[pjw] REPORT BACK: Who are the bad guys?: Friday rally #125 since stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
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Sat Aug 13 16:19:57 EDT 2022
Iraq Affinity Group Supporters:
Last night's Friday Rally for Peace and Justice was attended by seven
people, including one newcomer who stuck with us even though he claimed to
"not support Black Lives Matter or anything." The weather was reasonable
and we had a smattering of signs of support from the general public,
sometimes prompted by an occasional regular (if that makes sense) urging
people to honk for peace. The intentional participants wore masks and were
socially distanced. Peace and Justice Works will need to discuss the
latest advice from the CDC (which continues to seem to make declarations,
it seems, based on political pressure more than science when it comes to
the idea that the pandemic is over... while they acknowledge it is not).
I started out the rally by talking about the Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial
event that happened on Monday (video can be seen at
https://www.facebook.com/OregonPSR/videos/801346037900443/ ). I noted that
on that same day, the UN Secretary General warned the world is closer than
ever to a nuclear conflict.
Also, kind of along those lines, shelling going on around a nuclear power
plant in Ukraine is causing high anxiety.
Here are some of the other headlines we talked about:
--The European Union has pledged another $1.5 Billion to help keep the
Ukraine war going, rather than, I don't know, finding a way to promote a
cease fire and diplomatic end to the conflict.
--President Biden formally announced US approval of Finland and Sweden
joining NATO, meaning there are now 23 of the needed 30 votes to
re-provoke Russia by moving NATO close to its borders some more.
--The US launched three airstrikes in Somalia, all at the same time,
claiming to kill four "terrorists."
---and in Syria, Russia launched a strike against US-backed rebels (close
to a US base, which has no reason to be in Syria), killing many.
Looking at these two stories together, Syria and Russia think the
US-backed rebels are terrorists and the US thinks the people they killed
in Somalia are terrorists, so I guess they're terrorists if they're not
--In Yemen, the cease fire was broken not by Saudi vs. Houthi fighting but
rather infighting between those backed by the Saudis and others backed by
the UAE. I hope this doesn't deteriorate the larger calm that's been in
place for most of the year.
--In Iraq, where I think the sit-in at Parliament has been going on
for almost two weeks, Moqtada Al Sadr has said if Parliament is not
dissolved next week he and his followers will take further action, as yet
In local news, a group is forming to oppose the City's rush to adopt "Shot
Spotter" technology, which puts microphones into neighborhoods
experiencing gun violence (read: near Black people) and purports to get
the police on scene quicker than 911 calls. Unless they are Superman, they
still can't get there before people run away.
There's actually an event tonight from 8-10 PM but it's not 100% clear
what kind of audience there will be downtown at 8 PM on a Saturday near
the Justice Center.
Along the march route, two bits of news about the situation in
Israel/Palestine following the four days of bombardments by Israel that
killed 44 Palestinians including 19 children.
--The US ambassador said that America supports the fight against "bad
guys" in Gaza. Again, they're not OUR "bad guys" which is what makes them
--The UN Human Rights commissioner called the killing of children
As we got back toward the Square I noted that the new bill passed by
Democrats this week has $400 billion for climate and $300 billion for
deficit reduction, a good step toward spending money for human needs...
but still considerably less than the $830 billion military budget.
The Ann Huntwork Peace Memorial Sign froze outside the Gucci store but
stayed illuminated almost all the way around the corner and up to 5th
Ave, going out by one of the mystery junction boxes across from the
As I noted last week, I left from the PJW rally early to go to the monthly
Keaton Otis vigil, held each month on the 12th. The in-person part of the
hybrid event is growing again with about a dozen people standing at NE 6th
and Halsey, listening to people leading discussion on Zoom.
Join us if you can, we're still down at SW Broadway and Yamhill every
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