Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
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Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
News Item/Community Calendar Announcement
July 22, 2008
"DON'T ATTACK IRAN" SAYS FRIDAY RALLY SET FOR AUGUST 1
Coincides with National Actions, Portland Iranian Festival
Friday, August 1, 2008, 5 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
With the U.S. giving ultimatums to the Iranian government about their nuclear program, Israeli
planes running test missions apparently aimed at Iran, and Iran showing off its own missile
capabilities, Portland area peace groups are calling for a "Don't Attack Iran" Rally on Friday,
August 1, 2008. The event will be an enhanced version of the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
(PPRC)'s regular Friday rally, which has been held at the SW corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square
every week since November 2001. The rally is being cosponsored by the American Iranian
Friendship Council and the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group.
The organizers hope that the message will get out that:
1) Iran has been cooperating with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors;
2) the US continues to build up its military in the region despite active and retired generals warning
against military action on Iran;
3) the Iranian people are more likely to support their own government and suppress their own
movements for democracy if they fear being attacked;
4) any further military actions by the U.S. or its allies in the Middle East will likely lead to an
eruption of wider violence in the region.
A national "Stop the War on Iran" Coalition has called for nationwide actions on Saturday, August
2; the Portland area groups are planning this action for Friday night in part because the annual
Iranian Festival will be taking place August 2 at the Portland State University Park Blocks. Here are
some articles excerpted by the "Stop the War on Iran" Coalition:
"Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread skepticism that America is ready to
risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike on Iran, the president
has given an 'amber light' to an Israeli plan to attack Iran's main nuclear sites with long-range
bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday Times. 'Amber means get on with your preparations,
stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you're ready,' the official said." ([British] Sunday
Times, July 13).
"Sources in the Iraqi Defense Ministry told a local news network that IAF war planes were
practicing in Iraqi airspace were landing on US airbases in the country as a preparation for a
potential strike on Iran," (The Jerusalem Post, July 13).
--the House and Senate are poised to pass resolutions (HR 362 and SR 580) which will impose
stricter economic sanctions on Iran, perhaps including a naval blockade that many consider an act of
--Seymour Hersch reported in the New Yorker magazine that the U.S. has been funding covert
operations aimed at toppling the Iranian regime.
--High level talks between US and Iranian officials could either lead to a diplomatic solution or an
excuse for war.
Organizers for the August first rally ask: What would the United States do if another country acted
this way towards our country?
The Friday rally, a weekly institution in Portland for over 7-1/2 years, starts at 5 PM, followed by a
march at about 5:20 PM. The rally is held at the SW corner of the Square at SW Yamhill and
Broadway. In addition to the three groups listed above, additional sponsors of Friday's rally and
march include Women and Black.
For more information or to endorse or cosponsor Friday's rally contact the American Iranian Friendship Council at 503-381-3696, Peace
and Justice Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-236-3065, or PPRC at 503-344-5078.
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