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Volunteer for the event

Please join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and others in a feeder march on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 AM. Meet at the Recruiting Station on NE Broadway and 14th, march with us to the North Park Blocks!
Note: Since the mobilization begins at 11 AM at the North Park Blocks and ends sometime after 2 PM by the World Trade Center at SW 1st and Salmon, consider bringing food and water. Also, use public transportation if possible.

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

News Item/Community Calendar Announcement

For Immediate Release                  September 25, 2007

Event: "Stop the Wars and Occupations: Bring All the Troops Home Now"-March & Rally
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: NW Park and Flanders, Portland

     Dan Handelman, Peace & Justice Works (503) 236-3065

March Through Downtown Portland Scheduled for Saturday, September 29
Starting at NW Park and Flanders, 11:00 AM

More than sixty organizations from Portland's peace and social justice community have joined forces in mobilizing against war and occupation as the debate over troop levels, funding, and what constitutes a functioning democracy drags the conflict into its 55th month. The march, entitled "Stop the Wars and Occupations: Bring All the Troops Home Now" is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 11:00 AM in downtown Portland. The event will begin at NW Park and Flanders, in the North Park Blocks.

Other themes being addressed by the event are:
_U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan; End Israeli Occupation
_Health Care, Not Warfare - Money for Human Needs
_End the War on Working People at Home and Abroad
_Hold Elected Officials Accountable - Defend the Constitution
_Don't Attack Iran

The march will end at the World Trade Center at SW 1st and Salmon, where literature tables will be set up as a "peace fair" in the afternoon. Check and other community sites for more information.

After the President's speech on Sept. 13 indicating his plans to bring home only the 30,000 troops from this year's "surge," there is increased public frustration of the handling of the war by the Administration and the Congress. Dan Handelman of the Peace and Justice Works (PJW) Iraq Affinity Group, one of the cosponsoring organizations, said, "One goal is educating people about the importance of closing all American military bases in Iraq, and bringing home all troops, advisors, and 'civilian contractors' who now reportedly outnumber military forces there."

"In addition there are 'leaked' reports of military preparation for possible air attacks on Iran," said Goudarz Eghtedari of the American Iranian Friendship Council, one of the co-sponsors of the march and rally. Dr Eghtedari added that, contrary to advice from military personnel and regional policy experts, some administration officials are pushing to start a new war before the end of President Bush's term in office.

Organizations that would like to cosponsor or endorse are asked to contact the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, one of the cosponsoring groups, at 503-236-3065 or A current list of 64 organizations supporting the event is below.

Cosponsors include: Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (503-236-3065), Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Peace Justice and Environment Committee of the Portland Mennonite Church, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland Branch, Women in Black, Code Pink Portland, People of Faith for Peace, Families for Peace, Oregon PeaceWorks (503-585-2767-Salem), Alliance for Democracy - Portland Chapter, Belly of the Beast Collective, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Peace Action Group - First Unitarian Church Portland, street roots (media cosponsor), American Iranian Friendship Council, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, East Timor Action Network/Portland (503-235-4986), Workers International League, KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio (media cosponsor), PDX Peace Coalition, Radical Women, Portland Rainbow Coalition, St. Andrew Outreach Ministry, Center for Intercultural Organizing, War Resisters League-Portland ((503-238-0605), Sisters of the Road, Metanoia Peace Community-United Methodist Church, Tikkun Olam committee of P'nai Or, and others.

Endorsers include: Freedom Socialist Party (503-240-4662), Black Monday Committee, Soldier's Heart, Las Lomas Project-Portland, Living Earth, International Republican Socialist Network , ANSWER Coalition Seattle/Portland, Recruiter Watch Pdx, West Hills Friends Church Peace Committee, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land -- Central Lutheran Church, Community Alliance of Lane County, Love Makes a Family Inc, Northwest Veterans for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Portland, Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), International Socialist Organization, Portland Jobs with Justice (503-236-5573), Pax Christi Portland, Friends of Sabeel- North America, DJK 2008 Oregon, Social Action Committee of West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Furniture Craft, Hollywood & Hawthorne Vintage, Mojo's Coffee Den, Oregon Action, Oregon NORML, People's Activist Cafe (, Back 2 the WALL, In Defense of Animals, Portland Alliance, Laughing Horse Books and Videos, Vancouver For Peace, Veterans for Peace Chapter 132 (Corvallis) and others.

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