[pjw] UPDATES/ACTIONS: Iran (not) war, Guantanamo, Iraq 17 Years Later

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Wed Jan 8 13:53:26 EST 2020

Hi again

So, for now, the Iranians appear to have lobbed missiles at two US bases 
in Iraq, but having telegraphed that intent there were no casualties. Iran 
declared victory in its retaliation and Trump declared victory in his 
aggression. He announced that he plans to add more sanctions (even though 
you can't get blood from a stone, that is to say, not much left to 
sanction...) but isn't for now listening to the Fox news pundits (and 
others) urging war.

HOWEVER, it is good that the below two actions are still underway, and 
there may be more organized actions later this month:

1-- daily protests at Terry Schrunk hosted by Veterans For Peace

2-- protest Thursday (tomorrow) at 5 PM on the Hawthorne bridge in 
solidarity with actions called by Moveon.org, Indivisible, National 
Iranian American Council, Win Without War and About Face (Veterans Against 
The War) (there are other area protests on Thursday as well, follow the 
link for more info)

MEANWHILE, a Ukranian commercial flight carrying Iranians, Canadians and 
people from about 1/2 dozen other countries crashed in Iran yesterday, but 
it appears to have been from engine failure. It is extremely strange 
timing considering the two countries under scrutiny (I mean Ukraine and 
Iran, not Canada), but it sounds more like a Boeing problem than an act of 
violence of any kind.

I will also remind folks that we are co-hosting this Friday's PPRC rally, 
starting early (at 4:30 PM) to mark 17 years since Guantanamo opened. 
While we will address the situation in Iran, to respect our cosponsors 
from Amnesty International the theme is still "18 Years and 8 
Convictions: Time to Shut Guantanamo."

And, finally, in our PJW UPDATE and the subsequent email I put out the 
wrong date for the March event which will mark 17 years since the invasion 
of Iraq-- it will be Friday March 20 (not the 15th, which was a Friday in 
2019). Sorry for the confusion. More info soon on that.

dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group


Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 15:58:30
From: Harvey Thorstad

We'll be at Terry Shrunk Plaza [SW 3rd and Madison] 12-1 on Thursday as 
well as M-F rallies [for the forseeable future].



Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 23:05:14
From: (Michael Munk)
Subject: [pdx] Jan 9 in Portland: No war with Iran! act lawfully at all times
     and to seek to de-escalate any potential confrontation with those who
     disagree with our values.


No War With Iran: Day of Action

*We will not be forced into another war. On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m.
local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to
oppose Trump's war and say #NoWarWithIran.*

*A core principle shared by supporting organizations is a commitment to
nonviolent and peaceful actions. All actions that are sponsored or
organized on this page are intended to be nonviolent and peaceful. We
expect all participants to*

No Iran War - Hawthorne Bridge Protest
Thursday, January 9 at 5 p.m.
Kate S.
Hawthorne bridge
Portland, OR 97204

112 attendees

Join Stand On Every Corner PDX and Indivisible Oregon to protest the
escalation of conflict with Iran and call for #NoWarWithIran. We know Trump
is impulsive, reckless, and above all self-interested, and he appears
willing start a war with Iran as a distraction from impeachment. We cannot
and will not let this happen. We will hold signs on the NORTH side of the
Hawthorne bridge from 5-6 pm. We will meet near the center of the bridge,
so folks are welcome to come from either the East or the West depending on
what works for them. Please bring signs and flashlights or other small
lights. This event will be peaceful and nonviolent.

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