Even with a new president on his or her way, we have to realize that corporations will not hold elections next year. The capitalist backbone of this war will stay intact until the public acts on it. Until these companies see the economic and social consequences for their actions; this war, and the many wars to come will still be fought. This is no longer about Bush and Cheney, but about the every single corporation and CEO head that is fueling this war.
This march has been carefully planned for some time now, and advertised rigorously throughout schools. We hope to invite other activists in hopes to make alliances between other peace groups and organizations. All we ask for is a show of solidarity among us, and support in efforts to come. We also wish that those attending will understand that this march is not a spur of the moment type of thing. This protest hopes to create a unified and well organized high school and college student alliance. For the first time in 4 years, high school activists in Portland are organizing with other high schools in hopes to make a more productive student resistance.
Literature will be passed out through the march, and designated student speakers will speak on the student movement's history, and the true cost of war. We believe that the activist movement has been slowly fading away because people are tired of walking in circles. This protest provides the opportunity for people to channel their distrust and anger towards the war in a more productive manner. We stress the point that this protest is not about merely only feeling good about yourself, or pointlessly rabble rousing for that matter. We aim to take the most productive approach in ending this war.
Although we have taken steps in trying to prevent it, we can not rule out the possibility of an unruly attack by the police. For this reason we ask that people protect themselves accordingly, and know their rights. The only bloc we ask for is a bloc of one unified people, arm in arm, setting aside political and physical differences in the fight against the rising tide of imperialism and fascism in America.
Solidarity to you. Please spread this message.