[pjw] REPORT BACK: Iraq, Iran& a Dumpster- Friday rally #48 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
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Sun Feb 21 15:23:08 EST 2021
As the meeting is starting, I'm realizing that I said four people _died_
of COVID in Oregon despite being vaccinated, they were only _diagnosed.
Sorry for the error!!!
On Sat, 20 Feb 2021, Peace and Justice Works wrote:
> PJW supporters
> Sorry for the second bulk email today, as I said my intention was to send the
> meeting reminder a few days ago.
> Last night at the Friday Rally for Peace and Justice there were four of us at
> the SW corner of Yamhill and Broadway, masked up and distanced, and three of
> us went on the march. I didn't have to use my home-made wheel chock to stop
> the wagon of peace from rolling, I just rolled it up into a pile of snow that
> was still present on the corner.
> We got a number of supportive honks but no memorable comments from
> We didn't cover a whole broad range of news but these seem pretty important
> --As the US has drawn down its forces in Iraq to 2500, NATO announced it
> would up its presence from 500 troops to 4000:
> --This was in response to a rocket attack which killed a civilian contractor
> and injured a US service member, leading President Biden to consider
> retaliatory military action:
> I noted that if there were foreign troops stationed in the US, we would not
> tolerate that country taking military action within our borders if someone
> attacked them.
> I also took the opportunity to announce our special Friday Rally coming up on
> March 19 focusing on the 18 years the US has been in Iraq, as well as the
> 10th anniversary of the US war on Libya.
> --Biden made his first speech to an international audience.
> ---On the bright side, he announced the US' return to the Paris climate
> accords. According to this article, we were only out for 107 days:
> ---However, his announcement about rejoining the Iran "nuclear deal" was
> tempered with the idea of "negotiations," rather than acknowledging the US
> signed a deal and they should return to it.
> In local military-like news, I noted that the Portland Police are once again
> rebranding their Gang Enforcement Team, which became and then was dissolved
> as the Gun Violence Reduction Team. The new unit claims they learned their
> lesson and won't racially profile Black Portlanders like their predecessors,
> whose stops disproportionately affected African Americans, with 50% or more
> of stops in a city that is 6% Black.
> Along the route, where we usually talk about Israel/Palestine, I relayed the
> information that Israel was in fact giving COVID vaccinations to Palestinians
> from occupied East Jerusalem-- but only if they have work permits to do labor
> in Israel proper.
> For the "money for human needs, not war" segment of the march, I talked about
> the overlap of police excess and capitalism's cruelty, reflected by the
> incident here at a Fred Meyer store where they called Portland Police on
> people trying to get food from a dumpster to feed folks in need. The food was
> perishable and was thrown out due to the power outage. ELEVEN officers showed
> up to protect the dumpster, laying bare the Bureau's claims that they are too
> short-staffed to do things like solve murders. The police says they only
> showed up because the store said their employees felt threatened. The store
> said they were just trying to keep people from getting sick on the "expired"
> The Ann Huntwork Peace Memorial Sign went out very early on the east side of
> Pioneer Place Mall and wouldn't reboot, so I left it off until we got back to
> the Square.
> As always it'd be great to see more people down at the rally. It's not 100%
> clear whether vaccinations will make it easier for people to go out in public
> places, especially since at least 4 people in Oregon who were vaccinated have
> died of COVID... That said, if you feel comfortable masking up and joining us
> you're always welcome.
> dan handelman
> peace and justice works iraq affinity group
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