For immediate release February 14, 2020
"17 Years Since the Iraq Invasion:
Rally and march marking 17 years since the US Invasion
Time to End All US Wars"
*Friday, March 20, 2020
Pioneer Courthouse Square- SW Yamhill and Broadway
Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group for a march and rally
marking 17 years since the US invaded Iraq in 2003. The event will
take place at the weekly Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally
on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM, at Pioneer
Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway).
The US invasion and occupation was based on the knowingly false
information presented by the George W Bush administration alleging that
Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. After the invasion, no such
weapons were found. Similar lies about the alleged attack on a US naval
destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin helped justify the Viet Nam war. The
current President, who criticized the Iraq war, has made up similar lies
to justify violence against Iranian nationals inside Iraq (and Syria)'s
borders. Following the US assassination of an Iranian general in January,
the Iraqi parliament voted to demand the US leave their country. Rather
than respect their sovereignty, President Trump threatened sanctions and
demanded to be paid for the US military bases set up in Iraq as part of
this 17-year-long occupation.
Regardless of whether the troops leave, the US embassy in Baghdad is the
world's largest, despite Iraq being the 36th largest country by population
and 58th largest in size. It is clear the US wants to stay in Iraq to
control the oil resources not just in Iraq but in the entire region. It is
time to end all US wars and bring the troops home!
In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives voted 236-166 on
January 30 to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in
Iraq, which was controversially created based on the WMD lies, and has
been used to justify continued US presence. Eleven Republicans voted for
The PPRC weekly Friday rally began shortly after the US
invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The protests have also focused on the
well as other foreign and domestic policies.
The event is cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group,
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, CODEPINK, and Veterans For Peace
A flyer for the event is available at
For more information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 (voice or text), or email email@example.com .