Saturday, August 31
PORTLAND RALLIES AGAINST U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA
Part of a global day of anti-war action
Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown Portland
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From the Press Release:
"On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., concerned citizens from Portland and the surrounding communities will meet at Pioneer Courthouse Square for a peaceful rally and march in solidarity with a global day of action opposing the U.S. military intervention in Syria.
"The White House has made it clear that it intends to engage in military action in Syria before U.N. inspectors have finished investigating possible chemical attacks and without the support of the international community or American public approval. In a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 60 percent of Americans said they oppose war with Syria.
"As concerned and responsible citizens, we condemn unilateral U.S. military attacks on Middle Eastern and North African nations. We condemn the military-industrial complex that salivates over profits from the exportation of war. We condemn President Assad for the brutal atrocities committed against the Syrian people. We condemn the Syrian rebels for the atrocities they have committed against the Syrian people.
"We demand that the U.S. government immediately end all plans for war and violent intervention in Syria and join the international community to accomplish the following:
"(1) call for and implement an immediate ceasefire in Syria;
"(2) pull remaining pillars of support for not only the Assad regime but the rebel factions as well, including an immediate halt of arms sales and distribution to the region;
"(3) empower Syrian civil society to participate in negotiations and contribute to the peaceful resolution of this conflict by peaceful means.
"This peaceful rally will be entirely nonviolent. We respectfully request that any and all community members and law enforcement officers present at this event to conduct themselves nonviolently.....
"We call on all Portland area citizens to join us at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Saturday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m., to raise our voices and demand the U.S. government to refrain from military intervention and other means of violent conflict management in Syria and instead to engage in peaceful collaboration with the international community...."