[pjw] REPORT BACK: Cirular logic- Friday rally #51 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
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Sat Mar 13 15:41:55 EST 2021
Greetings PJW supporters
Last night at the Friday rally for peace and justice, three of us were
there, masked up, distanced, and marched around downtown. (A fourth person
stopped by briefly but left before picking up a sign.) We had plenty of
support from motorists and pedestrians once again, though at least one
heckler who briefly disagreed with our message (as far as we could tell
from his short rant).
Some of the things we talked about to recap this week's news in peace and
--Another missile strike hit a US base in Iraq, prompting Secretary of
Defense Lloyd Austin to assert America's right to defend itself. I
described this is circular logic: The US invaded Iraq, set up the world's
largest embassy, refused to leave when the Iraqi parliament voted to expel
them, and now claim the right to protect themselves inside another
--In a slightly more hopeful story, for what it's worth, the Pope visited
Iraq last week and met with Muslim leaders to urge cooperation among
religions and cultures.
--Two stories about Iran policy and the nuclear deal:
---The US and Israel have had high level talks about Iran policy through a
"strategic group meeting," notable both for the possibility that the US
might convince Israel not to attack Iran unilaterally AND that previous
such talks were so covert, the public didn't know about them.
---Unfortunately, a broad bipartisan group of 70 Democrats and 70
Republicans urged President Biden not to rejoin the nuclear deal as it is
(I dug around to find a copy of the letter itself, which wasn't linked by
ABC. Oregon's DINO representative Kurt Schrader is the only local
politician I see on the list, meaning not even Republican Cliff Bentz
--Most of the countries unilaterally put under sanctions by the US are
petitioning the United Nations for relief/help. The specific sixteen
countries are: China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba,
Algeria, Angola... (deep breath)..., Belarus, Bolivia, Eritrea, Laos,
Nicaragua, Cambodia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines*.
In local news, I noted that the fence around the Federal Courthouse (about
6 blocks from our demonstration) had been taken down the day before after
a summer of federal police attacking protestors with chemical weapons and
other violence. A protest took place that same day, to which the federal
police responded with chemical weapons and violence.
Along the route at the usual spot I noted that thousands of Palestinians
who live in Israel proper marched to protest police brutality, further
connecting the issues of police abuse, imperialism and colonialism.
(Side note here: while many articles in the Times of Israel-- and the
caption on the photo in this article-- use the word "Palestinians," they
sometimes opt for the cultural erasure word "Arabs" as in the text of this
At the home stretch on the way back to the Square I noted that two
lawsuits were settled this week: That of the family of George Floyd in
Minneapolis for $27 million and for the Quanice Hayes family in Portland
for $2 million. While the families can use that money for good, this is
our tax dollars paying for the brutality of police, and fits into the
category of money being used for war rather than human needs. In addition,
Mayor Wheeler now wants to spend an additional $2 million to revive the
Gang Enforcement/Gun Violence Reduction Team which was shown to be
over-policing Portland's Black community, claiming the rise in gun
violence is a result of dismantling the GVRT even though there's an uptick
in gun crime in most major cities.
I'm starting to wonder if the interference with the Ann Huntwork Peace
Memorial sign has something to do with the security cameras at Pioneer
Place Mall; it went out on the east side at Salmon St. again by the new
Oh and the Apple Store "human zoo" cage is still up with security guards
letting people in a few at a time in what seems like a great illustration
of elitist capitalism.
I reminded everyone that next week marks 10 years since the US War on
Libya and 18 years since the US invasion of Iraq. Once again here's the
link to the event announcement for next Friday's special rally:
Yesterday also marked an easing of restrictions around COVID, but at some
point the "moderate risk" maximum outdoor gathering number dropped from 25
back down to 10 people. Still not an issue for us, though if we ever do
exceed that number, as noted before, we can spread out among the four
corners at Yamhill and Broadway. We hope you can join us next week, if
not, attend virtually by reading next week's report back.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
*I had to look this up, it's an island nation in the Caribbean.
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