[pjw] REPORT BACK: Friday rally #8 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sat May 16 16:48:06 EDT 2020
Hello PJW supporters
Yesterday's Friday rally for peace and justice, now more than 18-1/2 years
running, was attended by 5 people, two from PJW and three from Portland
Peaceful Response Coalition. Most of us had face coverings. We as usual
carried signs and marched without chanting after spending a short time at
Pioneer Courthouse Square "rallying."
We received quite a number of supportive honks and waves and, so far as I
noticed, no hecklers for a change. As we walked away with the signs in tow
in the little green wagon of peace, someone asked us what was going on in
Syria. Unforunately I had forgotten our fact sheets, which have a brief
note about the US guarding Syria's oil fields.
This week's political discussions included continued dialogue about the
moves toward (and away from) global cease fire, the botched Venezuelan
"Bay of Pigs" invasion by a former green beret, and news about how Israel
stopped conducting coronavirus tests in Gaza a few weeks ago.
In noted that in "for what it's worth" good news, the US has not
conducted any (known) drone strikes in Yemen since April 2019. That
information came from the usually reliable Airwars website.
However after saying that at the rally I also found this article from
February in which the US admitted a drone strike to kill an "Al Qaeda
and this one from November 1
and this from May 2019.
That's too bad as Airwars is now the main source for drone warfare
information after the Bureau for Investigative Journalism stopped tracking
them for some reason.
Oh well, nobody's perfect. I myself am finding it harder to stay as
focused as I was before the panedemic-- anyone else have that same sense?
We also noted, as we do each week, that the trillions of dollars spent on
the military (and even just the wars in Iraq and Afgshanistan) could be
used to fund the coronavirus emergency bills, not to mention providing
universal medical care.
And I reminded folks (and am reminding you all) that Portland Copwatch is
still asking for people to contact its incident report line (503-321-5120)
if they get warned, cited or arrested for violating the stay at home
orders, as we want to track whether police action is being enforced
inequitably. Stories have already been flooding in from other
jurisdictions about just such biased enforcement, including this viral
video of the NYPD beating up on a man at a protest.
We have some plans cooking for an experimental addition to the rallies
which should be ready in a few weeks, we will keep you posted. In the
meantime, we're continuing to keep the events small and compliant with
social distancing rules to maintain our focus on ending US wars and
I've been including this note as a footnote in recent weeks but wanted to
re-post it here in the main body: "Don't forget-- we need your donations
to be able to keep doing this work! Any amount from $5 to $250 is
great; you can set up monthly, quarterly or annual donations on line at
Network for Good via our web link at http://www.pjw.info/pjwdonate.html ."
Thanks and peace
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
iraq at pjw.info
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