[pjw] REMINDERS: Friday (5 PM) and Sunday (1 PM) Rallies; Peacekeepers; Posters

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Oct 8 13:51:37 EDT 2015

Just wanted to remind everyone about the two upcoming rallies/marches 
where you can express outrage at the US bombing of the hospital in 
Afghanistan (Friday night's PPRC rally is mainly about Afghanistan) and 
other policies connected to war which make our lives and so many lives 
around the globe miserable (Sunday's mobilization also talks about human 
rights, the environment and police violence among other things).

I want to emphasize that we really need more volunteers to be peacekeepers 
for Sunday's march-- not that we're expecting any problems, it's just good 
to have folks to help ensure a peaceful, smooth march (and de-escalate any 
issues rather than letting cops come in and make things worse). Please 
reply here or to Joe Keating at 503-234-2613 if you can meet Sunday at 
noon for the training; more info at

Also, we have WAY TOO MANY posters and flyers left for Sunday's march here 
at the office (2807 SE Stark) so if you have time to swing by and pick 
some up please do; if we're out in the folders on the door, check the blue 
drop box just to the left of the door. Momentum is good; most weather 
reports are good; 42 groups on board of a wide variety; a great speakers 
lineup and a 2-mile march should make this a great event!

You can hear more about it when "Positively Revolting talk radio" hosts 
Emma Lugo of the organizing committee and Sam Kahl, one of our speakers, 
tomorrow (Friday) at 8 AM on KBOO 90.7 FM.

Below are the quick details on tomorrow's Friday rally, and the news 
release we sent out yesterday (which was the actual anniversary of the 
Afghan invasion).

Final request: Some folks in the community, we know, take home the nice 
silk screened or vinyl signs from these events. If you have one and can 
bring it in for the march that would be great, we lost about 40 signs due 
to a miscommunication that led to their being dumped.

Hope to see you in the streets!
dan handelman
pjw iraq affinity group

                     Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:00 PM
             "End These Endless Wars: Afghanistan 14 Years Later"
         Expanded Friday Rally w/Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
              Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

This week marks the 14th anniversary of the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan.
To protest the ongoing US military presence in that country, which continues
to cause destabilization in the entire region, Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group will be cosponsoring the weekly Portland Peaceful Response
Coalition Friday rally on October 9. As it has every week since Nov. 2001,
the rally will take place at the SW corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square at
SW Yamhill and Broadway.


Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:18:46 -0700 (PDT)
To: News Media <newsmedia at pjw.info>
Subject: NEWS: Sunday's "Call Out for Justice" Rally/March Ties War in
     Afghanistan to Broader Issues

October 11 Mobilization Organizing Committee c/o
Peace and Justice Works
   Iraq Affinity Group / Portland Copwatch
   PO Box 42456
   Portland, OR 97242
   (503) 236-3065 (Office)
   iraq @ pjw.info


For immediate release           October 7, 2015

Sunday's "Call Out for Justice: End the Wars" Rally and March
Ties War in Afghanistan to Broader Issues

                 "Call Out for Justice: End the Wars"
                             Rally and March
                      Sunday, October 11, 2015
                                 1:00 PM
          Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon St.)

What do climate change, police violence, housing issues, and human rights have 
to do with the ongoing war in Afghanistan, which began 14 years ago today? 
Answers will be a part of a rally and march being planned by over 40 peace, 
environmental, police accountability, and other social justice groups from the 
Portland area this Sunday, October 11, 2015. "Call Out for Justice: End the 
Wars" will begin at 1:00 PM at Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon 
St.) with a rally, followed by a permitted march[*1] through the streets of 
downtown touching on some of these interrelated issues.

The need to hold such a rally was reaffirmed by last Sunday's news of US 
airstrikes killing 19 people in an Afghan hospital, an act which Doctors 
Without Borders said continued for a half an hour after they pleaded for it to 
cease, and which the United Nations said could amount to a war crime.[*2]

Organizers have laid out a clear set of issues related to the event's theme.

Call Out for Justice: Stop the Wars
   * Overseas
   * On the people
   * On Human Rights
   * On the Planet

* FREE Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine-- Stop the Drones
* REDIRECT Money for Human Needs
* SUPPORT Women, Sexual Minorities, Youth, Immigrant and Racial Justice
* RESIST Police Violence and State Surveillance
* STABILIZE the Climate

Cosponsors of the event include Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, 
Portland Jobs with Justice, Living Earth, Occupy Portland Elder Caucus, Oregon 
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland, Veterans 
for Peace Chapter 72, Augustana Lutheran Church, War Resisters League-Portland, 
Peace Action Group-First Unitarian Church, Americans United for Palestinian 
Human Rights, 18th Avenue Peace House, Women's International League for Peace 
and Freedom-Portland, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM (media cosponsor), and 

Endorsers include Recruiter Watch, Little Light of Mine Friends Worship 
Group, Portland Copwatch, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back 2 the WALL, 
Black Lives Matter Portland, East Timor Action Network-Portland, Albina 
Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, Vancouver 
for Peace, West Hills Friends Peace Committee, Community Alliance of Lane 
County (CALC), Oregon PeaceWorks, Corvallis Alternatives to War, Portland 
Alliance (media endorser), Pacific Green Party, International Socialist 
Organization, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (www.pprc-news.info), 
Veterans for Peace Chapter 132 (Corvallis), Oregon Community for War Tax 
Resistance, Code Pink Portland, Oregon Progressive Party, BARK (Forest 
Defenders), Mirador Kitchen & Home, Portland Central America Solidarity 
Committee, NAACP Portland Branch 1120, Freedom Socialist Party, First 
Congregational United Church of Christ and others.

For more information, including posters and flyers of the event, go to 
http://www.pjw.info/afghanistan14yl.html, or contact Peace and Justice 
Works/Portland Copwatch at 503-236-3065 or pjw at pjw.info.

*1-Note that organizers chose to request a permit for strategic purposes, not 
necessarily because they believe the First Amendment requires one.

*2-"Afghan bombing: Patients burned to death in their beds, says MSF," News 24, 
October 4:

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