[pjw] JOIN US! at the Iraq Affinity Group meeting Monday, October 9, 7 PM
Peace and Justice Works
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Sun Oct 8 16:03:08 EDT 2017
Portland area folks dedicated to peace and justice:
This is both a reminder that our Iraq Affinity Group meeting is tomorrow
night (Oct 9 at 7 PM) and a recruitment call hoping you will join us!
As noted in the IAG's mission statement, we're focused on the effects of
US policy not only in Iraq but pretty much anywhere there's overt or
covert military action going on.
We just completed the third in a series of three Friday Rallies calling
attention to some of the 7 current wars (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan) and are
planning a forum on October 21 covering all those areas plus Korea, Iran,
Russia, and the violence of right-wing extremists in the USA.
Our mission also speaks about the domestic costs of war-- which not only
means the budget, but policies around sending the national guard overseas.
We hope you saw the letter we sent to Governor Brown Thursday signed by 17
Oregon-based organizations, two military family members and the national
Veterans For Peace-- that's a big deal!
We can't do this alone; there's always more to do. For example, the
turnout was decent at Friday's rally but we may have had more people if
we'd had the person-power to post the event more widely at online
calendars, and we could have contacted the media ahead of time to help
promote and cover it (KBOO did announce it a few times which was great).
Unlike PJW's other main affinity group Portland Copwatch, the Iraq AG does
not require you to take an orientation to attend. We spend about 20
minutes each month reviewing the news to help us focus our organizing
We have a 25 year track record of marching and organizing for peace,
including pushing for the end of the sanctions on Iraq and to get the US
to end its occupation... each were arguably achieved to some extent but
there's more work to do. We continue to be the main contact point for
major mobilizations for peace when such multi-organizational, multi-issue
events arise-- connecting issues of human needs, occupation, police
violence, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and so much more to the
powerful war machine.
So please join us tomorrow night and into the future as we work to be sure
all the important and urgent organizing going on under the current
reckless administration also connects to the scourge of military spending
and violence used to enforce US policy overseas.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
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Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:07:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peace and Justice Works <pjw at pjw.info>
To: PJW Iraq Affinity Group list <pjw-list at pjw.info>
Subject: [pjw] MEETING: Iraq Affinity Group meets Monday, October 9, 7 PM
Hello Iraq Affinity Group Supporters:
The next meeting of the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will be
held this coming Monday, October 9 at 7 PM at our office at 2807 SE Stark.
(Meetings are generally on the 2nd Monday of each month.)
Once again for people who're unable to attend in person we can try to plug you
in by phone, just let us know if you want to do that.
Here's the proposed agenda for Monday's meeting:
The Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is committed to educating
the public about the effects of U.S. policy on the people of Iraq, and
other areas including SW Asia, North Africa, and the "Middle East,"
and on the domestic costs of war.
7:00 PM Remembering Ann Huntwork, plans for memorials including
possible addition of Ann Huntwork Memorial Fund for Direct Action
7:05 PM Political update: brief headlines including what's new in
Iraq/Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iran, Gaza,
Korea, and the USA
7:30 PM Proposed and ongoing actions:
16 Yrs in Afghanistan (Oct 6), 3 years of Syria War (Sep 22)--debrief
---Forum on current and future wars (Korea/Russia/Iran
Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan/Yemen/Somalia/Libya) Oct 21 7:30 PM --plans
---Troops home campaign / letter to Governor 2017 & Blumenauer
and war $ home/ Mayor's Conference--updates
---Meetings with peace and justice community members
--in light of likelihood of more wars in 2017
(including follow up to IVAW Jan 5 forum)--updates/action
---"Peace Network" logistical issues-- discussion
---BDS resolution regarding City investments-- update
---Upcoming ideas /opportunities for educational forums/demonstrations
--Other recent ideas
8:20 PM Other upcoming events/action items (incoming requests)
8:30 PM Other business--finances/fundraising and office space / phone
and Copwatch email/website issues
PJW fall quarterly meeting (Sun Nov 19)/mailing
8:40 PM Set next meeting
8:45 PM end
Please write back if there is anything missing from the proposed agenda or if
you want to attend but won't be able to make it.
As always, we need your support to help us keep doing our work!
Donate on line: http://www.pjw.info/pjwdonate.html
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
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