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Peace and Justice Works
  Iraq Affinity Group
  PO Box 42456
  Portland, OR 97242
  (503) 236-3065 (Office)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         September 30, 2004

Sunday's Peace Rally in North Park Blocks Not Expected to Interfere with Marathon

Portland's eighth large-scale, permitted peace rally in the last two years is planned for 2:00 PM this Sunday, October 3rd, starting at the North Park Blocks, NW 8th & Everett. The event is free and open to everyone who embraces the themes of the "Rally and March for Peace and Justice." Peace and Justice Works (PJW), one of the key organizations working on the event, expects thousands of participants to make their voices heard.

"With a war raging increasingly out of control in Iraq; with over 1000 U.S. soldiers dead--an unbalanced proportion from Oregon; with U.S. airplanes dropping bombs on civilian targets against a people who have no air defenses, and with important issues for human rights which are not necessarily being talked about by any national or local candidates, Oregonians are anxious to get out in the streets again," said Dan Handelman, a founding member of PJW.

The date of the rally coincides roughly with the two-year anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan, a country still plagued by many of the problems that existed prior to that war despite the upcoming U.S.-backed elections.

Over 115 organizations from the social justice, labor, faith, student, business, environmental, and peace communities from Oregon and SW Washington have signed on to cosponsor or endorse the event.

Speakers and music will begin at 2 PM, followed by a 2-mile march, which will pass by the finish line of the Portland Marathon just after its official end time of 3 PM. More speakers and music in Park Blocks will wrap up after the march, with the event ending at 5:00.

Subthemes for the day to be addressed by speakers including veterans, military families, clergy, labor activists, and students are:

-- End the Wars and Occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the West Bank/Gaza!
-- Fund Health Care, Jobs, Housing and Education, Not War!
-- Defend Civil Liberties and Democracy: Equal Rights for All!

People planning to attend the march are encouraged to take public transportation or to approach the Park Blocks by taking I-405 to avoid marathon traffic.

A partial list of co-sponsors of the October 3rd event include Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (, Women in Black, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Portland Labor for Peace and Justice, KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio, Portland Catholic Worker, Oreg