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5:00 pm Friday - No War Peace March "Expanded" 10-2-09

Peace Groups Gear Up to Call for End of War in Afghanistan
Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice
Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
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News Item

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What: "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later": Expanded Friday
Rally and March for Peace and Justice
When: Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
Who: Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC), Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group, the First Unitarian Church, and other
groups

Contacts:
PPRC (503) 344-5078  pprc@riseup.net www.pprc-news.org
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503) 236-3065
 iraq@pjw.info

Peace Groups Gear Up to Call for End of War in Afghanistan
Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice
Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

As President Obama considers his top General's request for more
U.S. soldiers to risk their lives, Portlanders will call for an end to
the occupation of Afghanistan this Friday. At an expanded Friday Rally
and March for Peace and Justice on October 2, 2009 at 5 PM at
Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway), protestors
will consider "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later."

Banners promoting the event have been parading about Portland on
Burnside and near the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges. Early
morning "human billboard" bannering is also expected at 6:30 AM
this Thursday, October 1, at Pioneer Courthouse Square to greet
early morning commuters (weather permitting).

Speakers, including several who are in town for a conference on
the economic and enviromental crises, will tie the occupations of
Afghanistan and Iraq, the bombardment of Pakistan, the threats
against Iran and other foreign policy issues together. Just some
of these concerns are US dependency on oil, use of depleted uranium
and other toxic weapons, and the skyrocketing costs of the
occupations. The US has now spent over $1 trillion on these
occupations, which would have been much better spent on human needs.

The US invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, ostensibly to capture
Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda members suspected of planning the attacks
of 9/11. The current government of Afghanistan has welcomed US and
NATO's military presence while complaining bitterly of the hundreds of
civilian casualties caused by airstrikes and ground troops. Since the
US is now allied with the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan after
having driven out those who were in power in each country in 2001 and
2003, these conflicts should not be labelled "wars."

"Traumatized by 9/11, the people of the United States were
hounded and defrauded into war and occupation in Afghanistan eight
years ago," said Will Seaman, a volunteer with Portland Peaceful
Response Coalition. "We said no then, we say no today, and we will
not rest until the United States rejects this nightmare of empire,
until all the troops are home, and until we have paid reparations for
the terrible crimes our country has committed against the people of
Afghanistan."

The October 2 event is an expanded Portland Peaceful Response
Coalition (PPRC) Friday rally in cooperation with Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group, and the First Unitarian Church.
Supporters include Freedom Socialist Party, War Resisters League-
Portland and others. Endorsers include Dorothy Day Catholic
Worker House, Rural Organizing Project, PDX Peace, Center for
Intercultural Organizing, and Women's International League for Peace
and Freedom-Portland Chapter. Portland's Friday rallies for
peace and justice have been an institution since late 2001.

A march will commence at about 5:30 PM, winding through downtown
to engage rush hour commuters, ending at the First Unitarian Church.
That evening at 7 PM, political analyst Noam Chomsky is speaking
at the conference, known as EcoNvergence.

The rally is being coordinated in conjunction with the
EcoNvergence, which runs from October 2-4: more information on
the gathering is at  http://www.econvergence.org . The rally and
march are also in solidarity with other actions happening nationwide
to end the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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