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ARMISTICE DAY - Monday, November 11

For many years, churches rang their bells on Armistice day to commemorate the hope of a world without war. Join Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland and others at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Monday to declare our conviction that peace is possible.
Monday, November 11
"A day dedicated to the cause of world peace"
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 on 11/11.
Pioneer Courthouse Square

Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, and Women's International League for Peace and Justice - Portland.

Gather between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m.
Ringing of bells at 11:11 a.m.

Bring a bell, poem, song or photo of a fallen veteran dear to you.

Background: The Armistice of 1918, ending the terrible slaughter of World War I, was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, signaling that the world had pulled back from te brink of disaster. For many years, churches rang their bells on Armistice Day to commemorate the hope of a world without war. In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans' Day. It's time to reclaim the historic meaning of the day. Ring the bells 11 times at 11 o'clock a nd declare your conviction that peace is possible.


"'Til All Need for Witness Cease"
First Unitarian Church, S.W. Main and S.W. 12th Avenue
Rooms B302-303
7:30 p.m.
A prose poem play in three parts by Kent Shifferd

Video for Armistice 08.Nov.2013 11:10

Jody Paulson

flyer attachment for Armistice day 09.Nov.2013 09:51

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signing on the 11th day 09.Nov.2013 09:56

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picture 1918

Things you should know about WWI 11.Nov.2013 10:42

Unknown Soldier

WWI was in many ways the birth of the military industrial complex. It was the beginning of "total war"--complete redirection of a nation's economy to a war effort.

WWI was the first demonstrable move toward a New World Order. Following WWI, the press and academia throughout the world blamed the war on a "folly of nationalism." In fact, WWI had little to do with nationalism and everything to do with globalism. Europe was carving up much of Africa and Asia under the individual empires of England, Germany, and France. Germany had recently achieved a global naval force that could compete with Great Britain. Many of the political frictions and alliances that led to the war came from competition between empires over global resources. It also led to the first shot at world government--the League of Nations.

WWI was also a war of international banking interests. Russia had for decades refused international banking, loans, and freely convertible currency, much to the chagrin of the House of Rothschild, JP Morgan, etc.

WWI resulted in major disruptions in capital flow, with the United States currency and gold reserves surging over the debt-ridden belligerents of Europe. The first attempt to control the flow of international capital--the Bank of International Settlements--was the result.

WWI was triggered by the activities of a secret society called the Black Hand whose conspirators carried out the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.

WWI was possibly the first case of a "false flag" attack on the United States with the sinking of the Lusitania cruiser. Germany warned the U.S. government not to allow the private ocean liner to sail for England or it would come under attack as it was suspected to carry armaments. The Wilson administration ignored the warning, so the German government went directly to the "free press," but the NY Times and other major newspapers refused to carry the story. When the Lusitania did sail for England, no destroyer escort met the ship as was standard procedure. Declassified documents after the war show that the British government intentionally ordered the escort withdrawn. After the sinking of the passenger ship, the Wilson Admin. used public outrage over the event as justification to ask Congress to declare war on Germany. The wreck of the Lusitania was found and dived upon in the 1990s and the armaments were, in fact, found on the ship.

WWI was the beginning of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Capt. H. Lawrence ("...of Arabia") recruited Arab support through the Sykes-Picot Agreement where the Allies promised Arab political independence in exchange for help in defeating Germany and Turkey in Africa. At the end of the war, the Balfour Declaration betrayed those promises.

picture 11.Nov.2013 12:43


a picture upon arriving at the event today

Video out-take: Armistice Day VFP ch 72 Jenika 12.Nov.2013 22:23

joe anybody

Armistice Day - Portland
This is a short out-take video clip from Jenika who is with Veterans For peace chapter 72:
(video 2:23 min)

Video: Armistice Day - Portland 2013 13.Nov.2013 20:14

Joe Anybody iam@joeanybody.com

Power To The Peaceful

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6gRg0MYzKM [35 min video]

I arrived after the event was already in progress, which means I missed a couple speakers and "the ringing of the bells" in this video clip.

Filmed in Portland on 11.11.13