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Portlanders call for "War $$ Resolution" at City Council

Portlanders will call on City Council to pass "War Dollar Resolution" today (Wednesday, October 12). At 1:30 p.m., there will be a news conference. At 2:00 p.m., there will be testimony tying current Portland's financial forecast to wars and the Mayor's Statement.
Ten years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have contributed to the serious financial crisis facing the nation, and the shortfall that Portland City Council revealed for our City last week. Community groups calling for the Council to pass a "Bring the War $$ Home" resolution will hold a news conference outside City Hall (S.W. Fourth Avenue side) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 (today), before testifying in Council Chambers at 2:00 p.m. The proposed Portland language is based on a resolution passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June, heralded by Mayor Sam Adams on behalf of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy.

Since early August, Portlanders have been sending letters and e-mails to City Council asking for a local version of the resolution, but none has been forthcoming.

Speakers at the Council meeting will be Dan Handelman of Peace and Justice Works and Curt Bell of the First Unitarian Church's Peace Action Committee. Handelman, Bell and others organizing the Saturday, October 15 march, rally and forum to mark ten years in Afghanistan and call for the war dollars to come home will speak at the news conference.

As the Occupy Portland movement continues to point out the heavy influence of corporate money on American domestic economic policies, these groups are further connecting the suffering economy to the endless warfare that has cost trillions of dollars spent on the military, contractors and otherwise occupying the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This has become a bipartisan question for most Americans, and the cost of these wars has never been more painfully felt by people throughout the United States and more and more right here in Portland," said William Seaman, a volunteer with Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. "They are not hearing our voices in Washington, D.C., these days, and we're just asking our City Council to crank up the volume on the message that we want these wars ended, and we want the soldiers and the money to come home."

For more information on the local War Dollars Home campaign and the October 15 rally, march and forum, contact Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065 or  http://www.pjw.info

Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group
P.O. Box 42456
Portland, Oregon 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)

End the Wars - Bring Our Dollars Home Rally, March and Forum 12.Oct.2011 10:47

Saturday, October 15

Saturday, October 15
Ten Years in Afganistan: End the Wars - Bring Our $$ Home!
1:00 p.m. Rally at Shemanski Park (South Park Blocks at Salmon)
1:30 p.m. March
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Forum at First Unitarian Church (S.W. 12th and Main)

End the Wars - Bring Our Dollars Home!
Self-Determination for the Middle East!
End Militarism!
Money for Jobs and Healthcare!
Protect Human and Civil Rights!

Coordinated by Peace and Justice Works
(503) 236-3065

Co-Sponsors: Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group; Portland Peaceful Response Coalition; Peace Action Committee of First Unitarian Church; Alliance for Democracy- Portland Chapter; Metanoia Peace Community; East Timor Action Network/Portland; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; International Socialist Organization; Portland Jobs with Justice; KBOO Community Radio (90.7 FM); Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland; Tikkun Olam Committee of P'nai Or; Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR); Augustana Lutheran Church; Portland Area Rethinking Schools; American Friends Service Committee - Portland; and others.

Endorsers: Little Light of Mine Friends (Quaker) Worship Group; Recruiter Watch PDX; Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland; Freedom Socialist Party; Women in Black - Portland; Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER); Portland Alliance (media endorser); No War Drum Corps; Oregon Wildlife Federation; Back 2 the WALL; and others.

In solidarity!