[pjw] EVENT: "Iraq: Still Recovering 18 Years After The US Invasion" Fri 3/19/21 5 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Wed Feb 17 16:48:25 EST 2021

Iraq Affinity Group supporters
Below is an announcement for our special Friday rally happening one month 
from now, on March 19, to mark 18 years since the US invasion of Iraq. 
We've updated the flyer that I linked to earlier, which was originally 
created one day before President Biden bombed Iraq in late January.

We added the note that March 19 also marks 10 years since the US war on 
Libya, and now include the names of all six Presidents who've bombed Iraq 
in the event announcement.

You can also find this info at
http://www.pjw.info//iraq18yl.html including a link to the flyer.

If your group wants to cosponsor the event there's no cost (though 
donations are always welcome). Feel free to share.

dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group


                            Iraq: Still Recovering
                        18 Years After The US Invasion
                        Friday, March 19, 2021 5:00 PM
                   Weekly Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
                          Pioneer Courthouse Square,
                            SW Yamhill and Broadway
                      **Joe Biden is the 6th consecutive
                          US President to bomb Iraq**

    Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group on Friday, March 19,
    2021 at 5 PM at  Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway)
    for a march and rally marking 18 years since the US invaded
    Iraq in 2003. 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. Members of
    Congress, including then-Senator Joe Biden, voted to authorize war.
    After the invasion, no WMDs were found. In 2020, President Trump deeply
    damaged US-Iraq relations in early 2020 by using a drone to assassinate
    Iranian General Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader. The Iraqi
    parliament voted to demand the US leave their country. In late January,
    the US killed an Islamic State leader in an airstrike, making Biden the
    sixth consecutive US President to bomb the country of Iraq. While there
    are now only 2500 US Troops in Iraq, the instability caused by 13 years
    of sanctions and war (1990-2003) and 18 years since the second war and
    invasion, keep many Iraqis from having even their basic needs met.
    While greatly reduced, attacks by ISIS, which did not exist before the
    invasion, continue. 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. March 19
    also marks 10 years since Barack Obama launched the US war on Libya,
    three years before sending more troops back into Iraq to battle ISIS.
    It is time to end all US wars and bring the troops home!

    This event is part of the weekly Friday rally for Peace and Justice in
    Pioneer Square,which began shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan
    in 2001. Begun by Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Peace and
    Justice Works has hosted these rallies since March, 2020.

    Event coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group.

    For more information, especially if your group would like to cosponsor
    or endorse this event, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065
    or iraq at pjw.info.

    (NOTE: The first two presidents to bomb Iraq were George HW Bush
    1991-92 and Bill Clinton 1993-2000.)

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