On Saturday, July 26, there will be a rally for peace at Terry Schrunk Plaza (S.W. Third and Madison/Jefferson) in downtown Portland. The rally will start at noon and is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group.
As of July 9, President Obama had sent at least 800 U.S. troops, ostensibly "advisors," to Iraq. Although it is claimed they will not engage in combat, there has already been talk of using drones, cruise missiles and Apache attack helicopters piloted by some of these "advisors." The potential for the situation to engulf a much broader conflict is heightened by the fact that Syria, Iran and Russia already have actively engaged militarily in Iraq on the same side the U.S. wishes to support, even though the U.S. position on those countries' stance in next-door Syria's civil war is completely opposite.