[pjw] MARCH/RALLY Fri 3/20: "17 Years Since the Iraq Invasion: Time to End All US Wars" 5:00 PM
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Fri Mar 13 17:27:37 EDT 2020
Hello once more Iraq AG supporters
Our event marking 17 years since the invasion of Iraq is one week from
today. Do what you need to do regarding "social distancing" but be aware
the Friday Rallies are rarely more than 25 people strong so we can stay
spread out and hand leaftlets to people while wearing gloves.
I will be going to tonight's rally to hand out quarter sheet leaflets we
created last week:
The full size leaflet and the updated announcement, below, include War
Resisters League Portland, which signed on as a cosponsor a while back but
I neglected to put their name on the announcement last week.
It's not as if the war has stopped because of the global pandemic. You'd
barely know it from watching/listening to the news but two Americans were
killed by rocket fire in Iraq on Wednesday, and the US retaliated
yesterday by hitting what they said were weapons storage facilities, but
Iraqis reported hits on a civilian airport.
So perhaps see some folks tonight, and more of you next week...
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
iraq at pjw.info
For immediate release March 13, 2020
"17 Years Since the Iraq Invasion:
Time to End All US Wars"
Rally and march marking 17 years since the US Invasion
*Friday, March 20, 2020
Pioneer Courthouse Square- SW Yamhill and Broadway
Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group for a march and rally
marking 17 years since the US invaded Iraq in 2003. The event will take
place at the weekly Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally
on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM, at Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW
Yamhill and Broadway).
The US invasion and occupation was based on the knowingly false
information presented by the George W Bush administration alleging that
Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. After the invasion, no such
weapons were found. Similar lies about the alleged attack on a US naval
destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin helped justify the Viet Nam war. The
current President, who criticized the Iraq war, has made up similar
lies to justify violence against Iranian nationals inside Iraq (and
Syria)'s borders. Following the US assassination of an Iranian general
in January, the Iraqi parliament voted to demand the US leave their
country. Rather than respect their sovereignty, President Trump
threatened sanctions and demanded to be paid for the US military bases
set up in Iraq as part of this 17-year-long occupation.
Regardless of whether the troops leave, the US embassy in Baghdad is
the world's largest, despite Iraq being the 36th largest country by
population and 58th largest in size. It is clear the US wants to stay
in Iraq to control the oil resources not just in Iraq but in the entire
region. It is time to end all US wars and bring the troops home!
In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives voted 236-166 on
January 30 to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force
in Iraq, which was controversially created based on the WMD lies, and
has been used to justify continued US presence. Eleven Republicans
voted for the measure.
The PPRC weekly Friday rally began shortly after the US invasion of
Afghanistan in 2001. The protests have also focused on the well as
other foreign and domestic policies.
The event is cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity
Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, CODEPINK, War Resisters
League Portland and Veterans For Peace Chapter 72.
A flyer for the event is available at
http://www.pjw.info/iraq_17yl_flyer.pdf , and more information can
be found at http://www.pjw.info/iraq17yl.html .
For more information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 (voice or text), or email
iraq at pjw.info .
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