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

News Item/Calendar Listing

For Immediate Release      March 15, 2005

Panelists/Discussions will focus on US Foreign Policy and Local Peace Activism
Saturday, March 19, 2005, 10 AM (Teach-in), 2 PM (March)
at PSU Campus Ministry/Koinonia House, 633 SW Montgomery

Portland area peace and social justice groups presenting a "teach-in" and a march to mark two years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq on Saturday, March 19, 2005 today released details of Saturday's events. The teach-in will begin at 10 AM at PSU Campus Ministry/Koinonia House, 633 SW Montgomery. The march will begin at 2 PM at the Urban Center Plaza, 1800 SW 6th, just a half block away. The title of the event is "Saying No to War and Occupation: Teach-in and Peace March, Two Years Later."

Topics of discussion will include US foreign policy, particularly in the "Middle East."
Speakers at the 10 AM morning session will include:
.Johanna Brenner of the Women's Studies Department at PSU on Iraq,
.Goudarz Eghdetari, host of KBOO's "Voice of the Middle East" on Iran,
.Amin Wahab, who moved to Portland from Afghanistan in 1980, on US Policy in Afghanistan,
.Mazen Malik, of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, on Israel/Palestine,
.Adele Kubein, mother of a guardsmember, of Military Families Speak Out, on families' perspective on US policy,
.Grant Remington, VietNam veteran, of Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, on a veteran's perspective.

In the afternoon, a 12:15 PM panel on activism will go into breakout sessions after brief introductions:
.Marvin Simmons of Northwest Veterans for Peace on the campaign to bring Oregon's troops home,
.John Greschow of War Resisters League-Portland on opposition to the draft and "stop-loss" programs,
.Lila Zucker, student at Lincoln High, joined by a high school teacher, on organizing in schools,
.Andrea Cano of the National Justice and Peace Action Network, United Church of Christ on media activism, and .Alice Dale of SEIU 49 on labor against the war.

Volunteers will provide vegetarian, Middle Eastern cuisine for an 11:30 AM meal.

Following the teach-in, the march will leave PSU at about 2 PM and return close to 3:00 where information and literature will still be available. The march will head north up 6th avenue, east on Columbia, north on 4th avenue, west on Washington, and south on Broadway.

Note: The Great Hall in the Campus Ministry building is not wheelchair accessible, so please call ahead if you have any concerns.

The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, PSU Students United for Nonviolence, Portland Campus Christian Ministry and a number of other organizations. It is endorsed by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), War Resisters League-Portland, Jews for Global Justice, the Peace and Social Concerns of the Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), Vancouver for Peace, Portland Jobs with Justice, and others. The teach-in is funded in part by the Jan Bone Memorial Fund for Public Forums. For more information or to get involved contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065.


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