Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the Friday, March 17 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally with the theme "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq." The rally begins at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison, with a march around downtown beginning at about 5:20 PM. The US invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. Even though most of the troops were withdrawn in 2011, they never left completely. With the US' war against the Islamic State starting in August 2014, there are now over 5000 troops in Iraq as "advisors," drone and conventional aircraft bombings, and, with the world's largest embassy, an unending occupation.
Although March 2017 marks 14 years since the Iraq War began, one also can look at Jan. 1991-- the start of "Gulf War Part 1"-- as the start of what has now been over 25 years of US hostilities in Iraq. Meanwhile, though sanctions were put in place against the late Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990 to force Iraq to repay Kuwait for their invasion of that country, Iraq still has to make payments despite its dire financial and political situation. Making matters worse, Donald Trump told NBC on January 25: "We should've kept the oil when we got out"-- as if the US had the right to take Iraq's oil.
For more information or to endorse or otherwise support this event contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; PPRC's weekly rally notice can be found at http://pprc-news.info/node/3. A flyer for this event can be found along with other information at http://www.pjw.info/iraq14yl.html.
From the U.S. to Palestine Join together in Resistance
Protest the Trump/Netanyahu partnership that stands for hate, Islamophobia, expansion of the Israeli Occupation, desecration of our planet, moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, denial of human rights, and violation of the US Constitution and International Law.
February 15th, 5 to 6 PM
VIGIL Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW corner across from Nordstrom)
Bring a sign—see below for some message ideas
We will protest on FEBUARY 15 as Israeli PM Netanyahu comes to DC to visit with Trump to develop their Joint Agenda. Meanwhile the Senate will start hearings on Friedman for Ambassador to Israel. David Friedman is a part of the extreme right wing Israeli Settler Movement. He supports Trump’s Muslim travel ban and wants the U.S. Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
We reject the the Trump/Friedman/Netanyahu worldview - Reject the appointment of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel - No to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and Israel’s occupation of Palestine - No to systems that displace people—from Portland’s housing crisis to the systematic erasure of the Palestinians - A permanent end to the unconstitutional Muslim travel ban - YES, to welcome refugees and immigrants - No to construction of U.S.-Mexico border wall - No to Israel’s apartheid wall and the occupation it sustains - No to militarized police forces in our cities (often trained by the Israeli military) - No to destruction and confiscation of sacred land—from Standing Rock to Palestine - No to provocative actions and rhetoric that will lead to war with Iran. Iran is NOT our enemy.
We do not accept a world of enclosures, prisons, and bans.
Bring signs—here are some suggested slogans, or make your own:
Join us on Inauguration Day as we peacefully take to the streets to protest Trump and the fascist take-over of our country! Donald Trump and his corporate regime are threatening our lives, our liberty, and the very survival of our planet. With bigotry and ignorance, they have waged a war of hate and corruption on our people and our planet. This is where the rubber meets the road. Get up on your feet and speak loudly! Share this with all your friends and family. We will rally and march from Pioneer Square to voice our outrage for the broken system that has driven us to the brink of disaster. It's time to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, our neighbors, our family, and our community. We are the revolution!
We will rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square to introduce you to the Portland Organizations who will be on the front lines in our collective struggle against Trump's Regime. This is your opportunity to join an organization that fights for your passion, a chance to use your courage, your strength, and your voice! This is your chance to take a stand and join the front lines in the global war against corporate greed and fascism.
After the rally, we will take to OUR STREETS as we march to declare our solidarity and to voice our outrage. Together, we are the majority, we are a community, a family. This is not Trump's America, this is OUR CITY.
Resist the Fascist Empire. Rise with Us.
Organizing Partners: 350 PDX 7th Generation Environmental Alliance Bernie PDX Border Angels Milenio PDX Never Again PDX TransPride People, Places, Things Portland Assembly Portland Punx Against Fascism Portland's Resistance Portland Rising Tide Portland Tenants United Stand Up, Stand Out
Marching Contingents From: Anarchist Red and Black Block Portland Anakbayan Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines Portland Student Action Network PSU Kaibigan
Speakers and Performances: (*Organizations named for affiliation purposes only) Alexis Cannard Alice DiMicele Becky - Call to Safety Callie and Dylan - Portland Student Action Fatmah - Momentum Alliance Francisco - Voz Hispana Greg - Portland's Resistance Kboy Kano Margot - Portland Tenants United Mia - 350 PDX / Portland Rising Tide Nico - Bernie PDX