:30 PM with peace signs. Let them know that that war ships in our harbor place us at risk and imply that Portland supports the war. We want Peace, not battle ships. You can say goodbye to he ships on Monday morning, June 11.

2. Take your peace sign to the Grand Floral Parade on June 9. Eleven military marching units, a troop carrier and a tank will be entries 47-60 (out of 132) in the parade. It brings to mind the song, "Where have All the Flowers gone" Most floats in the parade will be covered with flowers. Perhaps the tank will be covered with blood-red roses. Wherever you are watching the parade, let those around you know that you object to a tank and troop carrier parading down the streets of Portland. If we don't use the free speech we have, we're going to lose it.

Contact information 04.Jun.2007 11:27

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Probably the best first step is to contact the City and The Rose Festival to ask them to keep the ships out of Portland and the tank and troop carrier out of the parade. Here's some contact information:

Rose Festival 503-227-2681

Tom Potter; (503) 823-4120
Public Advocate is Jeremy
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 340


Sam Adams (503) 823-3008
 http://www.commissionersam.com/

Randy Leonard
 rleonard@ci.portland.or.us

1221 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 210
Portland OR 97204
503-823-4682


Eric Sten
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Rm. 240
Portland, OR 97204-1998

503-823-3589
503-823-3596 (fax)

 erik@ci.portland.or.us

911 Truth, Bring it to the Troops 04.Jun.2007 16:09

jail bush/cheney/all of them

this would be a good opportunity to bring lots of dvd's and 911 truth literature to the ships and pass it out to the people on land and sea.