[pjw] REPORT BACK: Friday rally #44 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sat Jan 23 16:27:16 EST 2021
Last night at the Friday rally, five of us rallied with face coverings
while staying 6 feet apart, and three of us went on the march. We had an
average number of horn-honking drivers supporting us at the Square while
I joked that it was another slow news week, then talking about how,
thankfully, two of our predictions of the end of Trump's presidency did
not come to pass: him being dragged out of the White House by four
security guards, or him launching an attack on Iran eactly as Biden was
sworn in. Folks may know that Reagan's inauguaration was intercut with
the hostages in Iran being released...
Othern national/international headlines included:
--Biden signed many executive orders to undo some of the damage done by
Trump, including a temporary halt to deportations, ending border wall
construction, rejoining the Paris climate accords and anding the "Muslim
However, I noted, we have a lot of work still to do:
--An aide says Biden probably won't close Guantanamo until 2022.
--Biden wants to add prerequisites for Iran before rejoining the Nuclear
--Syria's UN Ambassador demanded the US remove its troops; this is
something Trump initially said he would do but flip-flopped in order to
"protect the oil fields" (aka have the US control the flow of mideast oil)
--One of the first people to be confirmed to Biden's administration is
Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence; Haines is well known
for being behind torture and drone programs.
(I got Haines confused with Gina Haspel, who also supported torture but
was employed previously as Trump's CIA director.)
And then there are some other remaining Trump actions worth mentioning:
--The US flew B-52s near Iran for the fifth time last weekend.
--After removing the 700 troops from Somalia, the US bombed that country
both on Monday and Tuesday.
--While Trump drew down from over 10,000 military personnel in Afghansitan
to just 2500, there are still 18,000 contractors there.
Had to think about the math-- that's 7 times more mercenaries than
My final thought before we took off related back to last week's theme
about 30 years since "Gulf War part 1." There was a lot of talk about
Iraqi missiles that landed in Israel, but it turned out more people died
of heart attacks than from the missiles themselves. The US had to convince
Israel not to retaliate. Instead, the US ended up killing hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis both with weapons, destroyed infrastructure and
Along the route we talked about how Biden's new Secretary of State Blinken
said in his confirmation hearing that the US intends to keep its embassy
in Jerusalem and (against international law and norms) recognize Jerusalem
rather than Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel.
And as we returned to the Square I noted that Biden has a plan to help
sure up the economy and get more money into people's hands.
Unforutnately, it's not to redirect most of the $700 billion from the
The Ann Huntwork Peace Memorial sign froze up again on the east side of
Pioneer Place Mall, but remained illuminated almost until we got to the
Quick reminder that you can watch the Sarah Mirk Guantanamo event at our
Youtube page, it's gotten a lot of positive feedback.
As always, we welcome you to join us if your situation allows for it,
every Friday at 5 PM at SW Yamill and Broadway.
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
iraq at pjw.info
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