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For Immediate Release         Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What: "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later": Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice
When: Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
Who: Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC), Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, the First Unitarian Church, and other groups

Contacts:
PPRC      (503) 344-5078      pprc@riseup.net      www.pprc-news.org
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group     (503) 236-3065      iraq@pjw.info

"The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later":
Expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice
Friday, October 2, 2009, 5:00 PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway

As President Obama considers his top General's request for more U.S. soldiers to risk their lives, Portlanders will call for an end to the occupation of Afghanistan this Friday. At an expanded Friday Rally and March for Peace and Justice on October 2, 2009 at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway), protestors will consider "The Invasion of Afghanistan, 8 Years Later." Speakers, including several who are in town for a conference on the economic and enviromental crises, will tie the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, the bombardment of Pakistan, the threats against Iran and other foreign policy issues together. Just some of these concerns are US dependency on oil, use of depleted uranium and other toxic weapons, and the skyrocketing costs of the occupations. The US has now spent over $1 trillion on these occupations, which would have been much better spent on human needs.

The US invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, ostensibly to capture Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda members suspected of planning the attacks of 9/11. The current government of Afghanistan has welcomed US and NATO's military presence while complaining bitterly of the hundreds of civilian casualties caused by airstrikes and ground troops. Since the US is now allied with the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan after having driven out those who were in power in each country in 2001 and 2003, these conflicts should not be labelled "wars."

"Traumatized by 9/11, the people of the United States were hounded and defrauded into war and occupation in Afghanistan eight years ago," said Will Seaman, a volunteer with Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. "We said no then, we say no today, and we wil