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For Immediate Release
September 30, 2009
What: "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later": Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace
When: Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
Who: Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC), Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity
Group, the First
Unitarian Church, and other groups
PPRC (503) 344-5078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
"The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later":
As President Obama considers his top General's request for more
U.S. soldiers to risk their lives, Portlanders will call for an end to
the occupation of Afghanistan this Friday. At an expanded Friday Rally
and March for Peace and Justice on October 2, 2009 at 5 PM at
Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway), protestors
will consider "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later."
Speakers, including several who are in town for a conference on
the economic and enviromental crises, will tie the occupations of
Afghanistan and Iraq, the bombardment of Pakistan, the threats
against Iran and other foreign policy issues together. Just some
of these concerns are US dependency on oil, use of depleted uranium
and other toxic weapons, and the skyrocketing costs of the
occupations. The US has now spent over $1 trillion on these
occupations, which would have been much better spent on human needs.
Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice
Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and
The US invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, ostensibly to capture Osama Bin Laden and Al
suspected of planning the attacks of 9/11. The current government of Afghanistan has welcomed
US and NATO's
military presence while complaining bitterly of the hundreds of civilian casualties caused by
airstrikes and ground
troops. Since the US is now allied with the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan after having driven
out those who
were in power in each country in 2001 and 2003, these conflicts should not be labelled "wars."
"Traumatized by 9/11, the people of the United States were
hounded and defrauded into war and occupation in Afghanistan eight
years ago," said Will Seaman, a volunteer with Portland Peaceful
Response Coalition. "We said no then, we say no today, and we will
not rest until the United States rejects this nightmare of empire,
until all the troops are home, and until we have paid reparations for
the terrible crimes our country has committed against the people of
The October 2 event is an expanded Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) Friday rally in
with Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, and the First Unitarian
Supporters include Freedom Socialist Party, War Resisters League-Portland and others. Endorsers include Dorothy Day Catholic
Worker House, Rural Organizing Project, PDX Peace, Center For
Infercultural Organizing, and Women's International League for Peace and
Freedom-Portland Chapter. Portland's Friday
rallies for peace and justice have been an institution since late 2001. A march will commence at about 5:30
A march will commence at about 5:30 PM, winding through downtown
to engage rush hour commuters, ending at the First Unitarian Church.
That evening at 7 PM, political analyst Noam Chomsky is speaking
at the conference, known as EcoNvergence.
The rally is being coordinated in conjunction with the
EcoNvergence gathering in Portland, October 2-4:
information at http://www.econvergence.org , and in
solidarity with other actions happening nationwide to end the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
For more information, or if you or your group would like to support the event with an endorsement
donation,* please contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or PPRC at (503) 344-5078.
*Supporting organizations are being asked to give $10-20 sliding scale to offset costs; endorsers
are simply asked to lend their name to the event and promote it to their memberships.