[pjw] EVENT REMINDER: March/Rally: The Quagmire 14 Years in Iraq Fri 3/17, 5 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Tue Mar 7 19:53:18 EST 2017

Hey supporters of Peace and Justice
I just realized it's been several weeks since we alerted you to the event 
we're holding next Friday, March 17 (10 days from now) to mark 14 years of 
the war in Iraq.

Below is the most up-to-date information including a link to the flyer for 
the event and our cosponsors and endorsers. There's still time to sign on 
if your group wants to do so! (We're asking for a small donation of $10-15 
to help cover costs if you want to be listed as a cosponsor).

You can also find this info at

With the new push into Mosul driving out thousands of non-combatants and 
likely to level more of the city (the US already bombed all the bridges 
in Mosul) it's a good time to revive the public's consciousness. It's also 
not a coincidence that the Trump administration dropped Iraq from the 
countries in the Muslim travel ban, since Iraqis were calling for all 
Americans to be summarily ejected from their country in response.

Please help spread the word!

dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group

---------- Forwarded message ----------

For immediate release         February 25, 2017

                  "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq"
              Rally/march marking 14 years since the US invasion
                           *Friday, March 17, 2017*
                                    5:00 PM
              Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the
Friday, March 17 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally with
the theme "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq." The rally begins
at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison, with a
march around downtown beginning at about 5:20 PM. The US invaded Iraq
on March 19, 2003. Even though most of the troops were withdrawn in
2011, they never left completely. With the US' war against the Islamic
State starting in August 2014, there are now over 5000 troops in Iraq
as "advisors," drone and conventional aircraft bombings, and, with the
world's largest embassy, an unending occupation.

Although March 2017 marks 14 years since the Iraq War began, one also
can look at Jan. 1991-- the start of "Gulf War Part 1"-- as the start
of what has now been over 25 years of US hostilities in Iraq.
Meanwhile, though sanctions were put in place against the late Saddam
Hussein's regime in 1990 to force Iraq to repay Kuwait for their
invasion of that country, Iraq still has to make payments despite its
dire financial and political situation. Making matters worse, Donald
Trump told NBC on January 25: "We should've kept the oil when we got
out"-- as if the US had the right to take Iraq's oil.

For more information or to endorse or otherwise support this event
contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or
iraq at pjw.info. Other cosponsors include Oregon Physicians for Social
Responsibility, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and Occupy Portland Elder
Caucus. Endorsers include Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland and others.
PPRC's weekly rally notice can be found at /pprc-news.info/node/3>. A
flyer for this event can be found along with other information at


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

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