For Immediate Release         September 11, 2008

PPRC      (503) 344-5078
Peace and Justice Works      (503) 236-3065

US Out of Iraq & Afghanistan!

6 years after Congress authorized Use of Force on Iraq and
7 years after the US Invasion of Afghanistan
Friday Rally Set For October 10, 2008
5:00 PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

Marking six years since Congress authorized the Use of Force against Iraq and seven years since the invasion of Afghanistan, local groups are planning an expanded Friday rally for peace and justice on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Broadway and Yamhill.

The United States attack on Afghanistan took place on October 7, 2001, less than a month after 9/11; since then, more American soldiers and Afghan civilians have been killed each year. The congressional vote on Iraq took place in the political climate of terrorism, fear and the politically- charged interim congressional elections of 2002. The message of the October 10 rally will be "US Out of Iraq & Afghanistan: 6 & 7 Years Later."

The rally is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. Numerous peace rallies will be taking place around the country that same weekend. The Friday rally, began as an institution in Portland shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan in October, 2001, and has gone on every week, rain or shine, since.

For more information or to get your organization on board as a cosponsor or endorser, contact Peace and Justice Works at or 503-236-3065, or PPRC at 503-344-5078 or Additional cosponsors and endorsers of the event include Women in Black and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom chapters in Portland, OR and Madison, WI.

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