[pjw] EVENT REMINDERS: "IRAQ WAR III One Year Later" Fri 5 PM, Hiroshima Day Thursday, 6 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Tue Aug 4 12:18:45 EDT 2015

Below is an updated announcement for Friday's rally and march marking a 
year since the US started bombing Iraq (again). It includes news about how 
many civilians are now reported dead in the war on Isis (450), the new 
expansion of the war in Syria (air support for "rebels") and two groups 
who've added their names to the event (Recruiter Watch and Occupy Portland 
Elder Caucus). That's 5 PM Friday in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

We also want to remind you that PJW is cosponsoring the Hiroshima memorial 
on Thursday at 6 PM in the north end of Waterfront Park, details here:

dan h
peace and justice works / iraq affinity group

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

NEWS ITEM  For Immediate Release       August 4, 2015

Rally and March: "IRAQ WAR III One Year Later"
Friday, August 7, 2015
5:00 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
SW Yamhill and Broadway
Downtown Portland
Expanded PPRC Friday Rally for Peace and Justice

On Friday, August 7, community groups will rally and march against the third 
US-led war on Iraq in 25 years at an event titled "IRAQ WAR III One Year 
Later." The event will take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square at SW Yamhill 
and Broadway. Launched on August 8, 2014, the US' "war on ISIS" has included 
thousands of bombing runs and untold deaths of civilians in both Iraq and 
Syria. The US continues to bomb and send more "advisors" despite the lack of an 
Authorization for Use of Military Force. At this event, we will also connect 
the war to police brutality and racism in the US. As Rodney King was beaten 
brutally by LA Police a few days after the end of "Gulf War Part 1" in March 
1991, young Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO the day after the US 
re-launched its war in Iraq. The war comes home, again.

The need to raise peaceful voices in opposition to warfare has intensified as a 
report was released in early August showing that at least 450 civilians have 
been killed in the "War on Isis" [1]. Meanwhile it's been revealed that the US 
is now providing air support to back their funded and trained rebels in 
Syria,[2] which undoubtedly will eventually lead to a "mission creep" where the 
war focuses on the Syrian government as well as Isis.

The event is cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, 
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX, and 
endorsed by Occupy Portland Elder Caucus.

PPRC has held a Friday Rally for Peace and Justice every week since November 
2001, shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan. This will be their 724th 
continuous rally.

Contact PJW to endorse or cosponsor
(503) 236-3065 / iraq at pjw.info.

More information, including a flyer for the event, can be found at

    (NOTE: Also join the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
    to remember the
    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 from 4:00-6:00 PM
    at the East end of the Hawthorne Bridge [SE Hawthorne & Grand])

[1] "Hundreds of civilians killed in US-led air strikes on Isis targets --
report", The Guardian, August 3:

[2] "Source: U.S.-backed Syrian rebels will have air cover," CNN, August 2:

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