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  Iraq Affinity Group
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  Portland, OR 97242
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News Item/Community Calendar Announcement

For Immediate Release                  March 12, 2004

Event: "The World Still Says No To War"--Rally for peace one year after the war on Iraq
Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2004
Time: 1 PM
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

     Dan Handelman, Peace & Justice Works (503) 236-3065
     William Seaman, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC),

Thousands Expected to March and Rally in Portland for March 20th
Global Mobilization Against War and Occupation.

Local peace and justice organizations expect thousands of people to turn out for a rally and march titled "The World Still Says No To War" at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 20th, 2004. Over 110 faith, social justice, peace, environmental, and other progressive organizations and small businesses have endorsed or cosponsored the rally as of March 12th. The event will begin at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square at SW Yamhill and 6th. It is being organized as part of a "Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation" on the one year anniversary of the most recent massive U.S. attack on Iraq.

Subthemes to be addressed at stops along the march include "Defend Civil Liberties--Repeal the USA Patriot Act," "End US Support of Israel's Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza," and "Fund Jobs, Education and Health Care, Not War."

The event will begin with a brief rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square featuring speeches by a military family, a veteran, and keynote speaker Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN, the Oregon farmworkers' union. There will also be music throughout the event, and a dynamic wrap-up once the march returns to Pioneer Square.

Participants will be coming in from all over Oregon and SW Washington including Pendleton, McMinnville, Rockaway, OR and Goldendale, WA.

Organizations interested in becoming involved may contact Peace and Justice Works (PJW) at (503) 236-3065. PJW's Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) is also planning a separate vigil the previous evening (Friday, March 19) from 4-6 PM at Terry Schrunk Plaza to mark the exact one-year date of the bombing. The theme will be "Counting the Costs."

At least five other communities are planning events on March 20 in Oregon: Eugene, Medford, Corvallis, Roseburg and Florence, and the United for Peace and Justice website says that over 200 events are planned in the US with 50 other countries also planning to demonstrate against US foreign policy.

Current co-sponsors of the March 20 event include Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem), Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (, War Resisters League- Portland (503-238-0605), East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986), KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio, Women in Black, Living Earth, American Friends Service Committee, Families for Peace, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Peace Justice and Environment Committee of the Portland Mennonite Church, St. Andrew Catholic Church, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace and Social Justice Center of Southwest Washington, Portland Labor for Peace and Justice, Jews for Global Justice, Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Alliance for Democracy - Portland Chapter, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Vancouver For Peace, Justice for Mumia Coalition, Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, Progressive Responses--a program of CALC of Lane County, Reedwood Friends Church, Hollywood Neighbors for Peace, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Sisters of the Road, Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Multnomah Meeting of Friends (Quakers), street roots (media cosponsor), Islamic Center of Portland - Masjed As-Saber (503-293-6554), Portland Alliance (media cosponsor), School of the Americas Watch Oregon (SOA Watch), American Association of University Professors at PSU, Metanoia Peace Community, Christ the Healer - United Church of Christ, Sierra Club, Love Makes a Family, St. Philip Neri Peace and Justice Commission, East Side Democratic Club, Amnesty International Group 48, Silverton People for Peace, Portland Solidarity and others.

Endorsers include Rainbow Coalition of Portland-Oregon, Green Party of Clark County, Socialist Party of Oregon, In Other Words-Women's Books and Resources, PSU Progressive Student Union, Laughing Horse Books, Northwest Veterans for Peace, Board of Peace and Social Concerns of Northwest Yearly Meeting, Portland Jobs with Justice (503-236-5573,, Black Monday Committee, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation, Eugene Justice Not War, Yamhill Valley PeaceMakers, Peace Church of the Brethren, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back to the WALL, PSU Green Party, Left Turn-Portland Collective, International Socialist Organization, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 8, Student Activist Alliance for Social Justice, Rural Organizing Project, No End Run Committee, Oregon Green Energy Coalition, Teachers, Parents and Youth for Peace, Muslim Community Center of Portland, Tikkun Olam (Social Action) Committee of Congregation P'nai Or, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 (, Red and Black Cafe, Friends of Sabeel, Portland Catholic Worker, Portland Campus Christian Ministry, Lower Columbia Clinic, Pax Christi Portland, National Lawyers Guild - Portland, Pride at Work Oregon, Palestine Arab- American Association , St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Voz (Worker Rights Education Project ), Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, Reed Student Peace Action Network, Adelante Mujeres, Sisters in Action for Power, Shelly's Garden-Honkin' Huge Burritos, Flying Focus Video Collective (media endorser), Campaign for Peace with Cuba , Peace Committee of West Hills Friends Meeting, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC), crossroads, NW RAGE - Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, No War Drum Corps, IWW - Portland Industrial District Council, Cascadia Rising Info Shop, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Andrew Kaza for Congress, Stumptown Printers, Goldendale Citizens for Peace, Community Alliance of Tenants, Mirador, CAUSA (Oregon Immigrant Rights Coalition), Janovec Studio Gallery, Ashland Peace House, Eugene PeaceWorks, Shelter Development Committee (Medford), Central Coast Patriots for Peace, NW Center for Constitutional Rights, Linn Benton Chapter of the Pacific Green Party, and others.

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