[pjw] RALLY/MARCH reminder: "No More US Wars in Iraq and Libya": Friday, March 18, 5 PM (750 weeks after first Friday rally)

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Fri Mar 4 16:07:35 EST 2016

Just a reminder that the Iraq Affinity Group is cosponsoring the weekly 
PPRC Friday rally two weeks from today to mark 13 years in Iraq and 5 
since the bombing of Libya.

With Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and even Donald Trump talking about 
what a mistake it was to go to war in Iraq in March 2003, now's a great 
time to remind the public (a) that said war/occupation is still going on 
in a different form and (b) a second military blunder done under our 
current president in Libya is still causing instability in that country.

Spread the word, print out the flyer and post it, let's get some folks out 
for peace!

By the way, PPRC will, of course, rally tonight at 5 PM and next week as 
well--- which will be the 750th consecutive PPRC rally.
dan h
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group

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

Calendar Listing

For immediate release   March 4, 2016

"No More US Wars in Iraq and Libya"
Friday, March 18, 2016
5:00 PM
Expanded PPRC Friday Rally and March (750 weeks later)
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

March 19 will mark 13 years since the US invasion of Iraq and 5 years 
since the US bombing of Libya. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity 
Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) and other groups will 
hold a rally and march on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM in Pioneer 
Courthouse Square (SE Yamhill and Broadway) marking these two 
anniversaries while protesting the ongoing policies toward the two 
countries. The event's title is its purpose: "No More US Wars in Iraq and 
Libya." The war in Iraq has re-ignited under the guise of fighting ISIS as 
the US continues to send advisors and special forces, with troops 
numbering 4450 in early February (Military.com, February 3).*-1 The US has 
been shopping around the idea of new military intervention in Libya, also 
because of the presence of ISIS, prompting Glenn Greenwald to write "one 
of the few benefits of the NATO bombing of Libya will [come back] to 
the... machine of Endless Militarism: It provided a pretext for another 
new war" (The Intercept, January 27).*-2

It so happens that March 18 also marks 750 weeks since PPRC began its 
weekly Friday rally in Pioneer Square, shortly after the US invasion of 
Afghanistan, making this the 751st continuous weekly protest. The protests 
have also focused on the continued US military actions in Pakistan, Syria, 
Yemen and Somalia, as well as other foreign and domestic policies.

A flyer for the March 18 event can be found at 

The event is cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, 
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Americans United for Palestinian 
Human Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland, Occupation-Free Portland 
and others. For more information contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq 
Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or iraq at pjw.info.


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