[pjw] REPORT BACK: Friday rally #22 under stay-at-home orders

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Sat Aug 22 15:46:34 EDT 2020

Greetings again peace-loving people

Last night we held the 22nd Friday rally hosted by PJW as we still deal 
with social distancing, face coverings, and limited "audiences" downtown. 
The rally was attended by six people, five of whom went on the march. As 
has been the case for two months now, in addition to our picket signs we 
had the Ann Huntwork Memorial Sign running messages digitally... up until 
the electromagnetic fields around the MAX tracks knocked it out again.

We talked about America's last-gasp effort to clamp down on Iran by 
claiming sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the "Iran 
nuclear deal") even though the US pulled out of that agreement under 
President Trump.

In fact, of the 15 members of the Security Council, only the Dominican 
Republic voted to support the US:


We also noted that Trump has promised to pull all US troops out of Iraq:


I noted that while I disagree with 90% of Trump's policies, it's hard to 
argue with his stated goals of getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan; 
however, it seems that either Congress or the military themselves keep 
pushing back to leave our soldiers occupying these nations.

As noted last week, the deal in which the UAE agreed to recognize Israel 
not only gave cover for Netanyahu to slow down the West Bank annexation 
plan, but UAE now has access to better weaponry. There's talk of them 
getting high tech US fighter jets as part of this reward.


We also talked a little bit about the ongoing protests for Black Lives, 
and how Portland Police have seemed to get more brutal lately. Recently 
one officer knocked down a woman using a baton and then unnecessarily 
hitting her in the head with that baton before storming off angrily.

(trigger warning: don't watch this if you are easily shocked by violence)


Although we didn't have as many honking horns and people seeking 
literature as last week (probably because of the oppressive humidity), as 
two of us were headed away from the rally someone stopped to take a fact 
sheet and a Copwatch newsletter.

As noted last week, it would be great to have a few more people who are 
willing to come down, even if it's just once a month, to attend the 
rallies. Coming this week we'll have an announcement out about two 
specially themed events happening in Sept/Oct plus a non-Friday event as 


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