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"Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan" Events Planned to Connect Economic Justice and Peace Issues
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th, 2012, 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM
Where: Saturday: Shemanski Park (South Park Blocks at Salmon); Sunday: PCC Cascade (N. Albina & Killingsworth)
There will be two days of action protesting the 11th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan and marking one year since the start of Occupy Portland. Under the banner title "Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan," a Saturday march and rally will begin in Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon Street) and the Sunday workshops will be held at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus (N Albina and Killingsworth). Both events will connect the economic injustices of US policy to the wars and occupations. Events on both days will run from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.
The organizers of the event have broadly laid out these political platform points to further explain the days' theme:
- Money for Jobs, Education, Health Care, Housing, & the Environment, Not War
- End the Wars and Occupations - No Nukes, No Drones
- Main Street, Not Wall Street - Power to the People
- Restore Constitutional Rights
The events revive a collaboration between Occupy Portland and peace and social justice groups established in 2011 when the 10 years in Afghanistan march and rally coincided with the occupations of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares downtown. At least 30 organizations are already involved in the event.
Cosponsors of the Portland event include Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Occupy Portland, the Peace Action Committee of the First Unitarian Church, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM (media cosponsor), Portland Burn Survivors, War Resisters League-Portland, American Iranian Friendship Council, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Portland Community College, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland Branch, Augustana Lutheran Church, American Friends Service Committee, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.
Endorsers include Cascadians Against War, Right 2 Dream Too, Right 2 Survive, Recruiter Watch PDX, Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group, East Timor Action Network/Portland, pdxjustice Media Productions, Freedom Socialist Party, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back 2 the Wall, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party, Portland Alliance (media endorser), Flying Focus Video Collective (media endorser), Radical Women, People's Activist Cafe, Women in Black-Portland, Oak Grove Peace Vigil, Shelly's Garden and others.
For more information or for your organization to get involved, contact Peace and Justice Works (PJW) at 503-236-3065 or go to the Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan facebook page. Posters, flyers, and an application form to coordinate workshops are available at the PJW website, http://www.pjw.info.More information »