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Funk The War is Almost Here!

It's almost time for Funk the War! Meet at 12:30 tomorrow at Terry-Shrunk Park (SW 3rd and Madison) to say no to war and disrupt business as usual for local war profiteers (the specific local war profiteer will be announced at the park). No more profiteering in Portland! No more funding of war in our community!
The fifth anniversary of the war is almost upon us, and we are still planning to mark its passing by disrupting business as usual for local war profiteers! Join us downtown to dance in the streets and show our anger at this war and at those profiting from it in our own community. There will be dancing, food, bikes, music and direct action! Come prepared with the supplies you need to resist in the way you see fit; but instruments, noise makers, bike sound systems, and your dancing shoes are particularly encouraged.

People are encouraged to manifest their resistance in a diverse variety of ways, but we ask that people be aware of the effects of their actions on those around them. Legal and medical support will be on hand.

We will see you downtown tomorrow!

WHAT IS THE ** CORRECT TIME ** FOR THIS FUNK ? 18.Mar.2008 15:51

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

I have seen where this is suppose to start @ 11
Below is what I have copied from the PJW website

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UPDATED INFORMATION FROM PJW WEBSITE 3/18/08
 http://www.pjw.info/Iraq.html
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

11 AM-2 PM and 4-6 PM

"Iraq for Iraqis Now! U.S. Out /
Five Years of War and Occupation"
Day of action on the fifth anniversary of the invasion

Terry Schrunk Plaza (11-11:45)
World Trade Center (12-12:45)
Old Federal Courthouse (1-2)
Evening action at Terry Schrunk (4-6).

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MORE INFORMATION from here:  http://www.pjw.info/iraq5yl.html

"Iraq for Iraqis Now! U.S. Out
Five Years of War and Occupation"
Day of action on the fifth anniversary of the invasion
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
11 AM-2 PM and 4- 6 PM

Terry Schrunk Plaza (11-11:45)
World Trade Center (12-12:45)
Old Federal Courthouse (1-2)
Evening action at Terry Schrunk (4-6).


The Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group has planned a series of actions on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Titled "Iraq for Iraqis Now! U.S. Out / Five Years of War and Occupation" the actions begin at 11 AM at Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison, moving to the World Trade Center, SW 1st and Salmon, at Noon and the Old Federal Courthouse, SW Broadway and Main, at 1 PM. The action picks up again from 4-6 PM at Terry Schrunk, where protestors will gather to remind rush hour commuters that the destruction of Iraq, which really began over 17 years ago in 1990, continues due to U.S. policies.
In addition to their high visibility downtown, each site also houses the offices of a federal elected official from Oregon--Senators Smith and Wyden, and Representative Wu.

For more information, to get involved, or if your organization wishes to cosponsor the day's events, contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or  iraq@pjw.info; a flyer for the event can be found at  http://www.pjw.info/iraq5yl.html.

This event has been cosponsored by Families for Peace, Code Pink Portland, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland, and others; endorsed by NW Veterans for Peace, the WRL's Military and Draft Counseling Project, Freedom Socialist Party, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and others; and supported by Yamhill Valley Peacemakers.

FUNK The WAR .... when does it start ?
FUNK The WAR .... when does it start ?

2 separate events = Both on the same day 18.Mar.2008 16:15

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

Sorry I am trying to figure this out the hard way (it was somewhat confusing)

It looks like TWO separate events are at Terry Schrunk on M-19

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(((1))) Wednesday, March 19, 2008

11am -2pm and 4-6pm

"Iraq for Iraqis Now! U.S. Out /
Five Years of War and Occupation"
Day of action on the fifth anniversary of the invasion

Terry Schrunk Plaza (11-11:45)
World Trade Center (12-12:45)
Old Federal Courthouse (1-2)
Evening action at Terry Schrunk (4-6).
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(((2))) FUNK The War March 19, 2008

12:30 till ??

Funk the war & PJW 18.Mar.2008 16:15

Person

Funk the war starts at 12:30 pm. The PJW starts earlier and leaves the park before funk the war starts. The events are separate but in solidarity with each other.

Local War Profiteers? 18.Mar.2008 20:57

Who are you guys?

I am confused. You folks are encouraging a "protest" of the Oregon National Guard? The folks that saved dozens of fellow citizens in the wake of the flooding only three months ago? You are calling these guys, including the Oregon Adjutant General Local War Profiteers?" How many funerals of citizen-soldiers have you been to? Me? I'm at several dozen in the past several years. If you want to make a stand, focus on the policy makers not the policy enforcers. Good Luck tomorrow. You want change? Write your elected officials and vote for change!

profiteers 18.Mar.2008 21:12

private corporations

the profiteers are the private corporations that directly, or in some cases indirectly profit because of the US occupation in iraq. a few of them happen to have large offices in portland. this money making is unacceptable.
my understanding is that the blockade of the base is using the funk the war gathering as something already established to sort of springboard their plans which are sort of being hastily put together.

Don't Forget About the Student Walkout 18.Mar.2008 22:29

Bash

Hey, planning on having fun at Funk The War? Well why not join the students in a walkout the very next day as well. March 20th 11 am walkout 1 PM meet up at the elephant in North Park Blocks for speeches followed by a protest. Students aren't going to take this war lying down and neither should you. We need all the people possible so come on down. It's going to be badass, and that my good friend is a promise.

Once again... diffrent protests! 18.Mar.2008 22:59

person

Funk the War is a separate protest from the one at the national guard base, and a separate one from the Peace and Justice Works protest.
Funk the War dose not have the national guard as a target, but rather private companies that are profiting from the war and are located downtown.

To me the blockade at the military base, which I believe you are confusing Funk the War, with seems poorly thought through, poorly planned, has a poorly chosen target, and is likely to get folks arrested needlessly.


But thats just my opinion.

regarding begging our masters to change their tyrannic ways 18.Mar.2008 23:55

emma r0x0rz my s0x0rz

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." -emma goldman

those who count the votes have the power, not the people who vote. and it's been shown that those who count the votes are absolutely corrupt.

You can have good natured and good humored protests - 19.Mar.2008 17:30

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the problem is only when people will not go UNLESS they are "fun." We tried to make the Schumacher protests as entertaining as possible. The core people showed up, rain or shine, "fun" or not. Some people really only wanted to come if they were entertained and their friends were there. Regardless - you can have "fun" protests and still be effective. And sometimes you need to do that to get more people to show up who otherwise wouldn't. It doesn't have to cheapen your message at all. My experience is that only the most dedicated among us will go to somber protests. I wish everyone was so dedicated, but the reality is they're not.