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For Immediate Release March 12, 2004
Event: "The World Still Says No To War"--Rally for peace one year after the war on
Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2004
Time: 1 PM
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
Dan Handelman, Peace & Justice Works (503) 236-3065
William Seaman, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC), www.pprc-news.org
Thousands Expected to March and Rally in Portland for March 20th
Global Mobilization Against War and Occupation.
Subthemes to be addressed at stops along the march include "Defend Civil Liberties--Repeal the USA Patriot Act," "End US Support of Israel's Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza," and "Fund Jobs, Education and Health Care, Not War."
The event will begin with a brief rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square featuring speeches by a military family, a veteran, and keynote speaker Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN, the Oregon farmworkers' union. There will also be music throughout the event, and a dynamic wrap-up once the march returns to Pioneer Square.
Participants will be coming in from all over Oregon and SW Washington including Pendleton, McMinnville, Rockaway, OR and Goldendale, WA.
Organizations interested in becoming involved may contact Peace and Justice Works (PJW) at (503) 236-3065. PJW's Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) is also planning a separate vigil the previous evening (Friday, March 19) from 4-6 PM at Terry Schrunk Plaza to mark the exact one-year date of the bombing. The theme will be "Counting the Costs."
At least five other communities are planning events on March 20 in Oregon: Eugene, Medford, Corvallis, Roseburg and Florence, and the United for Peace and Justice website http://www.unitedforpeace.org says that over 200 events are planned in the US with 50 other countries also planning to demonstrate against US foreign policy.
Current co-sponsors of the March 20 event include Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065),