[pjw] REPORT BACK: Friday rally #14 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sat Jun 27 17:27:00 EDT 2020
Hello again PJW-IAG supporters
Yesterday's Friday rally for peace and justice once again included the Ann
Huntwork Memorial Sign for Peace, picket signs, discussion of current
events, and positive interactions with the community.
With Multnomah County now in "Phase 1" of reopening, we are allowed by the
Governor's guidelines to have as many as 25 people at the events which
continue each Friday at the SW corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square. That
said, if you want to join is we urge you to connect with us first so that
we don't exceed that number. Given the physical obstacles of the Square,
we have a plan to split the rally/march across to the opposite side of the
street should we get more than 12 people at the original corner. This week
we had 6 people at the event, everyone had face coverings.
Oddly, there was not as much traffic (pedestrian or automobile) as there
was a week ago when the "opening" first happened. However we still got
plenty of people honking their horns and being supportive of our messages
for global peace and police accountability. A muralist working on a store
window asked to take our picture. We had 1/4 page handouts to announce
Monday's livestreaming event with Prof. Zaher Wahab talking about
Afghanistan, but didn't give many of them out.
At the corner and along the route, I announced the event and talked about
the ongoing US wars (and specifically the continued US presence in
Afghanistan) and struggle for racial justice in America. We also talked
about the Supreme Court's surprising support for LGBTQ+ and DACA rights,
and the President's continued poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
As usual we noted the connection between military spending and the lack of
resources to handle this crisis.
We also mentioned the upcoming possible move by Israel to annex part of
the West Bank-- and the likely backlash that will follow, even if the US
pretends to stay neutral. Here's an article from Agence France Presse
outlining what's planned and the Israelis' cavalier attitude about the
This could happen as soon as next Wednesday, July 1. That day also, I
mentioned, Portland City Council is poised to vote on exending the
Portland Poilce Association's contract for a year. While that gives more
time to re-imagine what the police are supposed to be doing, it also means
locking in some restrictions in that contract for another year-- including
that our police oversight system can't investigate deadly force cases.
We've now had the scrolling digital sign out for three weeks running. It's
strange that the bright lights don't seem to attract more attention.
There's also been a weird phenomenon as we come to the end of the march
each week at the corner of the Federal Courthouse, which sits at the cross
section of eastbound and northbound MAX lines-- the sign just turns itself
off when we get there. If anyone has any theories let me know-- it's not a
timer, it's not overheating, and I don't think it has to do with the
vibrations the sign is being subjected to. I've tested the sign plugged
into the generator in various other configurations and it normally keeps
running. Also, once we walked a full block away I was able to turn it back
on again. There may be some kind of electronic interference that's doing
it? Very strange.
There may be more but I'm cathching up on piled up "to do" lists...
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
iraq at pjw.info
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