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For Immediate Release September 18, 2003
Dan Handelman, Peace & Justice Works
William Seaman, Portland Peaceful Response
An alliance of faith communities and peace and justice groups has been adding cosponsors and endorsers for the next mass action for peace. The theme for their next mobilization against war and occupation is "March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!", and will take place on Sunday, September 21st, at 2:00 p.m., starting off at Terry Schrunk Plaza at S.W. 4th and Madison in downtown Portland. Following a half-hour opening with speakers and music, the march will include stops at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, and the World Trade Center where community organizers will talk about the different subthemes adopted for this latest demonstration for peace. Issues to be addressed by the event include ending the US military and corporate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, ending US support for Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, protecting civil liberties at home and abroad, and calling for an end to pre-emptive war. For more information, please call Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065.
This event comes one week after a major demonstration against corporate globalization, an issue closely tied to the military occupations of the two Middle Eastern countries in name of the "war on terrorism."
Current co-sponsors of the September 21 event include Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), American Friends Service Committee, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (503-471-1535, www.pprc-news.org), Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986), War Resisters League-Portland (503-238-0605), Living Earth, Women in Black, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Palestine Action Group, Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem), Peace Justice and Environment Committee of the Portland Mennonite Church, Victims of Child Abuse by Churches Against the War, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Jews for Global Justice (503-299-4772), Augustana Lutheran Church, Northwest Ethnic Voice/Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund, Bridge City Preparative Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Cascadia Magical Activists, Black Monday Committe