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Please join Oregon PSR and our partners at Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group for "An Occupation by Any Other Name: Iraq 11 Years Later."
When: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 3:30-6:00 PM
Where: NE Couch and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (East end of Burnside Bridge)
Wednesday, March 19th will mark 11 years since the devastating US invasion of Iraq. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) will hold a visibility action to remind people that the US still has a large presence in Iraq despite the 2011 "withdrawal." The IAG's "Tower of Peace" will remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians heading in three directions about the ongoing effects of US policies in Iraq.
The US continues to operate the world's largest embassy in Baghdad, with thousands of diplomats, "contractors" and military personnel. In December, the US sold rockets and drones to Iraq ostensibly to fight spillover from the Syrian conflict. The US similarly supported the regime of Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war and then began "Gulf War Part 1" in 1991 in part because of Iraq's formidable military capability that they claimed needed to be obliterated. Meanwhile, basic necessities like food, water, medicine and electricity are still not universally available to Iraqis 23 years since the imposition of sanctions, and internal fighting that did not exist prior to the 2003 invasion kills hundreds each month.
Along with the Iraq Affinity Group, cosponsors include the War Resisters League-Portland.