[pjw] EVENTS: "US Out of Syria and Afghanistan!" 3 rallies for peace Sept-Oct 2020
Peace and Justice Works
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Fri Aug 28 17:58:37 EDT 2020
Below is an announcement for _three_ upcoming (limited attendance) special
versions of weekly events being coordinated by the Iraq Affinity Group.
The first two are at the weekly Friday Rallies on Sept 25 and Oct 2, the
last one is at the "Stand for Peace" event on Tuesday Oct 6 at the East
end of the Burnside Bridge. Those events had been on hold for a while but
are now occurring again.
Share widely! But as noted in the announcement, we are trying to follow
the state guidelines by not having more than 25 people present, wearing
face coverings, and staying 6 feet apart.
A link to the flyer is included below; all this info is up at
If you're in a group that wants to cosponsor one or all of these events
let us know.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
For immediate release August 28, 2020
"US Out of Syria and Afghanistan!" Three limited attendance rallies for peace
Fridays Sept 25 & October 2 5:00 PM
Weekly Rally/March for Peace and Justice
Pioneer Courthouse Square / SW Yamhill & Broadway
Tuesday, October 6 4:30-6:00 PM
Expanded weekly "Stand for Peace"
East end of the Burnside Bridge @ Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) is calling for three
limited-attendance rallies for peace demanding an end to the US'
ongoing foreign wars. On Fridays, September 25 and October 2 at 5 PM at
the weekly rally for Peace and Justice held at the SW corner of Pioneer
Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway), the events will focus on
the ongoing US presence in Syria (Sept 25) and Afghanistan (Oct. 2). On
Tuesday, October 6, the IAG will join the weekly "Stand for Peace" at
the east end of the Burnside Bridge (at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
from 4:30 to 6 PM to mark 19 years of the Afghan war and call for US
troops to come home. The overarching theme for the three events is "US
Out of Syria and Afghanistan!" Details for each event are below;
participants are asked to wear masks and remain socially distanced, and
to RSVP if possible to ensure the gatherings are no larger than 25
Friday, September 25, 2020:
"US Hands Off Syria's Oil" September 23 marks 6 years since the US
launched bombing attacks in Syria, ostensibly against the Islamic
State. After President Trump claimed he would withdraw US troops on the
ground, he re-stationed them to "protect Syria's oil fields." Neither
Syria nor the UN has authorized the US presence. (Pioneer Courthouse
Square, 5 PM)
Friday, October 2, 2020:
"Get US Troops Out of Afghanistan"
October 7 marks 19 years since the US invasion of Afghanistan in
response to attacks by Al Qaeda, a non-state actor, on 9/11/2001.
President Trump has negotiated with the Taliban, which currently is
working with the Afghan government on a peace plan. America has no
right to remain in the country, which is rich in natural resources but
unable to stabilize due to over 30 years of international interference.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, 5 PM)
Tuesday, October 6, 2020:
"19 Years in Afghanistan: End the War!"
On the eve of the 19th anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan, this
special extended weekly "Stand for Peace" (usually 4:30-5:30) will
emphasize to commuters, pedestrians and all Portlanders that it's far
past time to end the US occupation. The war has led to multiple times
more deaths than occurred on 9/11, and unnecessary military escapades by
the US including attacks on Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya,and (though no
US attacks have been reported since 2018) Pakistan. (East end of
Burnside Bridge, 4:30 PM)
Peace and Justice Works has been coordinating the now nearly
19-year-long weekly rally for Peace and Justice each Friday since late
March after Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, which began the
rallies in November 2001, ended their formal sponsorship. For more
information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group at (503) 236-3065 or iraq at pjw.info. A flyer for this
event can be found at < http://www.pjw.info/IAGrallies09_10_20.pdf>.
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