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Report Back on March 19 in Portland (3/22) •Go to report

Media reports on March 19--links •Go to links

Calendar listing for March 19 (2/20) •Go to listing

Downloadable .pdf posters and flyers for March 19th Rally and March

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  • Posters (11x17) version 2
  • Flyers (8.5x11)
      •version 1 (updated 2/11/06)     •version 2 (2/12/06)
  • Half-page flyers (English/Spanish)
  • Final list of 159 cosponsors/endorsers
      •Cosponsors in order of appearance    •Cosponsors alphabetical

    [Oregonian front page 3/20]

    List of other events Feb-May 2006
       surrounding the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq
       •Go to calendar

    Peace and Justice Works
      Iraq Affinity Group
      PO Box 42456
      Portland, OR 97242
      (503) 236-3065 (Office)

    Sunday's Event Brings Thousands Together Against War, For Peace

    (March 22, 2006)

    The "End the War, Begin the Peace" march and rally held in Portland on Sunday, March 19 exceeded all expectations. Organizers told those issuing permits we were expecting 5,000-10,000 people, yet somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 attended.*

    The rally made the New York Times and allegedly had a larger crowd than Chicago, a city 5 times our size. Due to the numbers reported by the Associated Press, KOIN TV reports that our rally was the second largest in the world. We also made the front of the Oregonian.[A "media round-up" with links is posted at the bottom of this email.]

    One of the strongest things to come out of organizing the rally was to bring together the various communities struggling for social justice, veterans-labor-faith-environmental-peace and more, and send a message to the public, elected officials and the media that the movement is growing strong.

    Of the 158 organizations who cosponsored or endorsed (159 actually, with a last-minute addition) roughly 50 showed up to give out information at the canopies.

    The wonderful weather and positive vibes continued throughout the day.

    From the rocking opening of Marilyn Keller and Tom Grant, to the spiritually uplifting Peace Singers and the rousing vibe of Suckapunch, the lively sounds of Marimba di Guatemala, the humorous intonations of the Raging Grannies, and the folk-and-roll resonance of Samusson and Tomassi, the music helped carry the day.

    And the speakers--Steve DeFord speaking of the loss of his son and turning that passion to action, Alfredo Cano expressing the concerns of young people targeted by recruiters, Zaha Hassan and Steve Goldberg showing that Jews and Palestinians can agree with regards to the Israeli occupation, Jamila Wahab sharing the pain caused by the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Luis Primo calling for a change in the way we do things here following the models sweeping South America, Eman Ahmed Khamas bringing her first-hand accounts of the occupation of Iraq, Ramon Ramirez tying in social justice issues to peace issues, and the rousing crowd-pleasing warning that 9-11 is being used as an excuse to take away our civil liberties and launch illegal wars from Rev. LeRoy Haynes.

    The spirited march took off up Front Avenue and looped around Broadway, at one point reporting back at 25 blocks in length. It took nearly 40 minutes to get all the marchers out of the park and into the streets.

    Thanks to all who helped make this rally possible and for all the great work going into it leading up to and, we hope, in the wake of its incredible success.

    It was Portland's largest rally since the invasion in 2003.

    --dan handelman
    Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group

    *-Taking into account a packed area of the park roughly 90,000 sq feet (figuring a generous 6 square feet per person) and the agreed-upon figure that the march took up 25 blocks (250 feet x 20 feet minimum, 5000 sq feet would fit at least 600 people loosely packed with 8 sq feet per person) the minimum number of people present was 15,000.

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    KGW-TV (NBC): Thousands protest Iraq war, Bush in PDX march (Associated Press story with stills)

    KATU-Channel 2 (ABC): Three years after start of Iraq war, tensions remain high (Associated Press story with stills)

    KOIN-Channel 6 (CBS): War Anniversary Draws Estimated 10,000 To Downtown

    OPB-91.5 FM Oregon Considered: Thousands March In Portland To Protest Iraq War

    Oregonian (3/20) Front page: Thousands join Portland march
     Image of Oregonian front page

    Portland Tribune (3/21): Photo on page A8, not immediately apparent if it's on line.

    Willamette Week (3/22): "Winners" column
      Direct link to image of peace puppet

    New York Times (3/20) Page A10: Photo with caption in story titled "On Anniversary, Bush and Cheney See Iraq Success" (!) continued from front page. (article, with image)
    (direct link to image)

    USA Today (3/20): (website only???)

    Washington Post (syndicated column? in Mercury News) (3/20): Amid protests, Bush administration touts progress in war

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    MEDIA ADVISORY/Calendar Listing

    For immediate release        February 20, 2006

    Contacts: Dan Handelman, Peace and Justice Works (503) 236-3065
    Will Seaman, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (503) 344-5078

    Event: Peace rally and march planned for third anniversary of war on Iraq.
    Date: Sunday, March 19th, 2006
    Time: 1:30 PM gathering, 2:00 PM rally, 2:30 PM peace march.
    Place: Waterfront Park, north of the Morrison Bridge, downtown Portland

    Calls for bringing the troops home and funding human services
    Over 100 organizations mobilizing for March 19 at Waterfront Park

    As the third anniversary of the US war and occupation of Iraq approaches, local Oregon/Washington peace and social justice organizations are firming up plans for a large-scale rally and march calling for withdrawal of US troops. This latest mobilization opposing the US policies in Iraq has the overall theme "End the War, Begin the Peace" and is set for Sunday, March 19th, at Waterfront Park, north of the Morrison Bridge, in downtown Portland. Organizers say that there will be literature tables and music, and that folks are invited to gather at 1:30 PM for a rally set to begin at 2:00 PM. A peace march through downtown Portland will begin at 2:30 PM.

    "Thousands of our soldiers have lost their lives and limbs, and billions of dollars have been wasted in this unconscionable war, along with a hundred times that loss to the Iraqi people," explained Betsy Toll of Living Earth, one of over one hundred local and regional organizations that are co- sponsoring or endorsing the rally and march. "All this has accomplished is to drastically escalate the levels of hatred and terror in the world," said Toll. "We need to end this war, end this corrupt occupation, and bring our troops home."

    The groups involved in planning and supporting the rally encompass the broad diversity of opposition to the Iraq war. Many social justice organizations are active in the planning including military families and veterans groups, organized labor, environmentalists, local businesses, the familiar peace and human rights groups, and groups from various spiritual faiths.

    Martina Rutledge of the Justice & Witness Team of Bridgeport United Church of Christ expressed her group's involvement in terms of their religious commitments. "As people of faith, we believe that all humanity is connected through bonds of brother- and sisterhood that transcend race, religion and nationality," explained Rutledge. "We mourn the human rights violations and loss of life that have come about as a direct result of this war. Violence only begets more violence. It is not through war, but through the teachings of compassion and non-violence espoused by Jesus and the world's other great spiritual teachers that our world will begin to heal and live peacefully."

    As in the past, this rally and march blends the themes of opposition to wars and occupations abroad with concerns for social justice and human needs at home. "While the devastation and suffering caused by the wars and occupations are foremost in our hearts, we are also deeply concerned with the attacks on the Bill of Rights, the warrantless wiretaps and detentions without trial, the cutbacks in urgently needed social programs and education spending," said William Seaman, of the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. "Our nation's priorities have been hijacked by the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary working people, as shown by the hurricane Katrina catastrophe, the retaliation against intelligence whistleblower Joseph Wilson, and the outrageous big-money lobbying scandals that have recently come to light," said Seaman. "We know that opposition to our country's current domestic and foreign policies has increased and deepened in the past year, and we hope that those who feel the same will join us on March 19th to be a strong voice for change."

    "We're very excited about the variety of organizations coming together to oppose the ongoing war on the Iraqi people," said Dan Handelman of the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group. "This war really began over 15 years ago and continued in the form of bombings and sanctions, with the March, 2003 invasion marking a direct siege of Iraq by the U.S.," said Handelman. "The rally will connect for ordinary Oregonians the high price of gas which has led to record profits with the war, which serves to secure U.S. control of oil flow and permanent military bases in the region."

    One of those involved in the planning for the March 19th mobilization explained some of the thinking behind the overall theme for the event. "The theme of 'End the War, Begin the Peace' reminds us that we are not just calling for the end to an immoral, illegal, and dangerous war," said Curt Bell of People of Faith for Peace and Oregonians Against the War. "We are also affirming the possibility of the wonderful world we could have if we gave our resources and energy to building that world instead of to war."

    The subthemes of the rally, which tie together many of these ideas, are:
    _Bring All the Troops Home now--No More Blood for Oil
    _End the Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, the West Bank and Gaza
    _Fund Education, Health Care, Jobs and the Environment, Not War
    _Military Recruiters Out of Schools; and
    _Respect Human Rights and International Law--Stop the Torture & Spying.

    For more information, or to find out how your organization can add its name to the list of co- sponsors or endorsers for this rally and march, please call Peace & Justice Works at (503) 236- 3065 or <iraq@pjw.info>.

    Cosponsors of the event include: Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (503-344-5078), Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986), Sisters of the Road, American Friends Service Committee, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Palestine Arab-American Association , Portland Labor for Peace and Justice, People of Faith for Peace, Peace Action Group - First Unitarian Church Portland, Oregonians Against the War, Peace Justice and Environment Committee-Mennonite Church, Families for Peace, Code Pink Portland, White Feather House (Catholic Worker), Christ the Healer - United Church of Christ, Living Earth, Oregon Peace Institute, Pax Christi Portland, Alliance for Democracy - Portland Chapter, Metanoia Peace Community-United Methodist Church, Portland Rainbow Coalition, Vancouver For Peace, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, West Hills Friends Church, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church Peace and Justice Commission, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland Branch, War Resisters League-Portland (503-238-0605), Cascadia Magical Activists, Women in Black, East Side Democratic Club, School of the Americas Watch Oregon (SOA Watch), Portland Solidarity (portlandsolidarity@post.com), Friends of Sabeel-North America, Friends of Voices in the Wilderness/Portland, NW VEG (Northwest Vegetarian Education and Empowerment Group), Portland International Socialist Organization , JubileeUSA Oregon, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Voz (Worker Rights Education Project ), Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem), Board of Peace and Social Concerns of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, Justice & Witness Team of Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Department of Peace Campaign, Portland Alliance (media cosponsor), Albany/Corvallis Women in Black, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation, Latino Network, Justice and Peace Commission of St Ignatius Catholic Church, DemocracyforAmerica - Old Friends Coffeehouse Meetup, Rural Organizing Project, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Christ the Reconciler-United Methodist Church, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), Center for Intercultural Organizing, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Washington County, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, AFSCME local 88, Amnesty International Group 48, Democracy for Oregon, Augustana Lutheran Church, Oregon Bolivarian Circle, and others.

    Endorsers include: Northwest Veterans for Peace, PSU Progressive Student Union, PSU Socialist Party, Concerned Students of PSU , SUSTAIN (Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now), Friends of Lucinda Tate for City Council, No War Drum Corps - Portland Drum Collective, Portland Anti-Military Recruitment Coalition, Furniture Craft, Environmental Justice Action Group, Ash Creek Press, People's Activist Cafe, Bumberlam, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back 2 the WALL, Northwest Progressive Community, Jews for Global Justice, Reedwood Friends Church , Black Monday Committee, Virginia Lopez and the Mambo Queens , Dones X Dones (Barcelona-Spain), Shelly's Garden-Honkin' Huge Burritos, Freedom Socialist Party, Love Makes a Family Inc, WILPF/Ann Arbor-Michigan, Lane County Taxes for Peace Not War, Portland Jobs with Justice (503-236-5573), Corvallis Alternatives 2 War, West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action Committee, Lesbian Community Project, Tienda Tikal, Centro Proceso Social (Lima-Peru), Eugene Justice Not War Coalition, Portland Nurses For Peace, Women in Black-London, Mirador, Portland Industrial Workers of the World-General Membership Branch, Central Coast Patriots for Peace, Coastal Progressives, Oregon Coast Peace Wave, Flying Focus Video Collective (media endorser), Socialist Equality Party, It's a Beautiful Pizza, Portland Insight Meditation Community Social Action Committee, PCUN (Northwest Tree Planters and Farm Workers Union), Radical Women, Portland International Women's Day, In Other Words-Women's Books and Resources, Laughing Horse Books, Red and Black Cafe, SisterSpirit, Samusson & Tomassi, and others.

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