[pjw] REPORT BACK: Great security threat: Friday rally #83 since stay-at-home orders

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Sat Oct 23 15:51:22 EDT 2021

Hi again Iraq Affinity Group supporters

Last night at the Friday Rally for Peace and Justice things started off on 
a good note as three people asked about the event and voluntarily (as in, 
they asked US we didn't ask them) took literature from the little green 
wagon of peace. One of them, I think, was really amazed we've been at 
it for almost 20 years since I think that made the event older than 
they are. Six of us were at the rally, two of whom had to exit about 
halfway through the march for another appointment. It never rained on us-- 
I think that was in part because nobody said "at least it's not raining!"

We had other support from people who honked their horns or otherwise 
showed support.

Here's what we talked about this week in the announcements:

--The nominee to become US ambassador to China called that country "the 
greatest threat to security." I kind of feel like climate change, rampant 
capitalism, and imperialist wars and occupations are higher up the list. I 
speculate this person will be easily confirmed for toeing the party line:


--One of those countries where the US has meddled, Libya, declared they 
want no more foreign interference as they prepare for their elections to 
resolve the country's 10 year long division.


--In more news showing the US is still in charge of Afghanistan, the US 
treasury, which controls $9 billion in Afghan banks, refused to let the 
Taliban access that money:


--As a reminder there are still 900 US troops in Syria, an American base 
there was attacked by a drone; nobody was injured.


--In mildly good news, a man imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay since 2007 and 
was cleared for release also had a judge rule that his detention was 
unlawful, possibly setting up precedent for all held without charge:


In local news, the City's "fall budget bump" which is expected to send a 
windfall to the police (thanks in part to incessant media stories 
repeating the propaganda that hiring more police will solve Portland's 
crime issues), has been delayed for a few weeks while the City and County 
decide how to cooperate on housing and homelessness funding.


Along the march route, as we came down to our team of four, I talked about 
how Israel has the exclusive right to issue valid identification for 
people living in the occupied West Bank, and they just gave out a mere 
4000 such cards. The Palestinian "Authority" isn't able to do this.


And on the home stretch as we returned to the Square, I noted that special 
envoy John Kerry says that cutting the amount of funding in the propose 
infrastructure bill jeopardizes the world's ability to combat climate 
change. Maybe if we hadn't spent all our money on war...?


After staying on during my whole trip from the parking garage _to_ the 
rally, the Ann Huntwork Peace Memorial Sign went out again next to the 
Gucci store on SW 4th Ave. It came on again at the Square, went out again 
as I headed back to the car, and came back on inside the garage. Spooky 
Halloween lighting, perhaps?

And as a reminder to everyone (at the rally and on this list), two weeks 
from yesterday is the special event marking 20 years of the Friday Rally. 
Rumor has it that at least one "long timer" who hasn't been for a while 
might just show up...


We hope to see some other folks there too, if you are feeling up to it and 
willing to mask up and stay distanced along with us.

--dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group

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