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This link will take you to a short indy media clip featuring Protestors from Sunday's March
To keep the pressure on Senator Wyden to end the occupation of Iraq various groups are mobilizing a phone/fax/letter campaign to his Portland office. Below is included a letter that you can use as a template to fax/mail to his office, or as a script for phone calls. This is a decentralized campaign empowering individual citizens to contact their senator with a coordinated message.
It seems natural that in the March 19th protest rally in Portland, which was one of the largest in the nation, was followed up by two acts of civil disobedience, also the largest in the nation. But let's not stop here! On every 20th of every month, we should continue to occupy Senator Wyden's office and use the downtime to make sure every month more and more people are involved in the action.
War Protest Video
Monday March 20th Actions of Civil Disobedience resulting in 19 arrests in Portland and 8 in Los Angeles
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Sunday, here in Portland, the sun showed its face with no hint of shyness for the first time in months. No hide-and-seek with the clouds, just pure, glorious, unadulterated sunshine. On such a day you expect life to be good and to be rewarded with further soul-lifting support from the cosmos, so it should have been no surprise that the afternoon march and rally against the Iraq war would have a large turnout. But the actual size of the crowd was indeed a nice surprise.
Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is a sign of addiction. Peaceniks who claim to want to "End the War" have a habit worse than the junkie: using the same, bankrupt tactics that make them feel warm and fuzzy while the killing proceeds unabated. When you gonna kick?
Today the Eugene Civil Resisters group succeeded in shutting down the entrance to the federal building, and local offices of Senator Wyden and Representative DeFazio to make clear their message, "We as citizens demand our congress people vote against any and all future funding for the Iraq war."
Everyone on Sunday felt good being around so many other people who seemed to share the same basic rationality of opposing the war. Big permitted demonstrations provide an important space for a variety of people to see the size of their movement. Maybe the experience will even move some people from being mere marchers to being committed activists and organizers. But I must say that these marches mean next to nothing if they are not part of a broader and more confrontational (not violent) strategy centered on direct action.
An interesting comparison btwn the 'peaceful' protests of the weekend in the US and the student reaction to proposed labor legislation in France.
Today's kboo News and Public Affairs + RADIO FREE IRELAND + music of the ASIAN PACIFIC ISLAND diaspora + EARLY MORNING GUMBO--Diane Karl's folk music weekly
MARCH 2006 Week At A Glance program schedule
On March 20th, a delegation of 19 Oregonians took the call for peace to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office where they engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience to urge the Senator to introduce legislation ending the occupation of Iraq. Members of the media were turned away when they attempted to enter the federal building where delegates were eventually arrested and charged with failure to comply with a federal officer.
This past weekend saw demonstrations all around the world with
hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to protest the third
anniversary of the War in Iraq. But something new is happening.
Marking the third anniversary of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, thousands of activists from all parts of the globe engaged in nonviolent demonstrations and direct action focusing on disrupting business as usual at some of the symbolic "Pillars of the War in Iraq" - US government installations, military bases, congressional offices, recruitment centers and war profiteers. Actions took place in cities around the world, including Atlanta, Belfast, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Madrid, Managua, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rome, San Francisco, San Salvador and Washington, DC. These actions demonstrate increasing boldness to challenge the mechanisms of the war in Iraq through coordinated, global nonviolent resistance.
A group of 19 committed peace activists came to the office of Ron Wyden to speak with him regarding his sponsoring of legislation to bring the troops home.
The group was made up of a diverse collection of people, both politically and in age. They ranged from 20 to in their 60's. The group was almost evenly split between men and women (with a couple more women).
While many in the group had differing political philosophies, we managed to stay unified in solidarity when it came to tactics. I.E. Peaceful, non-violent, and unified.
today's news and Public affairs broadcasts complete
MARCH 2006 Week At A Glance program schedule
Over 700 people gathered on Saturday here in Olympia to demand an end to the Iraq war.
Sit-ins at the Eugene offices of Senators Wyden and Smith, and Rep. DeFazio, were to protest their continuing votes for funding the war. We want them to vote no on war appropriations, and so far they have been unwilling to do that.
The protesters who went to Wyden's office to demand that he introduce legislation to end the war in Iraq have been released.
the protesters at wyden's office have been told that they will be removed from the building at 5:30 pm
We have just received a report that the 19 protesters who have occupied Wyden's office are being arrested.
Right now there are 19 protestors at Senator Ron Wyden's office at the federal building. Authorities are refusing to allow legal observers in the building to observe the action. Please call Wyden's office to demand that legal observers are allowed to enter the building. Numbers to call are below:
The rest of the pictures
This is my overveiw of what happened today in the city of Eugene, OR.
Right now! about 15 folks occupying Sen. Wyden's downtown office. Please go support them. It's in the fed building by the Justice center. Also, there are 2 Legal Observers, but the marshalls won't let the observers up. The activists would really like some LO's up there, and the LO's have asked that folks call Wyden's office and ask that they be let up. The number is below (and address if you'd like to go check it out).
1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204
March 19, 2006 was a beautiful sunny day. So sunny I decided to leave for the rally early. When I reached the waterfront a little after one o'clock, I was surprised to see a crowd already around one to two thousand people. I saw some familiar faces and made my rounds. Everyone I spoke to felt the rally was not going to get us out of Iraq any sooner, but everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine.
From the 3rd anniversary of America's ill-conceived and immoral invasion of Iraq, photos and captions from the Veterans for Peace feeder-march rally and Portland's main rally & march.
Listening to Lars Larsons Show today, it is clear he is lying once again to further his own pro-Bush/pro-War agenda.
I could care less if you burn the flag, after all the Bush Administration has done much worse to the Constitution.
Images from the rally and march
mages from the rally and march
Images from the rally and march
Today Waterfront Park and the streets of Portland were filled with voices rising up for an end to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq and the policies which make war upon other nations inevitable.
I attended the rally today, listened to the speakers, and marched with the thousands of people who did the same. I surely appreciate the creative spirit of all those who made costumes, signs, banners, danced, drummed, and chanted. I hugged friends and comrades, shared moments of recognition with other activists who have also attended many rallies and protests, who have worked long hours, and who have felt the heavy hand of police repression.
List of breaking news items posted on m19 2006 concerning the march and rally in Portland Oregon.
The Oregonian sank to new depths this weekend marking the third anniversary of the U.S. War in Iraq. As hundreds of thousands marched around the world protesting peacefully against this war, The Oregonian led off its Opinion section with the huge type, "Crossroads or dead end?" Below were imbedded two, supposedly alternative views along the line of that heading, with a third innocuous title of an opinion piece on page B5, "Are we losing an unwinnable, unjustified war?"
Photographs of the extremely well attended anti war rally and march this day, March 19, 2006, the third anniversary of United States continuing aggression against the world..
I showed up a little bit late, around 2:00 or so. On the way into town on the MAX, I noticed something I never see on my way to protest: other protestors on the move! Comming in from suburbia, there were about 10 other people on the train on their way to the rally. All through town people were converging. When I finally arrived at the waterfront, I couldn't belive my eyes: there were thousands upon thousands of people; more than I had ever seen at a rally anywhere. My initial estimate was about 10,000-15,000 but people kept flooding the park while the speakers spoke so by the time we marched there must have been 20,000-40,000 people. It was amazing.
Photos from the 03/19/06 Peace Rally & March.
Here we share your voicemails when you leave a voicemail at 503-715-0994.
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Photos from todays Peace March and rally
Two of us decided to stand for Peace outside of Portland today.
No. California 911 Truth Alliance and supporters were out spreading the word at the March 18 Anti-War Rally in San Francisco. Holding Signs saying "Neo-Con Jobs: Iraq and 9/11" and passing out information cards, the truth movement hopes to dispell the 911 lie that got the "war on terror" started. By providing well-researched papers, books and websites we hope to discredit the official narrative and the rational for permanent war.
Radio call - ins to pdx imc web radio on March 19th Day of Action. All call times are for west coast/portland.
Photos From Daechuri, South Korea March 19, 2006
Ok, Ok, So there has been much discusion for /quite/ some time now about what we should "do" as a neo-liberal moevement now that we have consensus the system is corrupt
The rally was dry and the liberals wanted money, but a democrat called for class war and a young voice inspired me momentarily with a poem. Here are the pictures...
A photo from Eugene
This is a 560 word round up of the main anti-war demonstrations around the world on Saturday March 18th. 8 labelled photos are attached.
Some images from friday actions
Thanks for the comments and pictures about the banners on Friday morning. There was also an action down burnside that morning with some strong signs about the war dead. Props to Code Pink and the lobbying!
USA OUT OF IRAQ
Stockholm Sweden 18 March 2006 - a video(1.5 Mb)
We must defend ourselves tomorrow IF we are attacked by the blood thirsty police.
As the war in Iraq enters its fourth year, opposition to the US occupation has never been greater. A clear and growing majority of the American people is opposed to continuing the bloody attempt to subjugate 26 million Iraqis to the interests of the US corporate elite.
#'s to carry or sharpie on your arm:
* Jail Support: 503-234-4518 (Portland Legal Defense Network)
* CALL-in from the street: 503-715-0994 (Indymedia Audio)
Congressman Blumenauer introduced legislation on March 16th to direct the President to redeploy United States Armed Forces from Iraq, beginning with the National Guard. The bill, H.R.4983, is known as the "First Step to Redeployment Act of 2006."
NYC activist Dave Segal reported to prison Monday, where he will serve six months for actions he took to protest the war in Iraq. These are his words about the experience that took him there.
Photos of peace banners displayed today!
Some early risers took to the Everett Street overpass this morning, hoisting anti-war, anti-imperialist banners high above the freeway. Great job! (And me without my camera.)
Vancouver WA joins world-wide actions for justice & peace & against war.
Salem will hold it's PEACE Walk on Sunday. Please join us if you can.
In the streets!
I am going to the march on Sunday. I am going to listen to the speeches, and then walk in the streets to support an anti-war effort. Bring the troops home now. Get out of other people's countries and stop killing them. Impeach the man in the White House, then try him for Treason. I believe it is important for all people of conscience to march, to educate, to engage in outreach. I hope everyone reading this will go out there.
"End the war in Iraq. Hands off Venezuela."
Sunday, March 19th, from 1 to 2pm, labor activists, members of a recent delegation to Venezuela, students, and others will rally at the Federal Building to denounce US intervention in Iraq and Venezuela. This event will be a "Feeder" March to Sunday's Peace Rally. Luis Primo, a leader in Venezuela's largest labor federation—the National Workers' Union, will be the keynote speaker.
Demonstrate to Stop the War on the 3rd Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq ;Saturday, March 18, 2006--Rain or shine!
The Veterans for Peace feeder march will assemble at the site of the future Vets' Peace Park, at the intersection of N Interstate and NE Oregon St. at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19. The park is at the east end of the Steel Bridge, one block south of Rose Quarter TC.
Sunday, March 19, 12:15pm
South Park Blocks (SW Madison & Park in front of the Art Museum) and marching past Pioneer Square to Waterfront Park
Keeping our resolve is the best choice of action in this needless witch hunt and harrasment of activists.
Three years ago George Bush launched a war of choice - and all for what cause?
Demonstrate to Stop the War on the 3rd Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq
Saturday, March 18, 2006--Rain or shine!
Where is the protest on March 19th? Why is it not posted on Indy Media?
Looking to coordinate some powerful street theatre and we need to exploit your children. If you want your kids co-opted into the anti-war, anti-world ownership/world slavery movement, then have we got a deal for you.
The newest leaflet from the Seattle Communist Study Group. Perhaps it will inspire more people to take a hand in building the kind of anti-war movement necessary to put an end to this era of militarism, cold-blooded slaughter and heinous torture: a class movement against imperialism.
The Free Press
March 6, 2006
3rd Anniversary Seattle March Against the War in Iraq.
Women for Peace
March 18th marks the 3rd anniversary of the start of the illegal war in Iraq...as always, thousands of anti-war, anti-Bush folks will be out in force in Seattle...
As the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq approaches, Nobel Peace and Literature Laureates are joined by religious leaders, writers, human rights activists, former government officials, peace activists and others in calling for ongoing campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance to end the U.S. led occupation of Iraq. On March 20, 2006, the first of five days of action throughout 2006, there will be nonviolent civil resistance actions at US and British diplomatic missions, military bases, recruitment offices and war profiteers in at least three continents.
March 20th begins the first one-day-a-month boycott of "all things oil". George Bush is right, we're addicted. Everything we buy is coated in oil. We are literally fueling the war and all of the other U.S. atrocities with our contributions to the economy.
Please attend the Sunday March 19 rally & march at Portland's Waterfront Park to protest the war in Iraq on its 3rd anniversary.
Don't accept the continuing Amerikan war crimes.
In 2005 I heard that Coalition forces were camped in the ruins of Babylon. I heard that bulldozers had dug trenches through the site and cleared areas for helicopter landing pads and parking lots, that thousands of sandbags had been filled with dirt and archaeological fragments, that a 2600-year-old brick pavement had been crushed by tanks, and that the moulded bricks of dragons had been gouged out from the Ishtar Gate by soldiers collecting souvenirs. I heard that the ruins of the Sumerian cities of Umma, Umm al-Akareb, Larsa and Tello were completely destroyed and were now landscapes of craters.
Next month's March 19th third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq coincides with the Bush administration's plans to extend the war into Iran.
Toy soldiers are being deployed nationwide, bearing the message "Bring Me Home Now!" Join the effort that began in Chicago, see www.mouthswideopen.org